He made good on that offer he made to me...and 40,000 other fans gathered in Sacramento.
(if you groaned at that cheap shot, you should know that I really did go shopping with Paul Newman, and Keltic Ken really did go bowling with the Captain and Tenille. See this)
Like many good friends do, Bono also tipped me off to some good music.
He once told me (and anyone else reading the interview in a book) about The Secret Machines.
One website called them something like "Sounding better than The Killers before The Killers; Pink Floyd meets Duran Duran at the cross by way of The Who".
Even though I knew they couldn't live up to that, Bono's recommendations have a proven track record
(The sticker on the Silverchair "Diorama" album quoting Bono as saying "Swim to Australia to hear these guys if you have to" along with the Narnia-themed band sold me).
So when I saw a $1.95 CD by them the next day, I didn't hesitate.
One of the songs that captured me is "The Road Leads Where Its Led ".
If it's a new song for you, try listening to it first (video below) before reading lyrics and possible interpretations (further below)
On what it's about, you can decide..or check out the Song Meanings website here.
(as usual, some of the suggestions will remind you of what Linus saw in the clouds).
It works on several levels for me. I sometimes hear it as a spiritual army of prophetic children/spiritual warfare, for example.
One of the answers given on Song Meanings
has to do with the band's war with a record label who offered them lots of mammon to compromise.
Bet you didn't read it that way as you read the lyrics a minute ago.
But it is a word for pastors, eh?
It connects me to two songs from my day
- "Welcome to the Machine" by Pink Floyd (see posts here)
- ""Down and Out" by Genesis (ironic in that it spoofs a manager tempting a band to sell out commercially, and it's the lead track on what some see as the first Genesis album to sell out.
Other song examples?