Finally, I am getting to Lyric Day on Friday again! During the last couple of months, I have found myself pushing Lyric Day to Saturday or Sunday or never. This week, though, I’m on it! So, what song popped up when I hit shuffle: I Don’t Want Your Love. As soon as I see it, I cannot help but to smile. Oh, yes, I can use this song! From there, the lyric I would choose was obvious, to the say the least.
Every time I hear this song, the line, “Your rhythm is the power to move me,” always grabs my attention. How could it not? It feels like it screams fandom to me. It yells Duran Duran fandom, more specifically. You know, fandom is a funny thing. I think that being a fan is my blood. My parents taught me fandom from day one as I watched them be White Sox fans. Then, I saw my brother obsess over comic books and Star Trek. I learned that fandom was good. I even learned to be a Sox and Star Trek fan. Now, decades later, those fandoms remain. While I wouldn’t say that my youngest niece is a serious fan, I see some signs that she could be if the right thing grabbed her. She likes lots of different things and can and does focus on those things in the way a fan would. For example, for a while, it was Harry Potter then Buffy. Yet, nothing has really stuck.
In my adult life, I have had some interests that have caught my attention. Sometimes, those interests have lasted quite a while. The TV show, Roswell, had my attention for years until I finally let it go. I adore the X-Files and will get super excited when the next season starts, but those just aren’t the same as that Duran fandom. The rhythm of being a music fan is just different. With fandom surrounding TV or books or even movies, it is all about the love of a story or characters. Most fans of those watch and rematch various scenes that they like. Perhaps, those fans write fanfic to add to the story or to fill in the gaps. I can understand all of that. I, too, have loved specific characters on shows, for example, but the fan fiction train was never for me. While I enjoying reading some, I couldn’t write it and got tired of reading the same old things. Therefore, once the show is over or off the air, it is much hard for me to stick with the fandom. This, of course, is the story of how Roswell died for me. I didn’t wake up one day and determine that the show sucked. No, I found that it could no longer keep my attention, no matter how great some of the fan fiction was.
Music fandom has been different for me. Perhaps, part of the reason that music fandom resonates for me is because it was my first fandom. While I appreciated those family fandoms, Duran was mine and all mine. I discovered at a young age that their music moved me. When Duran writes one of those amazing tracks that stay with you long after you listen to it, I fall in love all over again. Truly, Duran’s music affects me longer and stronger than any show or any book ever has.
Of course, I think that beyond the music itself, which is super strong, is also how I participate in the fandom. For movie/TV/book fandoms, it feels very passive for me. When I was into Roswell, for example, I had get togethers with friends but for the most part, I watched clips and read fanfic. I would go online and dissect all of the little scenes but that was it. I didn’t do much with it. My Duran fandom, on the other hand, has motivated me to not only go to as many concerts as possible but also to travel, to write, to blog, to plan events. The band’s rhythm have motivated me in ways that I could have never imagined. Sometimes, I think back to when I was a kid watching Duran videos and I just start shaking my head. Would my 9 year old self believe that thirty years later I would have seen the band a bunch, write about being a fan and more? Somehow I don’t think so. Yet, it is true. They have the power to move me and have for a long time.