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Rhonda Is Out of The Office (until January 2019)

Well, this is it. My final blog of the year, written at the small little table we currently have in our dining area, for the very last time. It is weird to think that in a week, there will not be any furniture in the house, and I’ll be doing the last little bit of clean-up before we hand over the keys to the new owners. It feels a little anticlimactic because of how long I’ve been preparing for this.  I can hardly wait for a day when I’m anguishing over not having anything to write about from my personal life for a change. 

I think we all know it is only a matter of time before I have to share some crazy antidote about “life in the country”, which is something I’ve never really experienced before.  I’m actually nervous about not having a grocery store right down the street, as I’m infamous for forgetting things and needing to run out for one last ingredient.

My family celebrates Christmas, and this year is going to be different. I like to say “different” rather than “insane” or “a complete disaster”. Since we’re supposed to get the keys next Friday night, and our furniture is coming on Saturday, I have at least a small hope of pulling something together. Maybe. If it comes together, it will really be a Christmas miracle. If it doesn’t, well, it’ll be memorable! No matter what the outcome, I feel very thankful. My children and husband will all be together under the same roof, and really, that’s all I need for Christmas. I know that there are many families, many friends of mine, who will not have that this year. So, you can bet I’m treasuring that time, no matter what ends up on our plates for dinner. 

After Christmas, 2019 is headed straight for us. I really have no idea what lays ahead. In previous years, I wanted to know how to plan. I felt this need to be in total control. Then 2017 happened, as did 2018, and I realized that very precious little is under my control. I’ve gotten a little better at just “rolling with it”. It doesn’t come naturally, and I haven’t perfected how to remain calm and relaxed while chaos goes on around me, but I’m trying. I need to work on getting acclimated to my new home, but I’m also going to work on updating this site. 

I don’t know how long we’ve been hosting our blog now, but I think it’s been a few years. When we moved the site, I didn’t archive much. I just moved it all over and hoped for the best. Well, now the blog is enormous. I need to work on archiving, and I really want to do a site makeover.  I won’t get started on most of that until January, but it is on my to-do list and I have a goal of making it happen. So, 2019 isn’t going to be boring!

I did read somewhere that the band had finished their studio time for 2018. (did you blink and miss it, because it was over as quickly as it began!)  They plan to go back into the studio in 2019, and I did see that DDHQ tweeted something like “here’s to 2019 and #DD15”.  Could they really be planning to write, record and finish in a year?  I like that attitude. (although I suspect the insinuation might not have been that they’ll finish that IN 2019…but you never know)

Alas, the time has come. I need to bring this final blog (of mine – Amanda will still be posting tomorrow!) to a close. I wish everyone a merry whatever-you’re-celebrating. Have a wonderful holiday season. Take care of yourselves. Happy 2019. Stay safe!  I will “see” you in January, and until then – I’m sure you might see an occasional tweet or two from me!

-R




As I walked on, I realized I was going up

Happy Monday! 

I can already tell how this week is going to go, because today I needed to update WordPress, which is the editor, along with the engine that makes our website work (kind of).  This new version of WordPress is significantly different, and there’s a bit of a learning curve for it. I can hardly wait for Amanda to try it out this weekend. Or tomorrow morning when she posts the daily question! EEK!

We’re moving, moving, moving

Up until now I’ve had to be pretty vague about my plans for the last half of December. Planning was a bit up in the air, and I didn’t know how or when things might happen. As most know, my family has been in the process of moving….for the past six months. I know, it’s been the longest move EVER. (Oh believe me, I know.) Well, the time has come, *cue Sunrise*, instead of music between us – it is a sea of plastic bins (not rubbish bins, storage bins!). We move next week! Tuesday and Wednesday, the furniture will be moved out of my house and then we move in to the new house that weekend. 

