It seems to me that some people have jobs and/or lives that pretty much provide a constant stream of activity. At times, this constant stream might become a little more busy than normal or a little less busy than normal but it never or rarely reaches extremes. Then, there are those who have extremes. These people are either extremely busy or not busy at all. I think the band is in that category. They have times when they have tons of things to do, when they can’t find more than a few minutes to sleep and catch their breath. I’m sure that doing a lot of promotional work and/or touring would be like this. Then, of course, now-a-days they also have the chance to relax some. These stretches are or seem to be longer than what a usual vacation entails. I think my life is in between the constant stream and the extremes. During the school year, I’m consistently busy and then when I have added campaign work, that consistently busy extends to being insanely active. Of course, then, I do have summers, which aren’t completely off with classes, professional development, curriculum planning, etc. Nonetheless, summers are very different than the rest of the year. As I’m facing an extreme shift in activity level like the guys do after a tour or something equivalent, I wonder how they adjust. What advice would they give the rest of us? How do they find their new normal? What if their last project was horribly unsuccessful? How do they use their time off to regroup?
Let’s face it. Duran Duran, overall, has been a successful band but they have had projects, times that have not been as successful as they would have liked. In some cases, when they have regrouped, the results have been more than they hoped for. For example, the Liberty album wasn’t exactly what they had hoped for, both musically (not saying all the songs were bad but…) and commercially. Goodness, they didn’t even tour that album! How did they pick themselves up off the ground and give themselves the energy, the courage to try again? Why didn’t they decide to call it quits? Obviously, they were not only able to keep going but they were able to make an album (Wedding Album) that resulted in commercial success and converted a whole new generation of Duranies! Likewise, Red Carpet Massacre wasn’t the success that they thought it would be but they kept going and made the fabulous All You Need Is Now.
I don’t have the answer to this question about how they continue forward after facing a roadblock. Do any of you? I would honestly love to know their secret as I could use a little of that now myself. Maybe then, I would be able to comment on Duran news or move forward to find my new ordinary world.