Bye Gord

The Tragically Hip have a unique space within the pages of barfblog.

They are kinda our house band.

Multiple posts have included references to their music, lyrics and videos. The music they created, meshes Canadiana, hockey and storytelling; sorta like what we try to do.

Gord Downie, lead singer of the band, passed away today after a battle with brain cancer. I’ve read a bunch of eulogies to Gord over the past couple of hours and nothing really captures his impact.

Tonight I’ll head to the arena, lace up my skates, race around the ice (somewhat terribly) as Hip songs play in my head.

That’s my tribute.

 

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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is an associate professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.
  • A saddened patriot

    As a Canadian I’m a mix of sadness and gratitude. I see all the tributes ( paying closer attention to American outlets) and knowing that somewhere out there today, someone is hearing the soundtrack of my life today for the first time; it makes me incredibly grateful, but I’m devastated it took his death for them to know the music. Thanks Doc, I needed this, I’m heading to the arena right now with The Hip playing on my ipod and a tear in my eye.