Timing is incredibly tight. The man in the red suit absolutely MUST visit on Christmas Eve, because our ten-year old still believes in the wonder of the holiday with all of her heart. I love that innocence about her and I refuse to let her down, one way or another. We get the keys to the new place on the Friday before Christmas at 6pm. That gives me three days to pull it together and make magic happen. I’ve got this. Probably. 

So where is my family headed? We’re moving from a suburb in Orange County about five hours north to the hills on the west side of Atascadero. We will be 15 minutes south of Paso Robles, and 20 minutes from Morro Bay – we timed it just the other day! Here in the OC we are in a tight neighborhood, and up there we’ll be in an enclave of ranches, where populations of chickens and goats outnumber humans. Down here, people collect Teslas and BMWs. Up there, folks are more concerned with what kind of coop you’re using for your chickens or what kind of small tractor or mower works best for clearing land. I’m not panicking. My nails are bitten down to the nubs, and my shoulders feel like bricks, but I’m fine. Probably. 

A holiday break 

So that leads me to this: I’m taking a little time off from blogging. Not because I need a vacation or because I’ve fallen off of the bandwagon (HA!), but because of logistics. So this will be my final week of blogging until after the new year. Assuming all is well (and it will be!), I’ll be back writing on Wednesday, January 2nd. If you don’t think you can manage that long without hearing from me, check me out on Twitter. Oh believe me, I’ll tweet the insanity. S news?

Studio Update?

Meanwhile, I heard that Duran Duran is finished in the studio until springtime, so those of you who thought 2019 might be a good year for a new album will likely be waiting a bit longer. I’m still going with 2020 as the possible target, at least for now.

Limitless Idolization

One more thing before I leave you for today – I saw that a fellow Duran blog is ending. Headfullofchopstick, artfully written in a way I can only envy, has published its final post. Fandom is a strange, wild trip. I won’t fault anyone for choosing to step off the path, nor would  I judge the reason why. There is a lot of talk about idolization, faith and glorification within fan studies. Unfortunately, many fans buy into all of that and more, at the risk of losing themselves in the aftermath.

The one thing I know from my own experience as a fan is that in order to last here, I needed to have my feet, head and heart planted firmly elsewhere. I love Duran Duran, and by that I specifically mean the music. Sure, I’ll say on occasion that I love the band members, but it’s different. I don’t know them that well. The love I have for friends and family is on another level entirely. Sometimes, I fear that some fans mix the two, at the peril of anyone else who happens to be in the way.  I too, recognize the crossroad. There isn’t anything, including being a die hard Duran Duran fan, that should be controlling or confining unless you allow it to be so. 

I wish Ruth well. 

-R 

This Duran Duran Blog – An open letter

Dear Readers,

There are many different types of Duran Duran blogs and websites out there. Some focus on news. Some on music reviews. Still others are a constant love note to whatever band/artist/etc they are following. Some are like magazines or fanzines. Others are message boards. The Duran Duran community, fortunately – has a place for all.

When creating the concept behind Daily Duranie, Amanda and I envisioned a Duran Duran blog or website that would bring fans together. We knew that other areas, such as news or fanzines, were already handled beautifully – so the challenge for Daily Duranie was to find our niche. We also recognized that with the rise of Facebook and even of Twitter, there didn’t seem to be a central gathering place for fans, and even less so of a place where fans could allow their voices to be heard.  Let’s be honest: Amanda and I had plenty to say all on our own. We didn’t want to do what others had done, we wanted to be unique, and we really wanted to fill the void for fans like ourselves. I suppose we realized that not everything we said would be embraced by the community as a whole – and our project would most likely go unnoticed by the band. After all, we were writing for the fans, not for the band.  We reached out to other Duran Duran blogs, we made sure to let them know we wanted to work with them and not drive traffic away from them, and we still feel that way to this day. We came up with our own original ideas for content, and we pride ourselves on the fact that this Duran Duran blog is completely our own.

