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It's Time (2013)

1) Place of Mine
2) Wherever You Go
3) It's Time
4) Eternity
5) This Could Be
6) Eileen's Song
7) Doolin
8) My Love
9) If We Walk
10) Prayer of St. Francis
11) Lorraine's Song

Released in January, 2013
Recorded at St. Hedwig's Church in Milwaukee, Wis., Falcon Sound in Minneapolis, Minn., Moonroom Studio in Linderhurst, Ill. and St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee, Ill., as well as 'home studios' in Milwaukee, Wis., Chicago, Ill., Grayslake, Ill., Munich, Germany and Katowice, Poland.
Lead Recording Engineer: Larry Pajakowski
Assistant Producer: Mike Przygoda



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Christmas Singles (2010)

1) Jesus, the Lord
2) O Come, All Ye Faithful
3) O Holy Night

These singles are available in digital format only.

Released in December, 2010
Recorded at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee, Ill., and St. Hedwig's Church in Milwaukee, Wis.
Recording Engineers: Larry Pajakowski, Stephen Jansen



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Concert for Life: Live (2008)

DISC 1

1) Alive In You #1
2) If We Walk
3) Spoken Introduction to Father, Please
4) Father, Please
5) Dad's Song
6) This Could Be
7) Live, Jesus, Live
8) Spoken Introduction to Kate's Song
9) Kate's Song
10) God's Chosen One
11) Those Who Dwell
12) Be With Me
13) Baseball Song

DISC 2

1) Come Run With Me
2) Pure Inspirations
3) Spoken Introduction to See Them
4) See Them
5) One Step Forward
6) Innocence
7) One Day
8) Falling
9) You Are The Voice
10) Thank You
11) May The Lord
12) Spoken Introduction to Alive In You
13) Alive In You #2

Released in April, 2008
All songs performed at St. Paul the Apostle Church and Bethel Lutheran Church in Gurnee, Ill.
Recording Engineer: Larry Pajakowski

The CFL Tradition:

The Concert For Life began in 2001 when the FBLA program at Warren Township High School (where I graduated from in 1999), asked me to help put on a concert for Kate Pedersen, a student at the time who was battling cancer. I had been writing music for a few years that dealt with my experiences in losing my father to brain cancer in 1997 and it seemed like a perfect fit for both the school and myself.

What it has since grown into is something that I find hard to describe. I often think of where I would be without the CFL. The show has become a part of who I am as a person and it was a part of my life during some of my more formative years. I can't imagine my life without the memories of the CFL. And as much as the show has inspired me as a person and a musician, I know it has inspired thousands of others who have been to one of the concerts, whether as a volunteer or an audience member.

This CD is dedicated to all of the students, teachers, volunteers, parishioners, musicians, benefactors and audience members that have helped grow the Concert For Life from an idea with immense potential into a fundraising model that generates just as much hope as it does money. It's dedicated to anyone who ever sold a ticket, baked a brownie, edited a program, donated a raffle, tied a ribbon, copied a flyer, moved a piano, played a song, or applauded a performance.

The CFL has never been just about the music or the money. The show's focus is fellowship and its best measure of success is hope. Since the first show in February of 2001, this concert has served as a reason for people to gather in support of those who fight a fight that should never be fought alone. The CFL has shown the impact that a group of dedicated individuals can have on the world, no matter what our age.

The fact that this album exists at all - that I had seven years of music to choose from - is a testament to the power of inspiration, the capability of dedication, and the promise of a vision.

More than any one person or group, this CD is dedicated to the group that conceived and continues to sustain the CFL - the Warren FBLA program and its director, Sue Walker. But as you listen to the these songs, please remember in a special way the memory of the two people whose journeys inspired the show's music and its mission: Kate Pedersen, who lost her fight in 2002, and Tom Wessel, my dad, who I think about every single day.

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Carry On (2006)

1) All the People Say
2) Falling In Love
3) See Them
4) Happy Are We
5) Glory
6) Falling
7) Hail, Mary
8) Kate's Song
9) Those Who Dwell
10) Excelsior
11) Carry On
12) Thanks for Saying Hi
13) When Tomorrow Comes

Released in February, 2006
Recorded at Moonroom Studio in Lindenhurst, Ill., and St. Hedwig's Church in Milwaukee, Wis.
Recording Engineer: Stephen Jansen



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Be With Me (2003)

1) Song of Gathering
2) Take, Lord
3) Kate's Song
4) Be With Me
5) Innocence
6) Live, Jesus, Live
7) We Are Bread, We Are Body
8) Wedding Day
9) The Will of God
10) May the Lord
11) Beautiful Day
12) The Baseball Song

Released in March, 2003
Recorded at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee, Ill.
Recording Engineer: Larry Pajakowski



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One Step Forward (2001)

1) The Rising
2) Father, Please
3) One Step Forward
4) Resolution
5) God's Chosen One
6) One Day
7) Everlasting Love
8) Wedding Day
9) In This Moment
10) Thank You
11) Alive In You

Released in December, 2001
Recorded at Gurnee Community Church in Gurnee, Ill.
Recording Engineer: Byron Miller



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Daily Bread (2001)

1) We Are Called
2) Kyrie
3) Gloria
4) Those Who Dwell
5) Help Us
6) Taste and See
7) Daily Bread
8) Your Hands
9) You Are the Voice
10) Jesus, the Lord

Released in September, 2001
Recorded at Gurnee Community Church in Gurnee, Ill.
Recording Engineer: Byron Miller



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Come Run With Me (1999)

1) Mystic Waters
2) Battle Never Won
3) Come Run With Me
4) Matt's Prelude (Mvt. II)
5) Saga
6) Love Will Find A Way
7) Mary's Song
8) We Are the Presence of God
9) That's When I'll Be
10) Saga (piano only)
11) Let Us Recall
12) Lover's Serenade
13) Lord's Prayer
14) Behold the Lamb of God
15) Farewell

Released in November, 1999
Recorded at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee, Ill.
Recording Engineer: Larry Pajakowski



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Pure Inspirations (1998)

1) Everlasting Love (Mom's Song)
2) A Carefree Journey
3) Thirteenth Emerald
4) Everlasting Love (instrumental)
5) Pure Inspirations
6) Soft Whispers
7) Matt's Prelude (Mvt. I)
8) Just Fooling Around
9) Dad's Song

Released in October, 1998
Recorded at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Gurnee, Ill.
Recording Engineer: Larry Pajakowski