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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Brian Eno on Singing (and church programming?)


"Singing aloud leaves you with a sense of levity and contentedness. And then there are what I would call "civilizational benefits." When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because acapella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings -- to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue."

- Brian Eno, NPR Interview

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Kj said...

I've often mourned the fact the singing in American culture has become a solo act rather than a communal experience. I think one of the most profound differences between American theatre training and UK training, is that most British theater troupes sing together regularly either within productions or just part of the warm up/rehearsal process. Singing together teaches intuitively about listening and responding to one another- both individually and communaly- it binds people. Certainly the church needs that, but for some reason, most led music in US churches doesn't achieve that group experience- it's the "feeling alone in a crowd" thing- which totally disappears once the music becomes a cappella- you hear each other. I love this- and have used it a lot this year in worship planning- a cappella all the way baby!

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