In Book 1 of The Singing Thing, John Bell explored the reasons why people sing.
In Book 2 his concerns are learning and teaching. How do people pick up new music? How do you encourage a congregation to learn a new song? How can you breathe new life into quality hymnody which has gone stale?
With both tact and irreverence, John Bell shares insights culled from over 20 years in which he and his colleagues in the Wild Goose Resource and Worship Groups have taught new songs in venues as diverse as old people's homes with half a dozen hearing-aid users to Greenbelt Festival with over 10,000 gathered for worship.
John Bell is a writer and occasional broadcaster, and is a member of the Wild Goose Resource Group of the Iona Community, working in the areas of liturgy and spirituality.