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Once upon a time, there were two Duran Duran fans. One named Amanda, the other named Rhonda. Over many vodka tonics, they would laugh about the idea of one day writing a book about their fan experiences. While that manuscript is still being composed...Rhonda thought they should write a blog. (What was she THINKING?!) Lo and behold: The Daily Duranie was born.

If I Listen Close

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Duran Duran is answering calls from the fans to do more online video parties! Today – yes, this very afternoon/evening – Duran Duran is hosting another video party. This time on their Facebook page, we’ll have the opportunity to watch videos (no requests, please!) and chat amongst ourselves. I’m a little fuzzy on how they’re working the videos – but I’m up for any sort of diversion these days! Hopefully, this will give everyone a chance to smile, and maybe even put stress aside for an hour or two.

If that’s not quite enough, don’t forget our own DJ Velvet Rebel and The Music Between Us Livestream happening on Friday, 1pm PDT/9pm GMT. I know it is Good Friday, and that may not work out for everyone. I have a feeling there may be more of these as time goes on, so don’t worry. I am going to make a point to check in for sure!

I’m cutting this blog short today for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that tomorrow is a special day. Believe it or not, my husband and I were married on April 8, 2005, which means that tomorrow is our 25th anniversary. Yes, it really IS a miracle we’ve lasted that long.

The good news is that my kids are all here to celebrate with us (which is not by design or planning), and the bad news is…well…I think it’s pretty damn apropos that it’s happening during a pandemic. I mean, come on!! I do have to laugh. Two weeks ago or so, right as everything was being shut down, or maybe right after, I can’t remember now – Walt told me he had originally planned for us to go on a trip. My husband doesn’t plan. Definitely not a vacation or trip, or pretty much anything. Ever. (unless its a work meeting, of course!). So naturally, of course there’s a pandemic. Yes, I realize it could always be something worse. I’m choosing not to think about that.

So, instead of packing for a trip, I’m finishing up a handmade card and figuring out a menu for tomorrow. Cooking is last on my list of favorites, but in this situation, it’s the best option.

While I’m at it, shout-out to Jason, who is ALSO celebrating a special day tomorrow. It’s his birthday!!! Happy Birthday Jason!!

-R

Spreading Hope through Music

I know that by now, surely you’ve seen it and have had a chance to absorb the words, feel the emotion, and understand it’s significance. Yesterday afternoon, there was a note from John that had been posted throughout social media. In the note, he explained that about three weeks ago, he had tested positive for COVID-19, but that he is feeling okay now. In John’s case, the symptoms were mild, a “turbo-charged” flu. It did not sound as though he needed any sort of hospitalization, and naturally the best news is that he’s fully recovered.

Oddly, and yet pretty much exactly as it should have been, Amanda saw the note first. I had texted her about something else entirely, and she made sure to tell me that I ought to go read Twitter. So I did. I have been mostly off of social media, and I’ve tried very hard not to watch the news – although I do watch my (very) local news each night. I’m not going to sugar coat it – I can’t handle it all otherwise.

Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? Well, I can’t speak for anyone else, but this is my life right now. Each day feels very much like the one before. Last week, I found that getting out of my house into the sunshine (we had wonderful spring weather last week) helped a lot. I weeded, took care of my chickens, cleaned out the coop…and tried to forget what is going on outside of my gate. This week, we have rain. It’s rained 2 and a half inches just since yesterday. It’s a mess outside, and we’re all stuck inside. We watched movies yesterday, and I sat and made some progress on a blanket that I’m crocheting for my youngest. I felt incredibly antsy the whole day, and didn’t sleep well last night. Sure, we’re only being asked to stay at home, and that doesn’t sound hard – but it is. We know what is going on around the globe. Not watching the news doesn’t make that go away, but I also don’t linger on every single number being thrown around, or remain critical of every single word a leader mumbles off the cuff. I just don’t need it. I do need, however, a little bit of hope.

