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Soundtrack of My Life

I have been a Duranie for most of my life.  In fact, I became an official one at the very young age of 8.  Since then, Duran has always been the background music, the soundtrack of my life.  Some of their songs have inspired me to act, others have made me think about things in a new way, and still others really seem to capture my emotions.  I’m sure that some of the songs that have really touched me, emotionally, are the exact same ones that have touched other fans and others, not so much.

Ordinary World is probably the most classic example of an emotionally touching Duran song.  I’m sure that many fans throughout the years have listened to that song to help them through the process of grief over a lost loved one.  I know that I have put that song on whenever I want to feel both the loss of someone or something as well as optimism for the future.  After a rough week, emotionally, I turned to this song once again.  It helped me to remember that no matter how tough things are now, time heals. 

There are a couple of other more ballad type songs that have expressed my feelings in regards to work, which are Chains and One of Those Days.  When I’m not hanging out in the Duran world, I’m busy teaching as well as thinking and worrying about my students.  Those two songs always remind me that some days are not positive at work but that I’m still committed and hopeful that the future will be better because of my actions.  Once I’m in a more positive frame of mind, What Happens Tomorrow is usually played because I need to be reminded that things will be okay in the end.  🙂

Of course, there are songs that always bring me back to some extremely fun times in my life!  I can’t help but to smile when hearing a song like Late Bar!  How many really fun times have I had with my fellow Duranies at a bar, late at night?  Hold Back the Rain and Astronaut always make me think of touring.  The former one makes me think of that because of the line about how there is “no time to worry, we’re on the roam again.”  Certainly, one of the things I like best about touring is traveling and not stressing about daily tasks.  It is just about fun.  Likewise, Astronaut captures the feeling of being at a show with the line, “There is nothing gonna ace this.”

As I read the boards and see fans’ reactions to the new snippet, I keep thinking about how these new songs could fill a void in the soundtrack of my life and in other people’s.  Maybe they will capture some serious changes that will take place in my day-to-day existence.  Perhaps, they will remind me of both good and bad times I have had.  I hope that they will be able to express a part of me that I cannot.  Truly, one thing that I have always appreciated about Duran’s songs is how they can be interpreted in different ways.  While the songs I listed above mean something to me, they might not mean the same thing to others.  I suspect that every fan has Duran songs that really hit home for them.  Maybe some of them are like mine.  Maybe they are different.  No matter if they are the same or different, I would love to know what they are for you, fellow Duranie, and why!

-A

Being Followed

Sometimes, it is good to be blogging late!  As many in the Duranie world know, Mark Ronson played about a minute and a half snippet of Duran Duran’s song, “Being Followed” tonight!  For Duranies, there is NOTHING more exciting than experiencing Duranie alerts like this!  The only thing better than hearing a new song or part of a new song is having a tour announced!

After listening to the snippet and seeing many fans react to it, I am thrilled to report that pretty much EVERYONE LOVES what they heard!  My initial reaction in hearing the first five seconds was how fabulous it is to hear solid instrumentation that Duran is famous for!  I loved hearing John’s bass so clearly, especially since he was barely on the previous album.  Then, in typical Duran fashion, the other instruments joined in!  Many fans have referenced previous Duran songs like the early “Faster Than Light”, the classic “New Religion” and one of my favorites, “Hold Back the Rain”.  Once the lyrics begin, I focused in to catch as many words as I could.  Here are some of the lyrics I noticed:  “To the voyeur, seated in the darkened room…Paranoia-the only valid point of view…I’m not alone, being followed, someone’s always watching what we do, never alone, I’m in the shadows, I dream things I don’t want you to know.”  While I will always miss some of the cryptic lyrics of the first few albums, these non-cryptic lyrics entertained me.  Are they speaking of their own personal experiences of being famous?  Is it really more about a peeping Tom sort of thing?  I tend to think of the former, especially with the line, “Someone’s always watching what WE do.”  We-as in more than one, as in the band.  Overall, this song feels like Duran to me.  I definitely can’t wait to hear the whole thing and to hear this one at a show because I believe it will be really fabulous live!

