the long period of their courtship, Steve had written Amy a large number of poems
and open prose. Shortly after they got engaged, he began thinking about how he
could use that talent uniquely during the wedding. He also wanted it to be a surprise
had always wanted to write a song for Amy, but had never written lyrics before,
and on top of that, did not have the vocal abilities to perform it in a public
then turned to his fellow floormate from Taylor
University, Ken Klabunde. During their college years, Steve and Ken served
together on the campus Worship Team, where Ken's leadership and talent were extremely
asked Ken if he would be interested in composing music and performing a poem that
he had written Amy. Ken enthusiastically signed on, and the two began a process
involving many e-mails, revisions, and lessons on how to make music work.
end result was a song entitled "Just Little Things" which Ken performed
live at our wedding. The title of the song ties into the very first poem Steve
wrote Amy called "Little Things". Similar themes and structure were
part of the song, creating sort of a "bookend" on Steve and Amy's relationship.
arrived the day of the wedding without having attending the rehersal the previous
night. No one knew the song was coming (except Rob
Olson, our Officiant; Cari
Klein, one of Amy's Maids of Honor, who Steve needed to distract Amy while
Ken was doing a sound check right before the wedding; and Karen
Tanner, Steve's sister, who was in on the caper from the start).
after Steve spoke his vows to Amy, he turned to the audience and said:
is the part of the program Amy didn't know about. [turns to audience] You thought
the 02/02 thing was clever enough. I've written Amy a lot of poetry and prose
over the years and I wrote her something for today, and my good friend Ken Klabunde
has composed music for it and he's going to sing it from the piano."
course, Amy's eyes filled with tears as the song was performed by Ken. It was
an exciting moment for Steve as well, because he frankly didn't know if he was
going to be able to pull off such a stunt. However, in the end it was a very joyous
moment for the couple, and it gave those in the audience something to remember