Few people in Madison are as regular as "The Bowel Song," deposited last week on YouTube. A sample verse, delivered amid footage of Leidy reaching for the Fiber One:
"If you take my advice and you listen to my story, then your bowels will be a-moving and a-grooving in their glory. Or perhaps you'll benefit from a good suppository; either way, in the end, you'll be feelin' hunky-dory. Ooo, ahhh, bowels are everything."
It's Leidy's first music video, not counting YouTube clips of his appearances on Wisconsin Public Television. He wrote the song eight or nine years ago after hearing an in-service presentation on "bowels and bladder" by Dr. Bill Schwab, a Madison family practice physician.
"None of the song is verbatim what he said except 'bowels are everything,'" gushes Leidy, who works with people with disabilities. The song became an audience favorite and once got played on Dr. Demento's nationally syndicated radio show. When Leidy and a technologically savvy neighbor, Jackson Eagan, discussed making a music video together, it immediately popped to mind.
The video is dedicated to Dr. Schwab, who last week sent Leidy an appreciative email: "I'm honored by the shout out, from the top of my esophagus to the bottom of my...well, you know."