Speaking of that journey, we’ve also been very outspoken, and sometimes – very critical of the band. Amanda and I do not see it as our job to cast sunshine, rainbows and perhaps the occasional unicorn, on anyone. The band already employs a good many people to do that for them. We live in the land of reality.  That doesn’t mean we are hopeless, and it doesn’t mean we hate the band. (If we hated the band, believe me when I say we wouldn’t bother with a Duran Duran blog and website that takes upwards of 20-30 hours a week to manage.)  It also does not mean that we are faithless or do not trust in the process. It does mean though, that we tell the truth as we see it at the time.  But our blog is not only opinion – we do a variety of different things: polls, the date in history (which is NOT a regurgitation of what is already available to anyone who looks at duranduran.com but instead a timeline that we’ve compiled over the years from a variety of sources), reviews, and yes – our super special commentaries that are designed to get you, the reader, thinking and commenting, which we sincerely appreciate whether you like what we’re saying or hate it. We love the conversation even if we come away wanting to pull our hair out, because it’s proof that our site is WORKING. We didn’t just create a Duran Duran blog or website based on the ideas that someone else came up with, looking for glory – we did this on our own.

We recognize that what we say here as well as on Twitter and Facebook, is not always what fans want to read. There are some fans out there that only see the good things, they honestly believe that the band is perfect in every single way. That just isn’t what Daily Duranie is about, even if it would be far easier (and gain us far more love and attention from the powers that be and the band members we idolize) to sit here each day and write an “I will love you forever” note to the band. We also realize that the band and management can see what we’re saying even on Facebook or Twitter as we criticize the band for ignoring social media or not putting out a single faster, to site some examples. We have nothing to hide, and we’re proud of the fact that any reader should know that when we say we don’t like something – we mean it.  In turn, when we say we love something, they can rest assured knowing we mean it 100%. There is no smoke being blown up anyone’s posterior on this Duran Duran blog, and that is the way this site will always stay, whether the band, management, or specific band members retweet us, repost our blogs, or not. I guess what I’m saying is that we’re willing to pay the price to stay true to ourselves and that damn band rather than spout niceties that we don’t always mean. I hate fake. I would never make it in Hollywood or as a politician, and I’m proud of that.

That said, I think that as we’ve gone along, there have been moments when we’ve forgotten our own objectives or intentions. Instead of being concerned about what our fellow fans are saying, we’ve lamented over whom the band chooses to support, repost, or retweet. I suppose if anything, that should go to show that at the end of it all, we ARE still fans. We still look for their approval, their support, and validation – which continues to be our downfall.  We continue to struggle, rise above, and remember why we began writing in the first place – and that reason definitely wasn’t so that the band would ever retweet us, no matter how fabulous it feels when that happens. I try to remind myself that once upon a time, I wisely said that if the band ever recognized me and knew my full name, I knew it was time for me to go. (words I need to carve into wood somewhere!)

Truth be told, it is not easy to commit to something for over four years, 20-30 hours each week and never have feedback from your idols (even when you’ve interviewed them); but, Amanda and I agree that even though we are likely not among the “chosen ones”
that the band chooses to acknowledge or validate, we will continue and remember WHY this Duran Duran blog really matters. It matters for us. The fans. It does not matter that others seek to imitate or have gained attention from doing so. We refuse to allow fans who cannot be bothered, instead using the same ideas we employ, the same niche we occupy, to deter us from moving on. We wish them well, but the truth is – there is only one Daily Duranie. Whether or not fellow fans choose to dilate their minds wide enough to come up with new ideas of their own instead of imitating what we’ve created, we will carry on as we’ve always done.

