Having spent most of the weekend in my car – delivering baby donkeys including these ones to their new homes in the NSW countryside – I’ve been singing along to the 30-year anniversary salute on my favorite radio station.
Very fortunately, I was travelling alone so couldn’t inflict it on anyone else! (I’ll say no more!)
That U2 started out as a group of school kids who wanted to play music together is nothing extraordinary. From the get go they had talent in measures, but it would take five album attempts and ten years of work to crack the bigtime with The Joshua Tree in 1987.
Ten years is a long time in anyone’s language and it would have been easy for the band to go their separate ways in search of success. But they stuck it out together, lasted the distance, and have continued to since.
30 years have passed. U2 have sold 170 million records worldwide, and won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band.
Whether or not you’re a fan, how many teams do you know with that sort of track record?
And this song? I love it, for reminding me that there hasn’t been a single relationship of value in my life that wasn’t hard work, or worth working hard for.
Yours, in full song,