From the Publisher
"This is a marvelous touchstone of heart-song for all who feel the spirit singing in prayer, meditation and daily life. Ana Hernández brings the personal powers of chant to light for the neophyte, the curious as well as the monk."
Don Campbell, musician and author of The Mozart Effect and The Roar of Silence
“One can hardly imagine a more engaging introduction to the practice of chant! Ana Hernández, with honesty, humor and musical expertise, provides the reader with all that is needed to begin immediately to draw upon this spiritual resource.”
Katherine Le Mée, author of Chant and The Benedictine Gift to Music
“This call to practice is indeed inviting.”
“This book about chant is much more than that, and it reads like a letter from a fascinating and unusual friend. I started humming to myself as I read it.”
John McQuiston II, author of Finding Time for the Timeless: Spirituality in the Workweek
“Even if you're convinced you can’t sing, Hernández’s refreshing and unpretentious book convinces you that you can chant, awakens your wish to do so and shows you how to begin. You won’t be able to resist her joyous invitation to enter with her into the realm of sacred sound and silence.”
Lorraine Kisly, author of Prayer of Fire: Experiencing the Lord’s Prayer and editor-in-chief of Parabola: The Search for Meaning
The newest installment in SkyLight Paths' series on sacred practices opens the door, and the mouth, to chanting. The author is a composer and performer of sacred music who also conducts workshops on the subject. All the basics are here: instructions for warm-up through meditations and vocal exercises, 21 straightforward chants and a simple explanation of what happens to the body during chanting, based on Eastern traditions' teaching about body energy. The book cruises religious traditions, since chant is an important practice in the world's religions. Christianity yields taize and liturgical chant; there is mantra chanting, Jewish and Hindu devotional chant and a Zuni sunrise call. Although Hernandez writes that "beautiful and fun aren't usually the first words I think about when I think spiritual discipline," this call to practice is indeed inviting. Some may find the author's breezy writing style a little too girlfriendishly casual ("If God were normal, that would be the end of it, right?"), while others will welcome her informal approach to a subject so often associated with high-raftered solemnity. Minimal musical notation is included with the basic chants, which may be useful for those who read music and unintimidating for those who don't. With a helpful bibliography of text, CD and Internet resources, this is a fine cross-traditional introduction for those exploring a profound and ancient practice. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.