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What would the voice of God sound like? Nick Cave gives his opinion


Nick Cave has been tackling the varying questions from his fans in yet another post on his fan-led forum The Red Hand Files.

So far Cave has answered musings from his supporters on the subject of loyalty, family, the future of rock music and his relentless love for bandmate Warren Ellis, but today he talks religion.

As Cave’s fan forum platform continues to grow, as does the rolling style in which questions are asked. One follower, Rute from Lisbon, wanted to know Cave’s opinion on the voice of God—if one should have ever existed. Rute suggests that, upon imaging what God’s voice would potentially sound like, the gravelled tone of Tom Waits immediately comes to mind. For Cave though, the idea of an alternative voice is one that is much more appealing.

“I hope the voice of God would be something other than booming, authoritarian and male,” Cave began in his response. “Wouldn’t that be a pleasant surprise? How nice it would be if God’s voice didn’t sound like Nick Cave or Tom Waits – or Morgan Freeman for that matter. What a relief that would be.”

Adding a little more opinion to the question specifically, The Bad Seeds frontman added: “In the recording studio, when you multi-layer vocals, sometimes the more voices you lay down and the more varied they are, the more pure the tone of the chorus becomes, as all individuality is erased and a pristine collected sound flows forth.

“As you add more voices, a strange inverse reaction happens, and the smaller, more distilled and weirdly intimate the cascade of voices seems to become. Perhaps that is what God sounds like. Perhaps, God would have the combined voice of all the untold billions of collected souls, an assembly of the departed speaking as one – without rancour, domination or division; a great, many-layered calling forth that rings from the heavens in the small, determined voice of a child, maybe; sexless, pure and uncomplicated – that says ‘Look for me. I am here’.”

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