What is with Apple adding a U2 record to my iTunes library?-I hate it when stuff like that happens, it just depresses me- I feel like smacking my computer-I really do –maybe I will give this girl that I once hated a buzz and we can dance to it-I hated her but she was a really good dancer—I mean-she was as good as my kid sister and all-you never had to worry about if she danced wrong-she followed you all over the place-I hated her but I loved the way she danced—This is really depressing me-I think I will move out west and work in a gas station-Why did they put a U2 record in my library?
Forgive me for that “Catcher” moment-and if you never read the book- please don’t. I just finished it and do not feel good about it—-kind of like the dollar specials at Taco Bell- you know that you made a bad decision.
This was my attempt at a review in the style of J.D. Salinger, who, I had mistakenly thought was a great writer. Then I read “Catcher in the Rye” and it all evaporated—I don’t get it—-And before you say-“well, Mr. Cave guy- if you were a teenager in the 1950’s, you would totally get it”———I say-I was not on the Greek Islands around 800 BC and the “Iliad” still moved me to tears. And-I was not hanging out with John Milton in 1667, but he took me to hell and back with “Paradise Lost”—And-And, I have not been strolling around after the end of the world but “The Road” floored me- Cormac McCarthy can write— That is literature-And great work remains great work while crap is crap-it just smells a little different in different seasons—-no wonder Mr. Salinger holed himself up in the New Hampshire woods—I can’t believe I read that book!
[end of rant]
Now to U2
I tried to listen to it but could not- I felt like I was given an assignment to complete.
The great god Apple said- “We have a new watch, you no longer need a wallet or a mind, everything is on your iWatch-just sell your soul to us and we will give you everything—–for starters, here is Bono and the boys who we own…., not own…exactly—-because that would be wrong—-but we bought them and just changed the whole music game—take that Spotify and shove that Sony—-We own the world”
That is how this seems to me and I have a ton of respect for both U2 and Apple.
Way back in the early 80’s when punk burned out and this barge floated by on MTV with Bono preaching behind The Edge’s edgy guitar. I was hooked. This band has been relevant for their entire run. I am still smitten.
But as a music fan that used to pride himself in searching down good music-in separating the good from the bad.
This new thing of simply adding it to my library has a strange feel to it.
Like I am in North Korea and have just been sent the State sponsored soundtrack that I will learn to love in time-that time is now. Here is your music comrade-you will like it or you will be sent to the work camps.
Cheers from the cave- next up is the completion of my top ten, which coincidentally has a U2 record on it.
I will get over this in time and see it as a good thing….maybe.