Tunes With Tuesday – Jet Lag

Tunes With Tuesday. It’s here. The first post.

Silence.

You didn’t know what to wear? Don’t worry. Here, worries are replaced with steaming mugs of hot chocolate and platters of cinnamon-sprinkled cookies. Dress comfortably.

And hold on for the plane ride.

There will be jet lag.

Jet Lag is a recently released tune sung by punk band Simple Plan, featuring Natasha Bedingfield. An unlikely duo as many of Bedingfield’s hits combine pop with R&B influences. I like unique.

Take two unlikely sources, combine them together, and you just might like the flavour. You may have created your new favorite sandwich. Or you might hate the combination. But you won’t know unless you try it.

When Bedingfield and Simple Plan joined forces, stars in two different genres, they didn’t know if the result would be soggy or delightfully crunchy. They took a risk and it paid off.

Big.

Jet Lag is in the ‘top 30’ list on my favorite local radio station. Think of your last big success. You likely didn’t know if you would get the job when you headed into that interview room. Regardless, you stepped through the door. Put yourself out there and you could just succeed.

You can’t succeed if you don’t show for the interview.

The primary message for Jet Lag is clear in its lyrics. Long distance relationships are difficult. The line ‘jet lag of the heart’ refers to missing your partner who is literally miles away. Having to travel to see one another and the timezone differences add difficulties as one wakes while the other heads to bed.

The song takes me to my present day, where I communicate with people in other countries through my computer. Simple, turn on the computer, sign onto Facebook, and there are the smiling faces of friends in Australia and South Africa. Yet they’re likely not smiling in real-time. Count the hours of difference time-wise. I send out a message to the feed of Google+ in the morning and it’s 10pm for the person that reads my post.

Do they head to bed after typing on Google+ while I change out of my pajama’s in the morning? I leave the computer and continue with my ‘real’ life as opposed to my ‘digital’ life.

Had you heard the song Jet Lag before today?

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14 thoughts on “Tunes With Tuesday – Jet Lag

  1. Marc Phillippe Babineau

    Good job, Christy! I would concentrate on the lyrics a bit more, but you covered it pretty well – why did they get together would be my first question.

    I like the old-timers getting together with newbies or singers from way outside of their genres – like when David Bowie did a duet with Bing Crosby (or, with Freddy Mercury and Queen). Duets are the new big thing, but they’ve been around since musically themed shows and Christmas specials starting showing up on the tube.

    I love the way you transition from the lyrics and singers to how it relates to your own, personal life! Great job, well done!

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    1. christyb Post author

      Marc, your praise is sweet. I am not focusing on a specific genre, at least not right now. As for the dissection of lyrics, I found a social commentary suited this particular post. It puts a unique spin on the song. I appreciate the suggestion for the future, I am listening!
      christyb

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  2. simon7banks

    Christy, your musings about internet friends in different time-zones resonate for me. It’s slightly eerie when I exchange posts with someone in India or Canada – that is, the replies come promptly so the other person is at their computer when I am – to think that I have no idea what time of the day it is there, whether they’re in bright-new-day or muzzy grump breakfast-time mode. stealing a few minutes in the middle of a working day or unwinding in mid-evening.

    And my non-poetry blog had 73 hits on Christmas Day, nearly all from the U.S.! What was that?

    On the subject of mixtures, much creativity comes from the bringing together of different cultures or traditions. This applies to science as well as art.

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    1. christyb Post author

      Excellent interpretation Simon. Take our email exchange the other day as a prime example of being at the computer at the same time. What a wonderful coincidence. Congrats on the hits over Christmas, glad to see your blog is going so well! Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always welcomed.
      christyb

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  3. doveydragon

    Hello all the way from sunny South Africa !! Lol !!! Wondering if I would get “Jet Lag”if I fly to BC !! Lol !!! Love this !! I was in the entertainment industry for a good couple of years … not as musician, but as a casual observer .. And had the pleasure of seeing some great South African artists & bands ..

    I love your writings btw …. gets me all hungry wanting to wolf down something to calm the hunger pains … Lol !! So needless to say you blog is very appetizing.

    Fresh…and exhilarating (damn sounds like I don’t get out much) …

    But well worth a read.

    Thanks Christy B …. Your the bomb !!

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    1. christyb Post author

      Brett, you always seem to make me laugh! I’ll take your compliments and send you back a great big laugh here from BC. Jet lag would be a guarantee I believe if travelling from South Africa, but my blog could keep you exhilerated and digesting the words during your plane ride. I really appreciate that you stopped by!
      christyb

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    1. christyb Post author

      Hi Jim, Thanks for stopping by! Yes this is a fairly new song and may be unknown for some, but perhaps next Tuesday will be more familiar to you. Let’s rock!
      christyb

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  4. Elyse

    Christy, this is a great way to wake up — I was spending the morning pondering, literally, folks whom I love and who I rarely see but often talk with by phone and now by computer.

    Thoughtful writing, beautiful song. Thanks!

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