Filed Under (February Album Writing Month, Midland) by Sean on March-1-2014

FAWMlogo2February Album Writing Month has come and gone, and I haven’t made a single post here. With one day to spare, on February 27, I completed my second FAWM with 14 songs written.  I have come to greatly enjoy the idea of having ‘seasons’ for creative activity, with FAWM in February, the 50/90 challenge in the summer, and Nanowrimo in November.  During those months I find great inspiration and support from the online communities around those sites.  And the great thing about having set seasons for creativity is the during the ‘off months’ it does not feel like I’m slacking off creatively if I don’t produce anything year.

The thing I enjoyed most about this year’s FAWM is the face to face community we are building with a weekly songwriter’s circle on Saturday Mornings at the Midland Cultural Centre. It has been fantastic to have companions on the journey for this FAWM.  (I hope to get permission to share some of their songs on my site).

You can find out more about our Saturday Songwriter’s group in my Proposal for a Midland-Penetanguishene Area Songwriter’s Collective and on our Facebook Group for Midland Penetanguishene Songwriters.

There are some really neat things happening in the Arts Community in our area centred around the beautiful Midland Cultural Centre which was built a couple years ago, largely through a generous donation from a local business owner.

What follows, is a record of my 14 new songs, alternate demos, comments from the FAWM site, and a bit of accompanying artwork I produced along the way.

 

Ductapeguy2014FAWMWordcloudHere is a word cloud of all my FAWM 2014 lyrics.

 

And a handy jukebox of all 14 songs.

 

Sean McGaughey / FAWM 2014 Archive

1. It’s a Skirmish!

2014-02-01 @ 12:24pm
tags: acoustic-one-take folk silly songskirmish fawm

I awoke on Feb 1 around 6am EST, an hour before the FAWM site opened for posting so I posted a quick challenge on the FAWM forums to write a song in 45 min to be ready to post when the site opened on the topic of skirmishes or FAWM.

My apologies about the recording levels. I was either moving away from the mic or was having some computer weirdness.

Lyrics

It’s a Skirmish
Sean McGaughey February 1, 2014 6:16-7am
FAWM 2014 #1
G-C-D-C over and over again

I awoke on Feb 1 around 6am EST, an hour before the FAWM site opened for posting so I posted a quick challenge on the FAWM forums to write a song in 45 min to be ready to post when the site opened on the topic of skirmishes or FAWM

VI
First somebody posts on the forums
A time we’ll all gather to write,
Depending where you live in the world,
They can be morning day or night

At the posted hour, the host posts a title
And people start to write along
Don’t panic about the short deadline,
There’s enough time to write a song.

It’s a skirmish, a skirmish
Let’s all do a song skirmish
It only takes an hour of FAWM
Then you’ve got yourself a song.

Then it’s time to record and post your ditties,
To be listened by fawmers in other cities
And comment on someone else’s ZONGs
Three cheers for the brand new songs.

Comments

  • Kevin Emmrich - 2014-02-01 @ 12:34pm

    sounds like it could be a pirate, drinking sing-a-long tune — the word scurvy would work well in there (ha, ha). This is what a skirmish is all bout.

  • Tim Fatchen - 2014-02-01 @ 12:40pm

    Reminds me of Tom Sawyer singing Arkansas on Big River! (That’s a compliment BTW!) And this is going to be a recursive FAWM, clearly. Now I’m wondering whether to leap into the halfway through skirmish with a song about skirmishers writing songs about a skirmish… query in production, were you shifting position to/from mic? not that it matters here, but my own mics are appallingly sensitive to proximity.

  • kathy moran - 2014-02-01 @ 12:48pm

    Ohhhhhhhhhhh, nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! This is going to be going to be going through my head all day now – the fawm skirmish theme song! I’m sure that anyone who hears this and does skirmishes will hear this song going through their heads over and over again. :)

  • johnstaples - 2014-02-01 @ 12:48pm

    Yay! A cool song about a FAWM skirmish!! I keep wanting you to say scurvy dog or something piratey!! Very nice way to start FAWM!

  • Vom Vorton - 2014-02-01 @ 12:57pm

    this is devilishly catchy! I can imagine the entire massed voices of FAWM joining in for the last chorus…

  • writeandwrong - 2014-02-01 @ 03:14pm

    OooOOOOOO! This is the perfect skirmish song! Very catchy, clever, and fun!

  • kimberlyinnc - 2014-02-01 @ 03:48pm

    good one… I woke up at 5 am…started on one..hehe….hoping to get some out this month..good luck!!

  • Wobbie Wobbit - 2014-02-01 @ 06:27pm

    yes very catchy.. considering the topic i think its quite apt that the recording is a bit wonky, suits it – very skirmishy :) and i didn’t know after all this time that FAWM could rhyme so well with song, who’d a thought it? (i don’t think it does in my accent)

  • Steven Wilson/Plasticsoul - 2014-02-01 @ 07:24pm

    I feel like all of us should be singing and clapping along to this around a campfire. :)

  • arthurrossi - 2014-02-02 @ 01:57am

    This song has an awesome folk feel to it with a high sing-along-factor! Very memorable melody and you beautifully dealt with the topic… it could become the official skirmish-theme-song, indeed…

  • sexybass - 2014-02-02 @ 03:51am

    Well done Sean! Love the lyrics and nice bouncy tune! I will be putting my first one up called “Counting Stars” tomorrow. My FAWM name is sexybass by the way!

  • Schnowd (Pronounced Sch-noy-d) - 2014-02-05 @ 04:19am

    Agree with @arthurrossi Official Skirmish FAWM song. Nicely done!

  • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:31pm

    Thanks for the reminder on how a skirmish works. You sold me. Three cheers for this brand new song.

  • krivmaster - 2014-02-05 @ 10:21pm

    I can’t get this out of my head

  • joefahey - 2014-02-05 @ 10:47pm

    Fun, nice title, it’s both catchy and informational. Good way to kick off FAWM!

  • imustbenuts - 2014-02-06 @ 03:58pm

    Have not done skirmish, but sounds fun, great song and performance. thanks for sharing!

  • Benjamins Son - 2014-02-07 @ 11:22pm

    LOL! You got it right! I locked myself up in the cabin last wednesday and wrote six masterpieces ;-) full of inspiration, I’ll post them all soon!


2. Fly Away

2014-02-02 @ 12:24am
tags: acoustic-one-take folk yearofsongs january podcast

So this one satisfies both @antlion ‘s year of songs challenge and my local songwriter’s group’s challenge of “silent scream’.

Lyrics

Fly Away
Sean McGaughey (c) February 1, 2014
FAWM #2

D A G A
When the snowbanks are over your shoulder
D G A A
And the highs are thirty below
D A G A
When the days are short and nights endless
G A D D7
Show me anywhere warm and I’ll go.

CHORUS
G D A D
I want to fly away with the snowbirds
G D Bm A
Lie on the Florida Sands
G A D Bm
Throw off my touque and my woolies
G A D D
Get me a winter tan.

D A G A
No more shovels and parkas
D G A A
Leave my sweaters all here.
D A G A
If I could reach Cocoa Beach
G A D D7
My blues would all disappear

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Em Em F#m F#m
When escape from January is only a dream
G G A A
When the cold is relentless you silently scream
G A D Bm
When you can’t take one more flake of snow
G D Bm A
You have to stay but wish you could go.

