Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
God-friendship is for God-worshipers;
They are the ones he confides in.
If I keep my eyes on God,
I won’t trip over my own feet.
~ Psalm 25:14-15
Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro
Once you know your stuff “cold.” Once you have practiced, and flubbed up with fine art, fine music, you know it inside and out. You know its shadings and complexities, you know its highs and lows. Here, there is one piece of classic music, the Hungarian Rhapsody #2. Victor Borge and Leonid Hambro play the piece as a duet, maintaining (mostly) the integrity of the piece of music, and having some fun at the same time. Harpo Marx takes the same piece of music, sets the stage for a romantic offering to a portrait covered with another image, the image of a beautiful woman, and he plays the same music. On the harp, with a jazz interlude, then lapses back into the classical piece, ending with his own flourish.
These men were classical musicians, having fun with a classical piece and engaging the audience, distracting them visually and audit- orally with some variations on performance techniques. But it is hard to forget! And the musicians have had their joy fulfilled, you heard a piece of music that they love! And you were attentive, waiting to see, or hear what they would do next.
Sometimes, we take life and ourselves way too seriously. We forget to have fun with the gospel and its presentation. Today, let God show you where the laughs are in this glorious lovely madness.
Lord, help me to take myself less seriously, and to let you show me the fun in the gospel today. Help me to minister to those who need to hear you in a different way. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Because of Him,