One of my favorite songs from what I think of as “first-period” U2 (the era before Unforgettable Fire) has always been “New Year’s Day,” with its juxtaposition of optimism and acquiescence, suggesting:
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day.
On New Year’s Day.
But then at the center of the song declaring with renewed affirmation:
Though torn in two
We can be one.
I… I will begin again
I… I will begin again.
Video (why are they on horseback in the snow? I don’t know):
We enter 2009 with a “transition team” for Obama, but also with Israel and Hamas engaged in very real and violent conflict.
Do you enter the new year feeling hopeful, or resigned?