CHORUS X2

Comments

  • johnny - 2014-02-02 @ 12:44am

    i feel yer pain, my friend ev’ry lovely line of it tired of snow and rain you made the sun shine a bit

  • johnny - 2014-02-02 @ 12:44am

    i feel yer pain, my friend ev’ry lovely line of it tired of snow and rain you made the sun shine a bit

  • johnny - 2014-02-02 @ 12:45am

    Oppps consider it a favor! ;)

  • Phil Mills - 2014-02-02 @ 01:45am

    Nice melody and I can identify with the subject matter. (Though, for me, perhaps not the flying into the U.S. part. :) )

  • andygetch - 2014-02-02 @ 03:34am

    nice imagery kind of a list song. Nice challenge combination too. It is not far removed from the summer’s day/winter’s day skirmish prompt from earlier today.

  • Billy Sea - 2014-02-02 @ 06:20am

    Hi Sean. Perfect folk song. Found myself humming along with you. Love it.

  • Tom Slatter - 2014-02-02 @ 07:48am

    What Billy said – great song and it had my foot a-tapping. Great choice of chords, and I like the contrast of the bridge. I have no idea what a toque is.

  • Chip Withrow - 2014-02-02 @ 01:04pm

    Fun! We had a relatively dreary week of rain in Florida. Sun came back yesterday. I love the concrete details of the lyrics, and the easy campfire feel of your musical take. Your voice has a nice, comfortable, conversational feel.

  • andymae - 2014-02-02 @ 05:11pm

    a song to warm the cockles of one’ heart… If spoke Brit, you would take that as a compliment

  • John Crossman - 2014-02-02 @ 05:19pm

    Hey Sean! Ha, this one hits home and we want to join you on the chorus, which is a good thing. I particularly like the first verse that sucks us in and then the line about one more flake of snow is another favorite. Very relatable, good stuff, man!

  • Ant Lion - 2014-02-03 @ 07:42am

    nice song! I like how you took the month theme and kind of subverted it. very tappable along to.

  • Juha Keranen - 2014-02-03 @ 04:39pm

    Hehe, kinda reminds me of a similar themed song I did during the summer heat in 50/90. ;) Really fun acoustic guitar playing! So light-hearted and bouncy. Exceptionally well written piece. And I mean it! This song really caught my attention and kept it til the end. It’s something one would like to sing along with. :) Bravo!

  • imustbenuts - 2014-02-04 @ 11:27pm

    Very well written and performed thanks for sharing!

  • k anderson - 2014-02-05 @ 08:28pm

    I’m too pale to tan, but I can totally understand the sentiment of this song! How bloody long is winter?

  • joefahey - 2014-02-05 @ 10:56pm

    I like this song a lot Sean, there are some great lyrics and it has a nice overall feel to it you sound good on it. Plus, I can relate, it’s been a rough winter and I’m south of you down in Minnesota.

  • theresaj - 2014-02-06 @ 01:08am

    This is fun and I like the way it’s so straight forward. I can so relate!!

  • bethdesombre - 2014-02-07 @ 02:27pm

    Love the line “and the highs are 30 below.” (It’s a bit too familiar, right now.)

  • benjo - 2014-02-07 @ 05:15pm

    so many great lines in this lyric and so much truth WOW lie on the florida sands / get me a winter tan loved it way to go, i’ll be back for more of your work

  • Dan Boyle - 2014-02-08 @ 01:29pm

    A subject I can totally get behind! I have to stop myself writing every song about hating winter! Nice sing man

  • Dan Boyle - 2014-02-08 @ 01:30pm

    Song even… Damn these fat fingers! ;-)

  • Jaegerin - 2014-02-10 @ 01:18pm

    I like this! A good sing-along song. We haven’t had much of a winter here in Germany (see my “Will There be Snow?” !) but I can relate in general.

  • motorcitymusicman - 2014-02-11 @ 03:21am

    Sitting in the middle of a Michigan winter, I was singing along with this by the end. Currently pricing flights to Cocoa Beach. Well done.

  • The Jelly Factory! - 2014-02-17 @ 04:40pm

    Agreed – all this winter has definitely made me want to scream, although not necessarily in silence :) . This is definitely toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun. Here’s hopin’ you do get that tan! That’s a take. ;)

  • Corinne Curcio - 2014-02-19 @ 02:07am

    We all want to fly south with the snowbirds! :) And I frequently scream on my balcony at the snow! :D


3. Last Time

2014-02-02 @ 09:12pm
tags: country skirmish7 songskirmish songskirmish7 heartache acoustic-one-take podcast

The title suggested an old country heartbreaker to me. This one was a little too close.

Lyrics

The Last Time
February 2, 2014 Sunday Skirmish
FAWM # 3 (c) Sean McGaughey
I played it in C.

Last time, I swore and made her feel little
Last time, she promised then did it the same
Last night we rehearsed the old familiar complaints
Last time brought heartache, sorrow and shame

Last time I swore I’d tell her she’s lovely
Last time, she promised to always be true
Last time we could gaze into the stars forever
Last night we thought we’d never be blue.

But hard times only seem like the last time.
Our old hearts are strong enough to carry through
When the midnight feels like it lasts for the longest time.
There will always come a dawn to spend with you.

Last time, I knew that I could do better
Last time, she promised she changed
Last night we danced to the same old songs
Just like last time, we still remain.

Comments

  • Isaac Lister - 2014-02-02 @ 09:17pm

    I love how this was recorded in a lo-fi way, I know that’s more circumstantial than anything but it adds a lovely warmth and feel to what is a simple but heartfelt ‘classic’ country number. Lovely stuff

  • kahlo2013 - 2014-02-02 @ 09:18pm

    Love the bittersweet honest feeling lyrics that captures relationship ups and downs so well. The bluesy country music and vocal sound sets a perfect stage for this song! Wonderful!

  • musicsongwriter - 2014-02-02 @ 09:20pm

    I love the vibes in your song. Read your lyric first and instantly liked it and I like it even more after listening to your singing and playing. Very clever song, it makes listeners think. It’s about love and about things which can go wrong but love brings the two people together, I love the sentiment here. Beautiful song and delivery. Love your vocals and playing. Sounds so effortless :)

  • Corinne Curcio - 2014-02-02 @ 09:24pm

    You have lots of great lines and ideas here.You’ve expressed relationship ups and downs well. You did a wonderful job in a short time.

  • Shady Wilbury - 2014-02-02 @ 09:36pm

    Reminds me of a Townes Van Zandt demo….could easily be such. :) Great work for an hour. Love the bridge.

  • tamsnumber4 - 2014-02-02 @ 09:40pm

    Wow, great lyric for a skirmish, very impressed!

  • Will - 2014-02-02 @ 09:49pm

    Very nice. Needs some pedal steel, but aside from that… very nice!

  • samsorrow - 2014-02-02 @ 10:26pm

    an old time country song. feels like a found recording. really nice

  • Sonic Death Eagle - 2014-02-02 @ 10:35pm

    I was thinking along these lines, too! But mine came out more rockabilly..I really like your old -timey country vibe. This could have been written 60 years ago!

  • snoozin - 2014-02-02 @ 11:20pm

    A good old country song…and nicely done I might add. Really feels like a trip into the past. You did well with this challenge in the hour. Bravo!

