Yesterday, Duran Duran played in Paris. They were there for the 24 Hours of Reality and Live Earth: The World Is Watching global event to draw attention to the issue of climate change. They played one song, shown below, around 6 pm local time.
I thought it was a fitting choice, at the time, to draw attention to the song (assuming it really is the next single off their album, Paper Gods) and because the lyrics seemed fitting. We should not take the planet for granted. I like that.
In a few hours time, though, the song and their presence there took on a whole new meaning as terrorism ripped through the city, killing well over a hundred people and injuring many more, leaving a city, a nation and a world in shock. When Rhonda texted me to alert me of the news, it did not take long for me to connect the dots. Terrorism in Paris? Duran Duran was in Paris! My first thought turned to the band and their safety. Many Duranies on social media echoed my thoughts and my fear. The hours of not knowing seemed an eternity as Rhonda passed information on through text messages as I tried to pay attention in my meetings at work. I kept wondering if it was better for me to be busy, to be unable to turn to the 24 hour news cycle or if it would be better if I could attempt to gleam some nugget of news to reassure myself that it wasn’t as bad as it sounded. Thankfully, at about 5:30 my time, Dom tweeted that he had safely returned to London and he believed all of Duran was safe. Soon after that, DDHQ sent a tweet stating, “All safe.” Despite being surrounded by colleagues, I couldn’t stop myself from letting out a few tears.
Not surprisingly, after leaving my colleagues, the first phone call I made was to Rhonda. We had been sending text messages back and forth but it wasn’t the same as hearing her voice. Of course, being together in person, would have been better but we did what we could to at least offer comfort to the other and send our love. After all, times like these, is when you are reminded not to take your loved ones for granted. We both recognized that we could have lost any or all of the band and their crew. It could have been them playing the concert in which terrorists entered the venue, took hostages and killed many as opposed to the band, Eagles of Death Metal. It could have been our fan base getting conflicting reports about whether or not the band members were present and accounted for. It could have been friends of ours at that concert hall. It could have been us. My heart goes out to Eagles of Death Metal, including the band, their crew, their families and their fans. I know that Duran is thinking about them, especially since they had recently seen and performed Save a Prayer together on the show, TFI Friday, as EODM had covered the song previously.
As I sit in my living room on the morning after, I find myself thinking about the lyrics to What Are the Chances and how those lyrics were more than fitting yesterday and not just because of climate change and the health of the planet. Like the song says, “The world does not explain” and “We are lost in the flow and looking for answers”. Those lines ring true today in a way that they didn’t yesterday at this time. We don’t really have good answers and we are looking for them, for an explanation. What we do know is that we can’t take anything or anyone for granted. This past week really taught me this from having this VERY close call for a band that has such a large hold of my heart. This past week also saw my beloved mother finish the last of her treatments for breast cancer after suffering through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. I hope it was just a very close call for her, too, and that through her fighting, she defeated cancer once and for all.
Thus, on a day like today, when the world stands and mourns with Paris, do yourself a favor. Don’t take anyone for granted. Tell those you love that you love them and, if you are lucky enough, to be geographically near them, give them a hug, too.