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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Yesterday, I wrote about some things I am thankful for. I decided a visual was in order.

I’m going to apologize to my male friends out there, should you be over the whole “gawking at the band” thing. I have decided that life is entirely too short to worry about what some of you may think. I’m gonna do this the way I wanna do it…period.  If the band didn’t want us to look at them, they’d perform behind a damn wall.

So with that in mind, here are some of the more visual things I am thankful for, on this lovely Thanksgiving Day.  Enjoy!

I think this thumbnail alone speaks volumes and says everything I need say.

On the other hand….

(and I could have posted just about any video from Dom…I just like this one, and it’s his solo stuff, so enjoy!)

Back to Duran Duran…

 

Oh look, another thumbnail with Roger.  😀  No seriously, I am thankful for this video because it is with all five, and it is the five that I grew up identifying as Duran Duran.  There is no more joyous of a video than this one for me, to be honest.

I love this video. I am thankful that Nick decided to be a pain in the ass and chew gum, too. You go on with your bad self, Mr. Rhodes.

 

So much to be thankful for in this one I do not know where to begin. Well, there’s John Taylor, to begin with… and Simon. What?  I need therapy.

Ah yes, therapy.  This might work. I am thankful for this video because regardless of what the band or the director had in mind – I have my own personal meaning for all of it. And Dom is in it.  :)It’s

It’s Late Bar. It’s semi-recent(ish).  Oh, and Dom is in it.  To be honest, I don’t even know if he played well. Does that matter right now?

NO.

There’s a lot of memories here for me. I saw the studio they filmed this at (the tin foil was still on the wall), I walked through the cemetery Nick walked through (it also thundered, lightning and hailed which was amusing), and I saw some of the other sites in the video too. Plus – all we really need is now, isn’t it?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Welcome to the holiday season, 2016 (we are almost through this blasted year!)

-R

I’m Still Breathing, and So Should You

There are days when I am so thankful for this blog, this safe, happy place, that I wish I could hug it. Today is one of those days.

Yes, we had an election in my country yesterday. Some may be happy with the results. Others may be very unhappy. I am concerned. I don’t know what to write, or how to feel.  Mostly I want to move on, but I can’t seem to find the right way to go forward yet.

John voted in his first American election yesterday. He tweeted a picture from the @duranduran account. I am sure that must have been a very exciting and proud moment for him, despite the results not turning out as he may have wanted.

I know the rest of the world is sick of our politics right now. I live here and I’m sick of it too. I’ve seen many a friend and acquaintance comment in a variety of ways about the election, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there is nothing I can say to make people happy.  Once again our country has come to a crossroads, voters have spoken, and we find ourselves waiting for the other shoe to drop.  There are massive wounds left behind to heal, and I would be insane to think I could do anything to help with that process.

So, I’m watching videos today. I may not know much, but I do believe that music heals. It makes ME feel better. Our world is not perfect. My country may not have voted the way the rest of the world felt best, but watching a video or listening to my favorite band still has the power to make me feel better.

 

 

 

I’m just going to shut off my TV, shut down my computer, put down my phone, and try to enjoy some music for a while. I invite you to do the same.  Sometimes, you just have to take time out to breathe.

-R

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary Paper Gods!

Today is the one year anniversary of Paper Gods.  It is hard to believe that the album was released a whole year ago.  In order to celebrate the anniversary, the band released the official video for Last Night in the City (at midnight Eastern time) and then a little video from Simon discussing the special occasion.

Last Night in the City:

Here’s the video of Simon:

Of course, Rhonda and I had lots to say about the video, Simon’s video and the anniversary itself.  In order to fit our thoughts into one blog, a video blog seemed most appropriate!

After listening to all of our thoughts, what you think about the video or about what Simon had to say?  We would love to know!

-A

It Doesn’t Have to be Serious: Videos!

I’m having a difficult time writing today, and that’s at least partially because I’m under the gun with timing. The other issue is that today is the private memorial for my mom’s partner.

Even after his death, I’m still grappling with what to call him. He was a good friend to my mom, a sort of companion, and he kind of lived with my mom too. I say “kind of” because he and my mom live at the same senior complex, but he kept his own apartment downstairs. Yet, he spent the night at my mom’s most of the time. They weren’t married or anything, and so when it boils down to it – I don’t really know how to categorize their relationship. It’s weird.

