So…..about that Duran Duran Appreciation Day-Sing Blue Silver viewing party….
Did you all have fun? We thought it went really, really well! We weren’t involved with the planning for the event this year, and I think that David and Elisa did a great job coming up with the initial idea and implementing it! We had a great time and it sure looked like everyone else who participated did as well. I have to admit that when I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure how it would go over, because things like this really just depend on the level of participation from fans. I was astounded at just how many fans were online and interacted on Twitter, and I know that Amanda felt the same on Facebook. I had a great time (maybe TOO good of a time), and as I contemplate the possibilities of detox this morning, I can’t help but smile through my self-inflicted agony. (If I ever suggest a drinking game again, someone should shoot me.)
I read somewhere that there are tentative plans out there to somehow do this as an “in-person” event next year up in the San Francisco area, and I think that for those who can get there, it would be great. But for the rest of the world, my hope is to plan the party so that more people beyond the US can participate. There isn’t ever a perfect time for everyone, but we were thinking that maybe doing a day-long (12 hour) event, with a clear list of what we’re watching along with the start and finish times for each, published in advance of the day along with links of where to purchase what we’re watching or where to find it on YouTube if you need, so that way if you’re not able to join in for one, you can catch the next…or one later in the day. And I won’t be doing a drinking game. Probably. So you should probably plan now to take the day off (and maybe the day after!) next year. August 10, 2015….mark your calendars.
One thing that made this particular #DDAD14 special for me was that I was here in Madison, Wisconsin with Amanda. Normally I’m at home, and my family, while semi-tolerant of Duran Duran, is not the same as spending time with Amanda and appreciating the band we love. It’s funny because when I first planned this trip out here, it didn’t even enter my mind that I’d be here for the holiday. I just knew we had a lot of work to do and that this was the time I could run away from home. I’m so glad I was here with her because what is normally a day where I spend about five minutes “appreciating” the band along with everyone else online throughout the day became a party. Duran Duran has a funny way of doing that, don’t they?
Last night I tweeted to the band that the power of what we fans are able to really do is AMAZING, and that they should be so proud. They didn’t respond, but I hope they at least saw the tweet. Their fan base was out in force last night, and more importantly – we truly were screaming from the rooftops about how much we love this band. How many bands, after over thirty years in existence, still have THIS strong of a fan base? Not many. Not many at all. Just think of the positive things we could do for this upcoming album if given the chance and right direction. Just imagine.
What a great day. Can we do it again, say, same time next year?!?