I feel like the whole world is abuzz with Duran Duran. Now, I know that this statement of mine is a bit of an overstatement. Yet, that is how I feel right now. It seems to me that every other second there is a new post about Duran released by music person/site, a new performance on some show or an exciting piece of news being sent out across the social media world. Duranland is full of activity! I am running to keep up, that’s for sure!! Do not get me wrong. This is NOT a complaint in any way, shape or form. I much, much, much prefer this than what it was like a year ago or so. In fact, I struggle to even remember what life was like then.
Looking back on the blog from a year ago, do you know what was posted? Three posts were posted on October 24, 2014. One, of course, was the question of the day focused on Andy Taylor pictures. The next one focused on the day in Duran history about a John Taylor book signing. The last one started out like this: “The Duranie part of me has felt pretty weak lately. I haven’t been feeling very Duranie like.” I wrote those lines. Just reading them makes me feel very, very sad. That wasn’t an easy time. The album, then unknown, seemed very, very far away and All You Need Is Now really did, too. There were no shows on the horizon and no shows in recent memory to look back on. We were trying desperately to hang on until the quiet ended, until action began in Duranland.
We survived Duran downtime. We made it through Durantime. In October of 2014, we couldn’t even imagine what Paper Gods would sound like. We had no idea that Duran Duran would play at the Hollywood Bowl or would be winning awards like the one they will be receiving tomorrow, the Video Visionary Award, at the MTV EMAs. Of course, none of this success would have been surprising to us. We knew that Duran could play special shows and could/should win awards like tomorrow’s. Yet, I bet none of us really imagined these events. We couldn’t know. Here is what we do know. The present will never last. (I heard that line somewhere before…Hmmm..) As much as I want this level of activity in Duranland everyday for the rest of my life, I know that it won’t be like this forever. It can’t be. Therefore, I have two choices in how I respond. I could be super sad about this and worried about the future or I can embrace each and every second!
Obviously, I’m going for the second choice. So, how am I embracing every single second? First, I’m trying to check in as much as humanly possible, which isn’t always easy for me with that frustrating teacher schedule of mine, but I am trying! This might mean, of course, that I’m taking a few minutes out of my day to watch the latest TV appearance. Speaking of, did you see the performance and interview from X-Factor Italy?
Or what about the performance at Jools Holland in the UK?
Both are well-worth the watch AND sharing! Yes, please, share away. Remind people to buy and share, in fact. This reminds me of the old phrase about voting in Chicago, which is, “Vote early. Vote often.” To adapt that quote to now, “Buy early. Buy often.” Another thing to say could be, “Share early. Share often.” That is another good way, I think, to embrace this time and ensure that every one around you is, too!!! Of course, having lots of lots of discussion everywhere and anywhere about Duran is important, too. Heck, I know that my students and my colleagues are probably getting sick of me mentioning Duran and the new album. (Do you think it would be wrong to include a Duran Duran question on the next quiz for extra credit?!) I figure, though, that if they aren’t sick of it, then I’m not mentioning it enough!
Beyond all of those ways to live in the moment and embrace the present, I think, most importantly, it is good just to focus on the now. I don’t want to spend a lot of time looking back. It wasn’t that those times weren’t amazing as many other album cycles really were. I know, for instance, that Rhonda and I wish we were headed back to the UK after seeing a few shows over there for the All You Need Is Now tour. Yet, as much as I loved that time and always, always will, I don’t want to focus my energy there. No, I want to listen to the new album over and over again. I want to watch current clips of TV appearances. I want to squee with excitement over news like winning awards or new videos. I don’t want to be concerned with how long this will last or what the next album will be like or will there be a next. I just want to be right here, right now enjoying Duran Duran.