• Jacqueline Walker

Review: U2's "Ordinary Love"

U2 is an Irish rock band from Dublin that formed in 1976. Decades later, the band's song “Ordinary Love" won Best Original Song at the 2014 Golden Globes.

The song was written to honor Nelson Mandela and was also included in the "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" soundtrack.

"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is a 2013 British-South African biographical film directed by Justin Chadwick based on Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village to becoming the first president of democratic South Africa in 1994.

Mandela became involved in the anti-apartheid movement and co-founded the African National Congress Youth League. His activities eventually led to his imprisonment on Robben Island from 1964 to 1990.

The song is an amazing, and the group also wrote another song that was inspired by Mandela's imprisonment, called “Sliver and Gold.”

According to Songfacts, during the group's acceptance speech for the Golden Globe, Bono said that the band has had a "long association" with Mandela and that he "changed their lives." Bono is best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of the band.

"‘This really is personal, very very personal,’ Bono said. ‘This man turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate but he thought love would do a better job. We wrote a love song because its kind of what's extraordinary about the film. It's a dysfunctional love story.’"

Here is the video of the song so you can read and listen to the song: