Yesterday’s winner: Shadows on Your Side
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now: Secret Oktober or Sunrise?
Yesterday’s winner: Shadows on Your Side
Which song better represents the All You Need Is Now: Secret Oktober or Sunrise?
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?
Good morning, everyone! (It’s still morning in California!)
This is going to be a crazy week, and I feel compelled to share. I don’t know what anyone else did over the weekend, but I rebuilt part of our back patio cover, alongside my husband and son. This morning, every part of my body is loudly reminding me that I am no longer a teenager. I’m very thankful that at the last-minute, my husband decided to hire a painting company instead of going with the original plan to do it all ourselves (a task beginning this morning, as I type). Today it’s only the outside being washed and painted, but tomorrow they’ll be prepping inside for similar treatment. Not a single wall is to be spared, and we’re going with the popular millennial color choice of “minimalist grey” to clean and update the inside of the house. We’ve hired a realtor, and within the next couple of weeks the house will be on the market. Writing the blog continues to be my source of refuge, particularly during the insanity of this moving process!
I love some of the questions that DDHQ has posed to the community over social media lately. While some of them allow me to answer within a second or two, others challenge me to really think. Today’s question nearly has me stumped.
“Of all the FIRST and LAST songs on Duran Duran albums, which opener and closer do you think make for the most powerful combined listening experience?”
Initially, all I could think about was that I hadn’t yet had my standard cup of coffee and that this question was far too deep for a Monday morning. Or at least my Monday morning. I also was envious, because it is a great question, and I wish I’d thought of it myself so that we could have used it for Daily Duranie!
It is generally easier for me to consider the most recent album – in this case Paper Gods – because I’ve been listening to it for the past few years. So my knee jerk reaction was to say “Paper Gods” and “Universe Alone. The thing is, if I were in charge, I’d put “Before The Rain” as the opener and “Universe Alone” as the closer. Not that I don’t like “Paper Gods”, but I personally feel that “Before The Rain” is a stronger song (For me. Perhaps not so for you, but for me.), and would have been an outstanding opener for any album. Granted, “Before the Rain” and “Universe Alone” are on two completely different albums, and “Before the Rain” wasn’t even an opener!
The best news in this case, is of course, that I’m not in charge.
So I’m back at square one. I have to go back and actually look at all of the albums now, which is both pathetic (shouldn’t I know this offhand by now?) and also diligent. (if I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right!)
Right off the bat, there are album openers/closers that I discarded. I’m not going to say which ones, but for me, there are albums that just don’t seem to have strong openers or strong closers…or maybe an album has a strong opener but not a strong closer, or vice versa. I’ll be honest, I found this to be the case more often than not at the beginning of their career as opposed to more recently. Whether this is because I have a serious lack in good judgment (!!!) or because the band has gotten better about the song order of their albums is hard to say. (both??)
For me, the answer to this question does not have a lot to do with whether or not I “like” an album. After all, I love the albums of the 1980s, but song order never entered into that. (For me) One of my strongest contenders would be the opener “The Valley” and the closer “Last Man Standing” because I always felt that both of those songs were strong, and even conveyed where the band stood in that moment, and yet Red Carpet Massacre is not one of my more beloved Duran Duran albums.
For me, it comes down to three:
“[Reach Up for the] Sunrise” and “Still Breathing”
“Big Thing” and “Lakeshore Driving”
“The Valley” and “Last Man Standing”
Of these three, I struggle at first, thinking I must pick a favorite. In the midst of my short reverie, I realize that the question isn’t about my favorite, but what is the strongest opener and closer for an album. When I think about that, I think the choice is clear – “Sunrise” and “Still Breathing”. Aside from maybe “Rio”, I really can’t think of a Duran Duran song written that conveys more joy. It is a very strong opener, and in my mind, “Still Breathing” is a strong, introspective way to close an album. The song isn’t incredibly loud, but it is powerful in meaning, and even musically – I think the word I’m looking for is “stoic”. No, it’s not world-ending in the same way that “The Universe Alone” might be, but I have to love that the band chose to end an album meant to signify the reunification of the fab five with a song titled “Still Breathing”. As they were then, as they are now. And so are we.
Every once in a while, Duran Duran puts out a question on social media that makes me think. This morning, as I was quickly scanning through Twitter, I saw a tweet from them asking about personal theme songs.
