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U23D – Sharing Music With Children

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I took the kids to see the U23D movie. None of them had ever been to a rock concert before. And while the movie wasn’t exactly like a rock concert, it was close. The movie was filmed in 3-D by National Geographic. In fact it is the first digital 3D, multi-camera, real-time production. According to the National Geographic website, the movie was shot from over 100 hours of footage with the “largest collection of 3D camera technology ever used on a single project”.

Now my kids don’t really appreciate my musical taste. In fact, they often tell me to turn the music down. I tell them that’s backwards.

While I wouldn’t take a baby, I would feel fine taking any child who could sit through the 85 minutes. Unlike regular concerts, and sometimes me, our IMAX theatre did not have the music turned up loud at all. At 3:00 in the afternoon, the crowd was very calm and included a lot of children. Another difference was that people were only drinking soda.

The movie was great and I do recommend it for U2 fans in particular. The set list included a lot of my husband and I’s old favorites like “Vertigo”, “Beautiful Day”, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, “Pride (In the Name of Love”, “Where the Streets Have No Name”, and “With or Without You”.

What was most of fun of all though was sharing some of our concert and music stories with our children. They couldn’t believe we used to go to concerts for less than fifteen dollars, or that we’d seen so many. To be honest, they really weren’t all that impressed with the movie. But that’s okay. My husband and I got to the see the movie, and we got share a little part of our youth with our children. And you know, any time you can feel like you are inches away from Bono as he sings “let me take some of the punches for you tonight” – well that’s a good day.

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