NEW ALBUM OUT MAY 17!

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COME ON UNDER the big umbrella… THERE’S ROOM FOR EVERYONE

Welcome to a place where individuality is celebrated and kindness wins the day. Inspired by and written with students, teachers and families, enriched by a handful of classic pop songs that underscore the message, our 10th studio album Under the Big Umbrella is full of hope for a future with “room for everyone.”

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Your ability to listen, reflect and give through your art is extraordinary. You have given us the tools to help our students, of all abilities and backgrounds, understand, accept and truly enjoy one another.
— Melissa O'Keefe, Music Teacher, H.C. Johnson Elementary School, Jackson, NJ
Photo by Jayme Thornton

Photo by Jayme Thornton

PR contacts: Beth Blenz-Clucas and Talia Smith, Sugar Mountain PR, (503) 293-9498, beth@sugarmountainpr.com, talia@sugarmountainpr.com

Illustrations by Emily Balsley

“Under the Big Umbrella continues to bring the joy.”

— -- Bill Childs, Spare the Rock on PRX/KUTx radio
“It’s filled with inclusive messages and beautiful images for kids. An incredible treat for the ears. You’re going to love it!


— Laurie Berkner, Kid’s Music Superstar
“Well-crafted and masterfully produced, Under the Big Umbrella is new and fun – but still familiar. It’s like a surprise visit from a well-loved friend.”
— Kenny Curtis, SiriusXM Satellite Radio

SING ALONG

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Under the Big Umbrella

Music by Brady Rymer Lyrics by Brady & Bridget Rymer

Hello, bonjour, hola, shalom

Konichiwa, ciao, bella

The whole world is saying, hi

Under the big umbrella

I smell pizza, with pepperoni

And lots of mozzarella

C’mon along & meet me here

Under the big umbrella

Under the big, under the big, under the big umbrella

Under the big, under the big, under the big umbrella

I met a lady, I met a baby

I met a real nice fella

All kinds of friendly folks

Under the big umbrella

We do the Tango, we do the Mambo

We do the Tarantella

We’ll dance the night away

Under the big umbrella

CHORUS

We love to sing with the band

Or maybe a Capella

Come on along and sing a song

Under the big umbrella

I feel loved, I feel happy

I just want to tell ya

We can be our beautiful selves

Under the big umbrella

CHORUS

Come on under – there’s room for everyone!

Featuring Southold Elementary School Choir directed by Mrs. Kennedy: Backing vocals


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You Can Get It If You Really Want

By Jimmy Cliff

Additional music by Brady Rymer. Additional lyrics by Brady & Bridget Rymer

You can get it if you really want

You can get it if you really want

You can get it if you really want

But you must try, try and try, try and try

You’ll succeed at last

If there’s a mountain you can climb it

If there’s a river you can ride it

No matter what you face you’ll conquer if you just try

Your heart is like a pirate’s map

It’ll tell you where the treasure’s at

Keep searching and you will find

That thing that’s gonna blow your mind

CHORUS

If there’s a dragon you can train it

Make a mistake just embrace it

And make a promise to yourself that you’ll always try

Your dreams are like a flower

They need sunlight and a rain shower

Give ‘em love and they will grow

Blooming bright and beautiful

CHORUS

If there’s a fear you can face it

Look in the mirror and say you’ll make it

You know you’ll always get to where yer going if you try

You can get it if you really want…

The Smile Shop

Music & Lyrics by Brady Rymer

The Smile Shop has opened up

Come on in

Bring us your biggest smile

Tell us where it’s been

The Smile Shop has opened up

Won’t ya come inside

We’ve got rows and rows of beautiful glows

Stretching so far and wide

Tell me is it filled with parties

Or the animals at the zoo?

Playing in the park with your friends

Or just looking in the mirror at you?

Tell me now what makes that smile shine?

The Smile Shop had opened up

Take a look around

We’ve got aisles and aisles of the freshest smiles

And not one frown

Yeah, The Smile Shop has opened up

24 hours a day

We take piggy bank pennies, buttons and string

You can even put one on layaway

Tell me is it filled with jokes

Or a puppy licking at your nose?

Jumping in a swimming pool

Or riding your bike down the road?

Tell me now what makes that smile shine?

Yeah, The Smile Shop has opened up

Won’t ya come on in!

Now, The Smile Shop has opened up

Come on and browse awhile

We’ve got your buck-toothed ear to ear, all gums

Your crazy clown and your wild child

We got your cheek-acher, your picture-taker

Your sly and your shy and your shady grin’

Your super duper silly

Your catch-ya-by-surprise

Show us yours, come on in!

Tell me is it filled with love

For your friends and your family?

Rainbows and sunshine

Or a day down at the beach?

Tell me now what makes that smile shine?

Yeah, The Smile Shop has opened up

Won’t ya come on in

Bring us your biggest smile

Tell us where it’s been

Every smile‘s got a beautiful story

Every smile’s got a reason to shine


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Drop in the Bucket

Music by Brady Rymer, Lyrics by Brady & Bridget Rymer

Every good thing we do is a little drop in the bucket

Let’s show a little kindness and fill our buckets all up

So, on your mark… get set… let’s go!

