Has anyone noticed that I sure have blogged a lot lately? Why is that? I have pondered that quite a bit lately. Heck, I am sitting in my sister’s living room right now with my sister, brother-in-law and nieces. In the past when I have visited them (they live far away in North Carolina), I have opted not to blog while here. I would either do posts ahead of time and just do the questions of the day. Yet, now, I still want to blog. Why is that?
I think part of it is that we are in the beginning of Duran activity cycle. Life seems exciting again in Duranland. Am I right? I know that there is an album coming out in just a few months. I have a new song to listen to. I have tour dates coming up. Just yesterday, in fact, Rhonda and I exchanged emails in which we talked about how we were both anxious for the fall while, at the same time, didn’t want to rush past summer. It has been a long time since I have felt the pull to make a countdown for some upcoming event.
Of course, it isn’t just because there is something to look forward to, in terms of Duran activity. It seems to me that there is a lot of Duran activity happening right now, too. For example, yesterday, my timeline and news feed was filled with people at the Night at the Park festival. Then, I watched for a setlist. While, yes, I was sad that I was not there and slightly jealous (of course! Duh!) for those who were there, I loved knowing that Duran was doing something, that they were playing somewhere. Seeing Duran activity makes me feel like everything is right with the world. It feels good. I knew that I was missing them during Durantime but I didn’t realize how much until they came back.
Yesterday, I went and saw the movie, Inside Out. Without giving anything away about the movie, it focuses on emotions. One of the questions that the movie addresses is whether or not all emotions are needed. It made me think about Durantime and the season of winter. I have always said that I like living in the Midwest because I really appreciate nice weather when I have it because our winters are so long and so intense. To me, there is nothing better than the first day that the temperatures rise above freezing and the ice begins to melt. Is that what we are going through now in Duranland? The giant thaw? The spring? Maybe. The question then is, do we, as big fans, need Durantime to appreciate Duran activity? As someone who was super critical of Durantime, I wouldn’t say that we need as MUCH time as we had (especially since this was the longest stretch with NO activity ever) but maybe a little bit, a tiny bit, a very tiny bit isn’t so bad.
Of course, this is super easy for me to say now that there is activity. Maybe this is me on vacation. Maybe this is me when I get enough sleep or don’t have work to worry about. Right now, I prefer to think of myself as a fan, SO happy to have things to talk about and things to look forward to.