Seeing that John tested positive and has recovered definitely put me through some emotions. Of course I was concerned – who wouldn’t be? It’s frightening to see that someone I know of has had it. (John is the second person I know – albeit not personally – to have tested positively for the virus) I was also filled with love and joy, too. He cared enough to share with us, and he cared enough to make sure we saw that yes, there really is hope out there. Not everyone dies, despite the lack of media coverage regarding recoveries. It’s good to see and have evidence of that.

Throughout this experience thus far, the one thing that I’ve found fascinating on a personal level is the sheer swing of emotions from day to day. Some mornings, I wake up believing that we really will get back to normal. Someday, I’ll go to another concert, or I’ll see my friends. For that matter, I’ll be able to go back to Fossil, my favorite wine bar in Atascadero. Shopping won’t be such a trial, and yes – toilet paper will be found in stores once again. Then other days, I’m not sure if we’ll ever get back to what we once were. Will it always be like this each time COVID-19 rears its head if it is indeed seasonal? Sometimes I feel completely fine and at ease. Other hours, I feel like climbing the walls. It seems as though most people feel that way, too.

I have all three kids here. At the onset of problems, we immediately requested that my oldest and her boyfriend come to stay up here. I was willing to take the chance that they’d been exposed (and vice-versa), plus we knew that they may need our help financially because they were both out of work for a bit. They’ve been here for the past three weeks, and they’ll stay until the stay-at-home orders have been lifted. My house, although spacious, is indeed full right now. I have more animals living here than people (four cats, two dogs….and eight chicks in a brooder in the laundry room, not to mention the other twelve outside in a coop!), but with at least five different daily schedules to manage and two different diets to accommodate, this has been an interesting experiment in patience. But, we’re making it work, and every night is game night!

As I told John in a reply yesterday – hope is really important. Hope gives a huge boost to the immune system. I think we could all use a little of that right now. Music is also supposed to help, which has been a struggle for me lately. I just don’t take time to listen. My brain can’t process it all…which is why, I for one am thankful that our good buddy Jason has agreed to do another DJ set. Aptly titled The Music Between Us, it takes place this Friday, April 10th. The fun begins at 1pm PDT, or 9pm GMT and will include “visual treasures from the Durandy archive”. I believe Jason is going to stream this directly from YouTube this time – but stay tuned for details on that!

Until tomorrow, take care of one another!

-R

Question of the Week: The SOng that Represents the Astronaut Tour

I apologize for not getting a blog post out yesterday. While my intentions were there, my body said otherwise as I suffered through a pretty nasty migraine. Thankfully, I’m better today but I have been left with a ton of work to do to get ready for the new school world online tomorrow. Still, I wanted to check in here on a few items, including the weekly question, the twitter chat with Nick and the upcoming Duran Duran watch party.

Question of the Week

The last couple of weeks have been focused on the song that best represents the Astronaut Tour. First, I included all the songs they played in 2005 then limited to the songs people chose from that list. Now, we have a tie between two songs. This week’s poll will give us our final result.

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Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?
Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?
Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?

Nick’s Twitter Chat

Did anyone check out the Friday Twitter chat with Nick? I “watched” the tweets as I worked and had a few observations that I wanted to acknowledge. First of all, Nick was on longer than the rest, about an hour. It seemed to me that Nick took longer to “respond” which meant that there were longer pauses in between his tweets. That said, I appreciate some of the clever questions/comments that were shared. You can read the transcript here. I, for one, will be interested in seeing the chat next week with John. I’ll be curious to see if I will be able to watch as it happens as I’ll probably be doing school at that time. (I’m still getting used to this weird schedule I have.)

Duran Duran Facebook Watch Party

This weekend Duran Duran posted on their social media that they will be hosting a video watch party on Facebook: Duran Duran’s “Watch Party,” on the band’s Facebook page, will now take place on TUESDAY April 7 at 5pm EST (2pm PST, 10pm GMT). I, for one, have never actually checked into one of these watch parties. I might actually try for a bit on Tuesday just to see what it is like.

