A Song to Sing, a Life to Live Reflections on Music As Spiritual Practice (Paperback)
|Author: Don E./ Saliers Saliers|
|Praise for "A Song to Sing, A Life to Live" |
"Pull up a chair and sit in the family room as these two share the places where their views on music connect and diverge, demonstrating how to 'make musical judgments, but not in a judgmental manner.' Musicians, music-lovers and indeed all those devoted to the 'spirituality of daily life' will be inspired."
"I found warmth, wisdom, and love to be present on every page of this book. Emily and her father, Don, have found a way to have a deeply meaningful conversation about their life experiences and share it with the reader. The result is this beautiful expression of music as many things— healer, gift, symbol of freedom and community, and agent of change."
"Emily and her dad have created a beautiful celebration of how music and spirit connect us all."
"In this sweetheart of a book, Don and Emily Saliers do far more than write convincingly about the healing power of music. They show us how it works by letting their own love of 'deep song' lead them across generational, aesthetic, and religious differences into a place of such holy listening to one another that even the angels lay down their tambourines."
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From the Publisher:
In this rich exploration of music, authors Don and Emily Saliers interweave their own stories as well as those of others to reflect on the what, the how, and the why of music as a key aspect of spirituality in our lives. As an Indigo Girl, folk-rock singer-songwriter, Emily performs in primarily secular settings, while her father, Don - composer, cantor, and church musician - writes and arranges for church congregations. Their audiences may differ but both father and daughter understand the profound spirituality of music and have personally witnessed how their music brings healing to people no matter what the setting or circumstance. A Song to Sing, A Life to Live bridges two generations, two approaches to spirituality, and two genres of music - the music of Saturday night and Sunday morning. Don and Emily Saliers reflect on such topics as music and justice, music and grief, music and delight, and music and hope. They open the way for those who seek to embrace new spiritual practices by creating music, sharing music, and developing their musical skills as a spiritual practice.
Harmony and discord are part of life, and there is sure to be enough of both in everyone's experience. Those two words apply to music as well. In troubled times music can be a soothing balm; and a life in music can, over time, deepen one's sense of connectedness to the universe, or to the "music of the spheres." In A SONG TO SING, A LIFE TO LIVE, two writers from two generations share their appreciation of what music has brought them and others. Don Saliers writes from the perspective of church music; daughter Emily, a member of the group the Indigo Girls, writes from her years performing before live audiences and making records. Both convey the joy, wonder, amazement, and enlightenment that playing and singing can bring, and how music can be, at times, inspiring or consoling--or just plain fun. These two can actually play and write, and they stay true to the theme in their subtitle "music as a spiritual practice."