Shout to the Lord: Making Worship Music in Evangelical America

Shout to the Lord: Making Worship Music in Evangelical America

by Ari Y. Kelman

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Overview

How music makes worship and how worship makes music in Evangelical churches

Music is a nearly universal feature of congregational worship in American churches. Congregational singing is so ingrained in the experience of being at church that it is often misunderstood to be synonymous with worship. For those who assume responsibility for making music for congregational use, the relationship between music and worship is both promising and perilous – promise in the power of musical style and collective singing to facilitate worship, peril in the possibility that the experience of the music might eclipse the worship it was written to facilitate. As a result, those committed to making music for worship are constantly reminded of the paradox that they are writing songs for people who wish to express themselves, as directly as possible, to God.

This book shines a new light on how people who make music for worship also make worship from music. Based on interviews with more than 75 songwriters, worship leaders, and music industry executives, Shout to the Lord maps the social dimensions of sacred practice, illuminating how the producers of worship music understand the role of songs as both vehicles for, and practices of, faith and identity. This book accounts for the human qualities of religious experience and the practice of worship, and it makes a compelling case for how – sometimes – faith comes by hearing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781479863679
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Series: North American Religions , #13
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ari Y. Kelman is Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He is the author of Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States.

Ari Y. Kelman is Jim Joseph Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He is the author of Station Identification: A Cultural History of Yiddish Radio in the United States.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Preface: Like a Prayer xi

Introduction: Why Make Music? 1

1 Making Worship and Music: Expression, Experience, and Education 15

2 Songwriting: Writing Songs Anyone Can Sing 47

3 Leading Worship: Making Music in Congregations 85

4 Selling the Spirit: Making Worship Music in the Marketplace 117

Conclusion: Saved by Songs 153

Notes 159

Bibliography 179

Index 199

About the Author 205

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