  • Rahkoi - 2014-02-03 @ 03:58am

    Very pleasant bobbing country feel to this. The lyrics seem very well-crafted for a skirmish. Kudos.

  • Roberta - 2014-02-03 @ 08:43am

    I like the old-timey vibe of this. The lyrics work really well with the slow, melodic tune. Nice one!

  • Nick - 2014-02-03 @ 02:42pm

    Oh man! This is some excellent country music. So simple, yet your lyrics are super convincing and well crafted. This would sound so wonderful with a cryin’ steel guitar in the mix!

  • kimberlyinnc - 2014-02-03 @ 09:47pm

    This reminds me of the old classics of country…very nice!!!!

  • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:37pm

    You did this in an hour? Impressive. This is a heartbreaker. I can relate to it quite a bit right now. “When the midnight feels like it lasts for the longest time/There will always come a dawn to spend with you” is great. Agree with other people who said it sounds timeless.

  • folkguy - 2014-02-06 @ 09:21pm

    Great song, sounds therapeutic? Or that might be me inserting myself into the song . But I guess that’s what makes a good song. Glad I reread the post, auto correct wanted therapeutic to be putrid.

  • Miltz - 2014-02-07 @ 12:41am

    Well done. The kind of country music I like.

  • Kathryn Hoss - 2014-02-07 @ 01:47am

    I was hoping someone would do a folksy ballad like this with that title. :) Pretty song.

  • imustbenuts - 2014-02-07 @ 10:10am

    Very well written and performed thanks for sharing!

  • arthurrossi - 2014-02-23 @ 11:10am

    A wonderful, tender country song, just the way I love it… Made me think of the classic movie “River of no return”… So gorgeous lyrics, the repetition of “last time” works fine and never feels overdone, but just right… Great guitar and I enjoyed your singing so much… I am very happy I dropped by to hear this lovely song…


4. Tony Tow Truck

Tony_Tow_Truck_3

2014-02-04 @ 02:51am
tags: children folk guitar acoustic-one-take

I started writing this in January for a little boy who is crazy about trains and tow trucks, but the verses I wrote for the chorus did not suit a children’s song. So I scrapped all but the chorus and wrote new verses. Then I tried several different chord structures and melodies before I settled on this one, so I think it can qualify as being a new song for FAWM.
Initial demo: ductapeguy.net/FAWM2014/SeanMcGaughey-FAWM4-TonyTowtruck-B.mp3

Update: Feb 24: This weekend I went into a friend’s studio and recorded a slightly more polished performance.

Lyrics

Tony Towtruck
(c) S. McGaughey February 3, 2014
FAWM #4

Melody 1
Tony Towtruck
(c) S. McGaughey February 3, 2014
FAWM #4

V1
C Am
All the cars in Toytown,
F G7
always play it safe

C Am
They keep the rules of the road
F G
and never, ever race.

(C Am F G)
But when accidents happen
That you never could expect
F C
They call on Tony Tow Truck,
G C
To help to move the wrecks.

CHORUS
C
Tow me Tony Tow Truck
G7
Tony Tow Truck tow me
G7 C
I can’t leave the ditch on my own
C
Tow me Tony Tow Truck
G7
Tony Tow Truck tow me
G7 C
Put me on the road that leads to home.

V2
(C C Am F G7)
(C Am F G7) x2
One January morning,
as the snow was falling down,
Cars and trucks were sliding
as they headed through the town.

(C Am F G7)
A shiny red car drove by
a little bit to quickly
(FCGC)
and slid right off the road
Because the snow had made it slippery.

BRIDGE
Am Em
The driver made sure everyone was alright
Am Em
The red car tried to get out the ditch with all her might
(C Am F G7)
But they could’ not get out
They knew that they were stuck.
(FCGC)
The driver picked up the phone
and called for Tony Tow Truck

CHORUS

V3
(CAmFG7)
After only 20 minutes, Tony came about
Hook his chain up to the car and quickly pulled them out
(FCGC)
Before the people went inside from the 20 below zero
Everyone gave three cheers for Tony the Hero.

Comments

  • sexybass - 2014-02-04 @ 05:53am

    Good one Sean! Great lyrics and very infectious tune! Hope I don’t have to meet Tony :-)

  • Billy Sea - 2014-02-04 @ 06:51pm

    I was singing along on the chorus. Great song Sean. Really enjoyed it :)

  • Stephen Wordsmith - 2014-02-04 @ 08:20pm

    Love love love the assonance in the chorus. Appropriately bouncy and child-friendly. And although it’s for kids, there’s a real warmth to the line ‘Put me on the road that leads to home’ which would feel right at the lyrical hook to something by Glen Campbell or John Denver.

  • Tiira - 2014-02-05 @ 04:55am

    What fun! Replace the lyric “January morning” with “February morning” and it’s even more of a FAWM-y song. Just kidding, the track doesn’t need that to improve. This really gives me a solid image of a children’s show with Tony Tow Truck helping out his vehicle friends. The chorus is very catchy and it got me singing along. Thanks for sharing,this was a sweet start to my morning!

  • Roberta - 2014-02-05 @ 09:30am

    What a chorus :D Love the catchy melody and the whole song is just adorable. I want to live in Toytown now.

  • Marije - 2014-02-05 @ 10:30am

    Gahh the chorus! Congratulations on pronouncing that without any trouble! :D Like @roberta said, this is such a lovely song! :)

  • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:29pm

    Love this! What a unique song. I don’t usually listen to children’s songs, but I think this would be pretty successful. I can see kids trying to sing along with that fun chorus, which is a bit of a tongue twister. I like that it switches from storytelling to a more active voice in the chorus of people calling on Tony’s services. Memorable too. It’s going to be stuck in my head for a while.

  • Eric - 2014-02-05 @ 08:21pm

    What a great sing-a-long song, especially the chorus! :D Kids love a song with a good tongue twister.

  • folkguy - 2014-02-06 @ 09:13pm

    Great chorus, love to tongue twisterish feel, I can see it being really fun for kids to sing

  • Rob from Amersfoort - 2014-02-08 @ 12:06am

    I just crashed my car but still I can appreciate this, especially the Tow Me Tony Tow Truck Tony Tow Truck Tow Me parts :-). You should sell this to a children program on TV.

  • Martin Quibell - 2014-02-08 @ 02:46am

    What a lovely song Sean :-) I love the story, the chord structure, the feel, and everything. The word play of “Tony, tow me…” etc is a fantastic piece of work. Wonderful!

  • imustbenuts - 2014-02-09 @ 03:55am

    This would be an excellent song for a Pixar film. Great work thanks for sharing!

  • yam655 - 2014-02-18 @ 07:40pm

    My daughter and I really liked this. I think my son (2.5) would also like this, as he’s a big fan of most things with wheels. :)

  • yarimurray - 2014-02-26 @ 07:16am

    What a great and catchy tune! I also love the Tow me Tony Tow Truck Tony Tow Truck tow me line and the tongue-twisty nature of this one. Looking forward to hearing more.