My parents were married for 48 years before my dad died. I embraced the idea of my mom getting involved with this other man, and he became part of our family in many ways. But, he and I were never very close.  He was just that way I suppose, and now with his passing, I have to help my mom pick up the pieces and move on. Again. Not an easy task.

So, my mood is less than stellar I suppose.  That also makes it tough to write. I’m wishing I were on a plane headed for Vancouver for a weekend of Duranie fun.  Since that cannot happen, I think I’m just going to pick some videos to watch instead.

I think Pressure Off is pretty appropriate.

 

Rio always puts me in a better mood

 

Careless Memories kind of lets me work through some anger

 

Serious…because it doesn’t have to be serious

 

Crocodile Tears by Dom Brown goes here because I said so

 

And I’ll finish with Late Bar because sometimes, I just need it.

 

I won’t lie, I’ll be glad when this is over. There’s been a lot going on that I haven’t been able to talk about here, and today is going to give me some closure that I need in order to move forward.  The service will be very short because it will be just my family there with my mom, but I think it will take all of us a very long time to actually move on.

But, these videos will help me this afternoon, so I plan to sit and watch!

And for those of you headed to Vancouver this weekend, I hope you have a blast!! Safe travels to everyone!

-R

Happy Fourth of July!

Today is the 4th of July, and for those of us in the US…and maybe even those in the UK who are (or should be by now anyway) quite thankful they are no longer responsible for the crazy people across the pond…we are celebrating Independence Day.

For my family, that consists of a parade in the morning, pool time in the afternoon followed by a barbecue and fireworks in the evening.  There isn’t much time leftover for video viewing. However, I suspect I will more than make up for my lack of Duranie-activity today in the coming days ahead. I leave for Chicago tomorrow!

So, while I am cheering on my youngest as she performs in her first parade, or as I’m lounging by the pool—I picked a few videos that reminded me of the fourth of July, or of summer in general because let’s face it—how many Duran Duran videos really have fireworks in them??

New Moon on Monday

This one is obvious, and I’ll be honest: I will use ANY and ALL excuses to play this one. 

 

What Happens Tomorrow

I’m reaching here, and I’ll admit it. I gotta say—I love the stars. 🙂

 

Rio

The sun, the sand, the yacht, the ocean.  Summer.  🙂

 

Save a Prayer

So, a few things with this one. First of all, anything from Live Aid reminds me of summer purely because it took place on July 13th, and I remember it being incredibly hot in LA that day.  Secondly, I have noticed that t-shirt of Simon’s being worn by some Italian fans during their tour there, and didn’t realize he wore it for Live Aid. (No, I am not quite that detail oriented, and no, my memory is not that great. Sorry.)  Lastly,  I think the sentiment of this song and Simon’s words at the beginning are still perfect, even today.  We still have much to learn…

Happy Fourth of July to my fellow Americans and Happy Monday to everyone!!

-R

 

 

Happy Birthday John!

June is a very busy birthday month!  Today I get to wish The Bass God (that’s John Taylor, in case you lost track) a very happy birthday!!

I have only met John once, during an album signing for Astronaut. (I own the disjointed voice he may or may not have heard from somewhere in the crowd say, “It’s a beautiful album, John!)  My partner-in-crime has been in vicinity to him a few more times than I  Once even close enough for him to sign our In the Pleasure Groove books (mine has a lovely doodle of an American flag in it, too. :D).   She even has a picture with him, which still thrills me!  However, today is my day to blog, so there’s not really any exciting stories to tell.  Maybe next year! 😉

So, we’ll celebrate with some special John Taylor videos instead.

Let’s see…

Gotta go with the JT cameo to begin with, because his grin cracks me up.

In fair play, I must also choose a Power Station video…which led me to Get it On.

 

That got me thinking about John’s solo career, and one of my very favorites is Hey Day.  I wonder why?  🙂

And while I was thinking about Hey Day, I remembered riding the train from Birmingham to Edinburgh so that I could go to the Glasgow show.  A little known fact is that one of my very favorite songs to watch John play is Careless Memories.   That bass line just doesn’t stop.  He’s brilliant.

