PERFORMANCES AND THEOLOGICAL THOUGHTS ON U2’S SONGS OF INNOCENCE
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 9th 2014 @ 7pm
FITZROY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
(Free - with voluntary collection for building projects at Fitzroy and in Uganda)
U2’s new record Songs Of Innocence is causing reaction on a whole range of fronts. After launching the album free on iTunes the vinyl and CD hard copies were released this week and can be bought in the traditional way. They are all over the media particularly the BBC where this weeks Radio 1 Jo Wiley Show and last night’s Graham Norton show featured interviews and performances.
As a biographer of U2 who concentrated on their spiritual journey I am gleaning a lot of theological thought from the lyrics of Songs Of Innocence:-
I woke up at the moment
When the miracle occurred
I get so many things I don’t deserve
- The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)
And I’m a long way
From your hill of Calvary
And I’m a long way
From where I was and where I need to be
- Song For Someone
The spirit’s moving through a seaside town
I’m born again to the latest sound
New wave airwaves swirling around my heart
- Lucifer’s Hands
For me this is U2’s best song writing in the classic sense of the tradition. It is also the album where Bono seems to have taken most care over the lyrics. The record is filled with wee theological nuggets like the above. And… there is more… having decided to return to their younger years for inspiration there are stories throughout this album that became the foundation for the band’s career and spiritual journey. The death of Bono’s mum (Iris (Hold Me Close)); a UVF Bomb in Dublin (Raised By Wolves); a punk concert (The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)); and a neighbourhood family (Cedarwood Road).
On November 9th in Fitzroy we will unpack the theological thoughts and spiritual journey of U2. We are blessed with many fine musicians and singers in Fitzroy. Four of the artists performing have made albums - Chris Wilson, Dave Thompson, Caroline Orr and Peter Greer. We will be taking U2 at their word and proving that the songs on this album are so classic in their songwriting that they can be done acoustic. The heart of the evening will be based around five songs from Songs Of Innocence but there will be other U2 songs too. I will then weave thoughts between in an evening that will do much more than entertain, though entertain it will!