Yesterday was a busy, crazy day in my world. It started out by taking the niece back to college, including helping her move back into the house that she will be living in. It was tiring, especially once we got stuck in a massive traffic jam on the way back home due to an accident. As the minutes slipped by without moving, my impatience grew. After all, I had other plans! Eventually, I made it back home where I could join my partner-in-crime with our online Duran Duran Appreciation Day party.
I haven’t spoken with Rhonda this morning but I was pleased as punch with how things went yesterday. We had quite a good turn out on Twitter where we chatted with friends using the hashtag #DDAD19. One of the things I loved the most is how we had some people with us the vast majority of the time who participated with drink suggestions and tweets. Others came and stayed for awhile before moving on to life activities. Some came, left and returned again when they could. Of course, we probably had people who just watched the playlist and did not chat with us on Twitter. No matter how or how much people were with us, we appreciate each and every one of you. It made the day far more fun for us!
I don’t know about the rest of you but it has been a very long time since I have taken a huge chuck of time to simply watch Duran stuff. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do it. I worried that I might feel guilty for doing so or feel like I should be doing twenty-five other things but it did not happen. Instead, I found myself watching and thinking about fandom and the good times I have had. In fact, there were a number of times that I found myself tearing up. For instance, as I sang along to the songs featured in Sing Blue Silver, I was transported back to my childhood watching the VHS copy that my friend, Beth, had. I remembered how we memorized lines and did everything that Simon directed the crowd to do. It reminded me that I have been a part of this larger story that is Duran Duran for over 30 years. Then, the end of the night featured A Diamond in the Mind. As I’m sure that many of you are aware but that era, the All You Need Is Now era, was a big one for Rhonda and myself. Not only did it mark the beginning of this blog, it also included the trips to the UK. Fandom became way more significant for us then. Because of that, that era will always have a big piece of my heart.
The online party brought more than an opportunity to bring back memories for myself but allowed me the time and space to talk with Duranies about a variety of topics. I haven’t talked Duran like that in forever! The best part was how something on the screen would bring up a topic on Twitter that would just flow from one idea to the next. Some of those topics included everything from the movie, Barbarella, to best concerts to how some songs are better live than others. At one point, I paused and thought, “Is this conversation really as positive as it should be for Duran Duran Appreciation Day?” Then, I realized that it totally was. What does it mean to really appreciate something? According to online dictionaries, it can be defined as “recognize the full worth of” or “understand fully.” Does watching various videos from the band’s career help us understand fully their history and who they are as a band? I think so. Does discussing any and every topic help us to recognize the full worth of the band? Again, I say yes.
Here’s the deal. I don’t believe that Duran Duran is “perfect.” No band is. Yet, I think that by understanding them and their history, both awesome and not, as much as possible through watching videos, through talking about, I can better understand and appreciate them. To me, that means that the day and our online party was a big win for this Duranie.