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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.


First Contact

(Here is a 2011 blog that continues to stimulate discussion. Are we alone in the universe?)

The question posed to Trekkers today: What would you say to an extraterrestrial if you encountered one? 

First, I don’t believe an alien encounter will happen in my lifetime –- if at all. The distances in the universe are too astronomically vast to allow for convenient interstellar travel. The laws of probability preclude any possibility that life as we know it even exists elsewhere in the universe. We humans exist because of a happy accident of our planet being in the right place at the right time – third rock from the sun, far enough away to cool down for life, but close enough to keep us warm. Of course, theologians say that is not an “accident,” but I’ll get to that in a minute. 

The operative term is “life as we know it.” Okay, we carbon-based lifeforms have it made here on Earth, but what rule says that all lifeforms in this infinite universe have to be carbon-based? If we grant that a non-carbon-based lifeform came to Earth, chances are it would not be humanoid, despite what Star Trek and Star Wars say. It would most likely not have four limbs, or a head with a face that has two eyes, two ears, a nose, and a mouth. Therefore, communication with this hypothetical lifeform would be an impossibility. So, forget about having any kind of conversation... 

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