"I don't normally have much patience for the ineffable - I ought to think everything's effing effable… but I'm not sure there are words to describe what happens when two voices mesh… All I can say is that I can hear things that aren't there, see and feel things I normally can't see and feel, and start to realise that, yes, there is such a thing as an immortal soul, or, at the very least, a unifying human consciousness, that our lives are short but have meaning."
This wasn’t the part I wanted to quote, but being without the book, it’’ have to do. Here, Hornby’s talking about Rufus Wainwright
’s cover of his dad’s - Loudon Wainwright III
– song One Man Guy. If I remember, he writes about how, although he’s not a believer in God, he hears Him in the harmonizing of Rufus and his sister (Martha Wainwright
) on the bridge of the song.
I don’t feel or see it myself, but it’s a very beautiful song, and the harmonies are indeed wonderful. Very simple, smooth, wryly amusing, and… comfortable, in a way.