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Week of April 17, 2006
Catholic sings his fiery faith
Musician crafted his songs in front of the Blessed Sacrament
By RAMON GONZALEZ
"I felt called to be part of the new evangelization and I tried to engage the culture of death."
- Scott Kelly
It began to take shape when he served as resident caretaker at St. Anthony's Church in Drumheller for five years in the early 1990s. "I remember praying to the Lord to always keep me close to him in the Blessed Sacrament and I ended up with the keys to the church," he recalled.
Over the years he served as caretaker for various other churches in Calgary.
"So I used to sit in there with the guitar and sing to the Lord. A lot of songs would come to me and I started to write them down.
"Eventually I began to carry a small personal tape recorder to capture these ideas because I found they slipped away," he recounted.
"I ended up with a huge library of tapes of fragments of songs. I even started to dream songs. I would wake up in the night and stumble to the tape recorder and hum the melodies into the tape recorder."
He also got inspiration from homilies while attending Mass.
"Then I realized that the Lord was giving me a lot of inspiration in this area. I love music and I love songwriting. As I was leaving the original band I was in, even the last year or so that I was in it, the songs were becoming more and more Christian and spiritual."
Kelly also drew inspiration from Pope John Paul II's letter to artists, which he said encouraged him to take a leap of faith and do something.
"When Pope Benedict XVI came out and said we need to present Christ in a new way to the modern world, I thought I should take this music that I love so much and give it to the Lord and pack it with Catholic theology and meaning to help evangelize the people.
"I felt called to be part of the new evangelization and I tried to engage the culture of death.
"That's why I wrote Let Them Breathe which makes a strong statement in that area."
For more information on Kelly's CD and art, visit www.scottkellyartist.com.
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