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The Future, It’s Still Tomorrow

It is Friday and I have to admit that it has been awhile since the idea of a weekend was something to look forward to. No, obviously, it is not because I have big plans on the town. I wish. No, it just means that I get a break from working all day. This week was the start of online learning for my district and it has definitely taken me a bit to feel like I’m up to speed. I’m hoping that the rest of today is pretty productive so that I don’t have a lot of work to do over the weekend and can just relax.

All that said, there are a few things to look forward to both today and in the next few days for me. On a personal note, I am having a happy hour with a friend tonight and on Monday, my campaign team will get together, virtually, to hold a victory party, no matter the results of the worst election day ever. On the Duran front, there are two things to get excited. First, Duran Duran’s twitter will be getting a workout with a chat with Mr. John Taylor. Unlike previous Fridays, the chat will take place at 2 pm EST or 7pm GMT. I suspect that there will be a lot of people wishing John well, which I can totally understand. Even I am feeling like commenting and I never try! (But it is John, right?!) After that, you can party with our favorite DJ at 1 pm PST. I, for one, cannot wait to see what gems are included in the setlist!

Of course, if you are anything like me, listening to a fabulous set of Duran only makes me want to see a show. While we cannot have that yet, we can remember the good times we have had at shows. Just this week, I saw a couple fun BINGO sheets from Concert Weirdos. (Anyone else follow them on Twitter?) Here they are:

So, how did you do? Did you make a BINGO in the top one? The sad part in the first one is that I can almost cross every single box off. EEK! I’ll just say this. No tattoo for me! I have thought about one but nothing has really ever stuck with me long term to really consider it. What about the bottom one? That was is designed to be “more extreme”. That’s fair as there are more boxes that I cannot cross off. On top of the tattoo one (again), I, thankfully, have never been given the mic to sing at a show. Once in Biloxi, the kid next to me was given the mic for the Reflex. I remember that he really had no idea what Simon was asking and it came out as banana rather than ta-na-na. Anyway, that is not one that I would *want* to do. The same thing could be said about being pulled on stage. I have no need for that! I guarantee that the audience would agree.

What about the rest of you? How did you do on these BINGO sheets? More interestingly than that, are there ones that you have not done but wish you have? Maybe then, when concerts resume, you can aim for that as a concert goal!

-A

Question of the Week: The SOng that Represents the Astronaut Tour

I apologize for not getting a blog post out yesterday. While my intentions were there, my body said otherwise as I suffered through a pretty nasty migraine. Thankfully, I’m better today but I have been left with a ton of work to do to get ready for the new school world online tomorrow. Still, I wanted to check in here on a few items, including the weekly question, the twitter chat with Nick and the upcoming Duran Duran watch party.

Question of the Week

The last couple of weeks have been focused on the song that best represents the Astronaut Tour. First, I included all the songs they played in 2005 then limited to the songs people chose from that list. Now, we have a tie between two songs. This week’s poll will give us our final result.

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Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?
Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?
Which Song Best Represents the Astronaut Tour?

Nick’s Twitter Chat

Did anyone check out the Friday Twitter chat with Nick? I “watched” the tweets as I worked and had a few observations that I wanted to acknowledge. First of all, Nick was on longer than the rest, about an hour. It seemed to me that Nick took longer to “respond” which meant that there were longer pauses in between his tweets. That said, I appreciate some of the clever questions/comments that were shared. You can read the transcript here. I, for one, will be interested in seeing the chat next week with John. I’ll be curious to see if I will be able to watch as it happens as I’ll probably be doing school at that time. (I’m still getting used to this weird schedule I have.)

Duran Duran Facebook Watch Party

This weekend Duran Duran posted on their social media that they will be hosting a video watch party on Facebook: Duran Duran’s “Watch Party,” on the band’s Facebook page, will now take place on TUESDAY April 7 at 5pm EST (2pm PST, 10pm GMT). I, for one, have never actually checked into one of these watch parties. I might actually try for a bit on Tuesday just to see what it is like.

On that note, I better get back to work. Is it June yet?!

-A

‘Cos Now We’re Online

The internet has definitely been getting a work out these days as more and more people are sheltering in place and working from home. I, personally, have had a number of online meetings this week related to the spring campaign season. (Virtually organizing is weird, by the way.) My family has also met a couple of times online through Skype and Zoom just to chat and to play games. I, for one, am grateful for all of this along with emails, text messages, tweets and more. As someone who is staying at home by herself, I like both feeling a little less alone and knowing that people are doing okay. This is why I was pretty excited yesterday when I saw the following on Duran’s social media:


Hi Everyone, 

We have made the decision to take a temporary break from the studio in order to keep everyone safe and sound. While we are ‘self-isolating’, however, we still want to be in touch with you all in some way. So, for thirty minutes each week, we’re going to take turns striking up conversations and taking questions via the Duran Duran Twitter feed. For us, we feel it’s important during this crazy time to stay connected, so we can share our thoughts and feelings. Community has never felt like such a scarce commodity! 

Our love goes out to all of our fans around the world, particularly in areas that have been badly hit by the virus. We have never seen anything like this in our lifetimes, and we are feeling much of the same uncertainty and fear that we’re sure you are. 

