Brady rymer is a triple Grammy nominated singer, musician and songwriter who just released a brand new Xmas-themed album titled “Revive the reindeerr “which is on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. The album contains new original songs with catchy beats and they will be performed in the next few concerts in New York and New Jersey in December.
On his way home from a concert recently, Brady Rymer gave an exclusive interview where he discussed this album and the holiday traditions respected in his family.
Music, songs and a holiday album
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you discover your passion for music?
Brady Rymer (BR): When I was in college, I loved listening to rock and roll records. I found them very inspiring. One day my friend said to me: “You can’t play Kiss on a trumpet, so let’s start a rock band. “My brother, my friend and I got together and started playing in the garage – with the support of our parents – and we just started making a racket. It started the passion. It was a simple thing, get together with friends and do music. I liked it. It always comes back to that for me – going on stage and making music with my friends with a receptive audience, whether it’s with my rock band From Good Homes or The Little Band that Could.
MM: What prompted you to make a holiday scrapbook?
BR: I have always loved this time of year. I always write songs for children. At this time of year, I was just writing a song or two. So in a few years, I built a small collection of songs. This year seemed like a good time to pull it all together into one album, “Revvin ‘up the Reindeer”.
MM: Are all songs original and if so who wrote them?
BR: Yes, “Revvin ‘Up the Reindeer” is made up of all new and original songs. Of course, I also love all of the holiday classics. I admire the writing, arrangement and recording of these songs. I wanted to make my own take on this and not just copy what has already been written – to add to the cool holiday collection Songs you hear year after year.
I was happy to see radio shows across the country playing these new songs, including the vacation channels from SiriusXM Satellite Radio. And my fans tell me which songs they like best.
MM: Do you have a favorite song on this new holiday album?
BR: Well, yes, I really like “Holiday Jam”. I had a lot of fun writing it, and it was pretty funny for me. It’s an energetic ska-beat song about the fun-filled holiday craziness. With lyrics on ugly sweaters, reindeer antlers on the car, volunteering at the soup kitchen, Christmas carols, cooking up a Kwanzaa feast, and stress relief measures like… “mom is deploying her yoga can / breathe a holiday ohm ”. These are all the ways we celebrate (and endure) the holidays.
“We’re doing the best we can / Somehow we’re doing it / Rocking our holiday jam!”
MM: How long did it take to complete this last album altogether?
BR: Every holiday season over the past few years a song or two would come to me and I would thank Santa! I would be inspired by taking out the Christmas lights to untangle them, or trimming the tree, or just enjoying the holidays with my family. The writing lasted a few years. When I decided I had a nice collection, the registration process took about seven months. The Little Band that Could (Claudia Musser, Liz Queler, Jeremy Chatzky, Seth Farber, Larry Eagle and Dan Myers) and I started rehearsing in the winter, then we recorded in the spring and summer of 2017.
The album was released in October. I was traveling with sleigh bells in my car last June and July. My car jingled on the freeway, and I didn’t quite know what month it was for a while. The album came out, and it’s all about snow, vacations, cold weather, decorations and everything, and it was hot outside! The album never really mattered to me until recently. It’s starting to make sense to me now that the season is upon us!
Fans, performances, Christmas and the future
MM: What sort of reactions have you had from your Fans?
BR: A mom told me yesterday that she really enjoyed the lyrics about making time for yoga while on vacation – the hashtag #HolidayOhm.
Critics are saying great things about the album. We have also already won a few awards – NAPPA (National Parenting Publications) and Family Choice. We started performing these songs in front of a live audience, and we’re getting very good responses, especially on the two Hanukkah songs (“Hanukkah Rocks” and “Rainbow Candles”). I am open to whatever people want to celebrate. In these songs, I hope to convey just the general philosophy of the season of giving and the propagation of peace and love.
MM: Growing up, what were some of your holiday traditions?
BR: I grew up in northern New Jersey and have always enjoyed receiving our Xmas tree and prune it with my brother, mom, dad and dog! It’s a tradition that I love with our family now – it even inspired a few tunes.
When I was a kid, everything was based on the coming of Santa Claus – baking cookies, making hot chocolate, making lists, etc. There was even a phone number you could dial to find out where Santa Claus was on Christmas Eve – the “Santa Hotline!” “It was all about Santa Claus and the food. Pretty simple. At one point I was tasked with wrapping the presents. I became the designated wrapper. I guess I was good at it – well , better than my dad! It was a great time to turn on the radio and listen to all the holiday songs. I was really looking forward to it. Loved the classics and also heard the new tunes every year.
MM: Be honest, is Christmas your favorite holiday?
BR: I must say yes, that’s it!
Despite all the business and the concern to do everything. When the family is together and it’s Christmas Eve and you know it’s all crossed off your list, it’s a really sweet time. Especially when you have kids, it’s always good to have a vacation where you incorporate some magic. It is a beautiful thing. Over the years, my wife Bridget and I have been doing things on Christmas Eve to keep the kids surprised on Christmas morning. Children have always wanted to spend Christmas outside on our closed terrace. Last year the weather was pretty good, so my brother-in-law and I moved everything – the tree, stockings, gifts, etc. – in this interior-exterior space. When the kids came down, everything was gone from the living room – it was fun to see their reactions.
This is the time of year for you to be goofy and turn into a kid. It lets you believe in a little magic. It is also a time of hope. You go around your city saying hello to everyone, reconnecting with people, I always love seeing old friends and group mates – people from different parts of my life. It’s always very pleasant – a kind of renewal and reconnection. I think the song “It’s Christmastime” gives me the idea of the meaning of this season.
MM: Do you have any other albums in the works at the moment?
BR: Nothing is officially in the works, and we’re really busy efficient during the holiday season I would like to think about doing another album like “Love Me for Who I Am” (for autistic kids), so it’s on the wish list.
In a few years, I might make another holiday album, because I already have more holiday song ideas. I could also release a “Best Of” album next year. Also, every Friday until Christmas we post a new sing-along music video to my YouTube channel. So, please check it out! We also have a bunch of vacation shows coming up this season. We put ourselves in the spirit and really love performing these new songs live. See our website and Facebook page for links and details on future events.