On that note, I better get back to work. Is it June yet?!

-A

Live Audiences

Earlier this week, Rhonda posted a blog entry that got me thinking. In the post, she talked about how some artists have been recording songs or concerts from their living rooms and then posting them on the internet for their fans. She mentioned how Duran Duran seemed less than interested in doing something like this, acknowledging that for our favorite band a show is more than just playing music. It is all about the interaction with the audience, the chemistry that instantly develops and feeds both the band and the crowd.

Every time I see that Duran does not want to do some sort of performance, I feel a little sad as I know that “seeing” the band would give me great joy and take my mind away the world’s current reality. Heck, I get excited enough for their little Twitter chats that I cannot imagine how it would be to “see” them even on a video. Part of me cannot help but to compare them to other artists. For example, I saw a video of The Killers playing their new song from someone’s household bathroom. Not only did I enjoy the song but I loved seeing the joy they had from performing, from doing their job. So, while I did not offer any criticism of Duran or their decision not to do this in any sort of public forum, I found myself thinking it on some level. That said, this week, I had a change of heart on the topic.

This week I found myself back at work. No, I have not entered my school building but I have attended a heck of a lot of staff meetings via the internet. Many of these meetings focused on how the heck we are going to not only engage our student online but reconnect, relationship wise. In thinking about this daunting task, I found myself frustrated. Sure, I could post a question on something like google classroom to start a discussion. I could ask students to record a message to the class. Maybe, I could even hold a zoom session and invite students to join. All of these methods seem…less than adequate. Would any of these ideas equal what happens in a classroom when we are there face-to-face? No. Part of the classroom experience is being there all together. It is about reacting to each other’s facial expressions and body language. It is about having a shared experience that brings us closer to together. While comments can be made in an online setting, it is not the same as being truly together.

In thinking about this, I finally get how the band must feel. As I try to lesson plan, I am fighting this longing to pull all of my kids together, to be in the same room. I want to see my kids, to hear their voices through something other than a computer speaker. Without their presence, I am struggling to get excited, to really care about teaching. I always knew that I did the job for the kids but now I feel it deeply, in my core. I’m truly missing them terribly and finding this alternative to be unacceptable. I need the kids as much as they need me. Maybe this is how Duran Duran feels about their crowds. I know that I could stand up in my living room and talk about World War I (the next unit I was to cover) while recording myself but it would be far less enjoyable than if I had a bunch of teenagers in front of me. (Yes, I know how crazy that sounds!) How will I know if they really get what I’m saying if I can’t watch for confusion or see the moment when an idea clicks with them? It seems to me that the moment of understanding when the light bulb goes off is equivalent to when an audience screams for joy or claps loudly. It is the purpose, the point of doing the job. If Duran performs without an audience, they don’t have that reinforcement and feedback, just like I won’t without a group of kids.

So, I get it. While I still understand people’s desire to see Duran perform something, anything, I also get why that is hard for them to do. Unlike them, I have to force myself to attempt to despite the fact that it feels so wrong. Another reason that I have to hope that this pandemic ends sooner rather than later. Nine weeks of distance teaching will be nine too long for me.

-A

Something Else I Meant To Tell You

Got a lot to lose

Lately, I’ve noticed an abundance of musical artists reaching out to fans through music. Now more than ever, artists are recording performances online. They post to YouTube, Instagram, or as I saw last night in email – Live From Home by Live Nation.

Sadly, it is likely to be several months before concerts will be back in the collective vernacular of the general public. As I recall back before the words “coronavirus” or “Covid-19″ became a part of my vocabulary, concerts were a huge part of the musician’s income. Record sales, in contrast, were not. Streaming, while widely accepted by the public, didn’t pay the artist “diddly-squat”, in technical terms. So I have to wonder how anyone expects to make money these days.

