This is one of those days where I lay my head to rest on my kitchen table, enjoying the coolness of the wood, and hope that from somewhere – presumably out of thin air – a blog topic will pop into my head.
I’m desperately trying to get back into the habit of writing a real blog on a daily basis here. The band isn’t helping much (Thank you Simon for posting about the system being down while mixing your new album, your new motorcycle – nice Triumph, by the way – and whatever else, but nothing is spurring me yet.), although John Taylor did post something about being sick of the internet earlier today. I am going to assume this has absolutely nothing to do with my previous blogs this week, or the “spirited dialogue” on our Facebook page regarding Lindsay and Ali Lohan, and just figure this has everything to do with their “system” being down. Mainly because I’d hate to have pissed off John Taylor over a rumor. I’ll gladly take John Taylor or the band to task over music I’ve actually heard and accept that I’ve made them angry as a result of my opinion…but a rumor?
Sure, I commented. I lamented their possible choices. I complained and was downright snarky when I felt like. I even sat here and began drafting my resignation letter from Duraniehood. But as the day wore on, and into the next day, and that afternoon…I realized a few things:
- Talking about Duran Duran’s career all day is a little tiring.
Talking about Lindsay Lohan all day is REALLY exhausting.
I lived through Timbaland. I can do just about anything, even if I really don’t want.
Truth be told, John Taylor hit a nerve when he said he was sick of the internet. Now, it’s not because I think John Taylor is being ridiculous because he’s never online (that we can see) these days, and it’s not because the internet is here to stay and I think he needs to just get over and get on with it – although both of those things are true. He hit a nerve because for a long time now, I’ve felt that way myself.
Back when we first started blogging and doing Facebook and Twitter, everything was sparkly new. It was fun communicating with people, and I especially enjoyed watching people communicate with the band. Over the past four years or so though, the internet is showing some wear. It’s a lot less sparkly and a lot more dingy and rusty. I’ve seen some of the things fans and others have said, posted and tweeted to John Taylor over the past few years. It’s not always nice, kind or even respectful. Fandom has a similar feel as well. It’s difficult to be “up” when everything is down or quiet. It’s hard to be excited for the next tour when the album is taking what feels like an incredibly long time to finish. I know the band is in the studio a lot right now, and I appreciate that – I’m talking about the past four years as a whole. It’s disheartening to talk about how much we want new music and especially live shows again only to get the smack down from fans who tell us they’re happy to wait for as long as it takes, or to hear from yes…John Taylor…that he doesn’t feel the need to do shows or tour “just yet”, and to read from many others that Amanda and I are somehow horrible for missing the band and wishing they were around and accessible once again. So yes, Amanda and I have been VERY sick of the internet, and even the fandom to an extent, for quite a while. The trouble is, I don’t think we’re alone. I get the sense that the fan community at large could really use a spiritual “recharge” of sorts – one that only comes with exciting news from the band. Yet, we all know that mixing and getting the album finished takes time. I saw the stink-eye John Taylor gave on his Instagram post this morning as proof. I suspect that when/if the band were to announce that the mixing is completely finished – we’d want to have a party. Shout it from the rooftops, celebrate however we can…because this means the drought may actually be coming to an end. Soon. For what I really think might be the very first time – we all lived the writing and recording of this album on Facebook and Twitter.
Each time John Taylor, Simon or Roger (or even Nick…by video or some other way!) would come online and give a short, vague update, I’d get excited. When they wouldn’t say anything on Katy Kafe or when we wouldn’t hear anything for months at a time, I’d grow weary and concerned. When I kept hearing name after name, I was confused and sometimes fearful of what was really going on in that studio. We fans feed directly off of the tone set by the band, and that can’t be said strongly enough. That doesn’t mean the band should pretend to always be positive, and it certainly doesn’t mean it’s all gone belly up due to negativity. It just means that fans are tuned in. They’ve got our attention. We take what they say, do, and create, to heart and soul. Double-edged sword at times? Yes. (Just see my blogs over the past few days for evidence!)
Amanda and I tend to pay a lot of attention to what is or is not being said, primarily because of the blog, and for me – the past four years has felt like I’ve been chasing a carrot to no avail. In many ways I’m weary and tired…but I feel like I might be catching a second wind some days. Others, I’m back to square one. So yes, John Taylor, I’m sick of the internet. Sometimes. Other times, the internet really is looking up.
I don’t need to wait for comments to tell me that much of this is because Amanda and I write this blog, or because we need other hobbies, or because we over think things. All of those things might be true on any given day. Those things though, are what make up The Daily Duranie, and if I changed any one thing – our blog would be incredibly different and not what we’ve worked very hard to create over the past four years.
Today, the internet is looking up.