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The Joshua Tree – Exit

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The Joshua Tree – Exit

I write this on a dreary, rainy morning, which I think is a little like Exit.  Written in one take, on the last day of recording, the song is dreary, haunting, and reeks of desperation.  I’ve read that the song saps Bono of energy on stage and was a difficult song to sing live.  In fact, the song was part of the Rattle and Hum tour set list, but has since only been played live one other time. Is it about murder, suicide?  From what I’ve read, even the band can’t articulate the meaning.  Too punctuate the melancholy, a dude...

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Joshua Tree – Running to Stand Still

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Joshua Tree – Running to Stand Still

The first U2 concert I attended was in college.   Not The Joshua Tree tour, but their next, Zoo TV, which promoted the Achtung Baby album.  Back in those days, you had to either purchase tickets via phone or in person at a Ticketmaster booth.  The phone was dicey, and for concerts that sold out in minutes, there was a good chance you wouldn’t get tickets.  On the A&M campus, there was a ticket booth where you bought tickets to events.  The word on the street was U2 tickets were selling in less than an hour, and a nasty campus rumor...

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525,600 Shows

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525,600 Shows

Like many people I enjoy lists. I like the structure of making a list, I like crossing things off of lists, I like reviewing lists. So the other day when C. Smith and I were discussing how many Broadway shows we had seen, he jokingly said “don’t you have a list.” I did not. So like any good list writer I set forth the very next day to make my list. This was a bigger task than yo might think, mainly because for 6 years we had season tickets to the Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland. My list is not yet complete but it got me...

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Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires

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Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires

Let’s go back to the early days of Joshua Tree.  Bootleg tapes, early recordings.  Peel back the curtain of the creative process.  I uncovered a lost video of Bono and Edge in a basement collaborating on the song, Trip Through Your Wires.   Looks like the song has come a long way.  See below for the alleged first introduction of the song.   Not an echo effect in sight, and the Dylan-esque harp solo, buckskin jackets and Edge’s beret seems right out of the 60’s and 70’s. Bono once said about this song,...

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The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts

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The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts

  This week, thirty years ago, a somewhat famous Irish rock bank launched an album that would propel them into rock stardom.  U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, would win the Grammy for best album, beating out Prince, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and would eventually reach over 25 million in album sales.  Over time, The Joshua Tree, would be listed on many top 100 album lists and, for many of us who were lucky to be sixteen when released, was a major force in their lives and continues to be an important part of their...

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Life Is Easier When You’ve Got A Posse

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Life Is Easier When You’ve Got A Posse

A few weeks back I received a group text from one of my girlfriends, she had recently read an article about middle school friendship and the article identified a particular type of friendship that reminded her of our group…she was thanking us for being her Committed Friends.  That word, committed has been on my mind since then.  I am truly lucky in that I have not just one but two groups of committed friends, My B-town girls and my BG crew.  These ladies are my peeps, my posse, my tribe, my squad, my sister’s, my whatever word T. Swift...

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Prince’s Guitar Heroics – A Breakdown

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Prince’s Guitar Heroics – A Breakdown

April 21, 2017 will mark the one-year anniversary of one of the most tragic and unexpected deaths in modern music history. To honor Prince’s loss, I’d like to offer a quick breakdown of what I believe to be one of his most impressive and influential guitar solos; his masterful “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” solo from the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. I’d set the stage, but there’s already plenty of blog posts and history about this performance already out there. My focus is the brilliant guitar solo. Our first glimpse of...

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Oscar Night 2017

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Oscar Night 2017

In a few short hours the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will hand out the hardware at the 89th Oscars ceremony. Once again I have done my best to see as many of the nominated films prior to the awards so I can develop an opinion of who they should go to, write it down here, and remember that nobody gives a rat’s ass what I think! Oh well, I’m going to do it anyway. This year I have seen: Arrival, Fences, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight. So as always, I fell short of seeing them all,...

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Delayed Travel Musings – Iceland Adventure

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Delayed Travel Musings – Iceland Adventure

Back in my ex-pat days I kept, or tried to keep, a blog about my travels throughout Germany and Europe.* Much like my entries to this venture, they were sporadic at best and went dry about a year into my stay in Germany. Due to my own inactivity, may of my adventures went undocumented. This is a project to rectify this, 3-4 years after the fact. I may not have great recall of the stories and shenanigans that occurred while on these trips. However, it will serve as a primer for some of the things that I thought were awesome and those that...

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Revisiting the Oscars – The 1990’s Vol. 2

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Revisiting the Oscars – The 1990’s Vol. 2

Alright, the other day I came at you with the first half of the 1990’s and my thoughts on whether or not the Oscars went to the correct movies and individuals. Now I’m coming in hot with the back half of the decade and some thoughts surrounding who the Academy bestowed Oscar glory to. Sometimes they get it right, other years it is way off. So strap your reading caps on friends and take a voyage through the late 1990’s films with me. 1995 – The 68th Annual Academy Awards Best Picture Braveheart – WINNER –...

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