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Alleluia Conference/Kurt Kaiser


    I had the privilege of being a clinician at the Alleluia/Jubilate music conference last week at my alma mater – Baylor University.  “Thanks” to my hosts from Baylor and Joe Martin and the folks from Pine Lake Music.  I think the highlight of my time there was when Kurt Kaiser appeared at one of my teaching sessions.  I was supposed to be teaching the basics of arranging – but when one of the Founding Fathers of contemporary Christian music shows up – you change course.  I invited Kurt to stay and we all just chatted about music.  I hope the folks in the class got as much from that time as did I.
    I’ve known Kurt since college.  (I used to do music copywork for his recording sessions.)  He is such a gentleman – a great guy.  Terrific musician – still to this day making great recordings.  And he knows EVERYBODY.  For years he worked with Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson’s recording engineer).  He knew the late, great Oscar Peterson.  He was a pallbearer at Ethel Waters funeral.  He built Word Music.  He is truly a treasure.  

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