My Lyric Day Friday has been postponed! Why? Someone was a trouble maker. Who? Of course, it is Simon as his year end Katy Kafe has been released! I’m kidding…at least about blaming him. I’m glad that the year end kafes have started. I look forward to all the Kafes, including the year end ones and I’m thrilled that I get to blog about one, at least. As always, this little blog post simply captures some of the Kafe, but it is in no way, shape or form a complete review. If you want to hear it all, go to DuranDuranMusic and listen for yourself. If you are not a member, go and get yourself a membership. Treat yourself.
Simon discussed the upcoming holidays a little bit, including his three Christmas trees, how they are decorated and what drinks put him in the holiday frame-of-mind. He mentioned two drinks, in particular: mulled wine (basically heated wine with spices) and sloe gin. After Simon described how to create mulled wine, Katy declared that he would win at Survivor. There was no immediate agreement, but Simon did explain how to remove red wine strains from white carpet and how to get water in the desert. Well then…
2017 In Review:
For the rest of the Kafe, Simon provided answers to his 2017 highlights, favorites, etc.
Event: The big event for Simon? He mentioned Duran playing Lollalapooza in Buenos Aires along with Middle East politics, the engagement of Prince Harry, and Donald Trump. In reality, though, the big event was the passing of his mother, which made 2017 really tough.
Movie: He liked the new Blade Runner (visually impressive) but wished he had seen Dunkirk. On the other hand, he saw Nocturnal Animals but wished he hadn’t since it was so depressing (but good). Personally, I haven’t seen any of them, but should probably see Dunkirk since I teach about that not-so-little war.
Book: The book Simon mentioned was The Essex Serpent. He even mentioned doing a Simon’s Reader on it. I had not heard of it so I looked it up. Here’s the description on Amazon.com about it from the New York Times: “A novel of almost insolent ambition–lush and fantastical, a wild Eden behind a garden gate…it’s part ghost story and part natural history lesson, part romance and part feminist parable. I found it so transporting that 48 hours after completing it, I was still resentful to be back home.” It sounds fascinating.
TV Show: His favorite from this year was Peaky Blinders, which apparently takes place in Birmingham. Beyond that, he did enjoy Game of Thrones. Katy and Simon mentioned the use of Duran in the second season of Stranger Things, too.
Music: As far as music goes, Simon mentioned Leon Bridges (good) and Depeche Mode (okay). There was some discussion about genres, including hip hop, pop, and folk.
Personal Highlight: In this section, Simon focused mostly on Duran, discussing how much he loved the tour, including Hawaii, Japan and South America. In fact he said, “All the really good things in my life have been on tour.” He also stated that he might have good news next year, which really makes me wonder!
Next Year: Simon is looking forward to starting on the next project and the beginning of the anniversary. I think it goes without saying that he is not the only one!
Overall, Simon’s year end Katy Kafe was entertaining as heck. I didn’t learn a ton of new Duran news, but I laughed a lot and found myself smiling throughout.