THE SINGING THING (BK)

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John L.Bell

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.

 

 

(2000)

160 pages

ISBN 1901557286

 

Contents

Section One: WHY DO WE SING?

1.    Because we can
2.    To create identity
3.    To express emotion
4.    To express words
5.    To revisit the past
6.    To tell stories
7.    To shape the future
8.    To enable work
9.    To exercise our creativity
10.    To give of ourselves

Section Two: WHY DO SOME PEOPLE NOT SING?

1.    Vocal disenfranchisement
2.    The fallout from a performance culture
3.    Places and spaces
4.    Bad leadership

Section Three: THE AMBIGUITY OF COMMUNICATION

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1 review for THE SINGING THING (BK)

  1. John Henderson

    “I found that like a good novel, I could not put this book down and so read it through at one sitting… the commonsense pouring from these pages is not to be missed… a truly uplifting book.” – JOHN HENDERSON (in CHURCH MUSIC QUARTERLY)

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