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Why We Sing


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Table of Contents

i: Introduction 1: Birth 2: Baby Love 3: Childhood 4: Teens 5: Community 6: Healing 7: Home 8: Work 9: Heaven 10: Protest 11: Ageing 12: Health 13: Death 14: Postlude ii: Further Reading iii: Acknowledgements

About the Author

Julia Hollander is a singing therapist, teacher and performer. She lives and works in Oxford.


I've always felt that breath turning into song is like water turning into wine. In this fascinating book, Julia Hollander explains why. [...] A must-read for anyone moved by the power of song.
*Lesley Garrett, CBE*

Hollander has gathered a wealth of scientific research and aligned it with her own personal experience to produce a truly illuminating, joyful and resonant book about why we sing.
*Dame Sarah Connolly, CBE*

This book is a must for people who sing and for people who don't but should ... Hollander brings us memories, life's events, political dedication and the deep desire to communicate, as well as giving us the history, the physiology and the social value of singing.
*Peggy Seeger*

Julia's comprehensive, scientific approach to the question of why we sing is laid out gently, generously and genially ... It is fascinating to find a book so packed full of actual answers.
*Roderick Williams, OBE*

A refreshing read that I recommend to all who are interested in our voice and how we use it.
*Brett Weymark, OAM, Artistic & Music Director, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs*

Why We Sing is fascinating, surprising, illuminating, heartwarming and absolutely unputdownable. [...] Why We Sing is not only an important book - full of revelations and encouragement to the vocally challenged, or out of practice - it is also a captivating book to read. Full of story, thoughts, ideas, surprises and delicious writing, much like an old-fashioned rich fruit cake: to be gobbled up or slowly savoured by turn.
*Limelight Magazine*

This enlightening exploration of the power of singing is written from the heart... Why We Sing captures her wisdom and experience not only as a researcher and practitioner but also as a mother... This is a moving and insightful celebration.
*BBC Music Magazine*

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