5. Beer Drone

2014-02-08 @ 03:34am
tags: folk guitar acoustic-one-take currentevent

I was inspired by the news story of LakeMaid Brewing Company delivering 12 packs to ice fishermen on the lake using a remote control hexacopter. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/craft-brewer-lakemaid-beer-s-drone-delivery-hopes-put-on-ice-1.2520252

Lyrics

Beer Drone
(c)Sean McGaughey February 7, 2014
FAWM #5

Intro
F-F-G-Am
Am G
In Northern Minnesota when the cold winds blow
Am G
We drag our shed onto the lake across the drifting snow
Am G
Every fisherman has a place they come to every year
F G Am
To drop a line and share good times with good friends and good beer.

There is nothing as fine as dropping a line into a frozen bay
It’s a winter fishing village, you could stay here for days
With a nice warm hut and fish to eat and neighbours in good cheer
We won’t leave the lake until we’re all out of beer.

G Am
Look up in the sky, high above the frozen lake
G F G
Could it be fish and game, spying on our take?
G Am
Was that a bird or a plane above us that has flown?
G
I can hear it’s high pitched buzzing
G Am
It must be a drone.

Jack Supple is a genius. He owns LakeMaid Beer.
He hatched a plan to send his product out to here.
Tell your gps position to him on phone,
He’ll pick up a 12 pack and strap it to the beer drone.

Look up in the sky, high above the frozen lake?
Could it be the fish and game, spying on our take
Was that a bird or a plane that above us has flown?
I can hear it’s high pitched buzzing
Here comes the Beer Drone.

Am
C X4 Am x4
Beer Drone, Beer Drone
G Am
Flying Beer across the lake for you and me
C X4 Am x4
Beer Drone, Beer Drone
G Am
It’s the best damn use I know for a UAV.

It was a fisherman’s best dream, but we knew it couldn’t last
In came the FAA to shut it all down real fast.
It’s illegal in the land of the brave and the free
To deliver beer for sale from a flying UAV.

Look up in the sky, high above the frozen lake
Could it be the fish and game, spying on our take
Was that a bird or a plane that above us has flown?
I can hear it’s high pitched buzzing
Here comes the Beer Drone.

Beer Drone, Beer Drone
Flying Beer across the lake for you and me
Beer Drone, Beer Drone
It’s the best damn use I know for a UAV.

Comments

  • Bill Martin - 2014-02-08 @ 03:44am

    Beer Drone! haha. I like the parts that I guess I would call the pre-chorus a lot. Good melody. Beeer Drooooone! :)

  • Nancy Rost - 2014-02-08 @ 04:04am

    This is the epic ballad of the beer drone! Such an inspiring story.

  • Bitshred - 2014-02-08 @ 04:53am

    Great story song, and exceptional performance. Enjoyed very much Sean.

  • Phil Mills - 2014-02-08 @ 11:29pm

    Nice choice of story for a fun song. Even as someone who doesn’t drink, I have to agree with “the best damn use I know for a UAV.” :)

  • Kathryn Hoss - 2014-02-10 @ 02:04am

    Okay, now I definitely need beer drones to be a thing that exist.

  • Eric Distad - 2014-02-10 @ 06:17am

    This is a fun song! Great storytelling… especially considering the subject. (I don’t know that I would have thought this for a song!) The Beer Drone lines make me want to sing harmony. Great work!

  • joefahey - 2014-02-17 @ 07:24am

    Nice fun tune here Sean. Funny story, I hadn’t heard of it so it had some local interest. I’d heard of the Amazon plan to deliver by drone. These lyrics are fantastic, so many greta lines, I love it … Could it be fish and game, spying on our take? … This whole section is written perfectly … It was a fisherman’s best dream, but we knew it couldn’t last In came the FAA to shut it all down real fast. It’s illegal in the land of the brave and the free To deliver beer for sale from a flying UAV. This already sounds like a classic !!!

  • E Agner - 2014-02-17 @ 01:41pm

    Funny song — I saw that story too, and wrote my first FAWM song this year about it.


6. This Ain’t My Hat

2014-02-09 @ 01:53am
tags: folk bluesy children

My friend is a fabulous songwriter who works part-time at the local library. For the past few years, he has been writing songs based on the nominated books for the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Awards, then performing them at local schools. My co-librarian reminded me that I am also a songwriting librarian, and I should do the same.

This song was inspired by/ adapted from the picture book This is Not My Hat by John Klassen, a 2014 Blue Spruce Picture Book Nominee.

Lyrics

This Ain’t My Hat
(c) S. McGaughey February 8, 2014
Inspired by/ adapted from the picture book This is Not My Hat by John Klassen
Blue Spruce Nominee 2014

Basic Travis picking

Intro G- G7 C- C7

Basic chord structure G–C-G-D with some sevenths and rude notes thrown in

This Aint My Hat. I just swiped it
From big Al who didn’t notice cause he was sleeping
I don’t think he will wake up for hours
Even then he won’t notice that it’s gone

If he misses it, he won’t know who took it
If he thinks it was me he won’t know where I’ve gone
Nobody ever saw the spot where I hide
Except for Edgar… but he swore he’d never tell,

C G
I know it’s wrong to steal but this hat fits me just right
C D
Al has to squish it over his ears, on him it’s just too tight

Meanwhile, over at Al’s place.

Hey where’s my Hat. my mama gave me
I left it on the post then went to bed,
I think it was Henry. He always liked it,
If I catch him with my hat he’ll be very, very, very sorry.

Where would he hide? Which to go?
I think that I’ll make Edgar tell me what he knows,
He’s an honest guy, who never lies,
And when he tells me I’ll find Henry and Henry is gonna
… give me my hat.

Comments

  • samsorrow - 2014-02-09 @ 02:21am

    is there anything a song writing librarian can’t do? this is a great story song. this is fun.

  • Phil Mills - 2014-02-09 @ 02:44pm

    Good stuff. A children’s song with a touch of backwoods, murder-ballad sound is a great mix.

  • Eric - 2014-02-09 @ 03:00pm

    I love songs with 7ths and “rude” notes :D I like the way the song is split into 2 different perspectives.

  • wyatt - 2014-02-09 @ 10:27pm

    Aw, I like that Real good job Great kids story song I like the transition over to Al’s place and the ending lines. We need some more kids songs on FAWM this year. I haven’t seen many. They’re a great change of pace

  • darcistrutt - 2014-02-09 @ 11:00pm

    Like the extra notes in those chords – it does make it nice and bluesy. Love the “very, very sorry” and “give me my hat” instead of the obvious un-kid-friendly terms. Fun song!

  • Taylor - 2014-02-10 @ 07:26am

    This makes me want to read the book – this is actually a really interesting idea for a songwriting challenge. I’ve done a song based on the first chapter of a novel, but a song and a picture book are matching sizes! I quite like the “hat fits me just right / just too tight” rhyme. And clever work hiding the “dead” bits – that’s a trick I’ve heard in kid’s TV shows before and you’ve made effective use of it.

  • sexybass - 2014-02-10 @ 11:14pm

    I take off my hat to you! (Wait, where did it go?) love this song and my favourite so far! Funny lyrics and love the country blues feel! Well dne my friend.

  • Brad Brubaker + The Crowd Goes Wild - 2014-02-12 @ 06:49pm

    You have reminded me how liberating it can be to abandon rhyming. All of the words fall in place of their own accord. It makes the few rhyming moments light up all the brighter, while still leaning in closely on the non-rhyming lyrics.