As I mentioned above, Live Nation proudly announced Live from Home yesterday. It was described to be “updated daily with live streams, content and more to keep you connected to your favorite artists”. It appears that this is at least part of Live Nation’s grand plan to remain in firm control of how concerts are viewed, and who gets paid. I scrolled through the website this morning, noting how easy it was to see what content was available and where. Live Nation made a quick jump from concerts to curated content, similar to a cable TV guide. The twist here is that Live Nation doesn’t appear to actually “host” the shows, but instead advertises and promotes them. For example, want to see Miley Cyrus? She’s got a show on Instagram at 11:30am (all times are local). Awolnation appears on Instagram at noon, while Melissa Etheridge will be on Facebook Live at 3pm. They’ve certainly hoisted their flag over their slice of real estate.

Nothing better than being with you

What does strike me though, and I’m still trying to decide how I feel or how this might affect the band, is Duran Duran’s own response to these online gigs. Two band members on two separate occasions have said that they don’t think playing without an audience works.

In considering this, I’m assuming that they meant a live audience. In fairness to the band, I too have to wonder how it might be playing onstage without an audience. The whole thing seems like it might be just a touch eerie. Sort of like a rehearsal, but not really. Having attended more than my fair share of gigs over the years, and being everywhere from the very back to the very front – audiences matter to Duran Duran. I can’t say that about every band I’ve seen over the years, though. Some bands – and I won’t name names – don’t seem to care.

Those bands don’t interact with their audiences in the same manner as DD fans might be used to seeing or experiencing. In some cases, they’re far more into their musicianship than they are their showmanship. Duran Duran is very interested in how they sound, don’t get me wrong, but the SHOW is equally important, and they know exactly how the show is going by how the audience responds, in real time. I don’t think it is an overstatement to claim that the give and take between band and fans, or the circle of energy between them is paramount to a Duran Duran concert. So, I can understand their misgivings.

Everything to gain

However, these circumstances are indeed different, and there is no firm end in sight. Just last night I read an article that suggested we will likely lose an entire summer of live festivals and gigs, as well as there is a fear of Covid-19 reappearing in late autumn, winter, and spring. Then this morning, Duran Duran cancelled their May 1 and May 2nd shows at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino (not postponed, mind you – cancelled with full refunds at point of purchase).

How does a band survive months of nothing – and not just this band, who arguably already had their moment(s) of success, but any band? How does a live music starved public survive?? For their stake in this territory, Duran Duran is as much a business as it is an art. The last I’d heard – touring made them more money than album sales. If they were to release their next album without the ability to tour live, and they weren’t ready or willing to do streamed shows – would it matter? Never mind that in my head, a streamed show still provides an audience, albeit a much different one than this band knows. I don’t have the answers.

I’ve seen a plethora of artists who sit down in front of their computer with a guitar and record away. They post to YouTube, or they do Instagram or even Facebook Live. They join other artists by doing short sets for charity – but the difference is, of course, that they’re singular artists. Duran Duran is a group. I don’t know how playing together could possibly work live during the era of social distancing unless one used the magic of editing. (hence, it ain’t gonna be live!)

When I think about it

Don’t get me wrong, like many – I wish the band was able to stream appearances. It would be great to actually see and hear them talking to us over Instagram Live. Twitter is great too, although I think we’ve all had that moment of “This is so dumb, I can’t even follow what they’re saying!” or we’ve wondered if it’s really the band answering. (For the record, I’m sure it is.) It is simply that I can understand why they aren’t necessarily jumping on the bandwagon, even though I’d sure love to see Drama Americana (A unreleased movie similar to Sing Blue Silver about the 2005 Astronaut tour) right about now. Talk about a watch party – that one would be epic! Perhaps live streaming a gig wouldn’t work, but releasing previously unseen video that I know exists might be??

