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Ken's Mater Dei radio interview on From Mountains High. CLICK HERE

 "This new book, alongside the first volume, is a treasure beyond measure in telling the ongoing story of contemporary liturgical music from so many vantage points.  It is important for us to know whose shoulders we stand on; from whence we came as a singing church experiencing new incarnations and new chapters of birth along the way." -David Haas 

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Contemporary Catholic Music 1970-1985 

by Ken Canedo 

Decades don’t start neatly. So, 1970 still sounded and smelled and looked like the 60s. An unpopular war continued in Vietnam, and draft cards were still being burned. But something was definitely in the air – an intangible assurance that broke through, as a Watergate-ridden White House eventually gave way to a born-again Christian president.  

Keep the Fire Burning was the story of the 1960s Folk Mass movement, but its scope ranged from the beginnings of the liturgical movement in the early 20th century through the era of copyright litigation in the late 1970s. From Mountains High picks up the story from the end of the Folk Mass period to the beginning of the modern era of Catholic music publishing in 1985. The decades overlap but the story always moves forward.  

This is the story of the coming of age of contemporary Catholic music. 

-from the Introduction   

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VIDEO: Snippet of Ken's From Mountains High workshop at NPM convention in Baltimore on July 11, 2018.


Bay Area Book Tour 2018: Friendship, Music and the Berkes Family

Saturday, September 8

When I was at St. Monica Parish in Moraga in the 1990s, we had a succession of good people who served as youth minister until I eventually said Yes to the job. Through all the changes, there was one constant: Andy Berkes, an enthusiastic teenager who grew up to be a remarkable young man. We could always rely on Andy to lead prayer at our weekly youth group meetings or take charge of the ice breaker. He was a natural leader at our annual summer workcamps where we helped build or repair homes in struggling neighborhoods around the country. We stayed in touch over the years and it came as no surprise to me when Andy decided to study theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and became a youth minister himself. He eventually went into a career as a teacher at Catholic high schools. 

In the early 2000s, Andy shared with me his joy in finding his soulmate Unni Elizabeth, and they asked if I could provide the music at their wedding liturgy. How could I say No? Their wedding in San Bernardino was one of my highlights of that decade as I shared in that special day with their family and friends.  

Our lives unfolded in divergent paths but we followed each other on Facebook. Jesse Manibusan and I even did a concert at their parish in St. Louis back in the mid-2000s. Eventually, Andy and Unni resettled back in Moraga and I so enjoyed their annual Christmas photo cards as I saw their three children growing up with each passing year. As I planned for my 2018 Bay Area book tour, I knew I had to make time to visit with the Berkes family. . . 

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