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Bono writes op/ed ode to Sinatra
The Irish rocker’s first opinion column for The New Times appeared on Sunday, and it wasn’t about debt, poverty or Aids in Africa — causes on which he has long been outspoken.
No, his initial incursion onto the op/ed pages is an ode to the Chairman of the Board.
Frank Sinatra’s defiant voice singing “My Way” is a “foghorn” at a time of world uncertainty in business, love and life, Bono writes.
Bono says he was struck by Sinatra’s lack of sentimentality in the song, when listening to a deafening chorus of Irish “rabble-rousers” sing “I did it my way” midst the revelry of a crowded Dublin pub at New Year’s.
“Is this knotted fist of a voice a clue to the next year?” the U2 frontman asks himself.
“In the mist of uncertainty in your business life, your love life, your life life, why is Sinatra’s voice such a foghorn — such confidence in nervous times allowing you romance but knocking your rose-tinted glasses off your nose, if you get too carried away.”
Bono has joked that he was “never great with the full stops or commas.” To that end, the 48-year-old rock star recorded a podcast to accompany the column.
The New York Times says its new guest columnist will occasionally write about a diverse range of topics and major issues facing the world.
Bono has campaigned to lessen the debt burden on the world’s poorest countries and fight poverty and AIDS in Africa.