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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
When I'm walking under stars / I covet all the waning hours
— Neko Case, Tightly
October 26, 2009
U2’s Live Webcast from The Rose Bowl

From a technical perspective my first reaction to U2’s live webcast from the Rose Bowl was that the video quality was astonishing, that I got an instant connection despite the fact that I’m only catching the last half hour of the event (and that as an afterthought) and the sheer number of people who must already be watching.

We’ve come a long way the first webcast I put up in 1997.

None of that matters as soon as I hear the Edge’s jangly electric guitar at the opening of Where the Streets Have No Name.
The Edge's guitar, Where the Streets Have No Name Bad is their best song, but that distinctive guitar opening gives Where the Streets Have No Name a unique place in the history of rock and roll.

I don’t listen to U2 that often these days. There was certainly a time when I did, but that time ended around 1995. It’s been a while. Whenever I’m in the California desert though, The Joshua Tree inevitably follows. It was the soundtrack of the first trip, and filled my headphones on a glorious long motorcycle ride in 2006 for who knows how many miles.

Despite what the pirates of Silicon Valley want you to believe, significant events are never about the technology. The technology is just a tool. Tonight was a significant event, and as in all such cases its significance will only become clear with time.

In the meantime, just enjoy.

Posted by skooter at 6:54 AM This entry is filed under Music, Technology.
This entry is tagged: U2, YouTube

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