Friday, October 17, 2008

Flashback Friday

Giant-Mega-Band, U2 was a cutting new sound first in Ireland and the UK, then... the world. I was hooked with the first few songs that my cousin Philip had bought on the black market in Saudi Arabia. We were 12, it was 1981, and Pride/In the Name Of Love, the first American realease, had not even been recorded.

I'll always equate that time in my life with the pains of coming of age, my cousin Philip, and that hauntingly hollow beat we know as U2.

Even now I can see a chilling resemblance of Philip in the lead singer, Bono. Maybe it is that I will always hear Phil's voice singing along with Bono that helps bring it to mind, but to see them, one would think they were most certainly related.

Philip was shot in the face on Martin Luther King Drive in Little Rock in 1992. He lived on life support for three days, and then he died.

We were 23.

1 comment:

Daphne said...

U2 and Phil are cemented as one. I cannot listen to U2 without thinking of Phil. I even need to scan a picture of Phil with his Bono hair. And speaking of Phil, I do remember our talks about God on top of Sugarloaf Mountain.