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Guest Blog: Thanksgiving Thoughts

Editor’s note: I should have published this on Wednesday! So sorry it is late! -A

Thanksgiving Thoughts by Nat Mingo

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s a holiday that commemorates the Pilgrims survival in America by holding a feast to thank their Native American allies. Nowadays, Thanksgiving means spending time with your family and/or friends while eating delicious,
carbohydrate-laden foods. Black Friday follows Thanksgiving; major stores offer discounts to entice shoppers to begin their holiday spending. I’m honored to host a modest Thanksgiving this
year; I’ve begun my preparations. However, I’m distracted by the plethora of Duran Duran news that was released this week. And I’m extremely thankful to hear this information. So, here are some Duran-related things that I’m thankful for:

I’m grateful to DDHQ for their advocacy and transparency. Duran’s media team regularly post on multi-media outlets. I follow the band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Their efforts engage fans while the band is on or off a tour cycle. It’s fascinating to read the diverse, global responses to open-ended questions. This week, DDHQ posted news about the Funko Pop figurines, the 2020 calendar release, the annual Webshop sale, and some upcoming items for
sale. The response has been hugely positive. I appreciate the “official” announcements. It allows me to plan appropriately and dare to hope. There is something magical about DDHQ’s
promotion in and around an album’s release or tour cycles. I suspect that 2020 will have some surprises in store for us.

I’m grateful for the DD webstore’s annual November sale. I’ve blogged earlier about my deep love for the yearly calendar. There will be a 2020 calendar available for purchase; Amanda kindly tweeted me with the news, as I was at work. This sale allows me to save a bit of money on items that I would like to purchase such as the calendar. In theory, I could spend the “savings” on my beloved niece’s gifts but in reality, I end up buying more band merchandise. It’s an enjoyable conundrum. DDHQ posted about a new poster with a timeline of the band’s logos and band members. I can’t wait to obtain one! I hope someone blogs about this special item; I won’t be able to write about its merits until it hangs in my office for a while.

I’m grateful for the band’s collaborators. I follow Anna Ross, Dom Brown, Nile Rodgers, Mr. Hudson and Erin Stevenson on various social media platforms. This week, I’m really grateful for Patty Palazzo’s band projects. Patty designed this year’s calendar. I liked the language inclusivity of days of the week, the number placements and some of the photo layouts in the 2019 edition. So, I’m eagerly anticipating some 2020 novelties. Patty also announced that her
company, Punk Masters, will be releasing some new items soon. I look forward to perusing her new wares. Punk Masters t-shirts are soft and chic. I plan to sport her Nefertiti shirt tomorrow at Thanksgiving. I selected the PM shirt for its comfortability, its perfect pairing with a newly acquired track jacket, and to see if my mom squints and says, “What’s on your chest now?”

I’m grateful to hear about Andy Taylor’s new endeavors. Andy recently joined several social media outlets to share his latest developments. I won’t call it a “comeback” because we know
that as a husband, father, guitarist, musician and producer, he stays busy. My thoughts about Andy are “complicated” but I’m thrilled to see/hear that he has an upcoming album and that he is doing more concerts. A fellow fan posted his enthusiasm about going to his London show tonight. Another fan has posted snippets from the show. It sounds like he is playing his solo work, Duran and Power Station songs. Andy is a gifted musician and I’m lucky to have heard
him at a few shows.

Lastly, I’m grateful to the Daily Duranie and the fan community at large. I’m a natural editor-not a creator. I can make existing things/situations better. Perhaps, this tendency is why I pursued a teaching career. It frustrates me, at times, that I don’t have the visionary spirit that most artists embody. Occasionally blogging for the Daily Duranie has allowed me to “create.” I’m deeply appreciative that Rhonda and Amanda allow me to muse on their platform. These ladies work diligently and I strive to write content that measures up to their standards. Some Daily Duranie readers have left kind comments on my posts. These positive reactions keep me writing so I thank you as well!

