A Song to Sing, A Life to Live: Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice
April 2006, Jossey-Bass
Editor’s Foreword ix
Chapter 1 Tracing Our Songlines 1
Chapter 2 A Sound Spirituality 19
Chapter 3 My Life Flows On in Endless Song 39
Chapter 4 Do You Hear What I Hear? 55
Chapter 5 Becoming Who We Are Through Music 75
Chapter 6 Music Divides Us 97
Chapter 7 Singing Our Sorrow 115
Chapter 8 Sing Justice, Sing Freedom 133
Chapter 9 Saturday Night and Sunday Morning 153
Chapter 10 Music and the Search for God 169
The Authors 193
Emily Saliers is a member of the Indigo Girls, an award-winning folk-rock duo known for their vibrant music and social activism.
"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."
—Mary Chapin Carpenter
"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."
—Barbara Brown Taylor, author, Bread of Angels, Home by Another Way, Gospel Medicine, The Preaching Life, God in Pain, and Speaking of Sin