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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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John the Baptist: Live for Christ! 

My middle name is Juan and I was named after my grandfather in the Philippines whom I never met. Over the years, I have adopted a number of holy men named “John” as my patron saint: John the Evangelist. John of the Cross. John Vianney. John of Capistrano. Juan Diego. Lately, on the cusp my senior years, I have turned to Saint John the Baptist...

In the Fourth Gospel, John the Baptist is described as the man “sent by God to bear witness to the light,” i.e., the light of Jesus Christ. Indeed, John the Evangelist attributes three quotes to John the Baptist that can be seen as his mission statement. These quotes speak so deeply to me at this time in my life. One grows accustomed to disappointment and unfulfilled expectations as the years unfold. It is so easy to succumb to bitterness and depression, to withdraw into a tiny shell, away from hurt and betrayal. John the Baptist shows me another way: Live for Christ!

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