Last week, I introduced the idea of lyric day created by using shuffle to find a Duran related song then lyric to use as a blog starter. Basically, the idea is that I would press shuffle on what music device is closest to pick out a Duran related song. From there, I would search the lyrics to find a line that grabs me. Then, I would write a blog based on what thoughts popped into my mind from that lyric.
This week, when I pressed shuffle the first Duran related song that came up was an Arcadia song, Election Day, to be specific. My first thought was to blog about the line, “She’s moody and grey. She’s mean and she’s restless.” After all, I might resemble that remark but it also seemed too predictable. Boring. I don’t want that. Thus, I chose the lyric, “Cause maybe we have more play time than money.” This line is one that always catches my attention when I listen to it. It reminds me of the differences between fandom as a kid and fandom as an adult.
When I first became a Duranie, I was very young (8!). My fandom was simple then, in many ways. It involves listening to the records over and over again. Similarly, it included watching MTV as much as possible for any possible video viewing. Many Friday nights were spent in my family’s “toy room” on the fold out couch watching Friday Night Videos with my best friend. Fandom then meant simple consumption. It was about listening, watching and buying. What I was buying included the usual 1980s memorabilia. I bought a lot of magazines. I saved up money for thicker books like “The Book of Words” and “Sing Blue Silver”. Christmas and birthday lists featured random Duran related items like the Into the Arena board game or Duran Duran pajamas. My fan community was very super small. Basically, it was me and my best friend. We encouraged each other’s fandom by listening and watching together. Likewise, we shared purchases with each other and tried to find the cooler items. As kids, we had a lot more playtime than money and money is what we really wanted for our fandom.
Now, as an adult, my fandom is expressed way differently than my kid fandom. I still like Duran merchandise, of course. It is a good time and a good night if I’m able to spend it listening or watching Duran but that is rare. No, my fandom now has to do with writing, like this blog, for example. Traveling and going to shows is another significant part of how I express my fandom. Like my childhood fandom, money is still involved. Now, I have more money to buy those little Duran related items but there is not much of that around. I often have some money saved up for shows but…there is a lot of time in which there are no shows to go to. In many cases, that is just as well since I always have a long to do list. So, now, that lyric feels like the opposite. I have more money than playtime especially during the school year.
When shows happen, I try my best to squeeze in a show or two depending on when and where they are. They are simply squeezed in to a super busy existence. As a kid I focused on money and the cost of what I wanted in terms of my Duranieness. Now, of course, money is important to get what I want but I also need the playtime and that does not always exist for me.
What about the rest of you? Which is a bigger deal in terms of your fandom: money or playtime?