For a few years now, Amanda and I have envisioned something that moves beyond Duran Duran. That doesn’t mean Daily Duranie would change. Instead, she and I would create a new place where other bands could be celebrated and supported by fans. Every year we threaten (to one another) that we’re going to get it started, and each year, it gets put on the back burner…until this year. So as I type, I’m working on a website for Discord & Rhyme, our new blog-venture. The site isn’t ready yet, but once it is, we’ll have a proper unveiling. If you see something you like, perhaps you’ll help us out by sending us topic and interview ideas, sharing our blog with others, suggesting bands to follow, and join us on that journey. Just as we did for Daily Duranie, we are starting from scratch, deciding what works and what does not – and we look forward to the challenge. This will not be a goodbye to Duran Duran – we still plan to operate Daily Duranie with the same bravado, laughter, and JOY as always! Instead we look forward to saying hello again to other bands that we grew up with (and then some) that continue to work and spellbind as they tour, create music, and connect with their fans.

Hear this: WE LOVE DURAN DURAN. Fandom can be a bit of a roller coaster at times – sometimes you’re feeling really good, sometimes you’re down the hill, catching speed and momentum for the next hill, and still other times you’re back in the shed being worked on. Amanda and I have always been very vocal about where we are – our own State of the Union for Duranies, and maybe at some points that’s been our mistake – we wear our hearts, thoughts and feelings on our sleeves, but that is exactly the premise of this Duran Duran blog, and it is how we will continue to go forward from here – imitators or not.

-R

This is how a road gets made

It’s that time of the year again when I get antsy, and the next thing you know we’re moving the blog.

Please consider this fair warning that for the next few days, hopefully beginning late this afternoon California-time there may be times when this site, Daily Duranie, is unavailable and/or you will be seeing a redirect notice.  Our blog itself will not be changing, but I am doing major back-end maintenance and while it will not necessarily affect what you, our dear reader, sees…trust that I am making major inroads and improvements and moving the blog to a self-hosted site, which will allow us more flexibility. Additionally, at some point you will likely see improvements made to the actual construction of the blog that will allow Amanda and I to continue moving forward with our plans for world domination.

Thanks for your patience and support – and if you have questions, comments or concerns you can always contact us via Twitter and Facebook.

-R

Question of the Day: Monday, August 25, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture C

DBC

The Past Week in Duranland (August 18 to August 24)

This past week in Duranland has seemed relatively quiet.  No matter,  I will still do my best to summarize any and all happenings!  As always, I’ll be searching through official sites and social media to find any and all info.

The only thing posted on the band’s official website was a new “Collector’s Corner” for the month of August.  This month, the focus is on the goodies one might receive at a show, including ticket stubs, passes, set lists, guitar picks and drumsticks!  While I have definitely kept all of my Duran ticket stubs, I haven’t been fortunate enough to get any of the rest.  My personal goal is to get a pick directly from John Taylor.  (For the record, I’m terrible about asking for things like this and often more in the center, which means I’m not right in front of John.  So, Mr. Taylor should feel free to search for me to hand me one!  Ha!  If only!)  What about the rest of you?  Which of these items do you have and/or collect?

DuranDuranMusic announced a winner for the Fashion Rocks tickets!  Congrats to Lanita for being the winner!!

Duran Duran’s Facebook this week shared some pictures from the studio, including Nile Rodgers, Nile and Nick, and a group shot with John, Simon, Roger, Nick and Nile.  A picture from the Fashion Rocks photo shoot was also posted.  Beyond the pictures, Duran Duran also celebrated 2.5 million like on Facebook!  Go Duran!!!

One article was posted on Duran’s Facebook and that article was about how Rocksmith 2014’s playlist was updated to include Rio, Hungry Like the Wolf and Ordinary World.  I’m not a gamer so I don’t get it all, but it seems like a pretty cool deal to me!  To read the article yourself, go here.

Interestingly enough, Duran wasn’t the only Facebook page to be updated.  Roger Taylor posted on his official page as well, which you can find here.  He also included the group shot from the studio and a picture of two of his kids.  He also stated something about a light at the end of the tunnel at the studio.  Could that be true???  I, for one, hope so!  I’m missing them terribly!!!

