Throughout my teaching career, I have had to help students of various ages deal with crises. Those crises came in various forms from having a classmate critically injured to having a teacher die in front of the building to national situations like the terrorist attack on September 11th. No matter the size of the crisis or scope, many experts agreed that it is important to maintain structure after addressing the current crisis when possible, to keep things normal while students process. The ordinary provides comfort. At first, I questioned this. Was this really the right way to go? Then, I discovered that it not only helped them but assisted the adults, too. It provided the necessary push for us to keep moving forward, one day, one activity at a time.
The last few days have been hard in Duranland. I know that I’m still processing. On top of that, I had a terrible scare in my own life. I went with my mother for a routine medical procedure yesterday when all of a sudden, she reported “feeling funny” before having her eyes roll in the back of her head, mouth go slack, her heart rate and blood pressure drop as she passed out. This resulted in calls for help from the medical staff present to other medical staff in the hospital as well as calls on the intercom for assistance in a “medical emergency.” Thankfully, she came to within minutes and her vitals returned to normal. The culprit appeared to be some sort of reaction to the medication given or the procedure itself. Today, she is home and feeling good. Still, it is moment that has replaying itself in my mind since then. In response to both this terrifying experience with my mother and the reports in which someone accused Simon of sexual assault, I am left feeling shaken. This is when I turn back to my training, my experiences as a teacher. I attempt to keep that structure to provide me a little comfort. To that end, instead of giving my two cents about this upsetting news in Duranland, I will instead take a listen to this month’s Katy Kafe, giving my reaction to some of the highlights. As always, I’m sharing what stuck out to me. For the full blown kafe, I would head to DuranDuranMusic to listen for yourself.
World Cup and Being a “Glamfather”:
Of course, the kafe opens with Simon talking about how he was looking forward to the football (soccer) match between England and Croatia. Apparently, he was having friends over to watch. (For the record, so sorry to my friends across the pond for England’s loss. Big bummer.) I’m slightly amused that Simon went on and on about his new TV and its wall mount. Without much of a pause, he brings up both tennis and his new grandson, Taro. Simon says that he is “absolutely beautiful.” He describes him as quiet until he is hungry then he is loud. Simon says that he can see himself in him. It sounds like he is enjoying this experience immensely. I, for one, am thrilled for Simon and the rest of his family.
Duran Duran Take Over BBC Night:
Simon thought the documentary was “brilliant”. Katy zeroed in on Simon’s choir teacher at his church and whether or not Simon had been in contact before this. Simon said that he had been a little bit and that his teacher is proud of Duran Duran. Aww…as a teacher I know how proud one can be from seeing a student succeed. Beyond that, Simon brought up this idea of putting those early songs out to raise money for the church. (I hope this happens. That would be cool.)
The other piece of the documentary that Katy brought up was the time when the band squeezed into the Citroen car and how difficult it was from Simon to drive. Like much of the rest of the kafe, Simon quickly brought up the other cars that the band members drove throughout the documentary. (This part of the conversation is much like the TV discussion in the beginning.)
Sadly enough, Simon did not see the Night In part of the programming when the band members talked about their media influences. Katy said that she enjoyed that part better than the documentary. (Again, I think about how I had little expectations for this program but it was so entertaining. I loved seeing them interact in just a simple conversation between friends.) Interestingly enough, the band got a bunch more followers on Twitter on the day those shows aired. I have to wonder where those fans were before this!?!
Studio This Year???
Katy asked the question that a lot of fans want to know–will the band return to the studio this year. Simon said that they were. It just depends on logistics. Of course, he also acknowledged all the work that went into the Paper Gods project and how they all want to enjoy themselves this summer. So, Simon says later this year for the studio. Interestingly enough, Simon mentioned that they would also consider show possibilities for the end of the year or next summer. Hmm…
You know what is funny? In the past, when I listened to a new kafe, I would always root for some big scoop. Don’t get me wrong. I still love when a band member shares something new, but I didn’t find myself fixated by that idea this time. No, I found myself appreciating the way that Simon bounces from topic to topic (perhaps that was the caffeine talking) and the easy conversational flow between Simon and Katy. Like the show with the band talking about what their influences were, I like that this kafe felt like hearing two friends just talk, catch up. It felt easy and relaxed. Happy. It was just what I needed today.