This Is Our Home (8:30 Newfoundland)

Happy Friday!

So, the country I live in, Canada, is a vast land that extends from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, to the North Pole and the border with the United States of America. It’s a big country, at 9.9 million square kilometres (3.82 million square miles).

We occupy six time zones (Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic and Newfoundland). A complicating factor is that the easternmost time zone, Newfoundland, is only half an hour later than the Atlantic time zone. I remember when I was growing up, the TV channels, most notably the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), were somehow able to delay the delivery of programs by an hour across the country’s time zones, but for the Newfoundland time zone, would announce the time of a show as “8:00 pm, 8:30 in Newfoundland.”

(Further complicating this time zone soup, the province to the west of mine is Saskatchewan, also in the Central time zone. However, most of that province does not follow the foolish and disruptive switch to and from Daylight Saving Time each year. Confused yet?)

A few years ago, my sweety and one of our lads accompanied us to see Canadian singer-songwriter Mike Plume perform. Continuing this mysterious relationship with time, I can’t honestly recall exactly when or where he played. It may have been the West End Cultural Centre or the Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club (which is shown in the official music video), but I couldn’t find show dates on the Internet. The only timing I have for sure is that I added his album 8:30 Newfoundland to my Apple Music library two days ago in April 2018.

Today’s selection is the opening and title track from that album, released in 2009. It is a wonderful and slightly quirky love note to the country we live in.

Plume was born in Moncton, New Brunswick. Many of the songs on 8:30 Newfoundland include what I have to assume is East Coast vernacular (“Stay where you’re to ’til I come where you’re at.”) He’s a charming and talented performer, and while the time issue is a haze in my mind, I do recall enjoying his show thoroughly.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the 2009 official video for the song from Mike Plume’s YouTube channel (Plume posted “new official” video for the song in 2012, a video compilation of school students’ crayon drawings):

Official lyrics are available on Plume’s website.

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