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|Dan Zanes||Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric)|
|Rob Friedman||Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Pump Organ, Lap Steel Guitar, Brushes, Frame Drum|
|Colin Brooks||Percussion, Bongos, Drums, Vocals|
|Brian Stokes Mitchell||Vocals|
|John Foti||Percussion, Piano, Accordion, Saxophone, Tambourine, Vocals, Penny Whistle|
|Elena Moon Park||Mandolin, Trumpet, Violin, Vocals|
|Sonia De Los Santos||Mandolin, Percussion, Vocals, Shaker|
|Saskia Lane||Vocals, Upright Bass|
|Edward Kleban||Composer, Lyricist|
|Dan Zanes||Producer, Liner Notes|
|Martin Charnin||Composer, Lyricist|
|Carolyn Leigh||Composer, Lyricist|
|Rob Friedman||Producer, Engineer|
|Derek Grant||Tap Dancing|
|Gala Narezo||Cover Photo|
|Mark "Moose" Charlap||Composer|
|Sonia De Los Santos||Composer, Spanish Lyrics|
I've been a Dan Zanes fan ever since my (then) toddler twins discovered him on Playhouse Disney. I bought a copy of his "Rocketship Beach" CD, and soon learned that Dan Zanes had much more to offer than a few of the catchy kids' tunes I saw on TV.
Fast forward a few years... we now have all of his CDs, and I can tell you that each of them has stuff that's great fun for the kids, but it's all great for the grown-ups, too! It's not children's music... it's just MUSIC. There are some tracks that stay with me and I number among my favorite songs. Take his newest CD, for instance... I find myself listening to "I Am What I Am" over and over. "Mi Luna", a track on his "Nueva York!" CD is another one. "Welcome Table", "Linger for Awhile", "I've Just Seen a Face" (a poignant duet with his daughter)... I could go on and on.
Here is my prescription for a happier life: Buy a Dan Zanes and Friends CD. Listen to it! If you don't play an instrument, learn one! (I'm working on the Mandolin right now.) Get together with your friends and family and sing and dance as often as possible. Don't forget to read his beautiful, colorful (and environmentally conscious) liner notes cover to cover for insightful commentary... he can paint a pretty picture with words, too. And make sure you catch him live whenever you can!
Dan Zanes and ALL of his Friends have truly changed my family's life for the better. His music has brought us closer together in a way I never knew possible. It speaks in a language of wonder, joy, acceptance, and love for life. Often light, but never shallow, sometimes deep, but never depressing, frequently brilliant, but ALWAYS great.
Posted October 1, 2010