Today is Thursday, which means it’s time for a My Own Way post! I don’t know about anyone else in Duranland, but I’m still exhausted from yesterday! I am way out of practice when it comes to video premieres, first single releases, apparently. I have never heard my phone as active as it was yesterday, pinging away insistently every few seconds with notification after notification!
It was wonderful, and reminded me of why we trudged on through hiatuses, quiet times, recording, and of course…a pandemic. Things slowed to a crawl over the past year, and I had lamented to Amanda that perhaps we just weren’t going to find our way again. I was very concerned we’d lost our audience completely. I was wrong about the power of Duranies. Our site hasn’t seen this much traffic since 2015 or 2016, and it’s nice to see the site can still flex it’s own muscle every now and again.
Since yesterday morning, I have seen a variety of reactions to the single, “Invisible”. Most have been like mine…and that reaction is “WOW”. (I am a very good reviewer, as you can see.) I’ll leave the big words for someone a bit more versed in the art of the written review – and if you want something like that, I’ve got a great blog for you!.
The good news is that for those who haven’t gotten “Invisible” out of their system yet (and who has? I’ve been listening to it on repeat since yesterday morning!), we have a special surprise coming! Rarely do Jason, Amanda, and I meet on Zoom altogether as a group, but this is happening tomorrow afternoon. We’re going to meet over cocktails and have a robust discussion about “Invisible”, the video, and of course, Future Past.
For Amanda and I, this is the third album that we have had the distinct joy of actively promoting, as fans, through Daily Duranie. As strange as it may sound, I have this feeling this is going to be the best one yet! The fan base seemed to ignite like a campfire over the past week as little bits of information and snippets began to create smoke and smolder. Then yesterday morning, I witnessed a full blaze of yellow and orange flames. The power of a fan community that I haven’t seen in recent memory came alive. It has been beautiful to see it from this point of view, and I hope it continues.
As you may have guessed, I have found my words again. “Invisible” has given me a lot to think about, and I’m excited to chat with Amanda and Jason tomorrow.
But until then…I have a standing date with a guitar player.
Okay, before my husband comes marching in here…it’s not really a date, and it certainly isn’t just the two of us, but I WILL be watching Dom’s gig on YouTube in about an hour. Hope to see plenty of you in the chat! -R
Yesterday was just so exciting for me, and I’m sure it was for many others, pressing play for the first time to hear the long awaited, highly anticipated single. I held my breath, thinking this is it, point of no return. I was immediately pulled in by this song. The lyrics and layers of music and sound are amazing. The video a work of art.
Rhonda’s podcast came to mind because we truly
have now entered new territory as fans, and the demographic will be forever changed going forward. I for one am not in the least bit disappointed, and cannot wait for the full album release. Thank you, Duran Duran, for continuing to put out not only new music (even though it felt like a millennia since Paper Gods), but to continue to grow as artists and bring us along for the journey.