The theology blues

By Hugh Page Jr.

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Despite what the lyrics may say, at its heart the blues is fundamentally optimistic. When you experience a crisis that is too difficult to articulate fully, that seems too intractable to be resolved, the ability to give voice—rhythmically and poetically—to that frustration becomes an expression of the indomitability of the human soul. It is a fundamentally optimistic assertion about the nature of life.…

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