7. Half a Heart

2014-02-11 @ 03:14am
tags: folk acoustic-one-take guitar chord generator

I’ve been playing with a band in a box type app and random chord generators. This came from a chord structure I got from https://autochords.com/. The chords suggested an old style folk song to me.

There is room in the middle for fiddle or penny whistle solo if anyone wishes to oblige. ;)

Lyrics

Half a Heart
(C) Sean McGaughey Feb 10, 2014

Basic Structure 3/4 in F

A sections
F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / G / C
F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / C / F

B sections
(Dm / Dm / Am / Am / Gm / Gm / C / C7) x 2

Intro Bb F C F

1 A
F / C / Dm / Am /
Each evening she walks the cliffs by the shore
Bb / F / G / C7
Dreaming of when they were young and naive
F / C / Dm / Am /
She holds a worn locket, leading her her way
Bb / F / C / F
A gift from her true love to help her believe.

2 B
Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
As the months and years fall like leaves in October
Gm / Gm / C / C7
Hope tends to crumble, shrivel and burn
Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
But still she holds on to the locket he gave her
Gm / Gm / C / C7
Half a heart to be matched on the day he returned.

3 Instrumental (Penny whistle or fiddle) Pattern A
F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / G / C
F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / C / F

4 B
Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
One night she climbed up the path for the last time.
Gm / Gm / C / C7
Gazing out over the black, empty sea
Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
Then she took off the locket an cast it below
Gm / Gm / C / C7
Abandoning hope, she hoped to be free.

5 Instrumental (Penny whistle or fiddle) Pattern A

F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / C / F (fade out)

Comments

  • amandajane - 2014-02-11 @ 03:42am

    I can hear a quite traditional folk song here :) Almost bits of a trad Irish ballad in places… it is really lovely and sweet :)

  • emkeev - 2014-02-11 @ 03:49am

    Nice waltz tune! a bit of a sad story which I like. I also really like your choice of key and chords, and the variance in the song structure. My favorite’s the melody at the start of the B section, which is very plaintive and communicates the mood very well. Great job!

  • joefahey - 2014-02-11 @ 05:21am

    Beautiful tune here, very gentle and it has a nice timeless feel. Your voice sounds very nice on this especially when you sing the instrumental. I’ll have to check out the Autochords site, I didn’t know there was such a thing, that could come in pretty handy right about now.

  • wyatt - 2014-02-11 @ 01:32pm

    Good hook and story. I expected her to jump off the cliff :) I’m with @joefahey on the tune–Love it

  • Donna - 2014-02-13 @ 10:06am

    I love a good folk tale. :) The title/hook drew me in. You’ve given the song pretty melody and compelling music. Nice details in the lyric as well. Nice work. :)

  • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-13 @ 09:42pm

    Sad story, but very easy to relate to. Well written too. I think these lyrics work well with the melancholy feel of the chords. I agree with previous comments that it does have a timeless feel to it. Reminds me of Nico’s solo work for some reason. I think it’s a certain somberness in the voice.

  • benjo - 2014-02-17 @ 05:34pm

    hey what a great story and so well told lovely melody


8. Valentine’s Day

2014-02-14 @ 06:32pm
tags: folk acoustic children

On February 13, my first graders dared me to write a song about Valentine’s Day in one day. Not much of a challenge for a FAWMER but I didn’t tell them that.

Lyrics

Valentine’s Day
©Sean McGaughey February 14, 2014 FAWM #8
Sprightly in C. Verses C-Em-F-G , Choruses F-F- C-Em, GX4

All of the children are dressed in pink and white
They carry bags of envelopes, each one sealed tight
With cards that say ‘I heart you’, or ‘Will you be mine?’
My heart is sure to smile when I read my valentines.

Chorus:
There is chocolate and candy, and games to play
Everybody loves Valentine’s Day.

I got a picture of a globe that says, ‘You mean the world to me’
You’re the apple of my eye, written on an apple tree
You’re sew very special says a needle to some thread,
If I read more cards like that, I’ll get a swelled head.

Two socks with faces say, ‘We make a perfect pair’
‘I mustache you a question’, on a card with real hair.
‘We’ll always stick together’ says a jar of glue
And a monkey with some almonds says ‘I’m nuts about you’.

A bright orange goldfish says, “You are a catch”
A cartoon stick on fire squeals, “I finally found my match”
There’s a card with a measuring stick that says, “You rule”.
I always like the cards I get for Valentines at school.

Comments

  • zarmo - 2014-02-14 @ 07:45pm

    That’s nice and funny in good way. Simply and sympathetic!

  • arthurrossi - 2014-02-14 @ 10:40pm

    What an impressive and lovely collection of Valentines-sentences! Very nice idea, and the pair rhyme work very fine here… I also like where you have musically taken this, a beautiful, serene song, very nicely done!

  • Phil Mills - 2014-02-15 @ 07:37pm

    Very pleasant song for the kids! I like the rhythmic style you’ve brought into it.

  • expendablefriend - 2014-02-16 @ 08:45am

    Cute! I’m guessing you’re a teacher? In which case I hope being able to write songs like this on demand has now made you the coolest teacher in the school (if you weren’t already before)!

  • yam655 - 2014-02-17 @ 10:01pm

    My daughter (5) wanted to say how much we liked your song.

  • Eric Distad - 2014-02-18 @ 02:35am

    I love how you included all the the card lines and made them all work together. So many bad puns… how could they have not been made into a song before. :) This has a great bounce to it – I love the fast chord transition under the somewhat more static melody line in the verse. Fun song!

  • Chip Withrow - 2014-02-18 @ 12:44pm

    What fun! Hope you played this for your kids. Those lines about the cards and gifts are excellent! I like the humor in your voice – I can tell what a good time you had with this one.

  • Chip Withrow - 2014-02-18 @ 12:45pm

    What fun! Hope you played this for your kids. Those lines about the cards and gifts are excellent! I like the humor in your voice – I can tell what a good time you had with this one. (Sorry for the double post – but I did like it enough for two!)

  • flutterby42 - 2014-02-19 @ 12:05am

    What a sweet little ditty! But what I want to know is did you get the lines from the cards or did you make them up yourself? I agree with the poster below; I hope you played this for your first graders, as I’m sure they would have loved it!


9. Through our Window

2014-02-16 @ 09:17pm
tags: skirmish sundayskirmish acoustic-one-take fragment

During the hour of the skirmish, I only got 1/2 a song done but posted what I had so far, then I came back later to finish it.

Update:
I have all the pieces in place to do simple multitrack recordings, REAPER, Zoom H4, can fake it at multiple instruments etc… but I always chicken out. Today I decided to try. This is one of the first recordings I have tried to build track by track. first guitar, then bass, egg shaker for percussion, then vocals. I monkeyed around with amp FX on the bass and guitar, and even did a couple overdubs on the vocals. I just mixed to my ears in the headphones.
It’s kind of empowering to be the whole band.

PS: Here is the initial rough acoustic sketch. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/43600061/SeanMcGaughey-FAWM9-ThroughMyWindow-first-acousticmix.mp3

Lyrics

Through Our Window
FAWM 9 Sunday Skirmish
(C) Sean McGaughey February 16

A Section G- B- C- G- G- D- G
B Section C- D- G -Em- C- D- G

A
Sunday afternoon, there is nothing as fine
as waking from a nap to see the sunshine
Streaming through our window.

