I stole Rhonda’s facebook status. I admit it. It is totally dorky and about the only thing I can handle today. Obviously, today was the day in which the world was supposed to end, according to the Mayan calendar. It appears that the world, including us, is still here. We hope that you are, too. After all, we need all the readers we can get! LOL! That said, I am starting to get a little stir crazy where I am. You see that I live in Madison, Wisconsin, which experienced about 20 inches of snow over the last couple of days along with blizzard conditions. I include a picture out my window from yesterday just so that you can get an idea of what it looks like. Clearly, you can see that everything is very, very white out. In fact, it was so bad that I didn’t have to go into work yesterday or today! As a teacher, there is nothing better than snow days!!!! This has, in fact, extended my winter break! Woohoo! This is probably super good for me as I have been battling a horrible cold. In fact, I woke up this morning with a fever of 101. Not good. Not fun. Suddenly, my snow days feel a lot more like sick days. Alas, still happy to have the days off!
So, what happens when Amanda gets some time to extra time to think and to sleep? She comes with some random ideas! Sometimes, those ideas end up on the blog! Lucky you!!! One of those ideas relates to our recent give-away here! As you all know, we did a raffle for everyone who follows the blog. We put all of the names in a martini glass and picked one to receive a signed cd that we received as part of a VIP package. Well, we identified the person and was able to send the cd to the lucky winner, Christine! She has received her prize and sent us a picture of herself with it! As you can see, she is pretty excited about it! She wrote the following to us: “Thank you, Daily Duranie, for making me a WINNER! I’m putting this under my Christmas tree, because it is an amazing gift. (like the shirt? a Duranie friend made it for a group of us for the show at the Pacific Amphithatre in Costa Mesa (OCFair, August 11, 2012). We’ve worn them since, to Duran cover band shows!)” We thank Christine and everyone else for reading and following the blog! We hope to do other raffles in the future.
Another thing we did recently was to send out wristbands to people who have ordered one through our paypal account. Some people have started to receive theirs and the rest are on their way. Much like Christine showing off her cd, we would love to have people send us pictures of themselves wearing the wristband that we can show. After all, this blog is all about fans. Why not show other fans besides ourselves?! Thus, if you have a wristband from us, either from a meetup or from ordering one, could you send us a picture of yourself to showcase you??? You can send the picture to our email: email@example.com. Thanks!!!
My last idea related to the blog came the other day when I was going through my Duran catalog to write all of the b-sides and other released tracks for the daily question. As I was looking at all of the songs, I realized that there were many songs with clear meanings behind them. For example, we might all know what a song like Anyone Out There is about being lonely, but has there really been a consensus around what a song like Union of the Snake is about? Thus, wouldn’t it be fun to dive into some of those songs that the meaning isn’t obvious? Maybe, this is just the dork in me but I think that sounds like fun! Assuming that others might like this idea, I would ask people to list songs that we should tackle first. What Duran songs have you always wondered about, in terms of their meaning? If you all don’t tell me, I’ll make the list myself, which won’t be nearly as fun for me or for you.
On that note, I am thinking about another nap. Maybe then, I will have other brainstorms come to me!!
It’s Tuesday and I’m already behind. How does that happen?!?
I have quite a list of things to get through this week, some of which has been accomplished, but what I’m finding with every phone call or email I send – I end up adding things to the bottom of the list. I’m sure the rest of the world has that same trouble, but I’m also finding that if I really want to get a jump on my day – I need to consider getting out of bed at about 4:30 am and probably staying up until about midnight.
Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen. I love Daily Duranie and I love what we’re doing and our plans to grow, but I really like sleep too. These bags under my eyes thank me for those hours of shut-eye. So, onward and upward, yes?!?
One thing I did complete with flying colors yesterday is the establishment of a PayPal account. I am excited to announce that we will gladly begin taking orders for Daily Duranie wristbands (pictured below). As I have mentioned, we know many of you would like to have one, and these were wristbands that we handed out over the summer US leg of the tour. We have a limited number left over, and so if you’d like one, we need to be able to cover our shipping costs as well as be able to order more when the time comes. Simply send us $3.00 USD via PayPal – our email is firstname.lastname@example.org. When you see the charge on your banking statements, it will show up as PAYPAL*DISCORDRHYM. We are taking orders from now until December 31st, or until our supply is depleted. Thanks!!
