Every morning after I get my children off to school and clean up from breakfast, my first line of duty is to write the blog. It’s a daily thing, if you hadn’t yet noticed. Truth be told, at first I thought this was going to be easy. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sometimes yes, the topics come very easy, and then other days I feel as though I’m having to dissect my own brain in order to find the words (and topics). My brain at 40 isn’t an easy thing to dissect; there’s cobwebs, endless to-do lists, and sometimes I have the attention span of a tse-tse fly….wait, what I was going on about?? Regardless, I read the boards, check out Twitter, do whatever I need to do in order to find something of interest. As you all well know by now, there isn’t always Duran Duran news to comment about. Today is one of those days, so far. Invariably though, I will write a blog for the day, and an hour or two later something exciting will come up and I’ll have to simply walk away from the computer, otherwise I’ll feel tempted to scrap the already posted blog and write something completely different, which kind of ruins the whole point of the blog. It’s supposed to be the thoughts within that moment of writing. This isn’t a newspaper, and we don’t really do breaking news….although sometimes I think we should! So, the act of writing daily blog about Duran Duran has presented far more of a challenge than I thought.
In my morning board perusal, there was a thread of interest on Mark UK’s board (here…but if you’re not a member, you’ll need to become one in order to read the board. I HIGHLY recommend doing that – and I’ll see you there at some point!). It was titled Lost Opportunities, and naturally it was specifically about Duran Duran. Whenever there is downtime in Duranland, it seems to be the natural thing for fans to examine the past and debate where the band has gone wrong. Hindsight being 20/20, of course. A few years ago, I would have written volumes on where I thought the band went wrong, and done so with bravado. Sometimes I’ll comment on things that I felt could have gone better here in the blog, but the fact of the matter is, the subject has gone stale with me lately. I’m not sure why – but I think part of it is that at some point I sat back and realized that I couldn’t have done any better myself. I’m no more of an music industry expert than anyone else, and even if I were – being the musician is a far cry from being the manager, or being the promoter. I don’t always like the choices the band has made, but for whatever reason – I don’t get to make the decisions for the band. Go figure. For instance, if *I* were in the band, I’d have already announced the tour dates – because I know that the fans, are DYING FOR THEM. (yes, that’s my personal plea. It’s my blog, I get to make a plea. Wanna plea for something? Write your own blog!) I suppose that a large part of me has decided that I’m in this for the enjoyment, and if I’m constantly second guessing the band AFTER THE FACT, what good is that really doing anyone? Sure, it’s a conversation topic, and I’m really not trying to take that away from anyone – least of all the people who have posted in that thread, I just don’t know that it does any good in hindsight. We’re simply the fans. Our “contract” with the band is simple: they produce the music. We choose to buy it and support them, or we choose not to. Very easy. I don’t know how interested the band really is as to why the fan base feels that Liberty was a horrible album, that Thank You shouldn’t have ever been done, or that Red Carpet Massacre completely divided the fan base. Maybe they care, maybe not. Maybe it’s too late for them to worry about it, because just as this blog is my writing during one specific moment in time – so is their music, and the choices they make. What I wrote yesterday may not even be relevant today, but that doesn’t make it any less important or relevant to me during the time I wrote it. (which by the way – still totally relevant, in case you’re wondering. I still need that milk…and those tour dates, John.) Perhaps we have overstated our importance to ourselves and one another. I too, might possibly have been guilty of that a time or two…or three or four. *wink, wink* I know that as a long time fan, it’s hard to get past our own individual notion or belief that they’re writing and playing just for us. It’s hard to believe that while I really don’t care for Red Carpet Massacre (the album as a whole), there are many fans out there that love that album and think I’m just as crazy as I know they must be! It’s even tougher to believe that there are actually fans out there that think this new album stinks. (the aforementioned “I think they must be crazy” belief still holds true here) The one thing fans are never short of: opinions.
I believe that for the most part, fans are genuinely good people. We tend to be a little opinionated, perhaps a bit obsessive, and maybe just a little bit over-the-top at times, but for the most part, we’re good people. Posting about what have been the downfalls of the bands career seems to be at the edge of where we stop being constructive and have started to deconstruct the bands history. The funny, or not-so-funny crumb of this topic is that by looking back the way we have been, we’re completely ignoring the very message that Duran Duran set out to share with us in this new album. We don’t need to look back, we really don’t need to look forward, because the only thing that really matters is this little bit of road we’re on right here and now. Sometimes, I think the fans forget that. I know I have. At some point, when all of this is said and done, we’re going to have a lot of extra time on our hands to completely dissect the bands career. It’ll be over before we know it, sadly enough. At that point, we’ll have the full story in front of us; beginning, middle and end. We’ll know the answers, and most of us will be able to say we watched the entire story unfold. At that point, it will be more about reliving the past and having the good memories of our lifetimes matched with an awesome soundtrack of music. For now, it seems to me that the important thing to do is enjoy the moment we’re in, because it certainly doesn’t last for long.