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The Singing Thing:A Case for Congregational Song/G5510

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ISBN-10: 1579991009
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: G I A Pubns (June 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579991009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579991005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. Hutchinson on February 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very readable book, very inspiring, and very worthwhile reading for all music directors, contemporary worship leaders, clergy or organists. One of John's great strengths is that he doesnt get bogged down in the "traditional versus contemporary" debates - I'm a guitar playing contemporary worship leader, but I've lent this to the organist/choir director in my church, and he's now ordered his own copy. Instead he gives us a vision of congregational song as a great privilege of the people of God - he is critical of how both robed choirs and contemporary bands have been guilty of creating a "performance culture", where the people at the front sing and everyone else listens, when this part of worship is meant to be "the people's offering". In this sense, he presents a strong "folk" ethic in his approach to worship, and his writing seems like it has something to say to churches no matter where they sit on the denominational spectrum (so long as they sing songs in church). The book is about "why" people sing, and "why not" - so it is application is broad, and not limited to any one way of "doing church". (The "how" of getting people singing is covered in a second volume). Written in a very light-hearted anecdotal style (which helps him step over issues that people end up rowing over), but very thought provoking. I've bought a spare copy of the book in order to lend to friends...
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This delightful new handbook explores the reasons we, as humans, are compelled to express ourselves in song. The author has compiled a list of charming introspections about what motivates us to sing or prevents us from singing. Whether we sing to tell stories or don't sing because someone once told us we can't, this engaging and enlightening book examines why everyone can sing and why everyone should. It is a must-read for choir directors, cantors, and song leaders.
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Bell's essays are thought-provoking and encouraging for those involved with the church's music. "The Singing Thing" is, at very least, and enjoyable read!
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Good book and an easy read
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