Thursday, February 28, 2008
Singing & Marmite
I've just offered the title of my next research seminar for next month and titled it..."Congregational singing and marmite, you either love it or hate it: Anthropology, sociology and spirituality".
So, is congregational singing like marmite? Do we have polar opinions on this practise? Or, do some of us not really care either way? I'd love some opinions!
I'm just reviewing Steven Mithen's "The Singing Neanderthals". It's an excellent text on the development of music and language from an evolutionary, archaeological and anthropological perspective. Very interesting, and offers some lovely insights into the way our brain works with regard to these two topics. It also offers some intrigue as to the congregational nature of our music-making. Maybe I'll write a little more about that sometime in the future!