I won’t lie, I haven’t listened to Katy Kafe in months. Feel my shame radiate from the screen of your computer… Once again, I fear Nick Rhodes arriving at my home to request my Duranie card. This will not do. So today I gave it a listen, and it definitely did not disappoint. Nick was the guest in the Kafe this month, and I must say – I was happy to hear that. We haven’t heard much from the band regarding Nick since the tour (aside from the beautifully written letter/blog that Nick wrote upon his return to the UK), and I am sure I’m not the only fan out there who wondered how he was feeling. I am pleased to report that he sounds wonderfully healthy and back to his normal busy self. I took copious notes as I listened (no it’s true – I’ve got two note pad pages worth sitting in front of me!), and I will attempt to condense my ramblings into a few bullet points.
*More from the end-of-tour: I think that Nick still sounds very disenchanted with the way the tour ended. I cannot blame him – in all the times I’ve seen the band and the various tours I’ve watched over the years, I really am not sure they could top what occurred with All You Need is Now, so ending it with his illness must have been difficult. It was difficult as a fan. I’m happy that he seems to be back to normal though, and in the end, that is what is important.
*A few things that he his working on while at home: He has been sorting through his photography archive (please tell me a book is coming…) and…this is big news…he is working with Warren to get TV Mania for release in February/March of 2013. In fact, right after he was finished with the Kafe, he was meeting with Andrew Day to sort out the final artwork for the album. If you’re not familiar with Andrew – take a good look at Medazzaland or Pop Trash, as well as The Devils CD. They are going to be releasing TV Mania on Limited Edition vinyl as well as a download. Now, if you’re keeping track, you’ll realize that Nick is releasing this album in February only to go back into the studio in March to begin the next Duran Duran album. Busy much?? Yes! A very interesting note on the TV Mania project – they could not find the physical master tapes, so one had to be recreated (for remixing purposes) from what they had on computer. Things happen during a seventeen-year rest in a bottom drawer! This album was created during a time when the work on Medazzaland was taking a “bit too long” to complete, and the album is created entirely from samples taken from TV. The “lead vocalist” on the album is in fact the television. Sounds interesting, and we’ll definitely be taking a good listen and look at it for Daily Duranie when it’s out! Nick is also going to be working on doing a remix for MNDR in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!!
*New album: Let’s face it, the band hasn’t even been in the studio yet, so it’s tough to imagine what the album will sound like. Nick did comment a bit on some various things though, and it will be interesting to see how the album unfolds. I doubt very much that they’ll let us in on the inner workings of studio-time, probably preferring to let the final product speak for itself (I don’t blame them for that, even though I readily admit that I will be chomping at the bit for whatever news we can get out of them.), but I love hearing the juicy tidbits from time to time. He says that he’d love to see this album be completed in a shorter timeframe than All You Need is Now. Katy replied that she felt the album didn’t really take that long, but Nick said that they have certainly had albums that have taken longer, but he feels that he can work fairly quickly – finishing an album in three or four months.
(I started chuckling here. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve always thought maybe it was Nick that took the longest to give an album the “OK”. I see Nick as the perfectionist in the group, so I can’t envision finishing anything in that short of time, but that’s just my own perception of the man I lovingly name, “The Controller”. :D)
Before all of you begin making tour plans for next summer, he simply said that he could work in that short of a time frame, not that he will. He quickly followed up with “But of course we’ll have to see how long it really takes!” Nick implied that the lyrics are what takes the longest, and while I definitely felt a bit of a dig at Simon there, I don’t think Nick meant that Simon is at all slow, but rather that there is a big sense of pressure, and it takes a while to come up with a good lyric. He mentioned that perhaps he and John will do some of the writing a little sooner this time. I like that idea. I love Simon and his lyrics, but I also believe he does his best work when he’s not stressed. This, my friends, I understand. Writers block sucks, to be extraordinarily blunt. Nick mentioned that he doesn’t have any idea of what direction the album would take, but hinted that maybe it would be a bit more funky this time around. There was some discussion of a concept album (between he and Katy), and Nick said that he and John have discussed writing a selection of songs based on a particular individual. He said that he hadn’t mentioned the idea to Simon yet (Um, guess what Nick? You just did!), but it was one idea.
From the sound of it, we have plenty to look forward to in the coming year. I’m excited for February AND March!
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