-R

Going to Who Knows Where

If you were online at all yesterday, particularly on Twitter – you may have caught a tweet or two regarding our Zoom video party. Amanda spent some quality time with a small crowd of fellow Duranies as they watched videos and chatted. Technical difficulties kept me from participating on Zoom, but instead I offered to chat on Twitter with a few stragglers who like me, were unable to get into the Zoom meeting.

While it didn’t work out the way we’d hoped, it seemed as though everyone had a good time and perhaps brightened up the afternoon/evening. If we do this again, there are a few changes we’ll make to increase the likelihood of it all working!

On a personal note, I’m finding it more and more difficult to write. Time isn’t the issue, but instead – it’s sheer lack of creativity on my part. Times are weird, and try as I might, I have no problem admitting that right now, Duran Duran is not on top of the list of things I think about each day. Daydreaming about concerts or even reminiscing about times gone past does very little to spark my interest. While I am not worried about the virus, I find that its everything else that keeps me up at night. Right now, the world seems to look a lot more like muted shades of grey than the gorgeous rainbow it once was.

At 2am, when I typically wake up with my neck aching from stiffening up with stress, I think about my youngest and how this is going to affect her in the years to come. I am sure other parents out there understand. It is difficult not to think about how long this could possibly go on, and that it has likely changed the course of our lives forever.

Then there’s Gavin. He works at Target and is in contact with the public. Sure, he douses himself with sanitizer on a regular basis at work, and can tell me everything I ever needed to know about the differences between cleanser, sanitizer and disinfectant, but his life? Is this it? Online college classes are fine for most of the academics, but what if you’re taking automotive or cooking?

My oldest, on the other hand, is still working. The one kid I was most concerned about because of the nature of her job – is still working. Who knew? She teaches in our garage using Zoom, my husband works in his office, also on Zoom, and Jeremy – the significant other of my oldest – is working from here too. They all seem fine, I guess.

The thing is, none of us are. Sure, life is continuing I suppose, but it’s a mere shell of what it once was. We get up, “go” to work, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed. My days are still pretty much the same as always too. I get up, do morning animal chores, write the blog, do household chores, make dinner, clean up from dinner, go to bed. But there’s not a lot else. All of the colorful things that make life fun and/or interesting are sort of missing right now. I’m trying to find them. I would imagine the longer this goes on, the more used to it I will become, and then maybe I’ll start seeing the world filled with beautiful color again.

-R

Here Comes Success

Pressure. Nerves. Stress. Anxiety. We have all felt those, I suspect. Those feelings are pretty common when it comes to buying concert tickets, right? Strange that what I have learned buying tickets now help in the middle of a pandemic.

My usual tactics before buying tickets include doing some research. What is the venue like? I try to find a map with individual seats, if possible. Usually, then, I print it out, make notes about where I would want to sit the most. Then, I even try to find pictures of what the stage looks like from that spot. Next, I make sure that I have all information for the pre-sale. Is there a password I need to use? If so, when will it be released? How many tickets can I buy? (This, of course, requires a plan with my friends.) What ticketing operation will be used? Do they have a way to line up early, virtually speaking? After all that, I make sure that the ticketing agency has my information recorded with an account of my address, credit card, etc. Anything that I can share ahead of time will make it easier at the moment the sale goes live. Lastly, I ask around about how the pre-sales on that site works. Is it a situation where I need to refresh frequently or need to be prepared for refreshing a lot more than just five minutes? I try to get as much information as possible.

On the day of the sale, I try to get ready a few minutes ahead of time, making sure that I’m logged in. Of course, I also bring out my credit cards in case the pre-saved information did not work. I make sure that I have all of my passwords handy for the weird situation that a credit card would not work. Then, I take a lot of deep breaths, check in with Rhonda or any other friend who is also trying for tickets. I give myself a lot of self-talk about how I can do this, how I have done it successfully in the past while reminding myself that getting in the venue is most important. This statement is usually followed by another reminder about how I could always try for better seats later with the secondary market. Overall, I tell myself that it will all work out as I take many deep breaths and will my stomach to settle.

