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Born To Run

Born To Run

The sound of white noise over the airwaves sent a chill through my spine. No music. No talk. Just “dead air.”   May 29, 1980… It was “the day the music died,” as Don McLean sang. CJUM FM radio had its funding pulled by the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba. Four of ... Read More
 
Hit Free…

Hit Free…

So goes the saying at UM101 Radio at my alma mater, the University of Manitoba.   Most College radio stations play some of the hits. What is or is not a “hit” depends on who you talk to. At UMFM “the hits” means the songs being played on commercial radio for today’s teenagers. The teenagers ... Read More
 

The Most Powerful “Lyrics”

Before I wrap up my musings on Bono and U2, I want to share one more example of living your passion and using your platform to influence and impact culture… This is a complete transcript of Bono’s talk at the 54th National Prayer Breakfast. Although it’s longer than typical for a blog, I post it ... Read More
 
Authenticity

Authenticity

The 2006 Grammy® Awards confirmed U2 as the top band in the world. I agree. Across three decades, U2 has gone deep musically and lyrically to create pause and thought. They touch nerves, and they inspire millions, because they are authentic. It’s no wonder they swept up five Grammys. Traveling through Germany last year, I ... Read More
 
Influencing Culture

Influencing Culture

One friend described it as a “religious experience”. My photographs from the evening have wound up as desktop backgrounds for several people I work with. U2’s Vertigo Tour demonstrates the power of music. It reaches out to every fan in the arena, in ways that few concerts do. Even though I’d seen their previous concert ... Read More