"If I Only Had A Leg" Written by Chris LeBrane Inspired by WEBCAMS 15, written by Jordan Krumbine
I'd run around, all over the town Do jumping jacks without falling down And stand up when I'm giving head Then I could dance with Chris LeBrane And throw away my dildo canes If I only had a leg And a 1,2,3, and aaaaaAAAAAAAHHHHHHH
Read on past the break for my commentary on this song!
Upon reading the script for "There's Something About Peg", I was literally stumped as to what to create for this episode. After many, many weeks of relative success with coming up with interesting-yet-funny material, I was quite nervous about this one. Usually, the names of the episodes alone will give me a ton of ideas. This one, however, did not give up the musical “ghost” right off, so-to-speak. So I had to dig further.
I read through the entire script (while trying not to laugh out loud at my job), and stumbled upon the idea from one of the last lines in the episode in which it is revealed that the one-legged Peg would star in a pornographic "Wizard of Oz" remake. Once it was mentioned that she had an MP3 called "If I Only Had a Leg", I had all the ammo I needed.
Relying on puns dealing with her whimsical outlook, her pornographic behavior, the script-mentioned "dildo canes", and absurd mentions of dancing became the central theme of the tune. I knew that I could do, at best, an interpolation of the original "If I Only Had A..." based on my musical prowess and copyright. In layman's terms, I still think I kinda suck and probably couldn't pull off the original score. So without even using the original song as my base I did my best with the electronic tools I have.
Using Propellerhead’s Reason, I basically started off with a simple piano track used as a guide and then added on symphonic elements one by one(Basses, violins, trumpets, flutes, etc). From there, I used Samplitude Music Studio 16 for vocal tracking and mixing.
For the vocals, I desperately searched for various pitch shifting ways to alter my voice for the role of Peg. After not coming up with what I personally needed and wanted from it, I said "fuck it" and sang it in my "female" voice, my higher register. I also sang in a manner to visualize this Peg character: full of life, hopping around a recording studio…until it’s too late. It worked out better than I thought it would.
After the vocal tracks were complete, it was then a process of mixing the entire song. The tune, while not a long process to create, was definitely a stretch from the styles that I normally do. Although I don't listen to much symphonic music, I respect the art of composition and orchestration. I just hope my neighbors didn't mind the screaming.