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Don't Stop Believin'

Still pondering all this during last Tuesday's inaugural activities and President Obama's brusque but rousing address — I actually banged my fist on my desk when the new chief executive spoke the words "God bless the United States of America," laughed out loud during the Reverend Joseph E. Lowery's "brown can stick around" benediction and parroted the crowd on the National Mall's hearty "Amens" at the end — I did some research and found a quote from Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno that really hit home: "Faith which does not doubt is dead faith."

I may still be hashing out the specifics of my own faith, and probably will be for years to come, but I'm absolutely certain that music — be it the Jones Family, Bach, Johnny Cash or the Rolling Stones — will show me the way. Is showing me the way. Whatever form it takes, music is humanity's portal to some other spiritual dimension, whatever may be on the other side and whoever may have put it there.

And thus, I know that if that wasn't God, it must have been somebody, or something, just as cool.

chris.gray@houstonpress.com

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