Craigslistlieder by Gabriel Kahane

 - Oct 11, 2007
References: myspace & stylusmagazine
Singer, songwriter and pianist, Gabriel Kahane was inspired by Craigslist, the online classifieds listings, when writing the lyrics for his collection dubbed, "Craigslistlieder."

Since the beginning of time, artist have sung about love, but now that millions of people are relying on the web for dating, it's logical that modern songs are beginning to sing about this experience.

The New York Times mentioned Kahane would be performing this week at the Houston Grand Opera. I hadn't heard of Craigslistlieder before and was intrigued. The songs debuted on his 2006 album, and were inspired by real postings on Craigslist. The 26 year old from Venice, California sings in a blues meets indie tone. His album, Walking Way From Winter, includes Craigslistlieder: I. You Looked Sexy, II. I'm Sorry, III. Half a Box of Condoms and IV. Neurotic and Lonely. Lieder, for those who don't know, is German for "song," not to be mixed up with Leder in Lederhosen, which means leather.

It's hilariously creepy, with a touch of Opera and a lot of drama. "Neurotic and Lonely," for example makes fun of the personals and dating section of the classified. In a deep, musical tone, he belts "Neurotic and lonely, average height, brown eyes, slightly disproportionate... brown curly hair, Jew, fro, 20 years old, 20 years old," he continues, "Slightly hunched, occasionally employed," and goes through a list of other attributes including, "Currently living with parents."

For a sample of his work, check out his profile on MySpace.

Brad Paisley also sung about what the web has done for dating. Check out his song, Online:
Country's Cooler Online - Brad Paisley On YouTube (VIDEO) Remember when country music was all about the simple life? They were About Living on Love, Fishing in the Dark, how much you Love this Bar, about that Whisky Girl or your old Red Rag Top. Things are shifting in the music genre, and now Brad Paisley has even taken things "Online." Unfortunately the : [More]