Naturally, as one does….while I was thinking about watching John, I remembered how much, er…enthusiasm….he brings to Danceophobia.  Because really, if you’re gonna play that song, you’d better sell it, right?  And John does.  So this is from the Berkeley show I went to in the fall of 2015. I am not sure if this shows John (YouTube was misbehaving for me today so I couldn’t preview it first), but if you ever have the chance to see the band and they play Danceophobia….he dances with more enthusiasm in his pinky finger than I do in my entire body. 🙂

Lastly, I couldn’t help but give my John-girls what they really want.

He’s strapped to a car.   You’re welcome.

The happiest of birthdays to you, Mr. Taylor…with many years of health, happiness and music to come, I hope. Cheers!!

-R

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to Nick Rhodes

It is that time again, isn’t it?

Today is June 8th, which means it is a very special date on the calendar,  and we allow ourselves to take a moment to celebrate National Best Friends Day!!!

Ok, I’m kidding. It’s Nick’s birthday!! Happy birthday Nicholas.  I suspect you’re spending it well in Verona Italy, where I hear it is very hot today. (Actually, I read that from a friend who visiting there from Finland, and I suspect that her idea of “hot” and mine may be quite different. But just in case, I hope you’re enjoying the lovely weather.)

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seems as though with each passing year, we are celebrating these dates at a far more accelerated pace.  I would swear I just wrote one of these blogs – and I think I completely missed Roger’s birthday altogether!!  (thanks to our writing schedule)

So, since we are celebrating, I decided I would share a few of my favorite Nick videos today, so here we go!

Pressure Off

Arcadia – The Flame

Serious

[Reach Up for the] Sunrise

 

A very happy birthday to you, Nick with many wonderful and healthy years ahead!  See you in July!

-R

Vodka Friday Episode 2 – The Guitarists!

Hey everyone,

Do you know what day it is???

IT’S FRIDAY!

That means it’s Vodka Time!!  Today’s Vodka Friday is all about guitarists. Not gonna lie, it gets a little loud, and we let the opinions spew forth.

Again the disclaimer – if you don’t like laughing and you have no sense of humor, you’re not gonna like what you see and hear. We tear it all apart: The good, The Bad, and the Warren.  No holds barred!

Enjoy and happy weekend!!

 

 

Video Preferences!

We are one week away from our Dancing on the Valentine online party!!!  I think it is super safe to say that we are looking forward to breaking out of the winter blahs and having some fun with Duranies while watching Duran videos and drinking Valentine Stones (vodka and cranberry)!!!  We need a break from our routines and know that there are others out there who feel the exact same way!  Again, we would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to join us!  Sign up on our event page here!  This event is a little different than our other online events in that we are asking our guests to come up with the playlist!  No, no, no…this won’t be the Rhonda and Amanda show.  It will we the party guests’ show!  So far, we have some suggestions including:

  • Sing Blue Silver
  • Live from London
  • Three to Get Ready
  • Duran performances on Top of the Pops
  • MTV Most Wanted Appearance from 1995
  • Their performance of David Bowie’s Starman
  • A View to a Kill from Coachella in 2011

We are obviously accepting more!  That said, this got me thinking!  (Dangerous, I know…)  What do Duranies prefer to watch when they have a chance to watch some Duran footage?  What type of clips, shows or DVDs?  What era(s) do they gravitate to ?  Therefore, I thought, maybe, it would be fun for people to answer some polls about the topic.  Perhaps, this will help our attendees think about what they want to watch but it will also help us for future online parties!

What Type of Duran Footage to You Like to Watch?  (Vote for up to 3 types!)

What Is Your Favorite Duran Duran Era to Watch?  (Vote for up to 3 eras!)

How Long Are Your Favorite Duran Clips? (Vote for up to 2!)

With your help on these polls, Rhonda and I will have a good idea what clips to suggest for this party and for parties in the future.  The results will also tell me more about what Duranies prefer, which is just plain fun!  On that note, we really hope that EACH AND EVERY ONE of you joins us on Saturday, February 13th at 8 pm CST/6 pm PST.

-A

 

What Does it Mean To Fly the Scene?