We hope that through keeping connected we can all feel strong and supported. 

Stay tuned for details on our first meet up, which will take place tomorrow, Friday afternoon, UK time. Until then… stay healthy.
– Simon, Roger, John & Nick x

As I read it, I felt relief knowing that they are fine. I have forced my family to check in on a daily basis so that I know that they are okay. Likewise, I have a number of friends who are checking in on a daily basis. Then, of course, I totally understand the decision to stop working in the studio to ensure that everyone stays safe. As much as I am anxious for new music, no one should put themselves or their loved ones at risk. On top of that, I cannot imagine that they would have been as productive or creative as possible. I know that I’m struggling to get things done and I know that my mom has been having a hard time with her creativity despite having more time on her hands. Now, Duran did not just decide to stop working in the studio, but made a decision to stay connected via the band’s twitter. When reading this, I responded that I thought it was appreciated and thoughtful. I, too, have found connections essential and am hopeful that we all appreciate each other more once we get through this.

Today was the first twitter session as Simon stepped up to field questions and comments. As typical, I opted not to jump in but watched. Tweets came fast and furious and definitely felt like the most Duran action that I have seen in awhile. (In fairness, I don’t tweet a lot about Duran so I could just be missing a bunch but still…) It reminded me that there are still lots of Duranies around. Now, in normal times, I would watch the questions and comments and analyze the fan community. I would take notice about how many talked about themselves or focused on touring in one place or another. Initially, I found myself falling back into that usual mode. After all, it is what I am used to and what I am comfortable with. Yet, I thought about Rhonda’s blog yesterday and the truly unique situation we are all in. I tried to pull back and just appreciate that everyone is living life the only way that they can right now. Maybe they are focusing on upcoming shows or possible shows because they need to feel normal or feel like things can be normal again. Some are looking to talk about the situation or to feel not alone. I can get all of those feelings and more.

So, for now, I’m going to focus on the fact that the guys are fine. I appreciate that the internet is around to help keep those connections. Today is about valuing the little things, at least for me.

-A

Duran Duran on Twitter

Do you still wait to see Duran Duran on Twitter? How many still hang out on Twitter wondering when/if the band will show up?  I remember the good old days when John or Simon used to occasionally check Twitter. I remember when social engagement, interaction…or whatever you want to call it seemed to matter (even if it really didn’t).

I still use Twitter. I still read my timeline and I still comment whenever I feel like it. I think I got into the Twitter habit just before John came along, before I really noticed Duran Duran on Twitter, and I’m still there. I like the idea of it feeling sort of like a chat room that is occupied 24/7. I can go in there, post whatever I’m thinking at the time and leave. Sometimes I’ll get into short conversations with friends, and sometimes not. I also check out what other people are saying, and yes, I will even check on what fans are tweeting to the band. Call me masochistic, or even just curious. Sometimes I get the best blog ideas that way. Other times, and this seems to be happening far more often these days, I come away feeling melancholy…or even just sad.

The other day I was reading Twitter and saw so many posts congratulating Dom on his tenth anniversary and asking John where he was…so many leaving heartfelt notes of how much he means to them, or how they can’t wait for the next album. Weirdly, it struck me that at this point, I’m not even sure those tweets get read. It wasn’t that long ago when it was obvious that yes, they were getting read. There would be responses to things when Duran Duran was on Twitter that seemed to come out of nowhere. A question would be asked, sometimes even in jest, and suddenly without warning, an answer would appear. They might not even mention names or do a RT, but you knew that the intended band member had seen your tweet, and dammit – they were answering you. Duran Duran On Twitter. Incredulous! There was this magical moment when All You Need is Now came out – maybe it was because it was clear the title song was about our relationship with the band as fans, maybe it was because the band was active on Twitter and Facebook, and maybe it was because of all of those things – but it felt like there was some sort of really cool synergy taking place. It wasn’t “The Band” and then “The Fans”… it was “Us”.  How amazing was that??  Yes, it got crazy at times. I was on Twitter and Facebook and saw it firsthand. Fans would lose their shit when John Taylor would show up. Many of us would sit back, pop some corn and watch with interest. Others would join in. The thing about all of that though was that it generated interest, energy and joy, whether you were watching or participating. Frankly, I was curious about the change in tide…the change in relationship between the fans and the band at a critical time after Red Carpet Massacre. Utterly fascinating stuff if you’re me. It felt good to be a Duranie because Duran Duran was on Twitter…talking to fans!

The other day I made comment after reading some of these recent tweets to band members. I mentioned I thought it was so sad, because it is obvious that fans still care enough to try and engage without really much encouragement to do so from the band. I had some responses back that ran the gamut from “the band will be back when they’ve got something to promote” (which in turn felt very disingenuous to the person who responded) to the fact that despite the drawbacks (for the band) in being open and accessible with fans, that they should have realized what they got into with fame. All in all, I have to say there were very few responses that indicated (to me) much empathy towards the band. I can’t imagine this makes it an easy place for the band to start from when it comes to promoting this new album, so I have to ask – is it really that much trouble to say hi once in a while?  Is it really so horrible?? Is it really that unnatural?  If so, why is it so natural for the rest of us?  Maybe that’s the real question.

-R