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Nov13

Mercy Concert

St. Michael the Archangel, 14251 Nall Ave, Leawood, KS

Sep18

Mercy Concert/Programa de Misericordia

Sacred Heart Church--TIME CHANGE, 2646 S. 34th Street, Kansas City, KS

Sponsored by the Prayer Group at Our Lady of Unity, this program will feature a lot of my material in Spanish. Patrocinado por el grupo de oración, este programa tendrá mucho en español.

Jul31

Dooley Center Chapel

Dooley Center Chapel, Atchison, KS

This is a concert primarily for the residents of the Dooley Center. Thanks to Sr. Ann Diettrich for getting this arranged.

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Songwriting, Part I 

For today’s blog, I thought that I would talk a little bit about the process of getting a song written and produced.

For me, the process of writing a song starts off with a spark of an idea. Usually it is a short phrase that, for some reason, gets some melody attached to it in my head. When this spark happens in my brain, I need to record it right away (to get it out of my brain so as to have some sort of recoded evidence). Since I usually have my iPhone somewhere close to me, I record a quick sketch on…

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May 2015 report 

I thought that I’d write a quick post here. It’s been so long!

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Frankly, I only have so much time to devote to my “music hobby”, and I’ve been using that time for other things. I’ve been doing a lot of concerts (well, a lot for me), and they have been with various themes and set lists. I’ve also been writing new material, and I am excited to announce that I plan to record again in June. I’ve got my flight booked for June 28th, and I will record 3 of my songs on June 29th and 30th. It will be a brief…

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2014--The Year of the Live Show! 

It’s been over 9 months since last I last posted a blog post over here. Where has the time gone?

Well, a lot of the time has gone to preparing and playing live show gigs. In 2014, I performed my “Jesus” concert 8 times. The first two (and the fourth) I performed solo and the rest I had other musicians with me. I generally prefer having other musicians, since it provides a fuller sound and more variety. However, it does take additional work. Fortunately, all the people I play with are a joy!

Here’s the…

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1st Full Jesus Concert in the books! 

Last night I had my first full Jesus concert had Christ the King in Topeka, KS. The first one, I think, is the most challenging, because there is a lot of up front work that needs to be done to get the show together.  And I tend to get nervous when I try to do things that I haven't really done before.  

I think that it went quite well. It seemed to be well received, and my fingers did most of the things that they were supposed to do--a couple missed notes here and there, but all and all I was pleased.

Of…

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Show coming together 

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, this year I am focusing on my live shows. 

My normal concert format is to do solo concerts in the church itself.  While I am playing and singing, I am also running a Keynote presentation (Apple's version of Powerpoint) behind me. So when I am playing the keyboard, the right foot runs the sustain pedal and the left foot runs the wireless mouse for the Keynote.  When I play guitar, I only have to worry about one foot.  It does take some coordination and some…

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New Year, new objectives 

Happy 2014 everyone!

I hope that everyone had a blessed Christmas season and your year is off to a good start.

2013 was an incredibly productive (and busy!) year for the music arm of my ministry.  I recorded and released two albums and well as ran two separate Kickstarter campaigns for the both of them. That was my focus for the year of 2013--getting those albums finished. I wish that I could have updated you more here on this website, but I'm just a "one man show" over here, and I only have so much time.

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September--huge music month 

Hello again folks!

Sorry that it has been awhile since I have updated you here at frkent.com.

I wanted to share with you what I will be doing this month of September.

1.  At last the Jesus album will be released. The album should ship to me on about September 10th and then I will be first of all working to fulfill the rewards of my Kickstarter backers.  Shortly thereafter, it will be showing up on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, etc. I was hoping that the album would release in August, but delays happen.

2. I…

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Jesus album update 

It's been a long time since I have written a new blog post on this website.

The reason is, basically, that I have only so much time to work on my music projects (I am a pastor of a pretty active parish afterall!), and I've been using that time to work on the Kickstarter campaign and reviewing drafts of music that the producer, David C. Smith has been sending me.

I have been posting to my Kickstarter project page about the updates to the album.  If you would like to see what I have been up to for the last…

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Report--Day Six 

Well, you might notice from the blog title that it does not say "Recording" there.  That's because we didn't record a single note today.  After listening fairly thoroughly to all the tracks, there wasn't really anything that I needed to fix from the "Jesus" album, and the two tracks that we have for the "Advent" album can wait until our June recording session for finer tweaking.  Even so, those sounded good too. None of the other Advent tracks have been started yet, and again that can wait.

So instead, we…

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Recording Report--Day Five 

Saved from heresy!

I almost made a huge error in my Jesus CD.  One of my songs, "It's All Good" is basic Christology put to music, and I had some of my Christology confused.  Basically "It's All Good" wasn't.  I was chatting with Fr. Shawn Tunink (henceforth referred to as my Theological Advisor), when he made somewhat of a side comment about the "Christological adverbs", and I realized that I wrote one of my lines very wrong!  Yikes!  Nothing like the potential of having your CD banned by ecclesiastical…

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