Beyond the song, Mark Ronson also gave us a couple of other clues in regards to the plans for this album.  Initially, when introducing it, he said that he believed that the album will be out by the end of the year.  This matches with the latest rumors about a potential Christmas release.  The other, probably more interesting statement, was one that he made when talking over the song.  On the second play, he said, “Exclusive property of Capitol Records.”  Does this mean that they do have a deal with Capitol again?  Ah…let that speculation continue! 

No worry from me about when the album is actually released or how right on as I’m beyond thrilled by this snippet and hopeful that this album will be exactly what the Duranie community needs!  What is your reaction?

-A

Song Titles

Today, there is a new rumor flying around the Duran community surrounding a possible song title on the new album.  This would be the 8th song title out of a possible 11, assuming that the rumor is true.  Here are the song titles I have heard, at one point or another:
All You Need Is Now
Blame the Machines
Runway
Safe
King of Nowhere
Leave the Light On
Leopard
Being Followed

What is the reaction of this latest addition of “Being Followed” as a song title?  I don’t know.  I haven’t seen much, in terms of a reaction.  Most fans are just wishing that they could actually hear the song rather than just the title.  I get that.  I, too, want, want, want to hear the new stuff now!  Until then, why isn’t there more discussion about what the songs could be about?  After all, it isn’t like we know exactly what songs like Union of the Snake are about even after listening to it and reading the lyrics for decades.  Don’t the fans peculate on that song?  What about songs like American Science?  The Reflex?  Isn’t part of the fan’s fun talking about, analyzing, debating, discussing all things Duran, including having a large chunk of that discussion being about the songs?  Well, I think it is!

“Being Followed”:  Wow.  This song could be about so many things, really.  The most obvious topic could be about people/fans stalking the band.  That seems too obvious for me, especially since they did something similar with “Be My Icon”.  Maybe it is about being an influence to others.  I could see that since they are working with Mark Ronson on this album and he is clearly a fan.  It must have created an interesting dynamic in the studio.

“Leopard”:  This seems to be following in their animal theme, which includes Hungry like the Wolf, Tiger Tiger, Union of the Snake, etc.  In many of those cases, the animals seemed to reference instincts in humans that could resemble animal like behaviors.  Could this song be similar?  Could it be about Simon’s leopard pants that he auditioned for the band in during the fateful meeting in 1980?  That would a hoot!

“Leave the Light On”:  This obviously reminds me of family and friends who leave home but know that they always have a place to go.  Could this be a request that the band has of their fans?  As in, the band may be away for awhile but that they would like to always have a place to go to, a place where they will always be home?  I like the feel of that as I always feel at home when I listen to them.  (I can be such a sappy fan!!)

“King of Nowhere”:  This could be about where the band was at, emotionally, career-wise, after being dropped from their last record label and after the lack of success for RCM.  They were supposed to be on top after the release of that album and they weren’t.  They were in a state of limbo, having to re-examine things, once again.

“Safe”:  Honestly, this is the least interesting title to me because it is one word.  It could mean safe, as in not dangerous.  Playing it safe.  It could be about the band staying with a certain musical style in order to appeal to the most people even if it doesn’t grab really them, even if it doesn’t make people feel or think beyond the surface.

“Runway”:  This is similar to “Safe” in that it is one word and just leads me to think models, fashion, etc.  How very Girls on Film?!

“Blame the Machines”:  This seems to connect with “King of Nowhere”.  Perhaps, this is how Duran has been trying to figure out how and why they found themselves in the place they did after the lack of success with RCM.  Did they blame the record label?  The fans?  Andy?  The musical culture?  Radio and other promotional tools?  This is the only song that we have heard the lyrics for.  Clearly, one of the lines in there indicate that they also blame themselves.  This could be a very eye-opening song for the fans paying attention, I think.

“All You Need Is Now”:  As the album title as well, this song could be the one that encompasses the overall feeling of the album or feeling of where the band is.  It could be as it sounds, a song about embracing the present, letting go of the past and not worrying about the future.  Enjoy the moment as the fans enjoy the new material.

What does everyone else think that the songs could be about?  I would love to hear other ideas and then we can see how accurate our guesses were when the album finally gets released!

-A