A songwriter and storyteller with a dry sense of humor, an array of voices and a knack for the sentimental. – OutWithTheKids
He doesnt dumb it down for the kids He just expects them to come along for the ride. And they do. – Time Out New York Kids
Randy’s new release (The Kids Are All Id) was just voted one of the five Best Kids Music CDs of 2010 by The Parents Picks poll at Nickelodeons Parentsconnect!
Kids who laugh at bee stings, a Hebrew-speaking bear who eats shoelaces, a monkey-like girl and George Washingtons favorite giant sheep inspire the songs on Randy Kaplans third not-just-for-kids music release, The Kids Are All Id.
From the first song, My Little Laugh, in which a kids emotional responses are all topsy turvy, its apparent that Randy Kaplans slant on life is a little different. Offering a Woody Guthrie-esque style that blends a chatty kind of storytelling with an eclectic range of rootsy music, Kaplan paints a humorous and poignant picture with every track. Highlights include his takes on all-time classics: I Got Plenty O Nuttin from the Gershwin musical Porgy & Bess, The Money Song (a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis gem), The Derby Ram, an old British folk song which was supposedly George Washingtons favorite. The CD ends with Forever Young by Bob Dylan, a song that Kaplan says is as much of a blessing as a song.
Three of Kaplans original songs are inspired by books by Ezra Jack Keats: Whistle for Willie, Dream Hat, and I Like Cacti. Kaplan performed some of these songs last year at a Keats tribute event at NYCs Symphony Space. Kaplan will return to the venue for two solo shows on October 9th.
Kaplans 2008 family music release, Loquat Rooftop, was voted a Top 10 Childrens CD of the year by National Public Radio and CoolMomPicks. His songs No Nothing, Shampoo Me, and Roaches are among the most-requested songs on Sirius-XM Radios Kids Place Live. No Nothing was also nominated for Best Childrens Song of the Year by Just Plain Folks.
Kaplan celebrates the release of The Kids Are All Id with concerts this summer and fall in Los Angeles, NYC, Long Island, Somerville, MA, and Portland. In his family concerts, Kaplan blends American roots, country blues, and comedic storytelling. He finger-picks and strums his way through these unpredictable live shows which, in addition to his original compositions, include Tin Pan Alley gems, Broadway numbers and Delta Blues songs. This troubadours sensibility hearkens back to early 20th century styles, served up fresh for 21st century audiences.