The holiday season is now in full swing. It seems as if it really snuck up on my this year. Last week we had our annual holiday party for Choice Home Warranty. Its always refreshing to see our team outside of their normal environment at work. Let’s face it, work can be hectic, stressful, and while it can be rewarding, its also great to see people let their guard down. I also love hearing what people are up to when they are not in the office, and learning about their families. It was a great time, and already looking forward to planning next year.
There is one situation that I wanted to discuss. I’m not sure how many people watched the RED concert in Times Square on the first of the month, where U2 (minus Bono) came out and they had Chris Martin from Coldplay, and Bruce Springsteen front the band due to Bono being injured in a bicycle accident. I love music and and big fans of both U2 and The Boss, but I have to say, I wasn’t uber impressed with the results.
I’m not sure what to make of the performances. You would think it would be a huge deal to have two of the biggest singer songwriters of the last 30 years come out and sing for the band that has probably had the most world wide appeal since the Beatles. All that said, I think I probably have more respect for Bono after this. While Bruce has a very distinctive voice, it just didn’t seem to mesh with the songs they picked for him. Bono is an amazing performer, and was interesting to see both Martin and Springsteen not quite live up to Bono’s stage presence. I can’t exactly remember seeing anything quite like this before. I know at the Grammys they often put stars together to play a medley of sorts, but a full set of someone singing another band’s music, is rather unprecedented. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t a larger deal, but hopefully we will see more experiments like this in the future.
Happy Holidays to everyone and their families!!