"The 'Guitar Mass,' 'Contemporary Mass,' 'Folk Mass' — whatever one wants to call it — is not exclusively the child of Vatican II. Such an assumption is a disservice to history. The Folk Mass story begins neither with folk music, nor guitars, nor even with the Council. The Folk Mass had its origins in the Church's official music: Gregorian chant. . ."
— from Keep the Fire Burning: The Folk Mass Revolution by Ken Canedo
KEN CANEDO is a liturgical composer whose songs are sung in Catholic churches around the world. Long involved with spiritandsong.com, a contemporary Catholic music website, he is the voice behind the popular weekly Liturgy Podcast and also a Spirit Spot blogger. His most recent CD is Doxology, a collection of contemporary and traditional music to honor the Most Holy Trinity. He currently serves as a youth minister and pastoral musician for parishes in Portland, Oregon.
Ken writes frequently for Today’s Liturgy magazine. His first book, Keep the Fire Burning, was just released by Pastoral Press.
"Omer Westendorf heard about the excitement at Saint Joseph Parish and insisted on recording and publishing Father Rivers' music. An American Mass Program was released as an LP record in 1963. Radical yet unpretentious, this recording featured only the composer and a parish assembly singing his songs a capella."