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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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JUST RELEASED! 

FROM MOUNTAINS HIGH  

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.

Ken's Blog: MUSINGS, AMUSING AND OTHERWISE 

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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events

Previous events

Date Event Location
Liturgy Workshop St. Clare Catholic Church, Portland, OR 97219 St. Clare Catholic Church, Portland, OR 97219
Prayer Jam: Jesse & Ken, Rudy & Stella St. John the Baptist Church, Milwaukie, OR 97222 St. John the Baptist Church, Milwaukie, OR 97222
Ken Canedo Book Concert Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church , Lake Oswego, OR 97034 Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church , Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Ken Canedo Book Concert Incarnation Catholic Church, Glendale, CA 91202 Incarnation Catholic Church, Glendale, CA 91202
Book Lecture: From Mountains High Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA 94709 Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA 94709
Jesse Manibusan and Ken Canedo Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fremont, CA 94536 Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fremont, CA 94536
Ken Canedo Book Concert Church of the Resurrection , Sunnyvale, CA 94087 Church of the Resurrection , Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Book Signing: From Mountains High St. Monica Catholic Church , Moraga, CA 94556 St. Monica Catholic Church , Moraga, CA 94556
From Mountains High: Book Signing Concert All Saints Catholic Church, Puyallup, WA 98371 All Saints Catholic Church, Puyallup, WA 98371
Book Lecture: From Mountains High Portland, OR church TBA Portland, OR church TBA
Book Signing Concert with The B-Side Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Beaverton, OR 97005 Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Beaverton, OR 97005
 —  — NPM Industry Lab: From Mountains High Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD 21201 Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD 21201
 —  — Book Signing with Ken Canedo The Grotto , Portland, OR 97220 The Grotto , Portland, OR 97220