Home Music Articles Forums Blog Chat More...      

If I Were A Girl (w/ 5 Extra Arms)


by

michael2

 Genre: Electropop

Get Flash to see this player.

Description
BOB (5 Extra Arms) played: synths, acoustic drums, bass
M2 played: synths, vox, electronic drums, piano, samples, delays

Bob sent me a track a couple of weeks ago and wasn't sure what to do with it, and i really loved it as soon as I heard it. Bob's a real happy go lucky guy (and I can be a little melancholy), so the first thing I did was emphasize the minor chords (his original was more happy sounding).

Threw some instruments on and didn't have a chance to play with it for a week or so. Had a little time this afternoon so I did the vocals and decided it was done. Really the only crafty things I did on this were I used a vocal snippet as a pad sound, and I didn't use any reverb (just delay).

This song is less than 2 minutes long and I pictured it not as a "single" but as one of the transitional songs you'd find buried in an album. Those are typically my favorite songs. They can be to set a mood, tell a story, etc...
It is also pretty much a wear your influences on your sleeve kind of track, but the whole object was to have some fun. Mission accomplished.

It's a song about unrequited love. Hopefully BOB will chime in with one of his cool mental images that tie the story together.
Leave a Comment
You must be registered and logged-in to comment.
Lyrics
i'm all mixed up
i can't think quite right
i should go to sleep right now
i could be dreaming of you

if i were young
if i were a girl
would you let me comb your hair?
would you let me do something nice?

if i were a bed
and you were involved
it would be a holiday
i could be happy at last
Song Stats
Hits: 2704
Comments: 52
Fans: 27
Plays: 165
Downloads: 83

Uploaded: Apr 09, 2011 - 01:14:17 AM
Last Updated: Apr 09, 2011 - 01:14:17 AM Last Played: Jan 30, 2017 - 02:01:38 PM
Song License
Creative Commons License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial

Creative Commons

Song Actions
share on facebook share on twitter download song
Hardware:
M2: macbook, MXL USB mic
BOB: not sure
Software:
M2: Logic 9, ohmboyz, EXS24
BOB: Garageband
Comments
Symphony101 said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
First
First
Check out my latest song called Standing On The Brink (w/ Mosaica)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
You're Caller Number One
We're looking for Caller Number 6. Please hang up and try again.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
Symphony101 said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
Cool work
I think your styles blend very well together, very much enjoyed this.
Check out my latest song called Standing On The Brink (w/ Mosaica)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Blend
I think we were raised by the same robots, so I agree our style blend well. Thanks for the listen and the comments.


Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
Elevator_Funk said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
...
cool. I like it. nice 'n synthy. vox are just right. definietely sets a mood. the fade out was fitting too.
Check out my latest song called Dumb Funky
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Fade Out
I think Michael's warm and organic vocals sound great in a synthetic environment. If this song was written in 1979, it would've changed the direction of music. All those cold robot singers would've been one hit wonders and my vinyl collection would look a lot different.


Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
Henke said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
Very nice
I'm a bit towards the melancholy as well, so this sounds quite right. Thanks for the copy :-)

/Henke
Check out my latest song called Summer (Promenade) (WIP)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Melancholy
Michael's melancholy workover was exactly what this tune needed!

Glad you liked it and gladder that you downloaded it.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
alackbass said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
If I Were A Girl (w/ 5 Extra Arms)
Very cool track! So good it deserves to be longer!
Check out my latest song called Mean Miss Teacher
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
If You Were A Girl With Five Extra Arms
People would look at you funny.

Hey Andrew, the track I sent was only a minute long, so Michael doubled the length. Too me, it almost feels like an Allman Brothers song - it goes on and on and on for TWO MINUTES! I felt like I was tied to the whipping post, but in a good way.

Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
magnatone said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
If I Were A Girl
cool synergy with you guys - this is sounding really good. i'd like to hear more from you two putting your heads together!
Check out my latest song called Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) and Variations
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
CLUNK!
Ouch!


lol!
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
RochaMalhada said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
Comb my hair
This turned out great. The image above speaks a bunch - an eternal etch in a metal (&) sculpt

Enjoyed this, thanks

. - Harold
Check out my latest song called Ascent of a Tree (w Mike_D & FEEL)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
If I Was A Girl Made of Metal
I think we did that already, huh Michael?
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
lavalamp said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
Great combo
Seriously a great job here. Mellow, under 2 minutes. Me like.

LL
Check out my latest song called The Shallow People
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Mellow
I would use "mellow" to describe you too.

Thanks for listening Dave.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
sammydix said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
if
i could indeed hear more of this, but it sounds just as you described it...one of those 'nested' trks. the minor chords made the perfect fit between your two styles...totally captured a 'mood.'
Check out my latest song called Ghost Machine
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Moody
Love the nested track concept. Now I want to hear the whole album.

Thanks for the listen.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
bud said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
I love the happty go lucky melancholy mix
my favorite drink. Nice job on the mix and vocals - Bob is a really swell guy to work with.
Check out my latest song called Interdependence
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Mixed Drink
This is rather intoxicating, isn't it?

Thanks bud. I'll be your DD anytime. Let me hold your keys.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
dave_b said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
If I Were A Girl
Intriguing track which leaves us wanting more. The mix of the bouncy track and understated melody brings out the confusion mentioned in the lyric.
Check out my latest song called Llarions Blues
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Confusion
Hey Dave,

I know exactly what you're talking about. M2 knows how to make it all fit so well.

Thanks for the comment.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
TreeFalls said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
wow, this is...
...buzzy, fuzzy, warm, soothing all at once. great collab.
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Buzzy Fuzzy
Warm and soothing.

Thanks for the killer observation. I think it's a perfect description!


Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
Vic Holman said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
If I Were A Girl
very cool.
the music has a nice rich quality and synth choices and layering is great. Michael your voice even sounds different but fitting for the overall sound.

excellent one Bob & Michael.
Check out my latest song called Photographs
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Fitting
Like I said before, the combination of Michael's mellow organic vocal approach and the synth sounds is really awesome to my ears.

Thanks Vic
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
egobandit said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
it was so good
I had to listen twice, before I commented. LOve the lyrics in this , Bob always has a great way of weaving a great composition, and your vocals just round it out perfectly!
Check out my latest song called You Can Try
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Twice As Nice
Thanks Tim. Glad you liked it enough to listen twice!


Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
Corporal Beef said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
If I Were a GIrl
I hear very distinct Gary Numan influences here. Very cool. Thanks for posting.
Check out my latest song called (SRC 2013) SECCHI A CME0054
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Gary Numan?
No who hasn't been influenced by Gary Numan? Raise your human hand!

That's what I thought. No one.

(M2 and I are both major fans of Numan)

Thanks Beef!
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
RAVENS said 2357 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
Cool
Man, I wish this was longer. Very cool tune, love the 80's feel. Great vocals too, they blended so nicely with the track. Awesome work guys!

RAVEN ;-)
Check out my latest song called Tattooed Scars (w/ Sigmund, Scofugate, Rok41)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
80's Feel
That's kinda my fault. I like those old synth sounds. Well, honestly, I love those old synth sounds. Those vocals do make this a great track, don't they?

Thanks for the listen!

Bob
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
racerat said 2356 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
If I Were A Girl
Great collab. What a combo. Like the "transitional song" idea, I get it, totally. Cool add taking it into the darker minor key territory. I think it was a good idea. Nice synth pads, particularly the dark saw-tooth that holds down the bass line.
RR
Check out my latest song called Paper Thin
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Dark Saw-Tooth
You don't miss a thing!

(I was gonna say, "My what big ears you have", but wondered how this comment would be perceived when you changed avatars)

Thanks Phil - you do have two of the best ears of anyone I know of. Your eyes are nice too... Huh?

