"...and she dances on the sand"
Today's Song Lore pick is "Rio" from Duran Duran. The album of the same name was one of the first pieces of music that I bought (on vinyl... still have it!) and it was probably the first time I considered the music to be "mine" (as opposed to my parents' or just the randomness of the radio). I loved the music, and OMG the Duran boys... *swoon*... my first crushes, too! I was dreamy about Simon, and Nick, and John... hehe, pretty much the whole band. Such eye candy! But more than that, the music was mysterious and exotic and complex and sexy. It was very intriguing for the curious teenager that I was. Duran Duran was at the forefront of the new music video craze, and they did it amazingly well. They really knew how to integrate the visual aspect of their marketing with good music to create a whole experience. I remember watching the video for Rio and wanting to be on a warm tropical beach somewhere. And the videos from the album, mixed with the music, and the iconic album cover by Patrick Nagel... every song from that album just takes me to this place of paradise and fantasy in my mind. It is probably why I have been thinking of it lately, because in a week, I will be heading out to a tropical place and experiencing the beaches and palm trees and bright colors on the Cruise. I think I have been so busy getting ready for it, that it is only now just sinking in that it will be reality, and I will be dancing in the sand myself soon.