Today is Thursday! As you read this, I’m off trying to enjoy the last few days of summer and forget that in a few days, I’m going to be standing in a long line of middle schoolers and their parents at registration. I’m not ready!! (Don’t tell my youngest!)
Since it is in fact, the final few glorious days of summer…I’ve decided to go ahead and call it a video-day. Sure, you might say it is because I haven’t prepared, or because I can’t think of anything blog-worthy to write. You might also say that I’m taking a day off. However, *I* would say that we should all take a moment and enjoy a few videos!!
So, here are my top “summer” video picks!
If there is one video that reminds me of sunshine, sand and fair weather – it is Rio. All I have to do is hear the first bit of piano rumbling and I am transported to the beach, smell of salt and sunscreen in the air.
Another obvious choice, at least for me, is Violence of Summer. This song – which I love to belt at the top of my lungs as I’m driving home (obviously alone) from a very late night out – reminds me of the carefree nights of no curfew, no children to put to bed, and no one waking up before 9am.
Summer makes me smile. While I’m not one to love heat, I do love the long, lazy days, and the beautifully warm evenings where I live. I feel a certain amount of joy during the summer because my time is typically my own. (and I’m great at wasting it!) The ONE song that always makes me feel joyous (no matter what) is Sunrise.
For the past 8 years, I’ve been a homeschooling parent. As my kids would get ready to go back to school come August, so did I. Curriculum had to be ordered, and lessons needed to be planned. Additionally, Amanda and I still blogged. During some school years, we worked on writing projects too. The pressure of it all sometimes felt pretty hefty by about mid-winter. Watching the fun antics of the “Pressure-Off” video, I think of going to summer shows in the past, visiting Amanda. recording vlogs, vodka tonics, margaritas, confetti, and giving Simon as rough of a time (at said shows) as possible. Sometimes that’s hard from 8th row, but we try our best because…well…it makes us laugh!! (probably more us than him, but that’s ok!) Summer=Pressure Off for me.
Lastly, I can’t help but think about Save a Prayer. Yes, I suppose it might be cliché with the sweeping vistas, the guys in bare feet or the beach scenes. I don’t care. We’ve earned the right to love every last bit of that video, and I do.
What about you? What videos make you think of summer?
It is officially Get Out the Vote (GOTV) time! This means that I will be working on the campaign all day today, tomorrow, Monday and Election Day. A rush of adrenaline hits as this is when you start to see if all the work leading up to Election Night is worth it. This GOTV will be a little different as I also need to make sure that my dad is taken care of. This means that I will take time this morning to go pick up my niece from college to help out this weekend. Did I mention that I still have grading to finish? Ugh. I wouldn’t be lying if I said that this has been the worst spring break ever and that is has been anything but relaxing. But I will push through. What do I want to do? I would like to check out any and all information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with John and Simon but that will have to wait. (That said, can you send me the key links for that? Help out a Duranie!!!) While I gear up for a super busy day, I thought I would be fun to repost one of my favorite blog posts of all time! I enjoyed rereading it and I hope you do, too!
Sometimes, an article or online post will catch my attention and I will feel compelled to respond to it. This morning, I ran across this article/post on dailyfeed out of the UK entitled 12 Reasons Most People LOVED Duran Duran in the 80s. As soon as I saw the title, I knew that I had to take a look at it and I also figured that I might agree with most of it but there might be some reasons that I don’t relate to, even though I did love Duran Duran in the 1980s. Here is their list:
They wrote their own music
They had great fashion sense
They married supermodels
They had “brilliant” lyrics
The Wild Boys video was “unbelievable”
They were Princess Diana’s favorite band
Nick Rhodes was the “coolest man on the planet”
Arena is a favorite album
They had great live shows
They inspired “modern” acts
They had “brilliant” videos
They are still together
Now, I would recommend actually going to the article to see the pictures that go with as well as the brief explanation for each of these choices. So, what do I think of them? Well, right away, I might comment that some of these reasons aren’t related to the 1980s. For example, their influence on others wasn’t known in the 1980s. We might have guessed that they would be an inspiration on others but we didn’t know that then. No one did. Nonetheless, this list made me think that I might create my own list of why people LOVE Duran Duran NOW. Some of my list will match the original’s but, there will be some changes as well.
Number 1: Duran Duran has written some of the best songs that have ever been recorded all from their first single, Planet Earth, to their most recent single, What Are the Chances. Many of these songs have stood the test of time and I suspect the most recent ones as well.