As for twitter, Nile Rodgers has been sharing.  For example, yesterday, he said goodbye to London but indicated that the goodbye would be for 5 days.  More work to be done then???  He also stated that the 20th was a great but long day at the studio with Mark Ronson and Duran.  My point here is simple.  You should be following Mr. Rodgers (@nilerodgers).  Mr. Hudson (@MrHudson) also tweeted about this past week in the studio, stating that it was an “incredible” week.  If all of that wasn’t enough, John Taylor also tweeted this past week.  Yesterday, he tweeted how he was back in LA after “amazing recording sessions”.  Earlier in the week, he posted pictures of Mr. Hudson and Nile from the studio.  All of these little tweets have me even more excited about the new album!!

Clearly, this week has one in the studio for Duran Duran.  What will next week bring???

-A

 

Today in Duran History – Atlanta 1999

On this date in 1999, Duran Duran played at Chastain Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  This show was part of the Let It Flow Tour.  Apparently, Duran has often chosen this venue to play at.  Just this past week, Rhonda discussed our experience and observation of the venue at our 2012 show there, which you can read here.

According to setlist.fm, the set list featured the following songs:

Girls on Film

Hungry Like the Wolf

Notorious

Hallucinating Elvis

Out of my Mind

Come Undone

All She Wants Is

Friends of Mine

Someone Else Not Me

Secret Oktober

White Lines

Lava Lamp

Electric Barbarella

Planet Earth

Ordinary World

The Reflex

Pop Trash Movie

Rio

Well, then.  That set list is an interesting one, for sure!  There are some definite gems in there and some songs that I could do without!  What songs would you keep from this list?  What songs would you get rid of?  I haven’t seen a show start with Girls on Film.  How did that work???

-A

Question of the Day: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Yesterday’s winner:  Picture A

DBA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Many Shows of the Nine City Caravan Club Tour (October 19 to November 4, 1988) Did You See?

This week, in the continuing series about Duran tour participation, I am asking about the Nine City Caravan Club Tour, which took place between October 19, 1988  and November 4, 1988.  This tour took place in the US and Canada.  During this tour, they played extremely small clubs.   As always, I refer you to the band’s official website for all the specific dates and locations, which you can see here.

If you missed any of the previous polls about other more recent tours, the links can be found below:

Big Live Tour (November 11, 1988 to March 4, 1989)

Big Electric Theatre Tour (March 10, 1989 to April 26, 1989)

June 30, 1989 to February 21, 1993 dates

The first half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (March 4, 1993 to May 9, 1993)

No Ordinary Tour (May 13, 1993 to December 10, 1993)

The second half of the Dilate Your Mind Tour (December 1993 to April 1994

The Thank You Tour (February 1995 to May 1995)

The Radio Festival Tour (May 1995 to November 1997)

The Ultra Chrome Latex and Steel Tour (Nov. 1997 to Oct. 1998)

The Latest and Greatest Tour (Dec. 1998)

Let It Flow Tour (Aug. to Oct. 1999)

Overnight Sensation Tour (Dec. 1999 to July 2000)

Pop Trash Tour (July 2000 to Feb. 2001)

The Up Close and Personal Tour (Feb. 2001 to June 2001)

The Reunion Tour (July 2003 to Dec. 2004)

The Astronaut Tour (Jan. 2005 to July 2007)

The Red Carpet Massacre Tour (Oct. 2007 to Oct. 2010)

All You Need Is Now Tour (Feb. 2011 to Aug. 2012)

How Old Were You When You First Saw Duran Live?

Which Tour Did You See Duran Play for the First Time?

Today in Duran History – LA 1993

On this date in 1993, Duran Duran played at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles, California. This show was part of the No Ordinary Tour.

According to setlist.fm, the set list for that night was:

Planet Earth

Hungry Like the Wolf

A View to a Kill

Ordinary World

Come Undone

White Lines

The Chauffeur

Girls on Film

UMF

Notorious

The Reflex

Rio

Encore:

Save a Prayer

Too Much Information

The Wild Boys

If anyone was there that night, does that set list look accurate?  Is there any song on this list that you wished that they brought back?

-A