Rumors have it that it is someone’s birthday today. Guess that means that I should take some time to acknowledge Simon and all that, if I must. If you are on social media, then you are aware that DDHQ has been tweeting/posting some Simon focused interviews, performances, quotes, etc. for his birthday week. I’ll use that as my inspiration to show just exactly what I…uh…appreciate about our favorite lead singer and yours!
Sense of Style
As a kid, I always believed that each and every member of Duran Duran was beyond stylish. Not only did they manage to wear the latest and greatest but they also led to the next trends. Lately, though, I’m not sure I see this in our lead singer…
Truly, Simon’s fashion choices never cease to…uh…amaze me.
Simon has a perfect memory, right? He has never forgotten the words, right? He would never forget his bandmates. Never, ever, ever..
Immaculate Dance Moves
Of course, everyone knows that Simon has the very best dance moves, agreed? Here are just a few examples:
I recommend watching the first one from about 4:50 or so…
Gives It Right Back
All of that said, I do appreciate that Simon not only seems to enjoy the loving ribbing that Rhonda and I (and others) do but also gives it right back. I swear when he sprays the water in White Lines, he aims right at the people who “deserve” it the most. I’m not saying that might be us, but…we do get drenched a LOT.
Way with Words
As much as I love to give Simon a hard time (and you all know that I do), I should be fair and also explain that there is so much that I do love about the guy, in all seriousness. First and foremost, he truly does have a way with words. At times, in my life, I have had to defend his lyrics as people too often criticize them for being “nonsense” or something like that. The thing is that those people just don’t understand that good lyrics are like poetry. This means that they are meant to make you think and feel. I, for one, enjoy the heck trying to figure out what exactly Simon might mean at any given time. Here’s a song with some of my favorite lyrics:
Brings Emotional Connection
On top of the fact that Simon’s lyrics are such that I have the opportunity to provide my own interpretation, which I love, his vocals definitely enhance the listening experience. In fact, I would go so far to say that the combination of Simon’s lyrics and vocals really do help me connect emotionally to various songs. The best example of this for me is this one:
Sense of Humor
As I mentioned earlier, I appreciate the fact that all the band members have a sense of humor and that is definitely true of Simon. He seems to always enjoy some laughs and is willing to put himself in positions in which the only result could be laughter. These video clips come to mind:
Helps with Causes
Of course, I also love that Simon contributes his time and energy to various causes. We saw it just recently with the Tall Ships Youth Trust in which he sailed with some inner city kids. Another example is the Blue Marine Foundation, which exists to protect the biodiversity of the seas.
On that note, I truly do want to wish Simon the very happiest of birthdays. I, for one, am thankful for you and all of the joy and laughter as well as the fabulous music you bring into my life.