That tweet made me stop and think a little. My knee jerk reaction was to go with a favorite song, but those favorites aren’t necessarily theme songs—they’re just songs I like. For example, my very favorite DD song is still “Is there Something I Should Know”, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt like that song SPOKE for me in that way, exactly. I just fell in love with it from the first listen and it’s stuck with me. By the same token, I’ve had a few songs become sentimental favorites along the way because they came out at particular points in my life, and perfectly described how I was feeling or what I was going through in those moments. “Finest Hour”, and “Red Carpet Massacre” are two songs that come immediately to mind.
When “Finest Hour” came out on Astronaut, I immediately took the song to heart because it was describing exactly how I felt at the time in my private life. I was also rediscovering who I really was as a Duran fan, and to some extent, I was learning about myself as well. The song really kind of epitomized that moment for me.
“Red Carpet Massacre”, the title song from the album of the same name, was released in probably my darkest time. I’ve written about my feelings about the album and even what I was going through personally, but the more I listened to this song, the more I felt that it described the nature of this fan community at times. The album came out during a time when I was just really starting to see the cutthroat nature of fans, and so at the time, the song really did become a sort of theme!
In the years since, I’ve had moments where various songs have become my sort of personal theme. “Late Bar”, “Secret October”, and even “Rio” have all taken their turn as my theme of the moment or day. Right now though, I feel as though “Sunrise” describes it best for me. I’m looking for that new day to come. I have the sense that life is about to take a turn for my family, and I’m waiting to see how that’s going to play out. I’m trying to see it all as positive rather than dwell on the negative part, because hopefully that will be short-lived (Which is that my husband is currently sitting in my son’s room, which he’s converted into his temporary office space, looking for a new job).
So, what’s your theme song?
Thank goodness it is Friday! I don’t know about the rest of you but it was a long week on my end. I couldn’t be more thrilled that the weekend is just a few hours away. On that note, what Duran related song did I find in my iPod shuffle?! The first one actually was Faith In This Colour. Unfortunately, this song won’t work for blogging purposes so I hit shuffle again. This time I landed on Sunrise. While my immediate reaction was to go with the line, “The music’s between us,” I opted instead to go for the line, “Watch out for each other.” Obviously, this song represents the reunion and that line seemed encouraging when it came the band itself in 2004. Now, though, the line feels a little different to me. It feels deeper, more personal as it reminds me of friendship.
Yesterday’s winner: Still Breathing
Which song has BETTER LYRICS: (Reach Up For The) Sunrise or What Happens Tomorrow?
Yesterday’s winner: (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
Which song has BETTER LYRICS: What Happens Tomorrow or Astronaut?
Yesterday’s winner and voted as best lyric from Someone Else Not Me: “The hardest thing is to let go.”
Which song has BETTER LYRICS: Sunrise or Want You More?
Today is Memorial Day in the US, a holiday to remember those who served and fought for our freedom. Additionally, it marks the “unofficial” beginning of Summer (although as I understand, the weather is not cooperating well for many in the US today). So many people on social media like to admonish everyone else into remembering the true reason for this day off from work and school. Personally, I think it’s good to do both – remember why we have the holiday, and enjoy the fact that we DO have this day off work. Balance is good. Since this blog reaches out to many more people besides those in the US, I am focusing on the beginnings of summer, today.
My husband is home from work today, and rather than relaxing or lounging by a pool or on the beach, we’ve got a project going in the backyard that I need to finish. So, I’ve decided that the best way to remember this day is with a video or two. Enjoy!
When I think of summer, I think of Rio. I can’t help it. The sun, the beautiful water, the boat… it’s obvious!
I don’t know why, but I also think of Save a Prayer. Maybe it’s because I know it was filmed in an exotic locale. I don’t know, but I’m going with it today….
I have a specific memory about Violence of Summer that requires I post this, and it involves singing along with it at 2am as I’m driving home from the Key Club in LA. And yes, it WAS summer (or at least the weather felt that way!). Oh yeah, and the name…. Obvious!
One last one, although there are many more I could choose…and that is Sunrise. The sun, the sun, the sun. I love it.
Enjoy your day, I know I will!
Yesterday’s winner: New Moon on Monday
Which song do you like better: Planet Earth or Sunrise?