Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Bono on Wave of Sorrow

This video is a really interesting text that offers a unique glimpse into songwriting. It's rare that you see a songwriter listening to his own song and interrupting to explain the allusions. But I also wonder if you would get this kind of self-reflexive insight into a writer's thoughts about a song's meaning without the kind of long-term process that this song took. That is, it was written 20 years ago and finished recently. Bono presents a kind of self-importance that few other people can get away with, but I'm willing to take it from him.


Higgins said...

Can you define what you mean by a "kind of self-importance"? And then can you please show how Bono "presents a kind of self-importance" using specific examples from the text?

I have heard it before that Bono comes across as "self-important" and so it would be interesting to see someone actually demonstrate that using examples of his own speech.

bethany said...

I'm sorry, man. I might have been able to get into this with you more specifically when I actually wrote this post, a year and a half ago. I'm not going to conduct a close rhetorical analysis now.

But, seriously. It's Bono. He acts like everything he says is the most important thing you have ever heard. Sometimes it is pretty important, which is why he gets away with it most of the time. But if you don't know where I get "self-important" from, I'm not sure I can help you.

Higgins said...

wow. you're pretty self-important. :P