Brady Rymer

Love Me for Who I Am

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Children's entertainer Brady Rymer takes up the cause of his constituents on Love Me for Who I Am, starting with the lead-off title song. Rymer speaks for an audience who probably ranges in age from just past toddlerhood to the discovery of Radio Disney, kids who may be picky eaters, who don't like change, who wonder why you have to wear shoes (or clothes, for that matter). Some of the time, at least, they "Tune Out" because things are unpleasant or just uninteresting. Rymer identifies with them in various styles of pop music, much of it dating back to the 1960s, such as the garage rock sound of "Who Wants to Wear Shoes?," which is particularly suited to the singer's nasal, whiny tenor. He sets "Picky Eater" to a reggae beat, while "I Don't Like Change" has a traditional, uptempo gospel arrangement. The most crowd-pleasing of these songs no doubt will turn out to be "Keep Your Wiggle Alive," which alternates between slow and fast sections. It's yet another instance of Rymer taking the side of his youthful listeners, who need to maintain their sense of wonder, and who have difficulty sitting still.

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