Thursday, January 12, 2006
Steamboat Springs Brady Rymer looked out on his audience of pint-sized rock fans and heard a 4-year-old yell "Last Night in Utero." It wasn't much different from the screamed requests he used to get in nightclubs when he played with the band From Good Homes.
In response to the child, Rymer started to play the song "Last Night in Utero," a tune he wrote when his first son, Gus, was still in the womb.
"It was one of the first children's songs I wrote," Rymer said. "On the eve of my son being born, my wife had been on bed rest, and we were waiting around, but the baby just wouldn't come.
"We started singing this song to him, 'It's your last night in utero / gather all your things / lets go, go, go."
It's not your traditional children's song, but it's a hit.
As Rymer started playing the song for his 4-year-old fan, the kids sang every word.
"Even though they don't know what a spleen is, they still sing along," Rymer said.
Steamboat Ski Resort Great Family Fun FestivalMilkshakeWhen: 4 p.m. SaturdayBrady Rymer and the Little Band That CouldWhen: 4 p.m. SundayWhere: Steamboat Music Tent in the lower lot of Steamboat Ski AreaCost: $12 for adults and children 3 and older; children 2 and younger get in freeCall: 879-0740
Rymer's music is high-energy rock 'n' roll and his tiny audience members seem to appreciate music that doesn't speak down to them.
"These kids deserve it," Rymer said. "We're passing along music to these fresh ears.
"I write these songs for them, and there's no reason to tone it down."
Rymer's songs include such titles as "Rock 'n' Roll Mother Goose," "You Gotta Eat Your Fruits" and "Smiles for Everyone."
In the past few years, as musicians enter the parenting phase of life, the shelves of music stores have started to fill with a new genre of children's music -- music much like Rymer's.
Dan Zanes of the Del Fuegos has an album out for kids called "Rocket Ship Beach." A compilation of Woody Guthrie's children's songs called "Daddy-O Daddy!" recently came out with covers by Taj Mahal, Billy Bragg and Syd Straw, and They Might Be Giants has released a couple children's albums and a sing-along book for children.
The music has the danceable electric guitar and drum beats popular with adults, but the lyrics are simpler to speak the under-5 set.
Rymer played in Steamboat with From Good Homes a couple times at The Inferno. This weekend, he returns with his six-piece children's band, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could.
"A lot of it is really the same," Rymer said. "I kind of do what I've always done. With kids, you still get up on stage, you give a big smile and get the energy going."