I wish that I had a cool term to coin to describe times like this when the band is so busy and that there is so much going on with them, but I don’t. I’m not very good with slogans. (Anyone have a good idea?) The point of this blog entry isn’t to name this time but to actually take some moments to appreciate it. Where was the band a year ago? I guess they were working on the new album. Maybe they were getting ready to play a private gig or two, but most of us couldn’t appreciate either one of those things. Yes, I realize that they need this “downtime” in order to make new music and to pay for these projects. Nonetheless, I know that I appreciate times like this more as a fan. Who doesn’t? I know that I didn’t get a chance to see them live in 2010 but now have a number of chances to do so. (I’m obviously feeling BEYOND lucky, too!) I also realize that times like this don’t come around all that often so I better take a moment or two to appreciate it.
I have a number of friends who follow different bands (shocking that all of my friends aren’t Duranies, isn’t it?). These friends like bands who are smaller in scoop as they have had some success in their careers but nothing like Duran’s level of success. On one hand, I’m jealous of them. Their bands tend to tour much more frequently as this really is their main source of income. (Yes, I realize that Duran makes a ton of money on touring but they aren’t living tour to tour the way a small band does. Heck, Duran charters a private plane when they can on tour.) Typically, their tours include smaller cities in the States, which allows fans to see a bunch of shows without traveling that far. We don’t have that chance with Duran. We have to be willing and able to travel to see, sometimes, even one show. On the other hand, though, we get to watch Duran on the Tonight Show and on Ellen. We get to read countless reviews. Duran gets a ton more press because of how big they truly have been over the course of their career.
Today, I find myself just appreciating the time I’m living in, in terms of being a Duranie. Is it a perfect time for all Duranies? No, personally, it isn’t, but as a FAN, it is pretty good right now. I love the latest album as does most of the other fans. There is not the division that existed during RCM times. I get very excited by every TV performance and every piece of news from their concerts. I am SO looking forward to my shows. However, I also want to be aware that these fabulous times won’t be around forever so I shouldn’t rush to see the next event take place but take the time to savor every event and every day.