A
We’ve got bills to pay and chores to do
but I want to stay in bed with you
Watching the world pass by our window.

B
The midwinter sun promises spring
As we lay here cuddling
Speaking volumes with hardly a word.

B
Dreaming of castles and getaways.
Calling “Time Out” for just one day.
As frosty diamonds sparkle through our window

A
Sunday afternoon, there is nothing as fine
as waking from a nap to see the sunshine
Streaming through our window.

Comments

  • snoozin - 2014-02-16 @ 09:29pm

    I love the upbeat tempo and feeling you have going here…great start! Please let me know when you add to it and I’ll come by and have another listen!

  • darcistrutt - 2014-02-16 @ 09:29pm

    This made me smile! My hubby happens to be napping this afternoon. Nice peppy tune and strumming.

  • Sonic Death Eagle - 2014-02-16 @ 09:51pm

    I love napping on a sunny Sunday afternoon! This is a nice happy tune!

  • Corinne Curcio - 2014-02-16 @ 09:53pm

    Nice 1/2 song :) Lovely sentiment

  • Kevin Emmrich - 2014-02-16 @ 09:58pm

    I only got one verse and chorus done, so I can relate. I do think while a full song is always the goal, a 1/2 a song is a great accomplishment for a skirmish (at least that is what I told myself today — ha, ha).. Nice rhythm and melody, I think this will be a good one when you come back and finish it up. In any case, chalk another song up in the count total!

  • arthurrossi - 2014-02-16 @ 09:58pm

    Lovely happy tune and awesome half-lyrics with a lovely flow to them… I like the line “And watch the world pass by our window”…

  • samsorrow - 2014-02-16 @ 10:05pm

    this is a brilliant half song. I like the sentiment of trying to capture that fleeting moment. this has a nice upbeat rocking feel, that will develop nicely if you chose to expand upon it. nice work.

  • tamsnumber4 - 2014-02-16 @ 10:56pm

    I would LOVE to have a nap, you sold me. Like your upbeat melody and idea, nice vocal, enjoyed your skirmish song!

  • John Crossman - 2014-02-16 @ 11:08pm

    A half song is a good half-skirmish. The chord progression and melody with the word “widnow” stretched out a bit is sounding really nice so far. Good start, Sean!

  • Kevin Emmrich - 2014-02-17 @ 03:40am

    Congrats on the mulit-tracking thing — it opens up another whole world of fun. I had to crank the output volume, but when I did that the mix seemed pretty decent. Good performance and nice that you came back and finished it up!

  • Eric - 2014-02-17 @ 02:37pm

    This song makes me feel wistful about last Thursday, when my wife and I were snowed in and all I wanted to do was just hang out with her, but I had to jump on the computer and work from home instead. *Sigh* I have had some really great “time out” days in the past though and they were exactly like this song.

  • sexybass - 2014-02-17 @ 07:32pm

    Love the lyrics and the music really works well on this one. I also like the multi- tracking job you did. Good one Sean!

  • Martin Quibell - 2014-02-18 @ 10:17pm

    From the notebook; Lovely changes between sections. Wonderful music. Love the words, and the performance is brilliant! Great song Sean :-)


10. Old Freight Train

2014-02-19 @ 07:56pm
tags: blues slide acoustic-one-take train

@benjo wrote this the other day and asked me to try a blues treatment on it. I dug out a slide I’ve had for years but never figured out how to use and tuned my guitar to open g– too high, tuned to open D and it came together.

Lyrics

OLD FREIGHT TRAIN
Lyrics Benjo aka Tony McGlinchey Music and vocals Sean McGaughey
(c) Feb 19, 2014 FAWM #10
12 bar blues in open D

I

old freight train
keep on rolling
get that cargo
up the hill

blow your steam
burst through bridges
past silver streams
and smoky mills

old iron wheels
sweet rhythm soothes
echoes from mountains
freight train blues

II
old freight train
you’re in my heart
you’ll take my soul
the day we part

old freight train
one more load
one more run
pulling the coal

rain or shine
sleet or snow
over foaming rivers
with heavy loads

III
old freight train
at the station
our last run
before we part

after thirty years
riding the rails
you’ll be forever
in this old heart

old freight train
your in my heart
you’ll take my soul
the day we part

IV
old freight train
one more load
one more run
pulling the coal

old freight train
this is goodbye
I’ll remember you
until the day I die

© copyright house all rights reserved

Comments

  • Mary Choate - 2014-02-19 @ 08:10pm

    Sounds great! You nailed it! Would also work as a bluegrass tune.

  • Phil Norman - 2014-02-19 @ 08:11pm

    Great collaboration, y’all. It’s important for everyone to have a song about a train.

  • sexybass - 2014-02-20 @ 04:30am

    Nice collab! Good lyrics and the tune suits it well. I can hear harmonica on this one!


11. Snowblind

2014-02-21 @ 12:35am
tags: folk dadgad acoustic-one-take winter canadiana

Last month, I wrote a set of verses and chorus that simply did not go together. This month I unbolted them. The chorus became the seed of TONY Tow Truck, and the first two verses here sparked off this bit of Canadiana. Besides– it’s February. Has anyone else ever written a winter song for FAWM?

Lyrics

Snowblind
(c) Sean McGaughey February 20, 2014 FAWM #11
Key of D in DADGAD

Driving Home one evening on Highway 69
The moon peeked above the clouds and stars began to shine
Out of the blue, snow began to fall
I had driven smack into a Georgian Bay Squall

I was Snowblind, Stuck tight in the snow,
Can’t go forth or back, got no way to go.
All you can do is dig yourself back out again.
I guess it’s all a part of being Canadian.

The road ahead had turned into a solid wall of white
Blackness behind me, not a single car in sight
I hit a patch of ice and felt the backend twitch
Before I knew what happened, I had plowed into the ditch

I was Snowblind, Stuck tight in the snow,
Can’t go forth or back, got no way to go.
All you can do is dig yourself back out again.
I guess it’s all a part of being Canadian.

When troubles swirl and drift around and you can’t see the road ahead
When promises are left unkept, and kind words unsaid
When you find yourself snowed under in the soul’s dark winter night,
After winter comes the spring, and with spring comes the light.

Comments

  • wyatt - 2014-02-21 @ 12:56am

    Yeah, you’ve got that working Love the melody Real good vocal A story often told that far north I’d think. All our snow (about 10 inches” disappeared thos week what with it hitting 70 here today in MidMO I wouldn’t care if we didn’t get anymore till NEXT winter :) Write on

  • timwint - 2014-02-25 @ 06:40pm

    Great story with excellent application. Looks like we are both at 13 now. Good luck this week.

  • Chris “Chickenwing” Quigley - 2014-02-27 @ 08:04pm

    I think we are the only two songwriters in history to write a song called “Snowblind” that ISN’T about cocaine. Nicely done, and thank you for your comments on “Separation Anxiety”

  • janeg - 2014-03-01 @ 03:12am

    Good topic choice for this winter! I like that you specified Georgian Bay – I prefer details to just generic. Well handled.


12. All Kinds of Energy

2014-02-21 @ 08:56pm
tags: folk childrens acoustic-one-take writing-with-children

In my 1st grade science classes I am teaching a unit on Energy in Our Lives. Yesterday one of the students “dared” me to write a song about energy, like they dared me to write a valentine’s song last week. Instead I challenged them to co-write a song with me. Here it is.

