U2 Pairs

Larry Lootsteen - Conestogo, Ontario, Canada

I often try and bring songs together that work.  So if I have a playlist I'm prepping I try and make sure those songs work together.  That doesn't mean every song played beside every other song always works but the overall sound has a relationship of sorts.

Thinking about that reminded me of all the times I tried to pair up songs.  U2 songs for me are something that can really grab you in teams.  High-energy, low energy, meaningful, fun.  It is always great to find two songs that can be played back to back and really work.

I almost always play these two back-to-back:

Red Hill Mining Town:

One Tree Hill:

So what do you think?  Does that work for you?  What U2 pairs do you have that you love!  Let's build a list and share some awesomeness!!

What's Your Favourite 'Moment'?

Larry Lootsteen - Conestogo, Ontario, Canada

Now I realize you may have thought I meant I wanted your favourite version of Stuck In A Moment (feel free to share!) but that is not what I'm looking for here.

You are at a U2 show.  Every show for every person contains that singular 'moment'.  That one that makes it all worthwhile.  The hours in line.  The anticipation.  So what part of a U2 event makes it most special for you?

Is it the that second when the lights go down (if they do!) at the start of the show when the crowd frenzy begins and the hairs on the back your neck rise as the adrenaline begins to flow?

Is it the first few bars of that song you wanted to see so badly starts?

Is it Streets starting its long intro and the fans going crazy?

Is it Bono, running around like a madman or perhaps dancing with a fan?

Or maybe it's less about the moment in a show and rather the community.  Sharing time in the line, meeting new people and old friends?

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Always hard to judge when we get a lot of moments at any show.  For me, those first few seconds of an arena show as the lights suddenly go out and the roar of the crowd explodes.  The wait is over.  More moments to come.

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.