While I still find it hard to sit down and do nothing but listen to music, there’s still something beautiful about just catching a great riff or a powerful lyric.
I’ve decided I’m going to do a series of posts on some of my personal U2 highlights. I know volumes of books and blogs have already been written on them, but amuse me, won’t you? I’m not sure how long this will go for, or if I’ll move on to some other band/artist. But they’ll do for now.
One lyric that’s stuck with me from the recent album is in the song Stand up Comedy. A friend and I were having lunch a few months back and started talking about the album, and this one same line came to both of our minds.
“be careful Of small men with big ideas”
The interesting thing is we had completely different impressions of the verse. I shared about how it echoed one of my fears of being a person with great visions and weak in character. My buddy Zaya (who’s actually written a few guest posts here) shared about the hope of having powerful ideas even if you’re low on the ladder.
I wonder if the discrepancy had anything to do with our cultural narratives? Myself being Asian, known for mass-production and corner cutting. And Zaya being shaped by an African oppression narrative? I’m not sure, but like the Scriptures, there’s something mysterious when what you’re examining starts looking back at you.