So—most medievalists are off to Kalamazoo, leaving the rest of us to entertain ourselves.
Fair enough. Let’s call a 48-hour moratorium on medievalism and try something different: a Roger Miller Video Tribute Weekend.
Everyone knows “King of the Road.” This version has an extra helping of Andy Williams.
As the minstrel-rooster in Disney’s animated Robin Hood, Miller contributed three charming songs: “Whistle Stop,” “Oo-De-Lally,” and “Not in Nottingham.” (“Whistle Stop” you already know; a sped-up sample later accompanied the Internet’s ur-meme, the Hamster Dance.)
Here’s an all-too-brief clip of Miller fiddlin’ away on “Orange Blossom Special.”
Some of us discovered melancholy when we first heard “One Dyin’ and a Buryin’.”
“Leavin’s Not the Only Way to Go” may get you misty-eyed, too.
Finally, there’s only one way to close out a Roger Miller Video Tribute Weekend: chicken medley!