Band Aid 30 Years On: Feed, Feel, Heal the World


Do you remember where you were on Saturday, July 13, 1985?I do.On that day in the summer of my 15th year, I sat in my pajamas all day glued to the television in my parents’ living room in Connecticut, watching the Live Aid concerts broadcast live from London and Philadelphia, determined not to miss a single second of my favorite bands’ performances.While I watched the concerts unfold, something happened to me that, at the time, I could not have articulated the way I do now. But even t … [Read more...]

U2′s Songs of Transcendence


Sunday evening I did something I haven't done in close to 30 years: I went to an actual record store and bought a brand-new U2 album on vinyl, took it home, pulled out the turntable, put on my headphones, sat on the floor, and stayed up way too late reading the liner notes and listening to the songs over and over again.Lord, how I've missed this particular ritual.When I was a teenager, late Sunday nights were when I indulged my secret pleasure by listening in bed (clandestinely so as not … [Read more...]

Mourning Madiba: Ndiyakuthanda, Tata


I stand here before you not as a prophet, but as a humble servant of you, the people.~ Nelson Mandela … [Read more...]

Cry of a Tiny Baby: Merry Christmas, Everyone!

"The idea that there’s a force of love and logic behind the universe is overwhelming to start with, if you believe it,” he told me in his raspy brogue, sipping black coffee out of a Styrofoam cup. “But the idea that the same love and logic would choose to describe itself as a baby born in shit and straw and poverty is genius. And it brings me to my knees, literally. To me, as a poet, I’m just in awe of that. It makes some sort of poetic sense. It’s the thing that makes me a believer, although it … [Read more...]

Bono Preaches the Gospel of Social Justice at Georgetown

"Do you think he'll sing?" the girl in the row behind me wondered aloud."I hope so," the young fellow beside her said before continuing, "My dad would freak. He was a big fan of U2 when I was growing up. He used to play this one album, The Joshua Tree, over and over again."His father was a fan.I am a thousand years old, I thought to myself, as more Georgetown students filled the seats around me at the university's 111-year-old Gaston Hall, the main lecture hall on campus named after … [Read more...]

Bono to the G8: Transparency, ‘We Won’t Have Food Security Without It’

One of these things is not like the others.In a room filled with African heads of state, captains of industry, leaders of international development and countless executives from NGOs at the G8 Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security in Washington, D.C. late last week, stood one Irish rock star — Bono, the lead singer of U2 and co-founder of the ONE Campaign.At first blush (to the uninitiated, perhaps), Bono's presence might seem incongruous, but most of the folks in the room at … [Read more...]

Jack Heaslip: “What if God is even greater than we think?” (Oh, Yes.)

Our wonderful friend Jack Heaslip (possibly the coolest man alive) gave the church my family attends, Little Church by the Sea in Laguna Beach, Calif., the most marvelous of gifts last weekend: His presence.Jack, who hails from just north of Dublin in Howth, County Fingal  (by way of County Mayo), Ireland, was our guest at the weekend at on Sunday, blessed us by delivering two poleaxingly beautiful sermons at the morning services. An ordained Anglican clergyman, for the last 15 years of so, … [Read more...]

GODSTUFF: Forty on 40 ~ Spiritual Lessons at Midlife…

Recently I crossed that dreaded threshold into middle age and it got me thinking about what, if any, spiritual wisdom I might have accumulated in my 40 years in this mortal coil of ours.Here are a few things I’ve learned from experience, from other people, and (I hope) from God. They’ve been helpful to me. Maybe they’ll be helpful to you, too.1. Begin each day by looking in the mirror and saying, “It’s not about me. It’s not about me. It’s not about me.”2.. While looking in the mirror … [Read more...]

A Little Happy (Redux): Update with video of Bono&Edge talkin’ Spiderman the Musical

Oh that Bono. Stick him in front of a live camera (on morning TV) and he just can't help himself. Such a charming little devil.The musical sounds and looks like it's going to be pretty epic.Tickets go on sale 9 a.m. Sunday via Ticketmaster, fyi. … [Read more...]

A Little Happy: Spiderbono and the Green Edge

Fans of Peter Park and U2 will get a little tease Friday morning when the first song from the long-awaited musical collaboration between director Julie Taymor and Bono and the Edge is unveiled on "Good Morning America."Geoff Boucher at the LATimes blog, Hero Complex, has this report:Peter Parker has always been a hard-luck character so maybe it’s appropriate that his wobbly  ”Spider-Man:  Turn Off the Dark,” has been under a nasty black cloud as the most expensive Broadway production ever … [Read more...]