THE SINGING THING (BK)
A case for congregational song
The first of two volumes in which the accrued wisdom of John L.Bell & the WGRG reflects on why people sing and how this can be encouraged & improved.
John makes a compelling analysis, in theoretical terms, but grounds this with a wealth of illustration and practical insight. He explores the reasons which undergird the importance of singing in the life of the Church, allowing for the widening of perspectives. Dealing particularly with congregational, participative song as opposed to choral, performance song, the book is mainly intended for folk who are concerned with enabling congregations to sing (why we sing, why we don’t sing & remedies)- church musicians & enthusiastic amateurs alike.
While this book provides the theory, the second book The Singing Thing Too, provides a more practical, ‘how-to’ take on this issue, by exploring how to enable actual, real improvement in congregational singing.