Sunday, March 02, 2008

U2-3D

Last night Matt and I went to see U2-3D. I have to say, Matt was far more excited about it than I was. After all, I saw them during their Elevation tour (thanks again, Ashley) and wasn't so sure that a movie format of one of their concerts would be all that much better. Turned out, I was wrong.

We watched the 90-ish minute film, goofy looking glasses on our faces, and at first, just the technology itself was really cool: sweeping camera shots of the crowd and musicians, and closeups that made me feel like I was actually onstage with Bono, as he would look straight at the camera and reach out his hand.

But what surfaced in me during the watching of this film was a response to the soul of the concert, which was very different from the one I saw 7 years ago. Most people know that Bono has his hand in a lot having to do with social justice, human rights, and reconciliation between religions. What I hadn't realized was how U2 is using their concerts as a venue to highlight that message in a way that is not preachy or cheesy or even a little bit uncomfortable. As the music and the media blend together with lyrics and performance, somehow the raw power of the message of love and peace is unveiled.

As Bloody Sunday played, Bono began to chant, "Jesus, a Jew. Mohammed, it's true...we are all sons of Abraham." and went on to ask, if Abraham were here, what would he say to his children? His answer, becoming the chant of the crowd: "No more!" "We could be as one, today, we could be as one... The real battle yet begun (sunday, bloody sunday), To claim the victory jesus won (sunday, bloody sunday), On...Sunday bloody sunday."

Later, during "The Streets Have No Name," I began to understand for the first time the image of heaven that U2 is conjuring for us, enforced as Bono looks to the bassist and sings, "And when I go there, I want to go there with you," and gives him a chaste kiss on the lips, smiling.

During "In the Name of Love," a tribute to the life and sacrifice of Martin Luther King, Jr., Bono says to the crowd: "His dream was not just an American dream."

U2's message throughout the concert is that love does have the power to conquer inequality, opression, and war. The ideas and the visual imagery of this film had a remarkable power over me and stirred a lot of thought and pondering about the role of revolutionary people to change the way others think and, in turn, change the world. I think U2 is a revolutionary band and I'm really glad I saw this movie.

I hope you get a chance to see it before it's out of theaters. The 3D technology alone is worth it, and you can't experience that if you wait to rent it.

Catching Up

Sorry it's been awhile. Frigid Maine winters are nothing to write home about. This week alone we had a zero degree morning (great fun to wait for buses and walk to work in), and 3 snow storms that dumped 4-6 inches each. I was driving home in a blizzard last Friday night, complete with white outs and cars on the side of the road, and I listened to a message from my sister-in-law Heather that said, "I just got back from Northern California and it's beautiful in Seattle. Clear skies and sunny. It's a little chilly though...about sixty degrees." She was dead serious. If she had been sitting next to me, I would have hit her.

Despite the deep freeze, it's getting lighter out and there are some bits of good news to share. First, Matt landed a two week internship in April at Sparkman and Stephens, a yacht design company in Manhattan that has been around for a long time and set a lot of standards in the industry. It will be a great opportunity for him and he's looking forward to hanging out with the Sundbergs again, as well as the Basingers, who also live in New York right now. No, this doesn't mean Matt will be working for S&S after he graduates, but hopefully it will open doors for him industry-wide.

Last weekend was my birthday and I decided to celebrate by getting my hair cut! I've been wanting to do this for about 6 months and it's exactly what I envisioned. I love it.



And finally, as promised, I finished my next safari friend and wanted to share him with you: a lion for our god-daughter and niece Lucy: