“Because I’m falling down, with people standing around. But before I hit the ground, is there time, could I find someone out there to help me?”

Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!! I’ve been in an emotional rut lately but my #1 darlings are always here to make me feel better. On this day last year, I highlighted my favorite songs of theirs that I felt were lesser-known by the (severely deprived) non-Duranie general public. This year, I want to share the songs that bring me comfort, that soothe me when the plane of life is having some turbulence.

But first…let’s appreciate their beauty for a moment, because this also comforts me:

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At first, I was in love with Simon Le Bon (the singer, for you noobs out there):

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But it didn’t take long for me to fall harder for the bassist, John Taylor:

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Love John Taylor's red hair

John Taylor...you know you're my favorite of my favorites.

And they’ve always been extra beautiful together:

John Taylor and Simon Le Bon being perfect

Duran Duran. Simon and John...love!!!

Okay…back to the music! Obviously that’s the most important thing.

In no particular order, here the Duran Duran songs that comfort me when I need it:

What Happens Tomorrow- when I was a teenager, it felt like the opening lyrics were meant for me; “child, don’t you worry. It’s enough you’re growing up in such a hurry. Brings you down, the news they sell ya, to put in your mind good old mandkind is a failure”.  Now, I cling on to “you’ve got to believe it’ll be alright in the end, you’ve got to believe it’ll be alright again”.

 

Come Undone- you can feel the 90’s seeping out of this one but I love it. But anyway…”now we’ll try to stay blind to the hope and fear outside. Hey child, stay wilder than the wind and blow me in to cry…who do you need? Who do you love? When you’ve come undone”. Also, there’s moment in this music video where John Taylor mouths the lyrics “hey child” and I always felt like he was speaking to me. Alas, I’ve been hopelessly in love with him since I was 13…it’s not my fault.

 

Box Full of Honey- this wasn’t a major single, just a track off of Red Carpet Massacre that I love. And this is more just light and pleasant rather than touching on troubles in life, so it comforts me in that way. It feels feathery in it’s acoustic tone. Also I just enjoy these lyrics: “what I thought a pretty tune, was howling at the moon, to keep me company this evening”.

 

Falling Down- also from Red Carpet Massacre but this was indeed released as a single. It even features Justin Timberlake! “Because I’m falling down, with people standing around. But before I hit the ground, is there time, could I find, someone to help me?” I relate too strongly to this right now. But anyway, it’s a gorgeous song.

 

Leave a Light On- from the album after Red Carpet Massacre, All You Need is Now. It’s just so mellow and relaxing. “I know, I swear, If you leave a light on for me, I’ll come back,”.

 

Lonely In Your Nightmare- we’re going way back here to their second album, my favorite, Rio. Not a massive hit (at least here in the US), but that entire album is perfection, so in my eyes it is. “Because you’re lonely in your nightmare let me in. Because there’s heat beneath your winter, let me in”

 

Ordinary World- I almost forgot one of their most beautiful songs! Back to the 90’s on this one. “No, I won’t cry for yesterday; there’s an ordinary world somehow I’ll have to find. And as I try to make my way through the ordinary world, I will learn to survive.”

 

Well there you have it, folks; those are my top 7 comforting Duran Duran songs (in no particular order). I would love to hear what your Duran Duran comfort songs are, please comment (this goes for everyone, from fellow hardcore Duranies to casual listeners)!

But wait…. because it’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day, I also have to share my all time favorite song of theirs in general as well (disclaimer: the band is not in the music video, it’s kinda devastating. But just close your eyes and listen!):

 

Again….HAPPY DURAN DURAN APPRECIATION DAY!!!

my actual fave of Duran Duran

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“If I could stick my pen in my heart, spill it all over the stage,”

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I wish I could taken home this beautiful poster depicting some of my favorite lyrics from one of my absolute favorite songs from one of my most beloved favorite bands. I was finally able to see my darling Rolling Stones’ exhibit in Chicago, “Exhitbitionism”, just a day before my birthday and during its’ final month here. It has been here since April, but I have been wanting to go since it was in London last year; I’ve already lamented about not being able to attend then. Alas, I was so excited to finally stand among the giant tongues and see what the exhibit had to offer! It’s now gone, it was only here April through July, and I had been asking people and aching to go see it pretty much every weekend, so finally my boyfriend went with me the day before my birthday as part of my birthday celebration/present (even though turning 25 hardly felt like something worth celebrating). He even paid for this extra feature where we walked around with a mp3 player that had members of the band read the exhibit’s content along with extra tidbits of interviews.

I didn’t take too many pictures inside the actual exhibit, because some things were behind glass which gave a bad glare in photos or I feared getting too close and getting kicked out. Like, when I saw the guitar that Keith Richards recorded Gimme Shelter on, one of the best songs this world has ever known, I got chills and I almost cried. But there was so much glare. But anyway, here are the pictures I did take:

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Everyone is licking each other and I love it.

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I so badly want this tiger poster for my own.

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Now this black coat…this coat is special to me. I almost cried in its’ presence, and I so badly wanted to touch it, but there was an exhibit worker standing right behind me. It means so much to me because back in 2013 when I saw them live for the first (and so far only) time, Mick Jagger came out wearing this coat during Sympathy for the Devil, which over my older years has become one of my favorites. And I was already in love with Mick Jagger, but it was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen in my life; watching him majestically walk the stage, the coat blowing behind him, the words coming out of him like hypnotic lava.

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I was also excited to finally wear this dress I had ordered from Forever21 maybe two or three years ago; I had been waiting for the perfect occasion and it had at last arrived. And the dress itself is actually just a Stones tank cut up with a mesh skirt, so I had to wear a black mini skirt underneath it. I like that it came that way, though; it forced me to make it my own. Maybe some girls would rock it with leggings, or another lightweight maxi skirt. I just wish there were more rock and roll dresses like this or any rock and roll dresses at all. I have Star Wars and Disney dresses, but I would only be complete with rock and roll dresses; yellow submarines, Who targets, more Rolling Stones mouths, just give me anything rock and roll!! But anyway, this is what the dress looks like on the hanger:

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It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with the Rolling Stones logo and try to acquire as much merchandise as I can with it on there; the comforter and pillows on my bed, patches, necklaces, and of course dozens of t-shirts. The gift shop at the end of the exhibit had such beautiful and unique apparel, including various jean and leather jackets by Tommy Hilfiger that were quite expensive. I’ll have you some day, Rolling Stones leather jacket…but for now, I simply added to my t-shirt collection:

Overall, I adored the experience and I loved finally taking pictures with the statues, but that doesn’t mean I will settle for that; I NEED THOSE IN MY HOME SOMEDAY!

But thank you, my darling Rolling Stones, for giving me all of this music and art. I adore you all.

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