Or our blogs.
Or they’ve just read some posts from a lot of people.
No matter (and it’s probably better not to overanalyze), the fact is what was once apparently long-lost has been found, and is available for more than a single listen. Remember that Qello premiere of Diamond in the Mind? Remember the commentary that many of us couldn’t figure out how to get working properly?? Remember how it was tough to multitask enough to watch the video, listen to the commentary, squee in delight (Yes, squee. Not squeal – as only pigs squeal. We squee. Its in the Duranie dictionary. Look it up.) AND chat back and forth with friends online? Well my friends, we can do it all again. And again and again. Endless pleasure.
Yesterday I saw a couple posts that the audio commentary was now available from Eagle Rock, and sometime between then and say…now…I see that John Taylor graciously explained the situation for us. I will gladly post that link, as well as the link to Eagle Rock for anyone and everyone to rush and order.
As far as I can tell, the commentary is available via digital format, meaning you can download and watch it on your computer. (and excuse my lack of technogeek, but I think you can also watch it on your iPad and various other devices…listen, I’m lucky I can get my iPad to even PLAY music sometimes so forgive me for not being completely in the loop with what is what.)
I know a few people out there are probably already crying and screaming…I already bought the DVD or Blu-Ray and why oh why couldn’t it have just been put on there to begin with…now they’ve got to spend another $4.99 (at least) to hear it and that’s just not fair…so on and so forth. I hear you. The band probably hears you too. I am just guessing here, but I get the feeling that the commentary probably wasn’t something that was done at the same time as the DVD or Blu-Ray. They might not have ever intended to do one, but at the last minute they put something together for the premiere, and as is typical, we Duranies (as outspoken as some of us tend to be…*cough, cough*) might have mentioned several thousand times that we really wish that we could hear the commentary again….because some of us have a bit of OCD going on as well as ADD and couldn’t grasp it all the first time. Then the band came to the rescue with this delightful offering, because that’s what they do.
At least, that’s MY story and I’m sticking to it. As for the money? I hate to say it – but it’s a penny less than five dollars. Less than many if not most of the albums I buy these days (yes, I BUY my music!), and dangerously close to being less than I pay for a gallon of premium gasoline where I live. I think it’s worth it. Besides, the band is talking. I can buy this thing, download it to my computer, sync it up with my iPad and listen to Simon, John, Roger & Nick talk to me for at least half of my trip from here to Biloxi on Friday morning. That’s worth WAY more than five dollars, thankyouverymuch. Sold!! I’m going to be brutally honest: I don’t think I would have bought the download before, but now that I have the option of getting the commentary with the audio and the video, I’m in and I can’t wait to have two hours to myself in order to watch it and listen in relative peace, and yes – I think everyone out there should do the same. Daily Duranie (Ok, at least one half) gives this a big thumbs up!
So, I leave in about a half hour to get my hair done – I’m sure everyone needs to know that out there…and I would bet my red streaks that hairstylists all over this country have had many a Duranie visit their shop this week. I’ve been going around my house humming the tune “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, and not just because my kids are about to go back to school. Oh no. It’s because not only did I get to see the band in December of last year, but I am about to see them again in 2012 for what might be the last time in a while.
Big, heavy sigh.
I know they’ve got to be tired. I know they’ve got to be nearing complete sickness of the fans. (We get it. Believe me, we get it.) I just hope they know how happy we are to see them again. I’ve been doing a bit of a self-retrospective on this album lately and what it has come to mean to me personally as well as to the fan base in general. The one thing I can say is that it isn’t easy for me to put it all into words. I feel as though this album is nearly the polar opposite of Red Carpet Massacre in so many ways. John was right when he said during an interview for People.com that there’s a connectivity between the band and the fans that wasn’t there before even 2 or 3 years ago. (Maybe more like 4 years ago now – times flies.) I feel that connectivity, and I know I’m not the only one. There’s something to be said for putting yourselves out there and allowing there to be a sort of relationship beyond the music. I have to give the band credit, props or what-have-you for that, because it isn’t an easy thing. Social media can be invasive and even uncomfortable. Even as Daily Duranie, I have had people – lovely, lovely people – find my personal page on Facebook, and then try to figure out who my children are from photos and then contact them. (specifically my oldest because quite frankly the other two aren’t allowed on Facebook.) My husband has had people contact him, and you know what? It’s weird. I’m no celebrity, I’m just a fan. I can’t imagine what its like for any of them…but I get it. It takes a lot to put yourself out there in this sort of manner, and while it comes semi-easily for me (I’m outspoken and willing. Why? I have no idea – I guess I just see this as a role that needed to be filled, and I love bringing people together?? It’s the one “job” I’ve found that I completely adore. Sometimes it’s like herding cats or children….but I love it all the same.), I have to believe that for the band this isn’t really a second nature thing. When they play on stage or go into the studio, I believe they go into every show wanting to leave all of it out there – and their best shows/albums occur when that happens. After that, I would imagine the rest they’d like to keep for themselves. Trouble is, we fans want it all. (Damn we’re demanding aren’t we?) I think it’s been a learning curve for each of them to decide just how much they want to give, and a learning curve for fans as to how much to expect.
Give and take. The story of our lives, really.
I can’t wait to get on that plane and see them in Biloxi, Atlanta, Durham and Portsmouth. I really hope that they can see just how welcome they really are in our lives…and how much we all will miss them when they’re back in the studio recording or on hiatus. It doesn’t matter what the setlist contains (Mediterranea please. I beg. I plead. I’ll even be good during Hungry Like the Wolf and sing along!!), I’m just looking forward to rocking out with my band and creating some fantastic memories to serve me during their absence.