Throughout all the years I have composed and performed for young children I have been fortunate to have been influenced and mentored by some brilliant songwriters. On of the most inpiring was my longtime friend, the author, playwright, songsmith and early childhood icon, Patty Zeitlin.
The classic Educational Activities children's albums that Patty did with Marcia Berman are by some considered the birth of music for kids and their families. Spin Spider Spin, I'm Not Small, Everybody Cries Sometimes, Won't You Be My Friend, Rainy Day Dances, and Rainy Day Songs are pioneering works, alongside those of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Malvina Reynolds and Hap Palmer records for young listeners.
We lost our friend, Patty, on March 17. My 40-some year association with her is a huge part of my own career path. Her talent was at the zenith of songwriters I have known. Her melodies are purely magical and her lyrics are compassionate, perceptive and and even mystical.
Patty Zeitlin was my collaborator, influencer, supporter and dear friend.
Dan Crow
March 19, 2023


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From the archive
Enjoy this highlight reel from our Just Kiddin' podcast with iconic children's music artist, Peter Alsop. Peter's other half is Ellen Geer and together they and the rest of the Geer family are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Theatricum Botanicum, a repertory theater under the oaks in Topanga Canyon. Revisit the podcast and read more on the Theatricum at

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