Many, many people mentioned the music and how the quality of the music remains high. Obviously, this is important since we are talking about being fans of a band. It also reminds me of the answer that the guys give when asked about why they continue to make music. They almost always say it is because of the love of music and their ability to write quality songs. I think that if Duran wrote album after album of not great stuff, most of us would leave no matter the other reasons we stay. The music is what matters most.
Beyond the music, there is what Duran has given us and what they continue to give us. Many people mentioned the memories associated with Duran Duran and with being a Duranie. These memories are positive ones. In fact, Duran Duran has been around so long for some of us that they are a part of us and a part of our lives. Typically, they are something we have loved for so long that we simply cannot imagine not loving them and not having them and their music in our lives. In many situations, we connected emotionally to the music. It spoke to us and continues to speak to us. Often, the music has helped us get through tough emotional situations. Because of this emotional connection, it is next to impossible to turn one’s back to it. How do you walk away from something that helped you, that was there for you? The answer is that you can’t.
Of course, in reality, Duran is still giving to us. They give us great music but they also give us tremendous performances that leave us so happy, so excited, and so ready to do more. That kind of “high” doesn’t just happen in real life. Thus, none of us are ready to walk away from it any time soon! Of course, they have also allow us a chance to be ourselves and to be part of a larger community. At a Duran show or on a Duran message board, we are all “fans”. We are no longer the typical roles we have in life. Rhonda is no longer just “Mom”. Amanda is no longer just “teacher”. We are just Rhonda and Amanda, fans. In this case, we are all just like everyone else as we are all fans. Nothing more and nothing less. We then form a community, a community based on a common interest. We are a community of Duranies. We all love their music. We may express that interest differently but we are united in that common love. Being a part of a community isn’t easy to walk away from ever.
I, for one, am happy that Duran Duran is a part of my life and that I am a member of a larger fan community. I appreciate everything that they have brought to us and continue to provide, which is rather fitting on Duran Duran Appreciation Day!