Why U2 – Reason #17

whyu2When U2 first started out toward their goal of world domination, they weren’t very good. That’s not a dig at the band, it’s an honest fact supported by opinions from the band themselves as well as others, closely related to the band both then and now. They worked long and hard to get to the point of being able to write and play so that by the time Boy came out, they were cranking out some genuinely good music.

Still, it took them a while to hit the big time, and from the band’s inception to the time that they hit the top 40 in the US with “Pride (In the Name of Love)” was a period of eight long years. Eight years of almost constant touring, away from home, on the road in a cramped and uncomfortable van, playing to almost entirely empty venues at times. For much of that time, they didn’t have the money to pay a full crew. I have no doubt that they had to deal with dishonest, unscrupulous or just plain stupid owners. There were other setbacks, too – the theft/loss (depending on who you ask) of the October lyrics, for one, and although there were plenty of small triumphs along the way, I imagine that the band members were sorely tempted at times to give up and go back to school or do something, anything, other than trying to make a living as musicians, but something kept driving them onward.

A belief that they could break through. That they could create art that was not only amazing but which also appealed to a wide audience. I’m at a similar place in my life right now. I desperately want to make a living as a writer. I think I’m pretty decent at it, but it’s not easy. I work really long hours, and writing something that’s honest, that comes from a place deep inside – it’s draining. It sucks the life right out of me. I’ve even started to get some paying gigs, but some of the people that have given me those jobs – the people with the checkbooks, who I have to be nice to – are inconsiderate, irresponsible, insulting and just plain moronic. Most mornings, I wake up with a sense of dread, like I’m just |-| that far from complete and utter ruin.

Still, though, there’s something deep inside of me that believes that I  can do this. A lot of days, that something is U2. Knowing that they worked just as long and hard as I do, that they faced just as much rejection and heartache and worry and that they still managed to come out on top is a great inspiration to me. Just like them, I’m paying my dues, and I have faith that some day I’ll find my “Pride”.

Ever since I realized as a kid, while poring over the liner notes of the Bob Marley - Songs of Freedom boxed set, that writing about music was a viable career choice, one of my greatest desires has been to write about U2. The band has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute a little something to the fantastic online community that's been built around the band.

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    broadsword
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    When U2 first started out toward their goal of world domination, they weren’t very good. That’s not a dig at the band, it’s an honest fact supported b
    [See the full post at: Why U2 - Reason #17]

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    joepit
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    Josh, you should be getting paid just for editing my garbage. ;) Your writing is the backbone of U2radio.com. The roar on the other side of this silence will soon be heard by your ears.

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    Pam
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    Oftentimes, it can take a long time until artists see some commercial success. They may go through uncertain or frustrating times, but the creation of great art is something special only few people can do. You are one of those talented people, Joshua. I know work is hard and it´s important to meet the right people at the right time, but keep on creating great material like U2 did. I wish you much luck and hope you´ll be able to make a living as a writer soon.

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    broadsword
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    Thanks, Pam – that means a lot to hear. I’m sorry that I haven’t been as vocal on here lately, but, well, you know. Paying gigs take precedence over pleasantries like chatting with friends about my favorite band. Keep reading and commenting!

    #9342

    broadsword
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    Thanks Joe for saying that. I usually save your pieces for the last bit of work I do in a day because it’s my most pleasant task. It’s my reward after a long, hard day. You keep it coming and soon we’ll both reap the rewards for our efforts. It’s gonna happen.

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    Pam
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    You´re welcome, Joshua. Your contributions to U2radio.com are always great and insightful.

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    joepit
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    Nice of you to say buddy.

    #9445

    Brook
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    Josh, as a full time writer for 8 years, I will tell you…it gets worse! J/k, it really will get better; there’s that whole paying your dues thing to get through, & then once you get the clients who treat you well, pay you well and hire you often, you’ll be able to say no to the people you really don’t feel like working for anymore. Best feeling in the world! Even better when you have U2 Radio cranking while you work (which I do!). Don’t give up!

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