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Five Cent Piece

by Randy Kaplan

FAMILY CD - Randy's first not-JUST-for kids CD with classics like "You Can't Always Get What You Want" (a good first mantra for the tots) along with originals like "Shampoo Me" (the account of the friendly but demanding shark in the tub).
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hello, It's So Good to See Ya'
3:10 $0.99
2. I'm a Little Dinosaur
2:14 $0.99
3. Grape Juice Hesitation Blues
3:39 $0.99
4. Freight Train
3:39 $0.99
5. Shampoo Me
3:37 $0.99
6. You Are My Sunshine
2:56 $0.99
7. Mosquito Song
4:43 $0.99
8. Over the Rainbow
3:36 $0.99
9. The Motorcycle Song
4:57 $0.99
10. We're in the Same Boat, Brother
3:41 $0.99
11. Roaches
3:18 $0.99
12. Mostly Yellow (Big Bird's Song)
1:18 $0.99
13. Donut Song
1:58 $0.99
14. You Can't Always Get What You Want
9:54 $0.99
15. Hey, Mike? (Kids Preamble)
0:52 $0.99
16. Kids
2:40 $0.99
17. So Long, It's Been Good to Know Ya'
2:37 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Five Cent Piece is the new record (not just) for kids by Randy Kaplan. The c.d. features all-time classics like “Over the Rainbow”, “Kids” (from Bye Bye Birdie), & “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and original songs like “Shampoo Me”, “Mosquito Song” (you gotta flick-a-flick-a-flick-a-flick-a-flick-a-flick-a-flick, flick that mosquito in the m-m-m-m-mud), & “Roaches” (they’re tryin’ on your underwear, checkin’ out your grocery list, readin’ your copy of Metamorphosis) and many, many more! Kaplan's first children's c.d. has been praised and recommended by Newsweek, Time Out New York Kids, Cookie Magazine, Parenting Magazine, and others.


"Brooklyn’s Randy Kaplan hits the mark with his first release for kids, Five Cent Piece, which combines a gloriously wacky collection of oldies (and originals)."

"One of the most exciting newcomers to kids' music since Dan Zanes, Kaplan's debut is full of rollicking folk tunes."

"With a bunch of groupies under the age of five… Kaplan, who released five CDs for grown ups before putting out his first kids’ album,… will have ears of all ages perking up.“
-Sophie Friedman / TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS

"One of my favorite things about Five Cent Piece is that the CD itself looks like a giant nickel. But it sounds even better than it looks… Kaplan's original songs, including "Mosquito Song" and "Shampoo Me," are as imaginative and rambling as a pre-schooler, and musically brilliant. The folksy acoustic sound throughout Five Cent Piece is beautifully mixed. Again, this is an amazing album."
-Amy Davis / LOVELYDAVIS.blogspot.com

"Following up his stupendous “Perfect Gentleman” album with an album that’s for children and adults who still like their music fun and sing-along-able."
-J-Sin / SMOTHER.net

“Randy has one of the most interesting voices I've ever heard…there's also just a bit of grit in there, as if his vocal chords forgot to shake their shoes out after a day at the beach... "Over the Rainbow" is one of those songs like "Unchained Melody" or "O Holy Night", where I thought it would need a particularly virtuoso vocalist to pull it off, but Randy's version is one of the most beautiful I've ever heard. The earthy twang of his voice along with the gently rolling guitar may not be in perfect pitch or perfect intonation, and yet it is so "just right" in every deeply soulful sense that really matters. "Randy also does a very funny version of "You Can't Always Get What You Want", where he replaces the Stones' verses with another Arlo styled story about a kid who wants to play all day at the playground and doesn't want to get dressed into his pajamas after his bath and wants to eat nothing but ice cream and... well... you know how the chorus goes."
-Eric Herman / COOLTUNESFORKIDS.blogspot.com

