The Good (Random) Voice

Stream of consciousness blog from post-it notes scribbled before and after the September 16th U2 show in Toronto.

The Edge's guitar playing is outrageous. Mix feedback, echo, and sheer strength. Heard Robert Fripp of King Crimson sound check at Princeton University's Alexander Hall - same unbelievable big sound. Includes its own echo, no need to let it reverberate to fill the room, forced its way into the air.

Ran into Arati there but she's introduced as Kate. Know her from Princeton engineering. Talk of kids and jobs and banks and shows. Saw her last when U2's third album (and it was on vinyl) was released. Choose the name for the context, after all, Bono comes from an ad for bono voce microphones. The good voice. More appropriate now than in 1982.

Band rips into "Bullet the Blue Sky" from Joshua Tree. One of my faves. Fighting and wrestling with our problems, local global and national. "Jacob wrestled with an angel and the angel was overcome." Genesis 32, it was my daughter's Torah portion for her Bat Mitzvah. In Hebrew it's vayishlach, translates to "and he sent" - 400 of Jacob's men to meet his brother; an angel to meet Jacob.

Bono recites different poetry, editing out "all the colors of a royal flush." Love that phrase for the contrast. Royal flush is only one suit, one color - all red or all black. Faces of royalty on cards done in primary colors, except for the ace. One. The individual commoners? Like Jacob, we take the next action.

I am thinking clearly pro bono.

Comments:

Wait a minute, Elana's a bat mitzvah already??? But she was only 7 last time I saw her! People aren't supposed to change when I'm not looking!

Posted by Tom Chatt on October 09, 2005 at 08:27 PM EDT #

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