4.25.2011

Monday's Music to My Ears: In a Little While

Much to the dismay of my husband, and countless friend's throughout my life, I have never professed to being a huge fan of cult-favorite band U2. I don't deny Bono's insane vocal range or Edge's guitar-shredding solos, but it's always been hard for me to see U2 as more than the "masters of the epic intro and outro"; a multi-genre-jam-band. But yesterday I dropped Dan off at the airport for a week-long business trip and on my way home, a song came on the radio that I don't think I had heard before. I recognized it right away as U2 but I was so hooked by the relatively simple intro that by the time the lyrics started, I had decided I needed this song. Within a minute I had tears in my eyes. Maybe it was having to say goodbye to my husband for a week. Maybe it's because it was Easter. Maybe it's knowing that this is something that we've all hoped for, or promised, at some point in our lives. Whatever it is, it's an incredible, sweet picture of an incredibly-human longing..

While searching for it online, I started reading the lyrics of some of U2's other songs. Stripped down, without all the busyness, I was able to just reflect on the words; these popular songs transformed into intimate poems, (please spare me the "duh" moment, U2 fans!). I guess I had to come to this realization on my own, but the timing couldn't be better- we are going to the first show on U2's summer tour in a few weeks (my gift to Dan two years ago... but it was postponed because of Bono's surgery) at Mile High Stadium. I am looking forward to hearing this song, and I hope it's introduced the same way- as a tribute to epic punk rocker, Joey Ramone (of the Ramones) who is said to have been listening to this song as his 7-year battle with cancer came to an end.

You can hear Bono's intro in the video below, but I hope the lyrics speak to you in their own way. It's a rock and roll "gospel" song of hope; about 'slowing down our hearts' and being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and believing that there is a chance for us all to have a happy ending... "in a little while".

"In a Little While", U2

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