More from Terry Lawless: Four Points for Musicians

My interview with Terry Lawless, U2’s traveling keyboardist, was intimate and he shared some details that I didn’t have room for in my original article for atU2.com. You can find “Terryworld’s Other Worlds” here. Below, I include some advice Terry gives that is especially helpful for up and coming musicians. Check out this short video of Terry explaining these four …

Songs of Iris

artist: Kelly Eddington

For Mother’s Day, I collaborated with artist Kelly Eddington to reflect on the importance of Bono’s mother, Iris, to both the Innocence + Experience and the Experience + Innocence tours. The entire story is up on atU2.com’s site here. This is an excerpt…. U2 fans have long been interested in Bono’s childhood, especially regarding the death of his mother. As …

U2’s Songs of Easter

Almost from the first listen, I’ve imagined U2’s Songs of Experience as a kind of pilgrimage from Christmas to Easter. The album certainly takes us on a journey. From innocence to experience. From birth to death to new life. From knowing to unknowing to reknowing. Martin Wroe’s “Eight Days (Poem at Easter),” published on Holy Saturday, reminded me again of …

Songs of Experience: A Liturgy for Existentialists

Here’s a snippet of my recent article for atU2.com, “Songs of Experience: A Liturgy for Existentialists.” Head over and read the rest there if you find this interesting. It’s been a long time since a U2 album has had this kind of staying power in my soul. Songs Of Experience taps something primal in me. While I appreciate it as …

On borderland we run: The JR art installation

Borders are somewhat random markers. Most of them probably began fluid and malleable, just scratches in the dirt, then piles of rocks and finally impenetrable barriers of steel and cement, reminders of past wars, negotiations and landgrabs. In California, the iron curtain rises above an otherwise pristine desert landscape, a jarring image against unrestrained beauty. Only a human could make …

From Father to Sons: A Dad’s Review of U2’s Joshua Tree 2017

After seeing the recent Joshua Tree tour, I wrote a reflection based on bring my own two boys to see the epic show. “From Father to Sons: A Dad’s Review of U2’s Joshua Tree 2017” is on atU2.com’s site here. This is an excerpt…. November 18, 1987. That was my first U2 concert. My ticket cost $19.50, a hefty sum …

Stealing from the Thieves

Thanks to all of you who have been concerned and inquiring about what my status is on Periscope. The short answer is… I’m in Periscope Penitentiary and it looks like it’s permanent. Here are a few more details in case the two or three of you who’ve been dying to know want to read on. On June 4, right near …

I Know A Girl, Who’s Like The Sea: The spirit/wind/breath of God’s creation

Psalm 104 is a beautiful poetic recounting of God’s marvelous act of creation. In this 3000-year-old poem the author praises Yahweh for his creativity and his sustenance of the cosmos. The psalmist mirrors the Genesis story by recalling God’s creation of the heavens and earth, the plant and animal kingdoms and human beings. Yahweh is to be praised as the divine …

Twenty-five years after Rodney King and that other guy

On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles exploded with violence, and the police department all but abandoned the riotous city. I was in inner-city LA just two weeks before the riots. I was leading a group of teens from my church on an urban immersion. This wasn’t a “mission trip.” We were there to learn about the city and to talk …

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Rock ’n’ Roll to Change the Underworld

I’m delighted and honored to have Terry Lawless reading along with U2: Rock ’n’ Roll to Change the World. Terry has been U2’s on-the-road keyboard player since the Elevation tour, but it’s not very likely that you’ve seen him — he’s the king of an unseen realm called the Underworld, conjuring his magical musical arts from underneath the stage. Bono often …