Lyrics

All Kinds of Energy
By Mr. McG and Mrs L’s and Mrs. H’s Grade 1 and 2 classes
February 20,21 2014 FAWM 12
Key of G.
Chorus
There are different kinds of energy that we use every day
Mom uses it to cook our meals, we use it to play
Flowers and Trees get their energy, right from the sun
And the sun gives off all kinds of energy for everyone

V1
In the morning we have cereal, There’s energy in food we eat,
Our muscles use that energy as we run down the street.
The bus needs gasoline for its fuel to bring us to school
And computers use electricity, to show us something cool

Chorus

V2
The arena uses electricity so ice is freezing cold.
Our muscles move us around the rink when we try to make a goal.
We get more energy at dinner time after we play,
Everybody uses all kinds of energy every single day.

Chorus

Comments

  • Mannyc53 - 2014-02-21 @ 09:01pm

    Cute kids song!

  • tsunamidaily - 2014-02-23 @ 08:37pm

    great little ditty to teach by! simple music with a memorable melody. starting with the chorus is a good move as well.

  • Nancy Rost - 2014-02-27 @ 09:06pm

    I admit I came here for the title, which made me think of very energetic kids. The educational approach was also entertaining to listen to. Nice way to communicate it simply and effectively.


13. Unintended Consequence

2014-02-25 @ 01:51am
tags: doo-wop biab experiment

So much to say here. We have been doing a weekly FAWMwriting session at the Midland Cultural Centre on Saturday mornings and choosing a few challenges to last the week. I combined a chord structure challenge FDmBbCAmEb and the title Unintended Consequences. I have been dabbling with a Band in a Box type android app called ireal pro. I inputted the chords into it, played with genre presets until I got a neat doowop vibe happening then wrote the lyrics. It is waay beyond my normal 3 chords and the truth style of writing with a guitar.

Lyrics

Unintended Consequence
FAWM 13
Sean McGaughey

It all began when me’n the boys
went to the high school dance
I was hanging out with the guys
Wasn’t thinking ’bout romance.

Chorus
It started out an ordinary day
I never thought that it would turn out this way

Then I saw you
clear across the room,
Maybe it was the shirt you wore,
or a hint of your perfume.

For a while I clung to the wall
Feeling way to shy
but I couldn’t bear the thought of you
dancing with another guy

Chorus
It started out an ordinary day
I never thought that it would turn out this way

Half way across the floor
I almost turned around
I thought that when I asked to dance
You’d laugh and turn me down

You said I love to dance
as we moved onto the floor
I don’t think that I felt as free
with anyone before

Chorus
It started out an ordinary day
I never thought that it would turn out this way

Between the moon and the dance floor
We took our first chance
Till then I didn’t think
much of romance
I know there’s no such thing
as love at first sight
But maybe our love
got started that night

Chorus
It started out an ordinary day
I never thought that it would turn out this way
End Tag…
.. It was an unintended consequence.

Comments

  • ZeCoop - 2014-02-26 @ 01:19am

    I love doo-wop and this is so much fun. Not your ordinary doo-wop, though! It has some chord progression twists and turns. It’s all fun though. Very nice – you captured the feeling completely! I’ve always wondered about the BIAB type of things. I’ve had zero luck with anything MIDI, so my expectations for myself would be very low. This sounds good though! Well done… :)

  • Mannyc53 - 2014-02-27 @ 01:54pm

    Back to the 50′s, Very Cool!


14. Don’t Call Anymore

2014-02-28 @ 02:02am
tags: folk guitar acoustic-one-take

We have a very dedicated a persistent phone scammer (or group of scammers) All of them call on a very bad VOIP line and ask for someone who hasn’t lived at this address for a decade. Then they claim “You have won a prize” or “You have a package” We can recognize them by voice by now and they don’t seem deterred by being called out as frauds. If you get a phone number from them, they are all from area code 876 (Jamaica) In the last two days one persistent guy called over 20 times ending at 10pm and starting again just after 6 am. This is how I channelled my rage.

Lyrics

Don’t Call Anymore
Sean McGaughey (c) Feb 26, 27
FAWM 2014 #14

V1
B F# E F#
Hello is this Brenda
Says a voice on the line
Same damn wrong number
for the thousandth time

He says you’ve won millions
but it’s just a trick
And his phone number’s
area eight seven six

Chorus
BB F#F# G#mG#m E EM
Don’t call anymore
Telling me lies
There’s no mercedes
or some other prize

Don’t call anymore
Changing your name
It’s time to stop.
We’re on to your game.

V1
Today he’s Mr Washington
From the lottery game.
Tomorrow it’s a package
and he has a new name

Just a man from Jamaica
Whose job is to try
defraud you of money
by telling you lies.

E F#M B A E F#
Some days I cringe
when I pick up the phone
And they ask for a person
Who’s not in this home

B F# E F#
They say it’s a contest
But it’s all a trick
If he calls from Jamaica
he’s probably a cheat.

Comments

  • Odilon Green - 2014-02-28 @ 05:19pm

    I know exactly what you mean about the scam. Not that one in particular, but I get those too. You’ve channelled your rage most effectively; I can hear the desperation in your voice to STOP DAMN CALLING! And the lo-fi, one-take recording and “man with a guitar” instrumentation help set the atmosphere: this is a sincere plea from the heart, an aggravation that caused you to just pick up your guitar and hit ‘record.’ You should just put a tape recorder next to your phone, and next time you get a call, hold it up to the mouthpiece and press ‘play.’ ;)

  • kimbeggs - 2014-03-01 @ 05:32am

    This is precious. Thanks so much. ONe thing I might suggest is using a capo. It will simplify the chords dramatically, which will help you to focus on the lyrics, and singing the melody. Although if nailing the chords might part of your goal as well, then pay no attention to what I just said. I like your passion here.


Soundboard Messages

  • devin - 2014-01-20 @ 11:24am

    Happy FAWMing to you sir, a true Northern Light! :-)

  • Eric Distad - 2014-01-20 @ 04:57pm

    Welcome back Sean!

  • johnstaples - 2014-01-20 @ 07:15pm

    hiya ductapeguy! Happy FAWM!!!!

  • arthurrossi - 2014-01-20 @ 10:12pm

    Hey Sean! Great to see you here! I am looking forward to hearing your new songs! Have an awesome Fawm! :-)

  • erinkelsey3 - 2014-01-21 @ 01:19am

    Hey there!!

  • natrin - 2014-01-21 @ 02:41am

    Hello!! ^_^

  • Wolf Kier - 2014-01-21 @ 12:37pm

    thanks for dropping by! good luck with your 2014 song hunting season. They got plenty 14 pointers over there in Canada for sure! Happy FAWMing! Wolf.

  • devin - 2014-01-21 @ 12:45pm

    I modified my blanket permission statement to be more concise and less dorky :-) And I’m not the ring master of Canadian FAWMers… but I do accept responsibility for much of the evil underbelly that lurks inside the covers of a good portion of the songbooks around :D

  • Martin Quibell - 2014-01-21 @ 02:22pm

    Great times ahead Sean :-)

  • Eric - 2014-01-21 @ 06:13pm

    Hi Sean! Good to see you back!

