It is amazing to think that anyone would want to visit this page and willing to spend a few precious minutes of life reading about this project and artistic inspirations…
The Faith&Doubt Project is a web site/blog/YouTube channel serving as an outlet and interactive platform to discuss old and new music, and also release old and new music, to talk about spiritual poetry, the mystical arrow of life, and more.
A long time ago (well, time is relative), in a land far-far-away (at least from California and the moon of Endor), I walked alone in one of the world’s more haunting places: the cemetery of Sète in Southern France (photo below).
The soundtrack for those ‘night is falling’ walk: The Cure, Faith. “Faith” is a timeless piece of recording, released in 1981, somewhat before my time. This cemetery in Sète is a haunting (not haunted) place where every grave has not only a name and dates but more importantly a photo (in faded black and white) of the deceased. In the light of dusk, accompanied by the despairing chant for Robert Smith, fear of death (“The Funeral Party”) and a sense of the sacred (“The Holy Hour”) embraced me and took me by the hand, for “through the madness through the terror we must pass, as if awaiting sunlight that may never come.” There is something very ‘Byzantine/Gothic/Orthodox” about The Cure at the time, and yet, most Gothic-influenced artists became anything but Christian (think Christian Death), embracing rather a nihilistic, if not a demonic vision of human existence. In the 1990s, Death to the World best captured the bridge between dark (cold-wave) music by artists like The Cure and Joy Division and the Orthodox Way…
Anyways, I have another page here about influential musicians who have become Orthodox, including Orthodox priests, of which some are quite surprising: Zac Hanson and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode.
“Faith” became a turning point in my spiritual journey, taking me far and wide and deep, to death-defying horizons of music and hope, including many the songs composed over the past decades. Amazingly, a number of Orthodox
As part of this “Faith&Doubt Project,” I have released music inspired by this particular album and artist, under the label “The Cure Is Us.”
Why the name? No, not because it is supposed to be a cover band (it’s been misunderstood), but to convey the idea that “The Cure” has become a generation, actually two generations of musicians and mystics inspired by the unique sound of Faith, Cold, Disintegration, etc.
“The Cure Is Us” is in itself a great name: whatever the ailment, we have to find the cure and be the cure, as in the 1995 coming-of-age movie also called “The Cure.”
“Underneath the Waves” featuring “Just One Kiss 2018” as well as the singles “Lift” and “Run and Hide” was released in January 2018 with excellent reviews.
The third studio album features 12 tracks including two amazing and unlikely cover songs: Cold (The Cure) and Aikea-Guinea (Cocteau Twins).
The fourth studio album, entitled “Goodbye.” will be released in December 2019 or January 2020.