I miss great music videos. Don’t get me wrong, music videos like “Pressure Off” are fun too. I can watch something that like and not really need to get past the frivolity – and to be fair, isn’t that really the point of the song anyway?

On the other hand, I love art. I just watched David Bowie’s new video for “Lazarus”, and marveled. It’s dark, disturbing, even scary. It made me uncomfortable, and I really found myself thinking. (gasp!) How appalling to be forced to employ the grey matter while watching pop culture, right?  Wrong, at least as far as I’m concerned.

Pop culture has the potential to be fraught with messages and artistic meanings, if one cares to look.  I love the irony and sarcasm…the double entendres, and even the intelligence and dry humor.  This past weekend, I went with my son to the Getty Center up in Los Angeles. Truth be told, he’s taking an Art History course this year and he needed to go and find a work of art to study and write about otherwise I’m fairly certain I could have never convinced him to go. I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to visit! I’ve been to the Getty several times, but it had been several years since I’d gone – and I knew they had an exhibition on Ishiuchi Miyako. She is a Japanese photographer, and the entire exhibit, named Postwar Shadows was meant to profile her career, beginning with the series Yokosuka – focusing on the town she grew up in, post-war and ending with her current series, Hiroshima – which is a collection of photographs of artifacts from the bombing.  I loved the entire exhibit, spending more time in there than I did in a few other areas of the Getty. There were two areas within the exhibition that profoundly affected me. Scars -photographs of scars on humans – no faces are in the photos, just close-ups of the battle wounds from life. My son thought they were bizarre – not really feeling the same sort of soul-bearing emotion that I got from the work. Even more so were the collection of photos entitled Mother’s. She had begun by taking photos of some scars her mother had received from a horrible scalding when she was young as well as some of her belongings. As she worked on that series from time to time, her mother passed away. She continued the work, focusing on photographing some of her mother’s belongings, in effect turning the collection into a beautiful tribute, almost eulogizing her mom. One pair of photos I loved most were tubes of her mother’s lipsticks. They were taken up close, with every possible crack and crevice exposed. I think that in my head, they sort of illustrated a life fully lived, but just as we never know how long we have – they were half used, assuming they had a “tomorrow”, when in fact they did not. Just ordinary tubes of lipstick, shot in a way that felt like such an intimate exposure. I won’t forget those photos any time soon.

That’s honestly how I feel about some music videos. I will never forget the mark they’ve left on me. On one hand, it’s “just” music, as I’m sure many might be thinking in response to this post. On the other, videos (and music of course) have the potential to be wonderful art, to convey a message and/or tell a story. At one point, videos had many of these themes in spades, often times hidden just enough so that viewers from the broadest of spectrums – everyone looking for anything from art to escapism, basically – would be entertained. The more bizarre, the better. I think of “Like a Prayer” by Madonna – not necessarily bizarre but definitely controversial, even more so after the Vatican condemned the video and later on as sexual abuse in the church was brought to light. How about “Two Tribes” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood? Not weird, but certainly with a message about Cold War.  Here’s one for you, “Radio Ga Ga” by Queen. What’s odd about a family sitting at home, listening to the radio….while wearing gas masks?  I’ll let you decide. I just know I LOVE it!  Let’s talk about “Wild Boys”, by our own favorite group! Not necessarily that weird. No even all that controversial, but how about that windmill? Or John Taylor strapped to a car? (I had to throw it in here just to see if anyone was still reading!) One last one for now – Genesis’ “Land of Confusion”. I still don’t get that one, but I dig it all the same! More recent examples I can name, both from the Duran Duran “family”, would be “Falling Down” (obviously Duran Duran) and “Euphoria” (TV Mania).

My point here is that while I dare say that music videos were better in the 80s, it is really because I miss the weirdness. I miss the less-than-obvious messages and the creativity. Mostly, I miss Duran Duran doing videos like that, because I know they’ve still got it in them. This is a band who, beneath it all, still very much believes they are art school-based. In some ways I think they’ve bottled that creativity once reserved for videos (which in all fairness were conceptualized by directors, not the band themselves) and brought it to their live show. Now to just remind myself to tear away from the minutia of the show long enough to grasp the bigger picture.  Even so….

Seeing a glimpse of real art in David Bowie’s “Lazarus” today was a breath of fresh air.

-R