Pura Vida

by Sydney Perkins and Katherine Hicks


Words and Music by Cristi Cary Miller

Time Signature is 4/4 or common time

It is 3 part mixed with piano

Pura Vida means pure life

¡Pura Vida!

Pura vida, a Costa Rican phrase means pure life. The phrase can be used both as a greeting or a farewell, as an answer expressing that things are going well, or as a way of giving thanks

Cristi Cary Miller

-Cristi Miller is highly regarded across the United States as a master teacher, conductor and composer

-In 2008, Cristi became a National Board Certified Teacher and in 2010

-Cristi has served as the Elementary Representative on the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association Board of Directors as well as the Elementary Vice President and President for the Oklahoma Music Educators Association.

-She has numerous choral pieces and books in publication through the Hal Leonard Corporation and has also been the recipient of several ASCAP awards for her music.

Contrasting Pura Vida and Let Me Ride

- Pura Vida is a Costa Rican song whereas Let Me Ride is a traditional spiritual.

-Pura Vida is a half Spanish half English song.

-Let Me Ride is an all English song

-Let Me Ride is in 2/2 time but Pura Vida is in 4/4 time