A Little Ray of Comfort: Summer tour 2016

Let’s get this party started!!!

Today is the day!!  As you read this, I am likely on my way to LAX, bound for Chicago. The next few days will consist of spending quality time with my sister.  During the latter part of the week, Duranies will be invading Chicago. I can hardly wait.

It has taken quite a bit to get to this point. The past few months were crazy.  Every time I think I’ve caught my breath, something else has come up and knocked the wind out of me. There have been several moments where I’ve considered just staying home. I have much to worry about here, but I also recognize this might be the last time, at least for a while, that I really can get away.  (And, I need the break.)

I’m excited to begin this tour. I really am! I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be able to focus on myself.  I’m looking forward to hanging out with friends.  So for me, the next ten days (yes, TEN glorious days), are going to be about relaxing and taking time to breathe.  We all need that once in a while.

I also need the reminder that yes, things really are going to be OK again. Somehow, getting together with dear friends—both those that really know me and those guys up there on that stage that have very little idea of who I am beyond just being a face in the crowd—will be healing.  I need it.

I haven’t talked to other friends or fans about what I’m hoping to do,  what I want to get out of the shows, or even what I want to hear played. Weirdly, two or even three weeks ago, I could have easily launched into a diatribe about how their setlist should include this, that, or the other.  But when it comes down to it, particularly after last week—all I want are some good shows. I don’t care what they play. I don’t even care what they wear. I just need the band to take me on a trip away from reality for just a little while.

Duran Duran has been the one true constant in my life since childhood. I suppose when I think about it, their music is a safe place. It’s a comfort and reassurance I could use right about now.  I can’t wait to see everyone.

See you on Friday, Duran Duran. 🙂

-R

 

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