Bob
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
yrp said 2356 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
missed
your music...You how many times I told you your music touched me really deep.thanks for this.Downloaded!
Check out my latest song called North (with Sonny Jim)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Downloaded
That's touching in itself. Thanks for the thoughtful comment.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
finkeldink said 2356 days ago (April 9th, 2011)
Whoa
This is killer.

The only thing I wish was that the song was longer. It left me wanting more.

Awesome!
Check out my latest song called She's Nothing but Trouble
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Finkeldink
You always want more, MORE!!

Thanks Fast... I mean, Finkeldink!
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
ShadowofNine said 2356 days ago (April 10th, 2011)
Fab
Catchy....
Check out my latest song called Gone (with Eagle)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Catchy
Thanks Shadow.
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
PeterB7858 said 2356 days ago (April 10th, 2011)
Wistful
Hey guys, catchy, poppy, wistful effort. Enjoyed! Regards, Peter.
Check out my latest song called Ships In The Night (w Sam D)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Catchy, Poppy, Wistful
Thanks for the nice adjectives and the nice comment!

Bob
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
papag said 2355 days ago (April 10th, 2011)
If I Were
cool stuff here. I love it all the way around.

thanks for the download :)

Check out my latest song called Chinese Flutes (first draft)
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
All The Way Around
Nothing beats a download!

Thanks papa!
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
tempie said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
transitional tune
cool concept. unrequited love is the best kind - the perfection of it is never tested by the day to day. kind of like melancholy :)

pretty little song, and i really enjoyed it.
Check out my latest song called Summer Song
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Actually....
it's best to be loved back, but unrequited love as subject matter in a song can be better than love, I think that's what you meant to say.

(Don't you "love" it when I tell you what you meant to say?)
Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
five_extra_arms said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
Happy Go Lucky On The Outside
Creamy chocolate nougat crunch on the inside.

How's that for a mental image?

Every so often, one writes a melody that feels like it is better suited for another artist, as was the case with this tune. I took Katy to the beach for a couple of days to celebrate our anniversary and while she was basking in the sun, I was noodling around with this and immediately stopped thinking, M2 was the man (or girl) for this project.

As always, Michael rocked the tune with his vocals and lyrical ideas. I love the fact that it became a transitional piece. 2 minutes is perfect.


Check out my latest song called Kepler - NASA Challenge
michael2 said 2355 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
hah
glad you like my changes/additions/damage. on listening back to it, I'm going to try and remix a bit. not happy with the way the vocals sound. the delay that I used is what I was going for, but it seems to be leaning to one side. other than that, this was another fun easy collab. thanks for thinking of me BOB.
Check out my latest song called Jazz Glitch Dub Experiment
jibes said 2354 days ago (April 11th, 2011)
2 minutes of gold!!
Good job boys!!!!!
Check out my latest song called JESSICA
Ed Hannifin said 2354 days ago (April 12th, 2011)
Gosh,
...that statue looks like Wednesday Addams...

This really DOES seem like one of those cool transitional gems that you find in good pop rockish albums...

Totally works....
PaddyNavinCaryatid said 2353 days ago (April 13th, 2011)
Achingly gorgeous
Oh guys, the chord progression here brings me straight back to the mid 80's, sat in the dark listening to new wave melancholia. Hauntingly beautiful. One of my fave Macjams moments ever.
Check out my latest song called Her Point of View
TobinMueller said 2312 days ago (May 24th, 2011)
Too short
Yep, I'd like this one to keep going a bit. You tease with these shorter than 60's singles tracks you post!

I dig the stanzas, the simple story line in metaphor. Very cool.
Check out my latest song called Momentary Undertow
Artist Info
artist photo
Name: michael2
Location: Los Angeles Cali USA
send a note
I'm a guy who never wanted to do anything but play music. I grew up with classic rock and prog rock before discovering punk and the new york dolls once I got to high school. As i got a little older (and less angry), I developed a love of ... [see more]

Check out some of my other songs:

Genre Info
Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

More songs in Electropop:

Chat
Who's Online
Invisible Members: 0
Visitors: 105