I am a songwriter and singer with over fifty years in the music business. In fact, a song I wrote in 1966, I’ve Been Told, is available today from Smithsonian Folkways on their site, on iTunes, and Amazon. My style could best be described as Americana. I write songs to last, even those that deal with current events.
Over the years many well-known artists have recorded my songs and many thousands of people have sung them. The list of recordings includes those by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt, Sharon, Lois and Bram (Nickelodeon’s Elephant Show), Ed McCurdy, David Massengill, and many more.
I took a long time off from performing to teach music in public schools and raise a family. But I have kept writing. In fact I have put out two CDs during that time – After the Fire (2003) and The Folk Process (2008). With We Shall Stay Here I am happy to bring you my favorite songs from recent years, plus three selections from my 1982 LP which have never made it onto a CD.
Some kind comments people have made –
Yes, what Paul Kaplan has to offer is incredibly moving and thrilling. This man does indeed have a lot to express and knows how to put his concerns into words and translate them musically. It seems that the classic folk protest has not yet been forgotten and is still alive.
I am a big fan of Paul Kaplan. I love his singing; I love his songs. Pete Seeger
Paul Kaplan has a rare gift for writing and singing songs in the old troubadour tradition. His new CD After the Fire is reminiscent of the works of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers, with beautiful melodies and strong narratives seamlessly crafted into one classic ballad after another. This is the work of a master.
I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by “Carrion Crow” - outstanding match of powerful, tradition-based tune to powerful, poetic lyrics that apply so directly to the tragic state of the world, much of it caused by our own national administration! Again, thank you, and congratulations.
Ed Brown (U’nI Coffeehouse, Springfield, Mass.)
Eat your heart out, Wayne Newton.
One of the best lyricists America has.
You have all the goods in your songwriting. I’m hearing your songs on the lips of many as I travel, so you are making your mark.
A master at both comic writing and serious composing.... From the moment he started to sing he had the audience eating right out of the palm of his hand.