Down the Do-Re-Mi However you feel about John Denver's heartfelt tenor, you must admit he would have made a great children's entertainer. The proof is Red Grammer, a… Down the Do-Re-Mi However you feel about John Denver's heartfelt tenor, you must admit he would have made a great children's entertainer. The proof is Red Grammer, a… Red Grammer Kids and Family
Music Review

Down the Do-Re-Mi (1991)

EW's GRADE
A

Details Lead Performance: Red Grammer; Genre: Kids and Family

However you feel about John Denver's heartfelt tenor, you must admit he would have made a great children's entertainer. The proof is Red Grammer, a 37-year-old country boy from New Jersey. Grammer sounds exactly like Denver and sings exclusively to children, and he's wonderful.

Sweet, not saccharine, and countrified without being corn pone, Grammer is a natural. Nothing about Down the Do-Re-Mi, his third album, is at all forced or condescending. It's good material, professionally presented.

Do-Re-Mi has eight good songs and five excellent ones. Grammer and his wife, Kathy, wrote the good songs. They include a ballad about the early-morning patter of tiny feet (not an activity that a tired parent will cherish, but pleasant) and cover topics from world peace to the contents of a barnyard.

The Grammer's best original song, ''The ABC's of You,'' has a Denveresque opening (''If I wrote down all of my feelings for you/I'd probably fill up an ocean or two''); the rest is alphabetized cleverness: ''I think you're...A gift, a gem, and genuinely generous,/Honest, high-grade, impressive, interesting...'' And so on, from A to Z. A great idea.

Down the Do-Re-Mi also includes four excellent interpretations of traditional tunes: the lovely dirge ''Grandfather's Clock,'' the rollicking ''(All God's Critters Got a) Place in the Choir.'' the laundry-list tune ''Rattling Bog,'' and — this old Girl Scout's favorite — ''Land of the Silver Birch.'' You know it: minor key, Japanese simplicity. ''Where the mighty moose wanders at will,'' etc. ''Silver Birch,'' perfectly represents a fourth grader's image of Native Americans. Close your eyes and dream of teepees. A

Originally posted Aug 16, 1991 Published in issue #79 Aug 16, 1991 Order article reprints
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