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The seed of music was planted early in Dan's life through the inspiration of his grandparents, both of whom were accomplished musicians. He loved to listen to them play the piano and he'd sit for hours at the keyboard making up melodies.
It was during his early college years in the Jesuit seminary that Dan began to experience the connection between music and communal worship. He learned firsthand how music can move a soul and bring one into the presence of God. Beauty can touch the human heart in a powerful way and open a person's heart to experience the divine.
Along with a fellow seminarian, he began to write music for the worship of his Jesuit community. Historically it was a time when the liturgy of the Church was being renewed and adapted to the experience of people today as they seek for God. Many were asking for more contemporary musical expressions of their faith.
Dan began attending St. Louis University in the next stage of his Jesuit
training. It was there that he first met and worked with John Foley, Bob
Dufford, Roc O'Connor and Tim Manion. They played and sang for
university liturgies and were drawn to write music that connected with
people's lives of faith. They turned to the Scripture for much of the
inspiration. It was here that they came to know and treasure the images
of God's relationship with human beings.
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