Somewhere around 1987, I decided that U2 was going to be my favorite band. In the years since, Iâ€™ve had a lot of reasons to be glad of that choice. What originally drew me to them was the mystery of their Christian faith -- they seemed to understand the kind of conservative, evangelical background I came from, yet they were also inviting me to a slightly different pathway in my own faith journey. Over the years, and with all the changes in their sound and public image, Iâ€™m amazed how consistent they have remained to that early vision that so influenced my teenage years.
Perhaps that glimpse into all the things music can contain motivated me to study music in college, eventually receiving a doctorate in ethnomusicology. My family and I spent over 12 years living in Papua New Guinea -- far from the closest U2 tour stops! -- where I researched and documented indigenous musical traditions, as well as working with education and development tasks all throughout the country. We returned to the US in 2015, where I am now Assistant Professor of World Arts at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics in Dallas, Texas.
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