Thank YOU for reading this post. I have to get back to my hostess tasks- cleaning, food prepping, cooking, ironing, and obsessing over minute details. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

In Gratitude,
Nat

Guest Blog: The Gift of the Duran Duran Calendar

I feel like Christmas has come a little early here at the Daily Duranie.  First, we find out that the band is back in the studio.  Then, we received another fabulous guest blogs by one of our favorite people, Nat!  She reminds us all of enjoying and appreciating the little things, even in fandom.  It is a good read.  Enjoy!  -A&R

The holiday season is upon us! I just celebrated Thanksgiving with my family and decorated my home for Christmas. My merry tree is decorated. I’m obsessing over the scent of pine and the taste of egg nog. The shopping frenzy of Black Thursday-Friday is over. While I am loving the twinkly lights and the hopefulness of this season, it can be a difficult time to navigate for me. Gift exchanges are popular now. Years ago, I read Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages” and realized that receiving gifts is important to me. So, how do I express love to others using a physical item? My toddler niece is too young to have a list of desired items yet. So, do I purchase needed items like leggings or something impractical like a Disney Princess something? What to get my mom who has everything she wants or needs? Fortunately, one gift I do not need to think about is my annual gift to myself-the Duran Duran calendar.

Every year, around mid-late November, I look forward to DDHQ’s announcement that a calendar will be issued. Yes, folks, there is a 2019 edition available now on the band’s website. As I bought mine, I pondered my annual tradition. Why is this item important to me? I know I value the calendar because I don’t entrust my family to buy it for me. Timeliness is not their forte and I want my calendar in my hands by January first. It’s just a calendar in a world of calendars so what makes the Duran Duran one special?

It’s a work of art. I bought my first Duran Duran calendar in 1984. It reflects that Seven and the Ragged Tiger vibe. Just gazing at its cover brings forth memories of random “Sing Blue Silver” lines. Every year, the calendar has distinct visual elements. Some years, the band elects to use concert photographs. Other times, the band members are carefully posed. One of my favorite calendar photos is of John in a light colored suit, walking down a street. It’s a stunning photograph that could hang on a gallery wall.

It’s a time capsule. Sometimes, the calendar’s visual style mirrors the most recent record that the band recorded. This makes the calendar feel like an extension of the record. As mentioned above, when concert photographs are used, the calendar serves as a tour memento. The monthly photo selection reflects the band member’s birthdays. Simon is always featured in October, just as April belongs to Roger. I look forward to seeing who won June? Is there a pattern? Say, does Nick gets June in 2004 so John gets June in 2005? Does the “loser” automatically get the month of July? Hmmmmm…

It’s a practical tool. Okay, I’ve just spent two paragraphs lavishing about a CALENDAR! At first, I would never write on my calendar. During an “It’s time to lose some weight, Nat” period, I would record my exercise minutes on the DD calendar. The calendar layouts change each year.

Some years are more conducive to recording important events. I’ve struggled with a few layouts because they were so impractical. Yet, even the impracticalness, made that year’s calendar unique. I look forward to the first day of each month to see what the next month will bring. I don’t peek-LOL. It’s amusing when I use the calendar when booking appointments. “Excuse me, Roger, I’m talking to my dentist. Yes, I’m available on 3rd at 5:00 p.m.” I love it when the band uses some European elements and/or words. They are being inclusive to the fan base. Plus, I get to dust off my high school French.

It’s become a tradition (for me). There have been a few years when the band didn’t produce an official calendar. In response, I did what fans do- I pouted for a few seconds! Some awesome graphic designers shared fan-created calendars with me. It’s not the same. It’s flimsy when compared to the heft of an official calendar. When purchasing the annual calendar, at times, I buy another DD item. Other times, just a calendar purchase is enough. Just like a child on Christmas morning, I look forward to this special piece of mail from the U.K. The annual Duran Duran calendar is a gift to me, from me. I will keep buying if they keep producing. Deal!

Enjoy your time with loved ones and don’t forget to treat yourself,

Nat

Nathalie is a daughter, sister, Auntie, educator, reader, dreamer, Christian, Midwestern, Sci-Fi & Superhero Nerdette  whose favorite band is Duran Duran. She owns multiple copies of most DD albums.  She collects band t-shirts and proudly wears them in her everyday life.