From Mountains High by Ken Canedo

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From Mountains High
By Ken Canedo

The story continues! A history of liturgical music after the Second Vatican Council.

From Mountains High examines the expansion of liturgical music through the 1970s and early 1980s. It follows the artists that shaped our view of hymns and worship songs, chronicles the rise of NALR, as well as OCP, GIA, WLP and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, and examines the interaction between mainstream culture and the cultures within Christianity.

This volume of Catholic liturgical music's history begins after the challenging rollercoaster ride that was the 1960s. Ken had outlined the changes that would be made, both stylistically and culturally, in his first book, Keep the Fire Burning. In that turbulent decade, young people would begin to gather in massive quantities, modifying and reinventing worship music. The counterculture would spread to every corner of society. And after all the 'radical' movements, after all the earth-shaking changes that stemmed from the Second Vatican Council, the liturgy would come out revitalized on the other side. Yet, one question remained on the minds and in the hearts of those who enacted such change: Where do we go from here?

To understand the music that we sing in church today, we must first understand the stories of its composers. In this book, the lives of today's most popular and renowned liturgical musicians are examined. The St. Louis Jesuits break new ground by presenting Scriptural texts in a compelling contemporary folk sound. Composers Bob Hurd, Michael Joncas, Marty Haugen, and David Haas reform the landscape of liturgical music. Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn shape a younger generation of Catholics. Monks of Weston Priory utilize meditative sound and simple guitar accompaniment to blend traditional and contemporary styles. And Hispanic music ministry, led by such pioneers as Cesáreo Gabaráin, Mary Frances Reza and Pedro Rubalcava, revitalize the sound and spirit of liturgical music as the Spanish Mass proliferates across America.

Ken Canedo's writing style is academic, yet casual. His goal, above all else, is clarity, as he seeks to tell a story that will be accessible to audiences young and old, religious and secular. He succeeds in filling in a gap of history — part of our past that seems to be forgotten, even if it coincided with some of the most controversial and eventful decades in recent history. Ken tells us, essentially, that during these times of turmoil, societal upheaval and rising counterculture, liturgical music faced its own identity crisis — one that now serves as the foundation for our worship songs today.

Reviews of From Mountains High
from the renowned liturgical composer, David Haas!
from author and journalist, Susan Bailey!

Ken Canedo:
There’s a high demand for a skill set like Ken’s. When he isn’t writing new contemporary Catholic music, he’s recording podcasts, writing books on the history of liturgical music, leading worship at his parish and traveling the country giving workshops.

Ken Canedo is an eminently qualified liturgical composer, author-historian and workshop presenter. He started early, singing chant in the children’s choir at his Los Angeles parish when the Mass was still in Latin. He played guitar with his high school Folk Mass group in the late 1960s and piano on Bob Hurd’s 1973 debut album, O Let Him In. He has a master of divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California.

Ken’s first solo album, Take Some Time, was released in 1978. He has since released seven albums, including his latest, Fish With Me, a collaboration with Jesse Manibusan. His songs “Fly Like a Bird” and “Holy Spirit,” his many titles in the Spirit & Song hymnal, as well as his Mass of Glory, which he co-wrote with Bob Hurd, are popular with worshippers around the world. Ken has also collaborated with Jesse Manibusan on Love Never Fails. He is the author of Keep the Fire Burning: The Folk Mass Revolution, a history of contemporary Catholic music in the 1960s and the sequel, From Mountains High, which covers the 1970s and early 1980s.

Ken offers workshops that support the liturgical formation of musicians, choirs, cantors, readers, 


other ministers, as well as catechists, youth ministers and youth groups. His “Folk Mass Nights” have become popular events where Boomer Catholics and their families sing through the liturgical music of the 1960s while Ken tells stories of those times.

Currently, Ken is a music development specialist for OCP. He is the voice of the popular Liturgy Podcast, a weekly planning resource on He is also a pastoral musician at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, Oregon.

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Publisher: Pastoral Press
Release Date: May 1, 2018
ISBN-10: 1569290938
ISBN-13: 978-1569290934