I've been listening to some U2 stuff tonight that I don't usually listen to, and I've just realised how great some of it is. I'm even coming to like So Cruel, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, and Wild Honey. At the moment, I'm listening to the Achtung Baby CD, which I haven't listened to in ages, and I'd forgotten how good some of that stuff is. One, The Fly, Mysterious Ways, and Love Is Blindness in particular are great. Today I've been checking out what some people think the meanings of various U2 songs are, and it's truly fascinating. For example, the meaning of Even Better Than The Real Thing is speculated to be anything from how companies try to sell us stuff we don't need by portraying it to be so great, through being about God, to simply being about sex. Knowing Bono and his songwriting, it could be any or all of them. I love U2's lyrics because they can be adapted to so many varying situations. Although I hate it when people get an interpretation that is blatantly false, like those stupid Focus on the Family morons. Good Zooropa, I was reading some of their stuff and it's just crazy. "I'd advise against this because it focuses on the problem, not the solution." (That was a comment about a Linkin Park CD, if I remember correctly) Well, how can you find a solution if you haven't adequately investigated the problem? Without a decent understanding of the problem, you might as well forget getting a decent solution. Some of what they say is daft ... and when I checked out what they say about Metallica, it was downright insulting. I thought, no matter how bad you considered something, you were at least supposed to be respectful ...
I'm so glad I've got permission to blow my download limit big time. I don't know how I put up with that blasted limit, because it's so restrictive at times. And I'm just dying to download some U2 stuff, like various live performances. I also really want to track down A Celebration and the original of 11 O'clock Tick Tock. I'm going to see if the local music stores can get it or if I can order it online. Odds are, because they were only minor singles and they were made in 1980 (11 O'clock) and 1982 (A Celebration), I'll have to get them on cassette. Oh well. I'd also love to hear their B-Sides: Touch (originally Trevor) and Trash, Trampoline, and the Party Girl. I'd love to know if the latter is anything like the live version on the Under A Blood Red Sky CD.
And so it seems I'm still beating the weatherman. Lowest temperature I've recorded is 16C. It's been heaps colder in NZ, though. Over half the country is covered by snow - it's the heaviest snow in over 10 years - and the hottest temperature today was ELEVEN CELSIUS in the ENTIRE NATION! I can't believe how insanely cold it is over there. Dad was telling me how the snow has come down really low on the hills behind my hometown, and that some towns are snowed in. Lucky the NPC (National Provincial [rugby union] Competition) hasn't begun yet, because otherwise there'd be chaos. Kiwis love their rugby, and when they can't get to it, well ... there'd be quite a few unhappy campers, put it that way.
Anyhow ... I may work on some of my NT Greek tonight. I was going to practice it over the holidays, and I haven't done any yet. Bad, slack Andre. Ah well, I've still got a week to go. Oh, and I also have some stupid Drama assignment to do. Grr. This quote by The Edge is very appropriate to me: "As procrastinators, we're very talented." Another classic Edge quote is: "I am very nervos about the 'Christian' label. I have no trouble with Christ, but I have trouble with a lot of Christians." It is so very ACCURATE! I wrote an article based around it, but it's quite awful, so I may go back and write another one. It's such a profound quote and ... everyone in the world needs to be told it.