I saw the Charlotte appearance of the Spamalot tour on Friday, and I have to say, it was quite funny. However, I think I found myself laughing at precisely the opposite times most Monty Python fans were laughing. They all laughed when some joke from Monty Python and the Holy Grail was reprised, while I laughed when actual new humor was being presented. “The Song that Goes Like This,” for example, is an absolutely masterful, brand-new parody of Broadway love ballads.
But the Python fans saved their belly laughs for the tired old sight gag of monks hitting themselves over the head with scriptures. It never ceases to amaze me that Python fans simply want to see the same jokes repeated ad nauseum.
Anyway, one thing I kept thinking as I watched the show was that the show’s biggest number, “Find Your Grail,” seemed to follow almost exactly the same musical pattern as a rather different song, John Denver’s “Country Roads.”
How close was the resemblance? Since my daughter had already bought the Spamalot soundtrack, I figured it was worth a 99-cent iTunes purchase of the John Denver hit to find out. The result is this, my first (and probably last) ever mashup: