Brady Rymer's Love Me For Who I Am came out in 2011, and it's a special album that deserves a listen. Rymer was inspired by his work with students at New Jersey's Celebrate the Children School for children affected by autism, Asperger's and related disorders, and he set out to write anthems for differently-abled kids and their families.
The resulting songs are written from a child's point of view and give a sense of how kids on the spectrum experience the world around them. With titles like "I Don't Like Change," "Tune Out" and "Squish Me Squeeze Me," the lyrics convey the unique vantage point of a child with special needs.
April is Autism Awareness Month and it can be particularly hard to explain autism to kids. This is a great album to share with typically developing kids to help them better understand friends and family with special needs, and differently-abled children will be excited to hear music that tells their stories. The jubilant songs feature Rymer's rocking band and contributions from Laurie Berkner and P-Funk's Bernie Worrell.
Check out the story behind the album and have a listen at Brady's site. A portion of CD sales proceeds goes to Autism Speaks and to Celebrate the Children School.
(Image: Brady Rymer)