In thinking about pre-sales, I cannot even begin to count how many I have done over the course of my life. All of my experience came in handy this past week and not because I bought concert tickets (oh, how I wish I could!). No, it helped me to buy groceries! Yay, groceries. Oh, how much things have changed!

Here’s the deal. I will not let my parents go to the grocery store right now. On top of the fact that they are elderly, my dad is immune-compromised. He is in the greatest at-risk group. So I could go for them but…I worry that if I get sick, I cannot help them if they need something. This led us to try to figure out a different way. Through research, we discovered that our grocery stores allow customers to order online and pick up the order. Cool. That would work. My mom decides to try it. She fills her cart with groceries she needs, proceeds to pick out a time and nothing. It was exactly like that moment when you refresh for concert tickets and the VIP package you covet is sold out. Frustrating. Upsetting.

The next day, Mom and I do a little research. She calls the store. I look online for tips and suggestions. Is there something she could or should do differently? The store tells her to just keep trying and that tomorrow slots might be available. This leads us to wonder if the slots get filled earlier in the morning than when she has been trying. Brainstorm! What if midnight is like the time when tickets go on sale? We decide to try it. Again, she filled up her cart and waited for the magical time to select a pick up time and….drumroll..success! Yes! So, yesterday I picked up her order and after our Zoom party today, I will pick up mine.

Speaking of our Zoom party today, remember that it is at 11:30 Pacific, 2:30 Eastern. If you have the Zoom app, click on it at that time and you will be prompted to enter a meeting number, which you’ll need to contact us on either Facebook or Twitter to receive. Once you are in, you will see everyone else but will be muted. Please find the chat on the toolbar to talk to all of us and this will allow us to hear the video playlist. Then, we can “talk” about what we are watching as much as we want. Feel free to bring friends and a beverage or two of your choice! I, for one, am looking forward to it! It will be the best way to spend the last day before I go “back to work”!

-A

Silver Linings?

On Monday, I return to work. No, I’m not physically entering the school building but I will be trying to figure out how the heck I’ll be teaching 120 students virtually with lots of online meetings. I honestly cannot say that I’m looking forward to it. Don’t get me wrong. It has been over two weeks since I last saw my students and I’m genuinely missing them. No, I’m happy to reconnect with the kids but I’m struggling to concentrate on anything and wonder if the focus right now should be grades and content.

As I try not to stress out about that too much, I do want to acknowledge the weird silver linings, though, that have come about as a result of being “safer at home.” While, yes, I do appreciate the time spent with the cat and the extra sleep, there are other things that come to my mind. First of all, I have communicated a lot more with various friends than I would have normally. A number of friends seem to be checking in with me daily or almost daily. In some cases, it is to talk about the spring campaign or work related emails. In other cases, they are just checking to see how I am doing. Even Rhonda and I have “chatted” more than we had been. I love each and every message and I love each and every friend I have personally heard from. Likewise, my family also “checks in” everyday. In many cases, we meet virtually to play games and have agreed to watch a movie “together.” All of this helps me feel not so alone and keeps my anxiety as low as possible.

Beyond the personal connections I have been loving, I have to admit that my attention to Duran Duran and Duran Duran fandom has also increased, which I would have never imagined. I have had a lot of Duran activities that have popped up in my schedule, including watching Sing Blue Silver, following the Friday chats, hanging out with an amazing DJ Set by Jason and more. On top of that, Rhonda and I are hosting our own party tomorrow, at 11:30 Pacific or 2:30 Eastern. We will be using the Zoom app so if you have not downloaded it on either your phone, tablet or computer, you definitely should. Once you log in, you should be able to see our YouTube playlist playing. While you will be muted so that people can hear the playlist, everyone should use the chat function to share ideas, thoughts, comments, etc. That will be the fun part! I will share the Zoom meeting number for everyone to join in just before. I’ll edit this post, share it on the Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/430201534462995/) and on our Twitter. I, for one, am looking forward to it! The zoom meeting number is: 456-745-218

So despite this truly awful time, I, for one, am finding some joy. It doesn’t totally outweigh the horribleness but it helps. It makes me think that once this is all over (see my positive thinking there!) I want to keep many of these silver linings in place. After all, I have learned what really matters to me.

