My husband and I were lucky enough to see John Cleese and Eric Idle at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver this past weekend. My husband was already a fan, and now I am too.
Their tour is called Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time and is a retrospective on their years of comedy. I'm old enough to have long ago become a fan, like the other members of the passionate audience that filled the theatre. But years ago their comedy wasn't my 'cup of tea.'
Their comedy may or may not be your cup of tea, but you need to check out one thing either way. I want to share with you one of the Monty Python songs called Galaxy Song. It was written jointly by Eric Idle and John Du Prez. All of its facts are not accurate, but it's big picture perspective is what counts.
There's a link below to a YouTube version I particularly like. Eric Idle sings in the background while you get to watch a video of fact and fun created by a guy who calls himself Finlarg.
Why do I love this song? Well, it's about astronomy. It is light and fun. And it puts life into proper perspective, shrinking our human egos (and bodies) down to size while simultaneously expanding our point of view. It reminds us of the wonder of the universe which speaks clearly of something much greater than you and I. And it reminds us how unimportant are the little things we think are such a big deal.
As a side note, once again, technology meets spirituality, in a small way anyway. I can download this song from iTunes today. I can watch a variety of YouTube videos. I can even watch Eric Idle himself singing the song. Now, any time that I want, I can experience this song humbling me and lifting me, both at the same time, every single time. It also throws in just the right amount of comedic irreverence so I don't take the dream of life too seriously.