MLK and the Best Band In The World

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

Today is a day that I often glaze over. I do not give it much thought nor do I give it the respect it deservers.

Today is Martin Luther King day. And instead of going about my typical tradition of glazing over an important day I thought I would share a little something I found out about Martin Luther King and the best band in the entire world.

Martin Luther King stood for something very simple and yet profoundly difficult to do and that was the love of your neighbors. In a time of racial tension, anger, and hurt, Martin Luther King stood as a man who led a movement of peace and awareness that has forever changed history.

in 1984 the band U2 (the above band mentioned before as being the greatest band ever) released an album entitled “the Unforgettable Fire” that contained a song that captured what Martin Luther King was all about. The song, Pride, In the Name of Love was originally a song about Ronald Reagen that Bono (lead singer) was working on thinking about the kind that comes before a fall. But it wasn’t working, and he began to get the feeling he was going to have to switch paths.

Here is how the book “the Stories Behind Every U2 Song” talks about it:

The band had been to the Chicago Peace Museum and were impressed by the exhibit there dedicated to the black civil rights leader Martin Luther King. Shifting emphasis to the kind of pride that King had inspired black people, Bono sensed that there was an entirely different song to be written.

At the core of the song there is a series of images that Bono paints for the listener to catch what the picture of resistance that he talks about in the song:

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed up on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In honor of Martin Luther King I want to remember his cry for peace and love among brothers and sisters.

Listen to the song below and let it get stuck in your head. It will be a great reminder of what MLK stood for.

May we all be reminded what pride is all about.

*kyle

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
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  • http://www.RookiePastor.com David Norman

    I’m just excited to see that I’m not the only one touting U2 as the greatest ever.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      yes, they are the greatest ever in my opinion…glad I am not alone either

      • http://www.rookiepastor.com David Norman

        I’m had a ton of their albums on CD back in the day before digital downloads, but they were stolen, so when Apple released The Complete U2, I jumped all over it (and sync’d them to my first iPod – the U2 special edition). :)

        • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

          I remember when that iPod came out, I wanted it so bad. Black and red with their signatures on the back. At the time I just did not have the money, but that is awesome that you got it. Great collectors item now I am sure

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Thanks for sharing this! Pride is one of my favorite U2 songs, and I didn’t know the history behind it. Makes me like the song all that more.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      ya, if you like U2 you should check out that book, great stuff.

      • http://www.rookiepastor.com David Norman

        “One Step Closer” is another excellent book…

        And “Bono” – an extended interview is really good as well