"With his mixture of somewhat different arrangements, traditional bluegrass and folk instrumentation, affinity for storytelling, and wide choice of covers… Kaplan has fashioned one of the more unusual kids and family albums of the year, good for chilly winter afternoons or late summer days. Recommended."
-S.A. Shepherd / ZOOGLOBBLE.com

"Five Cent Piece combines twangy pop covers and Kaplan’s own endearing tunes in a 17-track set both four-year-olds and their parents can relate to. In Kaplan’s hands, the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” becomes a lesson in kiddie compromise, and the popular ditty “Roaches” slips in references to Kafka’s Metamorphosis… He doesn’t dumb it down for the kids… He just expects them to come along for the ride. And they do."

"Kaplan combines refreshingly straightforward takes on traditional folk songs like "Freight Train" with his own kid-friendly lyrics -- including the "Grape Juice Hesitation Blues," shorn of all illicit desire... The real surprise is the sensitivity of the arrangements, as on Bridget Law's plaintive violin solo for "Over the Rainbow."
-M.J. Wilson / WORDPRESS.com

"Five Cent Piece runs the musical gamut from Judy Garland to the Stones, from Woody Guthrie to Jonathan Richman… The bohemian bluegrass/Dixieland played by Kaplan and his extremely cohesive and talented band tie together the varying song sources into a unified package, so that Jonathan Richman's "I'm a Little Dinosaur", Elizabeth Cotton's "Freight Train", and "We're In the Same Boat, Brother" (made popular by Leadbelly), all sound like they were performed at the same sitting. Plus, his rendition of "Over the Rainbow" has to be THE sweetest you'll ever hear. His originals are wildly original, showcasing Kaplan's love of the narrated song… Kaplan's profile graces the giant nickel design on the CD itself, while several street signs and storefronts in the foldout will be recognizable to Brooklynites."
-Warren Truitt / KIDSMUSICTHATROCKS.blogspot.com

"Randy Kaplan once again reminds us of the difference between childish and childlike. His folk songs for children are honest and ring true, and retain a childlike wonder at the ways of the world. To remain in awe even in the dark times is a sign of someone on the right road... Kaplan covers some children's classics, and his originals have the same sense of wonder and directness of the best songs for kids. Never talking down to them, singing to them in a raspy voice as a friend, as if they are in on the story, not just waiting to be taught. Kaplan covers "You Cant Always Get What You Want," with altered lyrics of course, since kids want slightly different things than did Mick and Keith. Even "Over The Rainbow" is given new life here. "Mostly Yellow" and "Mosquito Song" are the standouts of the four original tracks, though let's have some props for "Roaches." Kids need to learn about Kafka as soon as possible if they are to make sense of the world today. Kaplan is as trustworthy a guide through childhood as you'll find, at least musically. Everyone needs this record."

Randy has been a music teacher at Beansprouts and Special Sprouts in Park Slope, Brooklyn since June 2004. In addition to his school shows, he performs for children twice weekly at Perch Cafe, also in Park Slope. He sings at many events in New York, including festivals, picnics, and parties. His diverse repertoire includes popular and obscure children’s music; old-time blues, folk, and jazz; showtunes (Kids, Time Warp, Doin' What Comes Natur'lly); adaptations of rock ‘n roll anthems (You Can't Always Get What You Want, Alice's Restaurant, Yellow Submarine); and, of course, original songs.

Randy performs (for grown-ups) at The Living Room in Manhattan and at other venues throughout the country. He is from Long Island, New York and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Lawrence, Kansas.



