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Press Play by Brady Rymer

Press Play by Brady Rymer

Fall 2016 Music
Ages: 5 & Up
CD Price: $15.00

Each new album from Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could issues a challenge: just try not to move to the effervescent groove dancing out of the speakers. Rymer's dynamic rock 'n roll and country pop stylings are the real deal, and so are the well-crafted lyrics that offer messages of validation and empowerment without sacrificing feel-good fun. A sampling: "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It." (How can you not love a song that so happily delivers such a healthy message and works the word "curmudgeon" into the lyrics besides.) "Switcheroo" encourages "lookin' at the world through another's eyes." In "Me On the Map," Rymer pays tribute to down home childhood nostalgia, and sees the past as worth honoring in "It's a Beauty," about an old fire engine reveling in its second life. Through all the tracks, you can feel the heart and smile that propel them.

Lynne Heffley   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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