The Secret Life of Bees

In chapter 8 of The Secret Life of Bees

August describes Big Mama's story of hearing the bees sing on Christmas Eve does August mean the story literally?  How does it relate to the title of the book?

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August actually explains that the, bees were not really singing the words from Luke but if you had the right kind of ears, you can listen to a hive and hear a Christmas story somewhere inside yourself. The whole idea of the bee world and the magic it contains, if one listens, is personified in this quote.