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'I HEAR AMERICA SINGING ... AGAIN'; SMALL PUBLISHER TAKES THE LEAD IN SINGING RESURGENCE

 'I HEAR AMERICA SINGING ... AGAIN';
 SMALL PUBLISHER TAKES THE LEAD IN SINGING RESURGENCE
 BETHLEHEM, Pa., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Is singing really reserved for a limited group of talented artists and performers?
 Not according to a small publisher in Bethlehem!
 Sing Out Corporation has sold more than 100,000 copies of a unique group-singing songbook, "Rise Up Singing," without any organized advertising or publicity.
 Now they're rushing back to press, still filling a continuous stream of orders for a book that's become America's favorite group-singing songbook, and the unofficial focal point of the largest sing-along resurgence since Mitch Miller's popular TV show and record albums of the early 1960s.
 If Walt Whitman were here, he would indeed "hear America singing again."
 What's driving the popularity of the book "Rise Up Singing" is that it reflects what's on the mind of America.
 The 1,200 songs in 35 categorical chapters provide a 288-page, portable mirror image of those topics that are of paramount concern to Americans. The chapter titles in "Rise Up Singing" appear to be addressing the very issues which a rekindled American spirit is pressuring candidates to address in this crucial election year: Home and Family (parenting), Ecology (environmental issues), Work (working people's struggles and experiences), Hard Times, Hope, Rich and Poor (rising prices and economic justice), Unity (equality and community), Freedom and more.
 "Rise Up Singing" is a first-of-its-kind multicultural songbook. It grew out of the need for an easy-to-use comprehensive text for the innumerable sings led by group singing's "First Couple" Peter Blood and Annie Patterson.
 The book is unique in the way it combines lyrics to an expansive diversity of music (an unusual collection of obscure and well-known folk and children's songs in the public domain and from Sing Out's archives, plus copyrighted music from Broadway to Motown) with a unique and easy, original chord system, hundreds of line art illustrations, annotations, lay-flat binding, compactness and affordability. Its comprehensive cross indexes also send people off in a million other directions to seek new as well as long-lost favorites.
 It doesn't pretend to be the "be all-end all" songbook. But it is the leader in making singing as a leisure activity a viable option.
 According to Patterson, co-editor of "Rise Up Singing," "Sings connect us to each other in a special way that is rare in this age of fast service automation and expensive and impersonal 'entertain-me!' events and products." Blood, her husband and co-editor, added: "It's a bond second only to the one created when people share a meal. Sings empower people, build community and provide a way to express social concern."
 Sing Out, a not-for-profit corporation, is the seminal supporter of folk and multicultural music as living phenomena. It publishes the quarterly "Sing Out! Magazine," founded by Pete Seeger in 1951; "The Teaching Tapes" (for learning the songs in "Rise Up Singing"); and books including "Sing For Freedom -- The Story of The Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs;" "Carry It On -- The Story of America's Working People In Song And Picture," and others.
 To obtain a free copy of the Sing Out catalog and the guide "Amazing Tips To Create A Great Sing-Along," send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Sing Out Corporation, P.O. Box 5253, Bethlehem, Pa., 18015. For further information, contact Eric Nemeyer, publications director, 215-865-5211.
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