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Gabriel Leigh

A record that children will go crazy over and adults will love too
Kaplan's latest release is a marvellously produced, deeply enjoyable record. I wish I'd had this when I was a young lad--I know certain songs especially would have been on endless repeat, and I'm sure many parents will find this to be the case once they've brought this home for their kids. The good news is that it's wonderful to listen to even as an adult. It's an intelligent and endearing mix of reworked Blues classics, captivating original songs and more, the subject matter of which encompasses funny and sad, light-hearted and serious, playful and dark. Kaplan appreciates that children respond to all these things, and avoids dumbing anything down for the sake of that unfortunate and false notion that the minds of children are one-dimensional. And it's this depth that adults will respond to as well. Happily, the production value lives up to the lyrical content--it's very well-recorded, and features a sonic richness that makes it a pleasure to listen to.


A clever, melodious must-have album for the entire family
Randy Kaplan’s new CD Five Cent Piece is fun! His clever lyrics will appeal to adults and children alike. He sings a cover of the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with commentary interspersed throughout. Hilariously he says toward the end of the song: “Adapt this as your first mantra. Repeat it to yourself often. Use it preemptively.” Other songs are toe-tapping renditions of traditionals by artists such as Woody Guthrie and even a foray into musical theater with the audacious “Kids” from Bye Bye Birdie. All are very well done. Original compositions include “Roaches,” which tells the tale of a New York City apartment filled with roaches “checking out my grocery list. There’s a roach in my bookshelf, he’s reading Metamorphosis.” “Roaches” also makes the most of Kaplan’s verbal notations, here via the roaches themselves who scour the apartment when their landlord falls asleep because, as they say, “there are usually some crumbs from his lunch under the table.” Excellent guitar-playing and Kaplan’s interesting and melodious voice combined with fantastic lyrics make this a must-have album.

L. Fleischman

Sure to be a favorite in our family for years to come!
I introduced my four-year-old daughter to this varied and clever collection of tunes just last week. Two days later, a little friend of hers arrived for a playdate, begging to watch a DVD with her. My daughter's response: NO, you just have to hear my Randy Kaplan CD! They proceeded to sing, dance, and play air instruments for about an hour. Need I say more? (Randy...please come to S. Fla.)


A jewel amongst a lot of corny kids' music
The CD has an updated feel of a cross between Pete Seager and the Beatles. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is great, and the poignant "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is as touching as it is sweet. I'm not a huge fan of kids' music, but this play more like adult music that kids like.


A real treasure!
I bought this cd for my neice but I love it so much I have to buy another one, becuase I can't bear to part with it. Shampoo Me is absolutely hysterical, and the You Are My Sunshine track is priceless. Fans of Randy Kaplan's "adult" music need to addd this to their collection, and if you have children, this is a great collection of fun, catchy songs that you can listen to over and over again without climbing the walls, because it's entertaining for adults too.


A real treasure!
I bought this cd for my neice but I love it so much I have to buy another one, becuase I can't bear to part with it. Shampoo Me is absolutely hysterical, and the You Are My Sunshine track is priceless. Fans of Randy Kaplan's "adult" music need to addd this to their collection, and if you have children, this is a great collection of fun, catchy songs that you can listen to over and over again without climbing the walls, because it's entertaining for adults too.

Lara in Seattle

Clever, catchy and fun
What a gem. The CD draws me in, and leaves me in awe of how Randy can activate the minds of both little and big people.

Kristin K

Totally charming and fun. The kids will love it, but unlike the majority of music for kids this is one CD that the adults in their lives can look forward to hearing again and again.

Hope Levav

Awesome album for cool kids and their parents
Five Cent Piece is my 3.5 year-old son's favorite CD. We listen to it in the car, around the house, and as bedtime music. It's a great album to share with your kids, because it's fun for the adults too. I can't help singing along. Some of our favorite tracks: Shampoo Me, You Are My Sunshine, and (a hilarious version of) You Can't Always Get What You Want. There aren't many things cuter than a three-year-old running around the house, singing those words. Buy this album, you won't regret it!

Nina S

We love this CD! All the songs are great music!
We love this CD! The music is great--entertaining, often funny and very musical. We've been to hear Randy many times in person, and this CD lives up to his live performances. We can't wait for the next CD!
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