I have been a Duranie for most of my life. In fact, I became an official one at the very young age of 8. Since then, Duran has always been the background music, the soundtrack of my life. Some of their songs have inspired me to act, others have made me think about things in a new way, and still others really seem to capture my emotions. I’m sure that some of the songs that have really touched me, emotionally, are the exact same ones that have touched other fans and others, not so much.
Ordinary World is probably the most classic example of an emotionally touching Duran song. I’m sure that many fans throughout the years have listened to that song to help them through the process of grief over a lost loved one. I know that I have put that song on whenever I want to feel both the loss of someone or something as well as optimism for the future. After a rough week, emotionally, I turned to this song once again. It helped me to remember that no matter how tough things are now, time heals.
There are a couple of other more ballad type songs that have expressed my feelings in regards to work, which are Chains and One of Those Days. When I’m not hanging out in the Duran world, I’m busy teaching as well as thinking and worrying about my students. Those two songs always remind me that some days are not positive at work but that I’m still committed and hopeful that the future will be better because of my actions. Once I’m in a more positive frame of mind, What Happens Tomorrow is usually played because I need to be reminded that things will be okay in the end. 🙂
Of course, there are songs that always bring me back to some extremely fun times in my life! I can’t help but to smile when hearing a song like Late Bar! How many really fun times have I had with my fellow Duranies at a bar, late at night? Hold Back the Rain and Astronaut always make me think of touring. The former one makes me think of that because of the line about how there is “no time to worry, we’re on the roam again.” Certainly, one of the things I like best about touring is traveling and not stressing about daily tasks. It is just about fun. Likewise, Astronaut captures the feeling of being at a show with the line, “There is nothing gonna ace this.”
As I read the boards and see fans’ reactions to the new snippet, I keep thinking about how these new songs could fill a void in the soundtrack of my life and in other people’s. Maybe they will capture some serious changes that will take place in my day-to-day existence. Perhaps, they will remind me of both good and bad times I have had. I hope that they will be able to express a part of me that I cannot. Truly, one thing that I have always appreciated about Duran’s songs is how they can be interpreted in different ways. While the songs I listed above mean something to me, they might not mean the same thing to others. I suspect that every fan has Duran songs that really hit home for them. Maybe some of them are like mine. Maybe they are different. No matter if they are the same or different, I would love to know what they are for you, fellow Duranie, and why!