Songs of Surrender

40 Songs, 40 Creators

SONGS 1-10 | SONGS 11-20 | SONGS 21-30 | SONGS 31-40 | SONGS 41-UP

40 songs re-recorded by us, re-imagined by you.

41. Alexandra Thurmond | Where The Streets Have No Name - Songs Of Surrender

Date Posted: 30 Mar 2023

Alexandra Thurmond is a director and creative director originally from Long Beach, California.

“I’ve always been obsessed with music and movies, and love working at the intersection of the two. Ever since I was young, I’ve been drawn to work that explores relationships, our connection to ourselves and others, and to the world around us.”

U2 is one of those bands that has always felt iconic, from the first time I heard their music as a kid, to watching their videos on MTV. Beyond the music, I always admired their activism and outspoken support of the causes they believed in.

When I started thinking about this project, I wanted to make something that continued that spirit, and as I started looking through references, I came across a photo I’d taken of Steve.

If you live on the East Side, chances are you’ve seen Steve Sharp. Every Friday evening, he stands at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset with a double-sided sign that says ‘Spread Love,’ ‘Celebrate Peace’. I’d driven by him many times over the years, and it would always make my day to see him out there. His energy is infectious.

When I got in touch about the project, I learned that he’d been doing this for over 20 years. What started as a protest against the invasion of Iraq, with hundreds of other supporters, has become a personal vigil for Steve: “I’m no longer protesting anything, I’m promoting peace in my own way.’ I am so honored that he wanted to be a part of this video, and grateful that U2 has given us the chance to share his story, and promote peace, from the streets of LA.”

Huge thank you to our crew and to my friends with cute cars who came along for the ride.

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42. Clyde Munroe | Stay (Faraway, So Close) - Songs of Surrender

Date Posted: 31 Mar 2023

Clyde Munroe is a director and editor from Pittsburgh, PA. She grew up filming her siblings constantly, they spent most of their free time shooting mock music videos and shorts around their neighborhood. Her family inspired her to pursue directing professionally, which she is now doing full time in LA.

“In spirit of U2 reimagining their songs - our video reimagines the character from the 1993 video. We show her driving 30 years later, finally at peace and living the life the original video had hoped for. When I think of U2 I think about driving to school with my dad blasting Vertigo with the windows down. I have so many happy memories from that time associated with their songs. This video pays tribute to the character, but also to the nostalgic joy U2’s music evokes.”

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43. Liza Lipskaia | Walk On - Songs of Surrender

Liza Lipskaia is a Ukrainian based in New-York director. She started her career in 2017 as a producer and director. Liza’s work spans the world of tv commercials, music videos, food advertising, and branded content. She is always in pursuit of making high-quality content adding her unique visual language and point of view.

"U2 albums were the soundtracks to many of my formative teenage memories. My father, a huge fan, introduced me to the music, and we would take summertime drives, listening to U2 at full volume with the windows down while feeling the wind on our hands".

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44. Jake Gonzalez | Vertigo - Songs Of Surrender

Date Posted: 4 Apr 2023

Jake Gonzalez also known as “Globe” is an up-and-coming director, originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, who relocated to Los Angeles 2 years ago to pursue his dream of filmmaking. From an early age, Jake has been captivated by movies, drawn to their power to tell stories that inspire, entertain and move audiences.

Jake's journey in Los Angeles has been one of resilience, grit and determination. Jake remains hungry to learn. He believes that there is always room for improvement, and he is constantly seeking new ways to refine his craft.

"This story is about the temptation of giving up when you’re really close to the finish line. And the characters represent how evil things are often hidden by beauty."

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