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Ian Ryan

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Hi! I live in Portland, I'm a University of Oregon alumnus, I work in public transportation with the City of Portland, and I am currently back in school working on a masters in public administration at Portland State University. I'm an Oregonian, born and raised, and I love it here. I love the food, the drink, the natural beauty, and the culture that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. U2 are my favorite band by far, I think Bono is one of the best lyricists in popular music, and this band is my deepest love in popular culture. I remember checking The Joshua Tree CD out from the public library as a kid and being captivated by a couple of songs called "Where The Streets Have No Name" and "Bullet The Blue Sky." I remember that when Achtung Baby came out, I had to pay attention to the radio and listen for the singer almost whispering because that meant "The Fly" was on. "Lemon," "Numb," and "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" got me even more interested, but I didn't become a die-hard until Pop. I remember the first time I heard "Discothèque," which had me hooked. I sat and listened to Pop for about three days straight when I first got it. It wasn't that I didn't know that music could sound that way; rather I didn't know SOUND could sound that way. I've been enamored with the sound these four guys make ever since. I love that U2 has never stood still or tried to copy their prior success, although sometimes I'm sure that would have been easier. I love that the band is the same four guys who have been playing together since 1975. I love how Bono's lyrics can be wide open and yet intimately personal at the same time. I love how the Edge can switch from playing the dirtiest clangs to the most heavenly shimmer on a dime. I love how Adam always looks so serene, rumbling away on his bass. I love how Larry always manages to create the perfect drums for a song, not to show off but to serve the music. I love how I can buy a $50 ticket from them and be assured of one of the best nights of my life. I love their music.