The internet has definitely been getting a work out these days as more and more people are sheltering in place and working from home. I, personally, have had a number of online meetings this week related to the spring campaign season. (Virtually organizing is weird, by the way.) My family has also met a couple of times online through Skype and Zoom just to chat and to play games. I, for one, am grateful for all of this along with emails, text messages, tweets and more. As someone who is staying at home by herself, I like both feeling a little less alone and knowing that people are doing okay. This is why I was pretty excited yesterday when I saw the following on Duran’s social media:
We have made the decision to take a temporary break from the studio in order to keep everyone safe and sound. While we are ‘self-isolating’, however, we still want to be in touch with you all in some way. So, for thirty minutes each week, we’re going to take turns striking up conversations and taking questions via the Duran Duran Twitter feed. For us, we feel it’s important during this crazy time to stay connected, so we can share our thoughts and feelings. Community has never felt like such a scarce commodity!
Our love goes out to all of our fans around the world, particularly in areas that have been badly hit by the virus. We have never seen anything like this in our lifetimes, and we are feeling much of the same uncertainty and fear that we’re sure you are.
We hope that through keeping connected we can all feel strong and supported.
Stay tuned for details on our first meet up, which will take place tomorrow, Friday afternoon, UK time. Until then… stay healthy.
– Simon, Roger, John & Nick x
As I read it, I felt relief knowing that they are fine. I have forced my family to check in on a daily basis so that I know that they are okay. Likewise, I have a number of friends who are checking in on a daily basis. Then, of course, I totally understand the decision to stop working in the studio to ensure that everyone stays safe. As much as I am anxious for new music, no one should put themselves or their loved ones at risk. On top of that, I cannot imagine that they would have been as productive or creative as possible. I know that I’m struggling to get things done and I know that my mom has been having a hard time with her creativity despite having more time on her hands. Now, Duran did not just decide to stop working in the studio, but made a decision to stay connected via the band’s twitter. When reading this, I responded that I thought it was appreciated and thoughtful. I, too, have found connections essential and am hopeful that we all appreciate each other more once we get through this.
Today was the first twitter session as Simon stepped up to field questions and comments. As typical, I opted not to jump in but watched. Tweets came fast and furious and definitely felt like the most Duran action that I have seen in awhile. (In fairness, I don’t tweet a lot about Duran so I could just be missing a bunch but still…) It reminded me that there are still lots of Duranies around. Now, in normal times, I would watch the questions and comments and analyze the fan community. I would take notice about how many talked about themselves or focused on touring in one place or another. Initially, I found myself falling back into that usual mode. After all, it is what I am used to and what I am comfortable with. Yet, I thought about Rhonda’s blog yesterday and the truly unique situation we are all in. I tried to pull back and just appreciate that everyone is living life the only way that they can right now. Maybe they are focusing on upcoming shows or possible shows because they need to feel normal or feel like things can be normal again. Some are looking to talk about the situation or to feel not alone. I can get all of those feelings and more.
So, for now, I’m going to focus on the fact that the guys are fine. I appreciate that the internet is around to help keep those connections. Today is about valuing the little things, at least for me.