Am I really back home? Am I really on summer break? I feel like someone is going to wake me up at any moment, telling me that I was dreaming. Maybe I feel this way since I only returned home yesterday morning. I only now finished unpacking and getting organized. As much as it feels weird to be home with nothing that I have to do, the lack of due dates is already appreciated by me. All that said, I feel out of it when it comes to Duranland. My insane, end-of-the-school-year schedule and trip to Boston meant that I haven’t been able to do much when it comes to paying attention to any and all news, info, and tidbits surrounding the band I love so much. Despite that, I do want to touch on a few items, including a purchase, memorable moments in Duran history and my summer plans.
Record Store Purchases
Whenever I visit my brother (or my sister), I usually spend a day visiting a record and/or book store. My family all appreciates reading and listening to great music (even if we don’t all agree on what makes a “great” album or novel). Therefore, we enjoy going to places where we can spend hours just browsing for hidden treasures. This time, we stopped a record store in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a city right on the coast. We didn’t spend as much time as we might have liked as we wanted to visit an art/history museum there, too, before my sister-in-law had to get back to go to work. Despite our short time, my brother, eldest niece and I went hunting for good music. I’m happy to report that I found quite a treasure!
I purchased some 12 inch singles (on vinyl, of course!)! In fact, I bought 4 of them! I found the following: Wild Boys, I Don’t Want Your Love, Burning the Ground and Violence of Summer. Obviously, I couldn’t be more thrilled. For me, it made the trip worthwhile! Of course, when I was making my purchase, the store employee had to make a comment about how I had just “gone for it” by buying all this Duran. I snorted and made some sort of statement along the lines of, “You have no idea.” Indeed.
Today in Duran History
I cannot allow this day to go by without acknowledging what this date means to Duran Duran and Duran history! On this date, back in 1981, Duran’s very first album, debuted. 37 years ago, the Duran story began, at least for the general public. While the band had been working hard, writing and recording, now everyday people all around the world could enjoy the band, too!
Last and probably even least, I have to comment about my summer plans. Over the last couple of weeks, I have answered the question, “What are you doing this summer?” about twenty-five times. Sometimes, the question came from colleagues. Other times, friends or family members wondered how I plan to spend my time. While the question entertains me in general, this year I found myself smirking almost each and every time. Why is that? The question changed a little this year…it isn’t just what my plans are for the summer. This year, the question came out like this, “Why are your plans for the summer? Following Duran Duran?” As I resist the full-blown smile, I comment about how it is quiet in Duranland and that the band maybe is busy getting ready for the upcoming 40th anniversary. I then list reasons why this is probably for the best. I can spend time on reorganizing my house. A big election is coming and I need to spend time campaigning. I desperately need to save money for whatever the band does do next.
I admit that the question makes me smile. I like that people I know, colleagues, and friends associate me with Duran Duran. They don’t think it is a big deal that my life often revolves around Duran Duran and their plans. It feels like acceptance to me, which is great. Yet, there is a part of me that is a little sad about my answer. I love that I have time to get things done that I cannot do during the school year. I do need the time to save money. But, I wish that there was something Duran on my schedule. I know that makes me a bit pathetic but it is true. I will miss seeing the band and I miss hanging out with my friends. To get through it, I’ll look ahead to whatever might come next, look back on fond memories and enjoy every little nugget that gets released in a way that I cannot during the school year. I’ll try to celebrate the little moments until I get to the next big one.