COLUMNMonelight saving time – The Interior Journal


Just when you decide that your mind and body have adjusted to the realities of “daylight saving time” or “standard time” and you have accepted all the arguments for and against the hour” twice a year, another problem arises that could really mess your mind.

The whole use of daylight saving time is arguably an outdated practice, perhaps unnecessary, in the modern world anyway. Refer to my previous discussion on said subject. But it is what it is and, at least for now, we live with it.

So imagine my curiosity when I hear what I hear to my wandering ears, but a song on the car radio extolling the virtues of “moonlight saving time”.

I’m a big believer in artistic license, there’s probably nothing to worry about here. No one has ever seriously considered such a cause, but stranger things have happened for truly inexplicable reasons. Refer to my previous comments on the time change along train routes.

I subscribe to a radio app that offers me several choices for my listening pleasure, no matter where my travels take me. I can predefine my selections to directly access my favorites among the hundreds available. My husband and I have different musical tastes. I generously gave him numbers one through six for his presets, whether he needed them or not. Don’t hit seven, eight or nine.

Among my favorite channels is one that mostly airs numbers from the 1940s. Yes, it plays and rewinds on a loop. But that doesn’t bother me because I rarely hear the same song played again in a short period of time.

Till today.

And, it was again. The song “Moonlight Savings Time”. Truth be told, since I’m rarely alone in the car for long these days, I hadn’t heard the ditty all the way through yet. I barely heard more than a single sentence each time. What I knew was that the song was by Guy Lombardo, thanks to the little digital screen on my dashboard.

What is all this? One might guess that Guy Lombardo is not interested in any scientific need for changing the pattern or duration of moonlight.

Any lunar glow becomes visible at night if the weather is cooperative. If the sky is clear enough, you can see the moon if you look for it. And this is true every night of the year in a predictable pattern, no matter where you are. No amount of fiddling with the daylight saving time arrangement will change the faithful and constant moon pattern in your jurisdiction.

Here, I must qualify my use of terms. I don’t speak as a scientist. Any scientist will immediately point out the various flaws in my argument.

The moon does not shine. If you want to know all about it, you can check it all out in a textbook if you’re old school, or on the internet, which is more convenient.

If that worries you, you probably won’t care about Guy Lombardo anyway.

Guy Lombardo is one of millions in history who really don’t care about the science of the phases of the moon. Maybe Guy wants more time on the moon for a purely selfish reason. We are in mid-February, you surely understand where I am coming from.

A full moon is a thing of beauty and, on a clear night, gently lights up the sky. Perfect for strolls in the night air with a loved one. Around this time of February, everyone is thinking about all things romantic and a full moon would definitely add to the atmosphere. It would be just about perfect if it weren’t so cold outside.

Curious to hear Guy Lombardo’s point of view, I pulled out a recording of Moonlight Savings Time. Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians recorded the song in 1931, but you can find anything on the internet now. No surprises. Guy and the guys just wanted to keep the “girl mine until the birds wake up and sound ‘Hello’.”

So what Guy wants has nothing to do with humans artificially manipulating the moon’s time for perceived advantage in a particular region of the country at different times of the year. He wants more time to spend with the one he loves. The night hours being the least crowded with other humans and obligations. As an artist, he expresses feeling in the way that is most familiar to him. And that’s the story.

There will be no bill introduced in any legislative body by a politician on behalf of his constituents to alter the moon hour arrangement to appease part of the electorate.

The moon is the moon. The boss is what he is and Guy Lombardo knows it. The same goes for every other reasonable person on earth. All most people want is to spend more time with the ones they love. Who needs a full moon, which by the way is only one day out of a full four-week moon cycle? And that, my friends, is a scientific fact.


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