-A

Question of the Week: Astronaut Tour Representation Part 2

This week we are continuing to figure out which song best represents the Astronaut Tour. So far, people have selected the song that best represents the Paper Gods Tour, the All You Need Is Now Tour and the Red Carpet Massacre Tour. Last week, I listed each and every song that the band played on tour in the year 2005 and asked people to choose the song that represents the Astronaut Tour but I promised everyone that people would get a second chance to vote. So, this week, the poll includes just the songs that people voted for in the past week. After that, we can declare we have picked out the song that represents the Astronaut Tour.

-A

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Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?
Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?
Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?

Thought I Heard You Talking

Today marked the second Twitter chat with a member of Duran Duran. This week Roger participated and it went much like it did last week with Simon. Fans used the given hashtag and asked question after question or, in some cases, gave declarations of love, shared pictures, etc. You can see it all for yourself in the blog that Rhonda shared with screenshots of the questions/answers. As I watched the proceedings, I was left with one very strong feeling and wish. I want more of a conversation rather than a competition.

If I jumped on Twitter or another social media and my friends saw me or my post, what would they do? They would respond to what I said or say hi or something similar. Then, I, in turn, would react to them and vice versa. It would look like the normal give and take of a conversation. Of course, on social media platforms like Twitter, tweets are usually public so other friends might also see and join in. For example, I saw people in our Daily Duranie timeline talking about some poll Duran was in against the band, Wilco. Some commented that they were shocked that they could lose against that band (they didn’t) and others wondered who Wilco even was. Every tweet was part of what felt like a normal conversation.

Yet, with these chats with the members of Duran, there is no normal conversation. Fans are not interested in talking to each other much or so it seems. Instead, they tweet questions at Roger or whatever band member is present, hoping for a response. Then, he picks out a few questions to answer. For me, personally, this format does not work for me. Even if I have questions, it feels so unnatural of me to jump in and try to be “heard” or “seen” over others. That is not how I roll. I am pretty comfortable with being beyond patient. After all, I teach for a living. Now, in saying that, I am not blaming the band member present, DDHQ or the fans.

Last week, one of my friends suggested that maybe there needs to be a better or different way like getting the questions ahead of time. I could see why that could be a good alternative. Maybe the band member could answer more questions. Maybe they could search for frequently asked questions and respond to those. That said, I still wish that it could be more like a conversation. Do I have an idea for that to really happen? Not really. I, for one, would love if band member would come in and say, “Hi everyone. How is everyone doing? What is the status where you are?” Then he could share how things are where he is and with the rest of the guys. Honestly, for me, I really just want to know that they are doing okay. Then, people could respond to that opening or fans could respond to each other. I know. It’s not going to happen. I’m an idealist but dreams are free.

Clearly, other fans are also positive thinkers, too, based on the number of times I saw fans ask Roger about when they are planning to come play at place x. Obviously, they are hoping that this horrific pandemic will be gone and settled down soon. I would love for that to be the case, but I suspect that it won’t be. In case you missed the news yesterday, the Isle of Wight Festival has decided to cancel for this year. I was not surprised by the news. It still makes me sad to see things like this in print even when I think this is the right thing to do, in order to keep people safe. So, as much as I appreciate fans’ desires to see the band play live, I cannot imagine that any concerts will be scheduled anywhere for quite awhile. That said, I totally get wanting something to look forward to. I, for one, cannot wait for the day that I don’t have to utter or think about the word, pandemic.

So, maybe, on that note, what I should be focused on wishing was different is not a silly little chat on Twitter but that people who are fighting this pandemic on the front lines get what they need in order to stay safe themselves and others.

-A