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Episode 10A: Tom Renaud
Tom RenaudTom writes: I was a monk for 25 years, living in Colorado, Nova Scotia, and Ireland. I lived in beautiful wilderness areas, developing a great love for nature’s beauty. I had the opportunity to work with my hands, learning construction, carpentry and woodcarving. And all the while I worked on the guitar and wrote songs.
The monasteries I lived in were retreat centers as well; people came from all walks of life to spend time with God. I spoke with them, heard their stories, and counseled many of them. I traveled to churches and conference centers, giving talks on the importance of living a life centered in the Spirit. Everywhere I went, my music became a way of communicating with and uplifting others.
In 1998 my religious community met a Nova Scotian folk duo, Evans and Doherty. Together we made a recording (mostly my originals) that received national airplay in Canada.
In 2003 I performed my songs at the Brendan Kennelly Poetry Festival in Ireland.
In 2005 I left the monastery. I was married in 2008, and have the privilege of living with a wonderful wife and stepson! I teach special education in California — but music continues to be my favorite work. I just finished “Walk Till Morning,” a CD of 14 original songs written over the last 20 years.
Stephen K. Peeples    “House Blend” host, writer and co-producer Stephen K. Peeples is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival,” 1992), award-winning radio writer-producer (“The Lost Lennon Tapes,” 1988-1990) and veteran record company executive (Capitol, Elektra/Asylum, Rhino). A Canyon Country resident since early 1988, Peeples wrote about the SCV music scene for The Signal newspaper in 2004-2006 and was Managing Editor of the My Santa Clarita community website in 2006-2007. He was The Signal’s Online Editor and social media manager from October 2007 to May 2011. In 2009 he was honored when was named “Best Website” by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. A jazz and rock drummer since he was 12, Peeples was a member of the underground West L.A. garage band Peaking Duck from 1977-2008. In 2010, he co-founded the SCV-based jazz quartet RainTree.
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