Christa’s Song : The Story
One of my more popular songs is “Christa’s Song”. I’ve realized not everyone knows the back story to this song.
In 1995, I met a second grade girl named Christa. She was a new student and it was my pleasure to teach her for many years. Similar to other students, I enjoyed teaching her piano and she became a fine musician. Luckily she had younger siblings and, like her, I taught them until they had similarly mastered the piano and this way I was able to continue to see and visit her. In 2010, she asked me to play her wedding and I accepted the honor.
During our meetings, we discussed which songs she would like played at the ceremony. Toward the ending of our meeting, the subject of the Bridal Procession came up. Being one of the more prominent songs of the wedding, not including the reception and first dance this was a major decision.
Christa mentioned she didn’t want to have the traditional song of “Here Comes the Bride” and asked my opinion. I was unable to restrain myself and asked if I could compose her Bridal Procession. This shocked her a bit at first because it was a surprise, who would expect their former piano teacher to offer to write them a song let alone their Bridal Procession? Christa graciously accepted and was very happy with the end result.
Each song has some sort of back story of how the inspiration or idea came to be, but this one was a life event that was very special to me, as the composer and piano teacher. It was a true honor to be included in this experience.
Link to song: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jillkremer7
Stay tune for part two of this trilogy and read about how far a song can really go.