This is it!

This is it. The day before everything changes. Or maybe it has already changed? I’m not entirely sure. I am sitting here at my desk, contemplating exactly what I’m going to say when I meet with Jason in a couple of hours to review Future Past for The Encores Club.

Honestly, in a lot of ways today feels like the calm before the storm, except that later on, I’m going to watch the live stream of the Double Take documentary, so it isn’t as though tomorrow will be completely brand new. Or will it?

Many haven’t heard the entire album yet. Tomorrow changes that. Instead of waiting for #DD15, we will all be adjusting to it, finding out where and how it fits within the entire story that Duran Duran has been telling throughout their career. The album is one snapshot of many. Not only will it tell its own story, but it will also connect the dots from previous albums and snapshots. I find it incredible to be a witness to the band’s career on this level, and again I marvel at the fact that in 1980, 1982, 1984 or even 1990…I would have never thought I’d still be listening to NEW music from Duran Duran in 2021.

Rather than wishing the day away, I’m spending time today thinking back on all that has been done thus far. This band is special, in spite of many counting them out, calling them done, and the NME saying they wouldn’t deserve any of the success they’d manage to achieve. I hope they have enjoyed eating those words for the past few decades. I’m thinking about my own time as a fan. It has been such a great ride.

Tomorrow, we welcome a new album into our lives, hearts, and collective “family”. It becomes ours, to make of it whatever we will. Today though, today is the day prior. This is the last time we won’t know for sure what it all will sound like. I know how excited we all are to have new music, but do yourselves the favor to stop and savor what we already have and know right now. It’s been pretty damn good so far.

-R

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