U2 & You

I often get into moods and try and figure out exactly what song would I call my favourite.  That, as many of you can imagine, is not the easiest thing to figure out on any given day.  Mood dictates musical need so it can change by the day, by the hour or by the minute.

So this fine day, I was thinking that there is often a song that defines your fandom.  A song that you instantly associate with yourself.  It doesn't have to be your all-time favourite.  It may or may not be that first U2 song that grabbed you and made you say 'YEAH!!!'.  But it should be a song that meant the most at a tough time.  Or a joyful time.  Or just an important point in life.  Do you know what I am asking for?

For me, that moment came not during War, where I became a true fan of the band.  Rather it was the direction came with the next album.  UF.  And for me that title track to this day defines U2 for me.  There's that restraint in the song.  Like you are waiting for it to explode but it never really does.  And yet it leaves you satisfied in so many ways.

UF was released in late 1984 and I spent most of the next year worshipping it.  And that title track was played over and over and over.  That was the year leading up to my wedding in late 1985.  I had already fallen in love at that point.  I would lose my job 3 months before our wedding.  So it was a mix of love, joy, turmoil in my life.

At the end of the day, love is the unforgettable fire.  And for me that is U2 and me.

So, You're Dead

Larry Lootsteen - Conestogo, Ontario, Canada

As much as we've often heard people discussing what U2 songs they would play at their wedding (i.e., One, which is really a terrible wedding song when you listen to the words), not so much is said about funerals.  So you're dead...what U2 songs would you like played at your funeral?

I'll list some obvious choices by title but I would love to hear what you would want played.

You could go with the supremely timely Gone!  Or perhaps Mysterious Ways as you journey to the next realm!  Until The End of the World maybe?  Or if you are an idiot like me, you could choose Numb!  A violent end might warrant Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me!

So take this seriously or take this stupidly.  What songs come to mind when you think about your final celebration?