15 years ago I fell in love with a little band from Ireland called U2. Their album All That You Can’t Leave Behind helped me through a difficult senior year and saw me off to college. Then, in December of 2001, I got to see the band live on the very last date of their Elevation tour. It was a transcendent experience, one that changed my life.
Over the next few years, I joined a forum called Interference and met a lot of awesome U2 fans. I saw the band seven more times on their Vertigo tour. And I had the opportunity to become a staff writer as the forum developed an online magazine. I credit Interference with helping me realize I wanted to be a creative writer (and that people might actually read and enjoy what I wrote).
It’s been a few years now since I’ve been active in the forums, but I still love the band very much. And I cherish the writing I did about them when I was just learning how to find my writing voice.
So below is a list of the articles I wrote and links to the text. (Since these are now 10 years old, you’ll have to forgive some blips and bloops as text editors changed some weird characters.)
“He Inclined and Heard My Cry“–a confessional piece I wrote about my experience of my first U2 concert.
“American David: Elvis and U2“–a critical article looking at the ongoing connection between Elvis Presley and U2.
“Review: U2 at the American Airlines Arena, Miami, Nov 13 & 14, 2005“–part narrative, part review of my two days in Miami.
“Review: U2 at the St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Nov 16, 2005“–another part narrative, part review of a concert from the Vertigo tour.
March 2003 – November 2004
“Images in U2” column–critical analysis of various images in U2’s lyrics and stage shows
- March 2003: “Happy to Go Blind“
- May 2003: “Was That a Deer?“
- June 2003: “Mr. MacPhisto: Angel or Devil?“
- July 2003: “Mother, Am I Still Your Son?“
- August 2003: “Love Rescue Me“
- Sept 2003: “Fire and Ice“
- October 2003: “If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On!“
- Nov 2003: “The Heart Is Abloom“
- Nov 2004: “What You Leave Behind“