On That Note

"New Year's Day" artwork (Japan)
I work at a bike shop.  With four locations throughout the metropolitan area in which I live, there is a good amount of diversity in the work staff in which make this business run and customer base to which we offer services and sell product.  I started off at our Chesapeake location. Miles from the North Carolina border, the redneck country that is Edinburgh, Chesapeake is the place to ride your bike since there is not much traffic, but by no means the place to sell bikes - it just doesn't happen.  On top of that, given this demographic, the Pandora station is typically gauged for such.  I listened to more country for the two months I was at that location than I have in the 23 years I've been alive.

With the recent (past month) move to our Hilltop location, I've made the purchase of a new bike (total steal - the price I paid for the 2011 Madone 5.5 normally would get me the wheels on the bike alone), ridden with much faster guys, and worked under a much more friendly Pandora station list.  Naturally, this brings us to our track for this week.

I had the privilege of seeing U2 perform live in October of 2009.  Kind of blown away with the fact that Bono is indeed a rock star and not solely (or at all) a humanitarian, this may have hindered my paying attention to whether or not the band performed "New Year's Day."  With that said, I don't remember if I saw "New Year's Day" at UVA's Scott Stadium on the 360 Tour, although I can speculate that it was since it is the band's 5th most frequently performed song live.  The song has been in my head since Thursday because of the "Classic 80s" channel "the guys" and I so often listen to.  

Known for its bass part, the song is relatively upbeat with an emphasis in minor tonality.  This is what catches my ear most - minor keys are more descriptive to me.  With its content rooted in the Polish Solidarity Movement, "New Year's Day" also features sharp and dynamic vocal phrasing.  Topping at 2 on the Irish Single Charts and 10 on the UK Single Chart, the track is worthy of such recognition.  

Until next time