When you stop and say hello and talk with me a while

And compliment my rockin’ new hairstyle

It’s a drop (It’s a drop)

It’s a drop (It’s a drop)

In the bucket

When I see you hanging back too shy to join the band

I say, plug on in we hear you really jam

That’s a drop (It’s a drop)

That’s a drop (It’s a drop)

In the bucket

So let’s fill it up with stars and love

Let’s fill it up to the top

Let’s fill it up with all we’re made of

‘cause it’s a drop (it’s a drop)

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

in the bucket

When you say I’m beautiful and I say you’re a star

Sharing all the who and what we are

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

That’s a drop (it’s a drop)

In the bucket

So let’s fill it up with hearts and love

Let’s fill it up to the top

Let’s fill it up with all we’re made of

‘cause it’s a drop (it’s a drop)

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

in the bucket

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - that bucket is coming alive

6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - c’mon let’s do it again

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - this bucket don’t hold no jive

When I tell you you can do it

It’s gonna be all right

No matter what I’ll be right by your side

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

It’s a drop (it’s a drop)

A big drop (it’s a drop)

In the bucket

So give a smile and be thoughtful and kind and your bucket will always be full

And if it overflows, no problem, it’s just sending out some beautiful ripples to the world!

Fill it up…


Photo by Dave Darlington

Don’t You Push Me Down (featuring Sonia De Los Santos)

By Woody Guthrie

Spanish lyrics by Sonia De Los Santos

 

You can play with me

You can take my hand

We can skip together

Down to the pretzel stand

You can wear my mama’s shoes

You can wear my hat

You can even get mad at me

But don't you push me down

 

Don't you push me, push me, push me,

Don't you push me down

Don't you push me, push me, push me,

Don't you push me down

 

You can play with me Podemos jugar

We can build a house y en mi casa estar

You can take my ball Toma mi pelota

And bounce it up and down La puedes botar

You can take my skates Luego en mi patín

And ride them all around Nos vamos a pasear

You can even get mad at me Puedes reírte de mí

But don't you push me down Pero no me empujes mas

 

No me empujes, no, no, no

No me empujes mas

No me empujes, no, no, no

No me empujes mas

 

You can play with me

We can play all day

You can use may use my dishes

If you put them away

You can feed me apples

Oranges and plums

You can even wash my face

But don't you push me down

Don't you push me, push me, push me,

Don't you push me down

Don't you push me, push me, push me,

Don't you push me down

No me empujes, no, no, no

No me empujes mas,

No me empujes, no, no, no

Don't you push me down

Sonia De Los Santos: Lead & backing vocals

HC Johnson Elementary School Choir, directed by Melissa O’Keefe: Backing vocals

Janet Zapien: Solo and backing vocals


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I’m Coming Out

By Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards

Additional music by Brady Rymer. Additional lyrics by Brady & Bridget Rymer

Let it show, let it show I want the world to know (I’m coming)

Let it show, let it show I want the world to know (I’m coming)

 

I’m coming out I want the world to know, got to let it show

I’m coming out I want the world to know, got to let it show

 

There’s a new me coming out

I just wanna live

I just wanna give all I can give

I want the world to know and understand

All that I have and all that I am

Like the brightest rainbow I am

Filled with every color shining

 Chorus

 I’ve got to show the world all that I can be

all that I know and all that I see

I think its time I break out of this shell

I’ve got a story I wanna tell

 

Like the sun rising I am climbing higher

Each new day dawning

 Chorus

 Let it show, let it show, I want the world to know…

 

Jacob wants the world to know that he can run faster than a cheetah

Olivia loves telling jokes and making people laugh

Tyler wants the world to know that he dreams of being a dancer

What do you want the world to know?

C’mon and show it!

Chorus

 Jasmine sees the world differently and wants you to know that she’s smart and happy

Benjamin wants the world to know that he’s a good friend

Isabella loves to write and she’s telling her story to the world

And I want the world to know that we all have our own beautiful way to shine

 I’m coming out…


Different is Beautiful (Like a Rainbow)

Words & music by Brady Rymer

Inspired by students at HC Johnson Elementary School

 

It’d be funny if we all had the same face

The same smile and the same nose

It’d be funny if we all ate the same food

Drove the same cars and wore the same clothes

 

Maybe that would not be funny at all

Maybe that would be a bore…

 

Different is beautiful

Just like a rainbow

Just like the colors that shine

Different is beautiful

Just let your colors show

Yours go perfect with mine

 

Imagine if we all read the same books

Played the same music, lived the same lives

It’d be funny if we all had the same thoughts

The same feelings and the same mind

 

Maybe that would not be funny at all

Maybe that would just be weird…

 CHORUS

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Help From My Friends (featuring David Gibb)

Words & music by John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Arrangement by Brady Rymer

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What would you think if I sang out of tune?

Would you stand up and walk out on me?

Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song

And I'll try not to sing out of key, no

 

I get by with a little help from my friends

Gonna fly with a little help from my friends

Gonna try with a little help from my friends

 

What do I do when my love is away?

Does it worry you to be alone?

How do I feel by the end of the day?

Are you sad ‘cause you're on your own? No!

 CHORUS

 Do you need anybody?

I need somebody to love

Could it be anybody?

I want somebody to love

 

Would you believe in a love at first sight?

Yes, I'm certain that it happens all the time

What do you see when you turn out the light?

I can't tell you, but I know it's mine

 

Chorus

 

Do you need anybody?

I just need someone to love

Could it be anybody?

I want somebody to love

 

I get by with a little help from my friends

Gonna try with a little help from my friends

Gonna fly with a little help from my friends

I get by with a little help from my friends…

David Gibb: Vocals


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Stick Up Stand Up

Words & Music by Brady Rymer

 

When you stick up for kindness

You got me rockin’

When you stand up for fairness

My feet are hoppin’

When you stick up for goodness

You got me rockin’ with you now

 

When you stand up to bullying

You’re doing something

When you stick up for your friend

My heart is pumpin’

When you stick up for me, yeah

You got me flowin’ with you now

 

Spread that good, good feeling all around

Share that good, good feeling that ya found

 

When you stick up for friendship

You got me clappin’

When you stick up for lovin’

My wings are flappin’

When you stand up to hatred

My mind is lockin’ with you now

 

The world is rockin’ with ya

Locked in and boppin’ with ya

The world is rockin’ with ya now

 Spread that good, good feeling all around

Share that good, good feeling that ya found

Send that good, good feeling up and down

Share that good, good feeling that ya found

 When you stick up for kindness

You got me rockin’

When you stand up for fairness

My knees are knockin’

When you stick up for goodness

The world is rockin’ with you now

 

The world is rockin’ with ya

Locked in and boppin’ with ya

The world is rockin’ with ya now


Different is Beautiful (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah)

Words & music by Brady Rymer

Looking at the menu this is what I see

The same ol’ chicken & the same gravy

I’m in the mood for something that’s fresh & hot

So tell me what you got cooking down in that pot

Got a brand new dish with spice & soul

It’s called, Different is Beautiful

 

Different is beautiful, yeah yeah yeah

Different is wonderful - yeah yeah yeah

Different is delectable - yeah yeah yeah

Different is magical - yeah yeah yeah

Won’t ya serve me up one of those great big bowls

Of Different is Beautiful

 

Tell me now tell me what’s in that stew

We got unicorn smiles and the boogaloo

We got uptown sprinkles and downtown pops

Black and white swirls with rainbow drops

All the best love from around the world

Different is Beautiful

 Chorus

 Yeah, when they brought it to table it was bubblin’ up

Splashin’ and a’dancin’ right out of the cup

Lights were flashin’, rainbows shinin’

Everybody round me were ooin’ and ahin’

They said, bring me whatever that boy’s got

I said, Different is Beautiful!

 Chorus

Now everybody here’s got a great big bowl of Different is Beautiful!

 Different is beautiful

H.C. Johnson Elementary School Choir directed by Melissa O’Keefe: Backing Vocals


You Do You

Music by Brady Rymer Words by Brady & Bridget Rymer

Inspired by students at HC Johnson Elementary School

 

C’mon everybody!

 

You can be shy

You don’t have to say hi

That’s the flag that you fly

Just you do you

 You can be sad

Or you can be mad

Or start your own fad

Just you do you

 

Don’t follow others just do you

Sisters and your brother just do you

Nobody’s perfect just do you

You do you

 

You can be a flower

Or you can be a tower

Or have secret super powers

Just you do you

 It’s ok to be scared

Or just shake up your hair

Wear whatever you wear

Just you do you

 Chorus

 C’mon everybody - You do you

 

You are a star

Shining out very far

You are who you are

So just you do you

 Chorus

Everybody’s taken so do you

Get your body shaken and do you

There’s no mistaken when you do you

You do you

 C’mon everybody - You do you


Thank You For Being You

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Music & Lyrics by Brady Rymer

Inspired by students at HC Johnson Elementary School


Thank you for making the world

A better place to dream

Thank you for making the world

A sweeter song to sing

And even if ya don’t know the words

You may always hum the tune

Thank you for making the world

Thank you for being you

 

Thank you for showing the world

How to be yourself out there

Thank you for showing the world

How you wear your crazy hair

I’m proud to be the only me

Straight or curly q’d

Thank you for showing the world

Thank you for being you

 

Thank you for teaching the world

How to take a stand

Thank you for teaching the world

How you lend a hand

You join me and I join you

We’ll show ‘em what we can do

Thank you for teaching the world

Thank you for being you

 

You are amazing just as you are

Keep on flowing keep on growing

Thank you for giving the world

Your love and only love

Thank you for giving the world

hugs on top of hugs

Friends are gems that sparkle and send

Their light into the future

Thank you for giving the world

Thank you for being you


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