Bono and The Edge played on the metro platform at a Berlin train station a few days ago. I watched the video this morning and learned many things. Here are 3 of them.
1. Art, really great art is effective any which way you cut it. A song that can soar both stripped down to its core and with all the bells and whistles is a victory. What we make should live up to this standard.
2. It's all about experience. Watching two friends and bandmates perform that have been creating music together for over 40 years is enviable. To revisit and rework songs that began decades ago and to have the flexibility and confidence to dive back in and find new meaning, new melody, and new inspiration in their parts is kind of an amazing thing. This magic formula only exists because of the passing of time. It can't be bought, or studied. Only waited out, and I love that.
3. Be willing to be vulnerable enough to be completely IN what you do. Be so IN what you do that the sound of your long time friend's voice still takes you away. That the lyrics you have sung a million times before feel new each and every time you sing them. That you can transport a room full of people along with you, simply because you are willing to be vulnerable enough to let it all go and feel your way out.
What did you learn today? Join me by using the #thesethreethings and commenting below with your own These Three Things. I want to hear what you are learning, laughing about, and living through.