Are you a big fan of any band? I love music and I like some bands a lot, but to actually be a “big fan” is a different thing. One of the bands I’m a huge fan of is U2, and the reason is that they actually use music as a means to achieve great impact in our world.
I had listened to their music for many years before I became a fan. My sister used to play their famous songs all the time and of course I learned them by heart, but it wasn’t until 2004 that I really fell in love with their music and what they’re all about. A person who I really cared for gave me a memorable gift, the Elevation Tour 2001 – Live From Boston DVD, and thanks to it I got a glimpse of what they’re really good at: touching people’s souls. There are songs that are related to what almost all human beings have experienced, like recognizing the value of life, or experiencing relationships of all kinds. Also, there are U2 songs that aim to remember bad episodes of human history that shouldn’t be repeated, or motivate people to move forward and work towards a better world. As I watched the DVD I identified with, and was touched by almost all of their songs. On top of that, their show included a very strong criticism to the generalized holding of guns and “justified” violence in general, which I consider a very important issue in our world.
We all need to be more conscious about the real situations that are being faced by humanity and also about our real capacity to improve things (which is bigger than we usually think). This is why I think that bands like U2 do a great job using music to get to the core of youth’s ability to turn things around for the good. I celebrate the existence of such artists because, in my opinion, they really get what art, and specifically music, should be about: connecting people with their souls so that we have a better world each day that passes by.