We are the Song

I’ve enjoyed the past few days as I’ve seen posts and tweets from friends either relishing the UK tour, or reminiscing over memories from previous tours. I’ve been reminded of winter markets (one of my favorite things about the UK – we don’t have them here where I live at all, probably because it’s never really “winter” here!!), car rides with friends, the “sometimes” (I’m being optimistic here) dreary December weather, a special tin of cheese, a particular comment made in jest during a show, and of course plenty of the sights and sounds of travels through the UK. I smile when I see the pictures and posts, whether they are memories for me personally, or experiences that others are having right now, because I like seeing my friends having a great time. I have a friend who just boarded a flight to Heathrow late last night, bound for the Birmingham date – and I keep saying the same thing to everyone and anyone I know who is traveling, “Be sure to send me a full report!!”

Amanda and I have had comments in the past that we brag about our travels. If someone desperately needs for this blog to be a negative experience for themselves, they’re going to find that in here no matter what we write. It has taken me a long time to accept that, but I do now. On the other hand, there are people who very much value feeling like they’re a part of a community that’s being taken along on that journey, whether they themselves are able to travel or not. Those are the people we’re thinking of when we write, tweet, post, or chat. Sometimes Amanda and I are able to share with readers, and other times like now,  it is our readers and other fans that are able to share those moments with us as a community, and we very much appreciate that. Our readers are generous about coming to our Facebook page, or sending us photos on Twitter, or even coming to the Daily Duranie message boards with tales from the road. I love seeing those posts and treasures, and they make me happy. I love seeing fans taking time to see the Harry Potter set, or making plans to hit up a pub before the show in Birmingham. I know of a group of people who are going to take a tour of the studio that Duran Duran first recorded in while in Birmingham, too. That stuff is cool, and those types of plans with friends are what make the highlights of a tour for fans.

It isn’t as though seeing the band isn’t amazing. Whether you’ve experienced it personally or have only seen videos on YouTube, I think it’s pretty obvious that being in front of the band is the ultimate celebration of fandom. I remember going to those shows in the UK and honestly staring blankly at them while onstage, equal parts disbelief (that I was really there) and jet-lag. Some of the shows I’ve attended stick out more than others, and some songs provide more memory than others. But, if I were really being truthful, I would tell you that spending time with friends there is what I remember most from the UK tour. Traveling by car from Brighton to Bournemouth. Walking around Birmingham after the gig. Riding in a train up to both Birmingham and Edinburgh. Watching it snow in Glasgow. Staying up that entire night, on a natural high that I didn’t ever want to end. Those are the reasons why those trips get mentioned on this blog.  For me personally, it is the experiences with other fans that we want most to share. It’s the excitement and joy in seeing that no matter where we’re all from in “real life”, we come together over this single band. Can you hear the planet roaring?

We each found our way to this fandom with our own set of life experiences, judgments, and optimism. We share our hopes, joys, loves, and dislikes. We hammer things out, sometimes we walk away for a bit, and other times we bathe in the glory of the music. I love seeing the excitement and happiness of fans, particularly of the ones who are experiencing #Duranlive for the very first time, but I really love seeing and reading the journeys that any and all fans are partaking – and yes, even in this day and age – there are quite a few. Those anecdotes, stories and tiny moments that are shared remind me of what fandom really is, and is not.

-R

 

6 thoughts on “We are the Song”

  1. I just want to say that I have never found you guys to be bragging about your experiences or your travels. Does part of me wish I were there? Sure. But I also say good for the two of them, even though I can’t be there, at least I’ll get to share in the experience vicariously! You guys write a daily blog for crying out loud, why wouldn’t you/shouldn’t you write about your experiences (or why would someone think there was something wrong with that)?

  2. Thanks everyone, for your comments. I wanted to clarify that the comments about our bragging are not too recent…they just came to mind as I started writing this blog today. I suppose the reason why is likely because as I see all of the posts about the UK tour, I can’t help but think back on our own time over there, and as this post took shape, I recalled that there may be a possibility that someone would be annoyed that yes, once again, I was bringing up our own trips…and so I decided to just address the topic. -R

  3. First, hearing about other Duranie travels helps me justify my own. And like you, it makes me happy to hear stories from other fans about their fandom.
    Second, it’s YOUR blog. If you wanna brag, you should be able to and if anyone doesn’t like it they are free to quit reading. Obviously, you already know this lol I’m just amazed at some of the things people say and do. People who complain that you guys brag, that says so much about them and their state of mind. Keep doing what you do, there are plenty of us who appreciate your travels & your blog 🙂

    1. It has taken me forever to learn this – but people are gonna say whatever they’re gonna say, and they’re gonna do whatever they’re gonna do. I can post something and have it taken a thousand different ways by a thousand different people…and some might even comment that my opinion is shit (Oh yes, it’s been said) and that this blog sucks and that our hard work counts for nothing. But the bottom line (and again ,this has taken me the better part of five years and then some to learn) is that coupled with facts – this blog is my experience and opinion, and others have their own opinions and feel free to post them. The thing is, I don’t have to answer them, and I’ve finally learned that in absolving myself of the responsibility of having to answer those people, I feel very free. 🙂 -R

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