The next classic comedy poetry and prose episode of XaW Files flits over the border to Moldova, and introduces Zdob și Zdub: a band that represented Moldova in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 6th.
I hadn’t heard of them before, but they became the stars of the Moldovan sequence, and I feel like I got to know them well. I think Moldova might like my comedy wordplay, as in the next episode I visit the Chisinau (the capital) shopping centre called Malldova.
The episode also progresses the plotline, which was made up as it went along as usual. Like all the nice places visited, and good people met, I hope it creates interest in Zdob și Zdub, Chisinau and Moldova (not that I know they are nice and good).
Chapter 4 Episode 13
I woke up feeling sub
lair of Zdob și Zdub
according to a poster
above a toaster
freshly used by the smell
of burnt bread caramel
sounded like Grandmamma
is beating da drum-a
meaning I must be in Moldova
feeling so lucky vampires over
for now at least
hungry for yeast
I’ll have some marmite
oh what a sight
breakfast in bed
like morning after getting wed
but in some ways better
after life-threatening danger
only one thing spoilt my brekkie
having given room quick recce
there was only me of my plenary
oh for the Love, Jack and Mary.
Didic Did It with Drums
Just after I finished my Moldovan marmite on toast a man walked in and gave me a pizza pressie, before introducing himself as Pezza.
I thanked him, before asking what happened last night when I was knocked out.
Pezza said Eugen Didic, another member of their Zdob și Zdub group, knocked me out with his bass drum beater, confirming my opinion of the type of weapon stated in the last episode, which I think was a pretty great guess under the circumstances.
Moreover, I hadn’t even heard of Zdob și Zdub at the time, and didn’t have a clue where this plot was going, or that I’d be in Moldova for the next episode!
Pezza said he had given Eugen his beater to knock me out because his Didic surname could create a little comedy wordplay with Did it.
Save greenYgrey for Another Day
I asked why they’d knocked me out, when my travel companions were battling with the Dolhasca vampires.
Pezza said it was better that I did not become involved in that deadly Dolhasca duel, for the vampires know those streets so well, and had the advantage of it being midnight on a non-full moon night. He advised that there would be better times to lock horns with them: when there is a full moon werewolves are strengthened, while vampires are weakened by the extra moonlight.
End line of opening poem references For the Love of Mary, a 1948 American romantic comedy film directed by Frederick de Cordova.
Zdob și Zdub are a Moldovan band that represented their country in the Eurovision Song Contest with “Bunika Bate Toba” (“Grandmamma is beating da drum-a“) in 2005 and “So lucky” in 2011.
Eugen Didic played trumpet in Zdob și Zdub, 1999-2000. The most greenygreyesque sounding drummer was Pezza Butnaru, 2004.
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