Here is my (incomplete) list of what I’m thankful for, as a Duranie:
1. Duran Duran songs that move me to feel, that hit me at the core of my being and seem to connect directly with my life. Some of the songs like this that pop into my head include Before the Rain, Finest Hour, and so many more.
2. Duran Duran songs that rock my world. Of course, here I’m thinking of songs like Planet Earth, Careless Memories, Hold Back the Rain and a ton of others.
3. Simon Le Bon. As much as we here give Simon a hard time, I completely appreciate his ability to write powerful, thought provoking lyrics and I appreciate his unique voice and showmanship.
4. Nick Rhodes. Again, we like to give Nick a hard time for being “the controller”, for being super picky, for making Durantime a reality. Yet, I know that his vision and determination for perfection has helped make Duran Duran the best they can be.
5. John Taylor. This year, I truly appreciate that he decided to share his story with all of us. It seems to me that we can all learn from John’s journey as well as his ability to be so open. On top of that, I am grateful that he, personally, has reached out to fans on twitter and has a tremendously cleaver way of sharing what thinks. 😉
6. Roger Taylor. I’m so grateful that Roger came back to the band and has stayed. He truly does form the backbone of Duran’s music and live performances. The rhythm section was not and would not be the same without him.
7. Dom Brown. The band could have ceased existing when Andy left. Instead, they sought a guitarist who could not only help the band continue but could add to the mix. I’m grateful for his stage presence and the fact that he has been contributing in the writing process.
8. Duran’s ability to appreciate and reach out to their fans. At times, we have all criticized Duran for being so removed from us. The past couple of years, however, saw the band acknowledge us in songs like All You Need is Now and reach to us on social networking sites. I think we can all appreciate that.
9. Duran Duran concerts. I’m so grateful that the band continues to not only play live but that they are at their best on stage. They can be counted on to give fabulous performances and leave the audience wanting more.
10. Duran Duran concerts that I have been lucky enough to attend. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to attend as many shows as I have and there are so many of them that have truly stayed with me. These shows include Brighton and Glasgow in ’11, Durham this past summer, Chicago in ’06, and Chicago ’05.
11. JoSi. While those fantastic John and Simon together moments in concert as not as frequent or an intense as they once were, I still appreciate the heck out of them and know that I’m not the only one. 😉
12. DoJo. Ah, both Rhonda and I both appreciate the DoJo, or those moments when John and Dom meet on stage and truly rock out together. *sigh*
13. Duran Duran has forced me to travel. In order to go to shows, I have often had to travel. In some cases, this travel has been short road trips and, in others, I have had to fly. Sometimes, I have combined them. No matter where I have gone, I appreciate the fact that this travel has opened my eyes more to the rest of the world.
14. Duran Duran videos that captured so much attention, including mine, and truly set the standard for them. Some of my personal favorites include New Moon on Monday, All You Need is Now, Planet Earth, and Sunrise.
15. Duran Duran’s intelligence and ability to be articulate their vision. One does not need to look far to see the band members’ intelligence. It comes through in every interview that they do. It also comes through in each project that they have done.
16. Duran Duran’s sense of humor. This connects to the the previous one but I adore the fact that they are funny in interviews and in their videos. I think of videos like Rio in which they were able to make fun of themselves or not take themselves too serious.
17. Duran Duran’s connection to other art forms. As the daughter of an artist, I have been surrounded by art my entire life. While I lack my mother’s creative talents, I have a true appreciation of art. One of the things I have always admired about Duran is how they bring in art, photography, and fashion into their projects.
18. Duran Duran’s good looks. Now, obviously, there is a ton of other things I appreciate about Duran but I won’t deny the fact that I appreciate that they look good. After all, there is something pretty cool to be in a room when a collective *squee* happens. Typically, this is done because a hot picture is posted or because one or more members does something to get the collective heart rate going!
19. Duran’s longevity. We should all be grateful that Duran has had the staying power! There have been countless bands who have not been able to last one year, five years, ten years, twenty years, etc. Duran has been going for decades, which says lot about the members’ personal determination and the quality of their music.
20. Duran’s plans to go back into the studio and to continue on. Like the last one, I’m so thankful that Duran plans on returning to the studio to make a new album. Of course, I’m thrilled that Mark Ronson is joining them again. This not only says to all of us that they plan on continuing to make music, but the goal is the same level of quality we had for AYNIN.
21. Duran’s ability to motivate Rhonda and I to tackle projects like writing a book on fandom and writing a daily blog. I, sometimes, question our sanity but, in general, am happy that they have inspired us in this way. That said, I’m so thankful for each and every reader. We couldn’t do it without all of YOU!
22. Duran’s ability to motivate and inspire others to create. I see the inspiration when I see fans create artwork of Duran, mixes of their music or even fanfic about their lives. Fans feel so much and want to express their own creativity, which is so cool. Beyond the fanbase, they have obviously inspired other artists to make music as well.
23. Duran opening my ears to other music. I have learned about so much music through my fandom. I have given so many songs and artists a chance because they connect directly or indirectly to Duran. In some/many cases, I have discovered new artists or songs that I have come to adore.
24. MTV, Top 40 radio, the Reflex and my best friend as a kid for turning me on to this band in the first place. I have a hard time imagining my life without Duran Duran. In the early 80s, many forces came together at the right time to make me a Duranie. I’m forever grateful to these forces I mentioned here.
25. Membership in a fandom and fan community. Duran Duran gave me an interest. The fact that I want to share that interest brought me to Duranland. While there are times I get frustrated with our fandom or our fan community, I am generally pleased that they exist and that I’m part of them. It is so nice to know that I’m not alone in my love for this band. I feel included and a part of something big.
26. The chance to meet other fans. Over the course of years as part of Duranland, I have had the opportunity to meet so many other fans. I have met some only online through message boards or social networking sites. When I’m lucky, I have had the chance to meet them in person.
27. Some of the best times in my life. When I look back to my life (so far), I have to admit that I have had some truly amazing times! Many of them have been with other fans, especially on tour. Truly, some of those tours have been the most fun I have ever had. Perhaps, that’s why I keep touring, to try and experience more of that fun. Touring wouldn’t happen for me without Duran Duran.
28. The ability to develop real, long lasting, essential friendships. Since joining Duranland, I have met so many great people. I’m so lucky that many of those same people are now true friends of mine. My world would definitely be a smaller, lonelier place without them.
29. My friendship with Rhonda. Out of all of the friendships I have made because of Duran or through Duranland, there is none more precious to me than my friendship with Rhonda. We truly enjoy each other’s company, seek each other out for support, push each other to think and be better, and have kick ass times together. Frequently, those kick ass times have included situations where we laugh so hard and so much it hurts like when we made each other laugh during Leopard in Bournemouth or during a very late or very early morning in a cheap dive of a restaurant in the heart of Chicago. Did I mention that we are also working together? It is truly a once in a lifetime friendship.
30. Overall, I’m incredibly grateful for the band and everything that has come with.
On that note, Rhonda and I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!