I think part of the reason it took me so long to remember that it was a band member’s birthday is because I never do the birthdays. In the 2 years that we have been blogging, I think Rhonda has had every single one of them until now. So, I’m not used to acknowledging a birthday much more beyond the Today in Duran history that I post. Now, I could follow in my partner’s footsteps and write about said band member, but I won’t. It isn’t that I don’t have anything to say. Oh, I have plenty that I could say but…I want to acknowledge his day by showing what Simon does best, as far as the band goes. It seems to me that Simon brings the following talents to Duran Duran: First, his voice is unique and amazing. Second, when he gets his lyrics right, they are nothing less than fabulous poetry. Third, his ability to perform is second to none. I have watched many people at different times go to their first Duran shows. In almost all cases, when they go, they do not have a favorite but they do when they leave! It is always Simon, too! Of course, Simon is also good for creating some humor for himself, for the band and definitely for the fans! Thus, after we watch some clips showcasing those talents, we will watch some clips of other memorable Simon birthdays as we wish him the most fabulous of birthdays.
When I think of Simon’s voice, I tend to think of those early albums when his voice is natural and so utterly unique. I have heard/read many people say that Simon’s voice is such that as soon as the vocals start in a Duran song, everyone knows who the artist is because of Simon’s voice. Here is a clip of early Simon singing Anyone Out There:
Of course, another factor beyond Simon’s voice that makes Duran’s music so special to so many of us is their lyrics. Simon truly can be a poet and one that requires thinking and invites personal interpretation. I enjoy that we can listen to a song and all think Simon is talking about different subjects. His lyrics are such that we can all put our own spin on them, which makes such a strong connection between the listener and the performer. Now, many people, when thinking of Simon’s lyrics might pick out songs like The Chauffeur, for its poetry factor, or a song like Union of the Snake, for our collective inability to really determine what it means, but I am not. To me, one of the best songs Simon has ever written is Before the Rain. It is complete poetry and really spoke to me when I was dealing with the loss of two loved ones at the same time. On top of that, he sings it beautifully.
Then, there is Simon’s performances. Simon has the ability to connect with an audience and to entertain them like no other. Duran Duran, truly, would have been lost without a lead singer like Simon. While I might focus my attention elsewhere, I know that Simon is able to get the audience’s attention and to keep their attention. The shows wouldn’t work otherwise. As a kid, I remember so many times watching the documentary, Sing Blue Silver, with my best friend at the time. We saw how Simon got the crowd into participating during Girls on Film and knew, right then and there, that if we ever saw Duran live, we, too, would participate the WHOLE time. LOL
Of course, there have been times when Simon has become particularly entertaining during a show. That’s typically when he tries to dance. I’m still amused by the strange dance we saw during Skin Trade in the summer of 2009 and the video of Friends of Mine from Hammersmith in 1982.
Based on all of the reasons I mentioned above and more, I hope that Simon has a memorable, fantastic birthday. Maybe it will be just as wonderful as one of these:
Happy Birthday, Mr. LeBon!!!