We’re going to miss these people dearly, but we can take comfort in the fact that their legacies will always be remembered.
Unlike some of my colleagues here at Beliefnet, I am not a huge music person. I’ve got my favorite tunes and artists, but I don’t live and breathe music, there isn’t a soundtrack to my life constantly playing at home or in the office or in between. And yet, occasionally, I come face to face with a reminder of what I am missing, a glimpse of the power of music to inspire. This happened most recently while sitting in a screening room watching the movie “U2 3D,” opening in limited release over the next few weeks.
The 3D factor is more than just cool, though. It really does transport you to the concert, even onto the stage, as Bono and friends play their hearts out on mostly-familiar greatest-hits songs. Somehow, the line between movie and concert is blurred, although I remained all too aware the whole time that I was sitting in a comfortable movie seat, not standing dancing at a concert. But it goes beyond bringing you into the stadium, as the effect works two ways: It brings U2 and its fans into the theater. When Bono reaches out, it is not merely a gesture on some distant stage. His hand seems inches from your face, inviting you to join him in making soul-affecting music–and, this being U2, in making the world a better place.
The movie–the experience of sitting in a dark room for an hour and a half listening to U2 songs recorded at a live concert and filmed in 3D–made me wonder why I am not more of a music person. As Bono sang about Martin Luther King’s dream (the screening happened to be on MLK’s actual birthday), or donned a headband with the word “COEXIST” spelled out using various religious symbols, or implored the children of Abraham to learn to live together in peace, even that deeply cynical part of myself couldn’t help thinking that maybe, just maybe, music can change the world.