In fact, Himmelman - who has two kids' CDs out - says he's happiest writing, recording and playing for the younger set. "Kids' shows are the hardest and the most satisfying. You have to be on all the time because they really don't know who you are," he said.
Recording those albums are also a creative joy. "The new kids' CD is the best stuff I've ever written. It's so easy for me and the musicians to do. There's a total freedom from posturing. There's a freedom from thinking about radio airplay or what anyone is going to think about it," he said, noting that his heroes are Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger who wrote, Himmelman says, "songs for kids that adults loved."