Songs That Children Will Love & Enjoy Forever
Chris' style of music has been influenced by a variety of different sources over the years. First and formost, members of her family had a tremendous influence on the style, composition and lyrics of her songs. While growing up in Northwestern Nebraska, Chris was first encouraged to write when she was acknowleded by her school principal in 6th grade at Crawford Elementary School and Jr High for her poetry. Her family would listen to and appreicate traditional Mexican music on the record player, go to the Spanish Speaking movies or Mexican dances which influenced the bi-lingual/bi-cultural component of her writings. Her community also provided a strong hertitage of music and dance for fiestas and special celebrations. She was strongly encouraged by her mother to learn music. She began by playing the piano at seven years of age. She also learned to play other instruments as the times needed. She learned to play the guitar being motivated by two priests, Fr. Max Valdez and Fr. Miguel Guevarra who worked with Migrant Ministry. Before she learned the guitar, they used to sing all of their music in acapella. Through this experience and many others, Chris had aquired knowlege of liturgical music and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the flight and experiences of migrant workers. She also composed poetry and later on lyrics reflecting this part of American history using traditional Mexcican rythum and styles. Another motivation to write bi-lingual music for children was to provide easy learning of language and combination of music theory and style for Headstart around the Nebraska Panhandle, most recently shared her music for a Headstart in Denver. She also provided many influences of music and theory for her students at a Catholic School in Lincoln Nebraska in the 70's and 80's. She wrote childrens music and poetry for her own children to teach them about values, eating habits, traditions, nature, conduct, etc. A number of the songs in the CD, SONGS THAT CHILDREN WILL LOVE AND ENJOY FORVER are a creation of this era of time. Today, Chris is in very much in demand. She conducts workshops, conferences, fiestas and liturgical celebrations. If you want more information about her or inquire about providing a performance or workshop, you can contract her by e-mailing CRISPRODUCTIONS@netscapse.net or wrote to CRIS PRODUCTIONS, P.O. Box 731, Loveland, CO 80538-0731.