Number 2: While we admire Duran Duran’s great fashion sense, we also can laugh at some of their fashion choices now. We can appreciate that they don’t always have to be “cool”. They can be just themselves and be comfortable with who they are!
Number 3: Duran Duran makes us think. Yes, they absolutely do make us think, whether it is by those brilliant lyrics mentioned by the original post or by their videos that seem to be more than what they seem on the surface.
Number 4: While Duran Duran can make us think, they can also provide a serious escape from reality and remind us that fun is necessary in life! Perhaps, they is why so many of us choose to go on tour to see them as much as we can!
Number 5: Duran Duran will always be cool but, sometimes, they can be pretty dorky, which we love, too! John Taylor’s dance in Danceophobia, anyone?
Number 6: Speaking of “dorky” and dancing, Simon’s dancing is ALWAYS entertaining and never fails to make me laugh!!
Number 7: Duran Duran IS a great live band! No matter how many shows I go to, they never cease to amaze me by how fabulous they truly are live.
Number 8: On top of making us think and making us laugh, they can also really make us feel. Ordinary World might bring out the tears while Rio reminds us that they make us feel “alive, alive, alive”.
Number 9: Duran Duran has recorded 14 amazing studio albums, including one, Paper Gods, released last year. While I may not love each album equally, ALL of them have gems on them and songs that have made my life brighter for simply existing.
Number 10: Beyond the fabulous music, Duran Duran also takes their time to consider the visual, whether that visual is in video form, an album cover or in the font that is used for merchandise. The details matter to them.
Number 11: Duran Duran has fabulously dedicated fans. Each of you reading this should now look in a mirror! Yes, I am talking to you. Go. Do it. You are a fabulous fan! Often these wonderful fans meet and become the best of friends! (Some of those friends are crazy enough to write a blog every day!)
Number 12: Duran Duran is STILL around and have had such an amazing career that has spans decades! We all hope that they will continue to be around for a very, very, very long time to come!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. For many, this is not a favorite day. Personally, I have a “strong dislike”/love relationship with this holiday. To begin with, I don’t think we need a day set aside to tell people we love them – because we should already be doing that each and every day. Also, I don’t really enjoy setting people I know up to fail – and this holiday sort of does that for some reason. I also don’t think we need to remind single people that they’re in fact, single. They already know. This stupid day is sort of “in your face” about that, isn’t it? It’s obnoxious. However, I have children, and I have enjoyed spoiling them on occasion. I only have one at home now, and so today – she’s getting some treats.
So for the rest of us, whether you’re single, in a relationship, it’s complicated, or married (and isn’t it ALL complicated from time to time??), I figure we should treat ourselves. I mean, why not?
Last night for example, I watched Live from London. Now, that might not sound like much, but I hadn’t really watched it in years! I think Amanda and I sometimes include some of it when we do a video party online, but when that’s going on I have a hard time paying full attention to the video. So last night, I watched.
I cannot tell a lie – it was really nice seeing Andy on that stage with the band. Though I am well aware of the band’s working relationship over the years, there is just something about that guy with the music. Much of it was his. He wrote it, and he owned it. But even the music he didn’t originally write, he unabashedly made his own. (Whether people like the way he plays it or not… Andy doesn’t give a crap. He plays the way he wants.) There’s a confidence there and a sense of ownership that felt right.
Now, I realize that some of you are thinking, “But Rhonda, what about Dom?” Yeah, yeah…I know. The thing is, you can appreciate everyone who is has been involved with this band for what they bring to the stage. Andy’s swagger and “IDGAF-what-you-think” confidence, Warren’s artistry, Dom’s expertise as a studio musician and friendliness. All of it has brought us to present day. I was overjoyed, and even a little wistful, to see Andy’s larger-than-life picture onstage during the Miami show when the band played Seventh Stranger. I will be every bit as proud and excited to see Dom on stage next Friday.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Live from London last night. Fifteen years or so gave me a little different of a perspective. I still had chills when the band walked to the front of the stage while a track of heartbeats played. I remembered how that felt when I was in third row at the AllState Arena in Chicago. I noticed how different the band looked – their hair far spikier, and sure – they were a little younger. (as was I…) I noted how some of the songs were arranged the tiniest bit differently for that tour, which was interesting to hear. It also seemed like the whole production and staging felt a lot less choreographed than the Paper Gods shows.
I am hoping to get some time to watch a few more videos today. I feel like it’s time for another Sing Blue Silver viewing, but also maybe time for some YouTube searching for videos from Miami. At any rate – I hope everyone takes a little time to treat themselves today. You’re worth it!
Happy Valentines Day everyone! Have a wonderful weekend!