Friday, October 30, 2020

There Is No Monster Mash

Ever since someone pointed it out to me, it has really bothered me that The Monster Mash is a song about a song that you never get to actually hear.

 Before you start to argue, yes, I understand the the Monster Mash is a dance move. But it's also a song.

Check out this set of lyrics from the 1962 song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett (written by Bobby Pickett and Leonard L. Capizzi)

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, 'The Crypt-Kicker Five'
They played the mash, they played the monster mash
The monster mash, it was a graveyard smash
They played the mash, it caught on in a flash
They played the mash, they played the monster mash
The song, which was the number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for Oct 20th through the 27th that year has been a perennial Halloween favorite ever since.

But you never do hear the actual song that is referred to.

Just sayin'. Or, perhaps I should say, "Just singin'."

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

Canadian Beer Day


Happy Canadian Beer Day, from all of us (all 3 of me?) at Mark’s Tavern, Eh!

October 7th is Canadian Beer Day. A day to celebrate the awesome folks who brew, sell, deliver, serve, and drink beer.

We typically have beers from no less than a half dozen different craft breweries in the fridge at any time. And on this special day, the fridge is filled to capacity, with plenty more great beers than could be shown in this triple exposure pic at our home bar.

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But beer isn't just a thing in our household. Beer plays a big role in the lives of many Canadians.

  • 15,000 Canadians work in breweries
  • 149,000 Canadian jobs connected to beer in the restaurant, hospitality, tourism, agriculture and transportation sectors
  • 85% of the beer consumed in Canada was brewed in Canada

[For the curious, here are the Ontario craft beers hoisted from left to right in the picture of me hoisting a beer in cheers: They are Jutsu from Bellwoods Brewery (Toronto) - The Mutants Are Revolting from Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Barrie) and Invisible Friend from Grain & Grit Beer Co (Hamilton).

The hoodie I'm wearing is from Augusta's Winking Judge (Hamilton), one of my favourite haunts that has been about local and craft beer for years and years before the craft beer growth took off, and the hilarious and stylish t-shirt is from Rural Routes Brewing (Elmira).

So many amazing beers. I suppose that’s why EVERY day is Canadian Beer Day at Mark’s Tavern.


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