  • Aaron Nathans - 2014-01-21 @ 09:12pm

    Hi Sean!

  • Errol - 2014-01-22 @ 03:07pm

    ALLLLLLOOOOO SEAN! ^_^ And the trees are calling…

  • kristian - 2014-01-22 @ 10:25pm

    Nice to see you and meet you and your lovely family and listen to you and talk to you and… And…. FAWM baby!

  • Nancy Rost - 2014-01-26 @ 06:47am

    Hi, Sean! I think of you every time I use duct tape. :-)

  • Bitshred - 2014-02-01 @ 05:11am

    Nice to see you back. :)

  • johnstaples - 2014-02-01 @ 12:46pm

    Thanks for listening to Never Coming Home and for your kind words!!

  • alyssa2 - 2014-02-02 @ 05:40am

    Thank you for your kind words! :)

  • hamiltonpoolhall - 2014-02-04 @ 10:55pm

    Ha! I forgot about that Steve Earle song (how convenient!) I’ll have to go give it a re-listen. As soon as I give *your* songs here a listen, of course :-)

  • imustbenuts - 2014-02-05 @ 12:11am

    Thanks for the feedback on “Not My First Pony Show”

  • Tiira - 2014-02-05 @ 04:47am

    Thanks for the feedback on “My Digital”. That kind of synth sound was just what I was looking for, so I’m happy I succeeded in painting the right mental image of an 8-bit world.

  • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:23pm

    Thanks for the feedback on my tune. The first comment on the first song is the most important. It can keep you going!

  • k anderson - 2014-02-05 @ 08:24pm

    Hope? Hope is for schmucks! Let’s wallow in self-pity instead!

  • Melissa Schiller - 2014-02-06 @ 08:47am

    thanks so much for listening to and commenting on my second song :)

  • imustbenuts - 2014-02-06 @ 03:55pm

    Thanks for comment on “Are You A Robot?!”

  • arthurrossi - 2014-02-06 @ 10:15pm

    Hey Sean! Thank you very much for the beautiful comment!

  • Miltz - 2014-02-07 @ 12:32am

    Thank you for the comment on Petting Zoo.

  • imustbenuts - 2014-02-07 @ 10:08am

    Thanks for feedback on “Blood Soaked Nails”!

  • dee - 2014-02-07 @ 11:16am

    Thanks for your comments and suggestions on Transparent Heart. I’ll have a think about the changes and let you know. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Martin Quibell - 2014-02-08 @ 03:44am

    Thank you for your kind words about Superpowered. :-)

  • jamkar - 2014-02-09 @ 10:00pm

    Thank for your kind comments on my collab with Eric!

  • Jaegerin - 2014-02-10 @ 01:14pm

    Thank you for your nice comment on “I’d Like to be a Lighthouse” :-)

  • E Agner - 2014-02-17 @ 01:42pm

    Thanks for your kind words on “Diamonds”, that was a lucky impulse that turned into a weird little song. I see you and I were both inspired by the story about drones delivering beer, funny.

  • benjo - 2014-02-17 @ 08:56pm

    hi sean, can’t thank you enough for your offer but NEIL CMMPBELL has already said he is working on it, I don’t know what the rules are on two people doing the same lyric but I wonder if you like the look of OLD BLACK MAN I’m so sorry about that sean but I don’t want to upset anyone but I would love you to do one of my lyrics let me know sean and it’s yours my friend THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR OFFER tony…

  • benjo - 2014-02-17 @ 10:27pm

    hi sean just posted a lyric called OLD FREIGHT TRAIN I wonder if you like the look of that one as a blues maybe take a look my friend hope you like it thanks sean tony…

  • benjo - 2014-02-18 @ 04:20pm

    hi sean sorry late reply just got in yeah I just finished that lyric last night and thanks for taking a go at it can’t wait enjoy and good luck speak soon sean tony…

  • flutterby42 - 2014-02-19 @ 12:06am

    I came here because of a comment you left on someone else’s song and I’m glad you did. When I get a bit more time, I look forward to listening to some more of your songs. I like your sense of humour!

  • benjo - 2014-02-19 @ 07:13pm

    HOLY SHIT MAN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW I can’t believe what you have done on the OLD FREIGHT TRAIN that is exactly how it should be done, YOU SMASHED IT oh I love that man that’s how it played in my head as I wrote it YOU GOT THAT TALENT TAKE A BOW it really took me to that place beautiful job man BLEW ME AWAY WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW TONY…

  • benjo - 2014-02-19 @ 08:25pm

    oh man I love it so authentic I put it up on my soundcloud now I’m going to try and put it up on the site looking forward to comments on this YOU REALLY GOT IT MAN THANK YOU SO MUCH / GREAT COLLAB WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW ps check out my soundcloud to make sure your happy with your name https://soundcloud.com/tony-mcglinchey/old-freight-train tony…

  • benjo - 2014-02-19 @ 08:59pm

    hi sean I posted the song but I can’t work out how to put the collab names up together so if you know please put it right I will keep trying hope its ok for you bud tony…

  • alboe - 2014-02-22 @ 07:22am

    Hi, thank you for your kind words on “Is there a Doctor in the building”. Glad you liked it, and I guess singing along is never a bad thing :).

  • timwint - 2014-02-25 @ 06:41pm

    Sean, thanks a bunch for taking a listen to After the Circus Leaves Town. I took a look at some of your work and I think we are thinking alike. Appreciate your input.

  • ZeCoop - 2014-02-26 @ 01:20am

    Thanks a lot for checking out my little uke tune… I appreciated your comment(s). ;-) Hopefully it will get some lyrics, but it’s pretty laid back and can function that way – if I can re-teach myself how to play it, lol. I seriously don’t remember, as I recorded the uke part about a week ago. :(

  • ZeCoop - 2014-02-26 @ 01:40am

    Things stay zongs a lot longer here at the end of February… everybody is pulling their hair out trying to finish their songs. Once Saturday comes around – it’s a non-stop listening/commenting party. :) Well done though. Glad I could bust it!!!

  • yarimurray - 2014-02-26 @ 07:17am

    Thanks for listening and commenting on It’s All I Can Do. I’m enjoying listening to your stuff and will do more once Saturday rolls around.

  • benjo - 2014-02-27 @ 05:40pm

    hi sean just to say a big thank you for the collab before FAWM ends take care tony

  • Monty - 2014-02-28 @ 04:27am

    Thanks for the nice feedback on Where Ditgo. Hopefully I’ll find a way of finishing it properly.

  • Jaegerin - 2014-02-28 @ 12:18pm

    Thanks for your nice comments on “Run with the Doctor” ! Very chuffed to know that your daughter wants to learn it :-)

  • Jaegerin - 2014-03-01 @ 04:43am

    Oh wow… you and Sarah just totally made my week! Have sent her an e-mail. Thank you so much! (no-one else ever has ever sung one of my songs before…)

    Sean McGaughey / FAWM 2014 Archive

    1. It’s a Skirmish!

    2014-02-01 @ 12:24pm
    tags: acoustic-one-take folk silly songskirmish fawm

    I awoke on Feb 1 around 6am EST, an hour before the FAWM site opened for posting so I posted a quick challenge on the FAWM forums to write a song in 45 min to be ready to post when the site opened on the topic of skirmishes or FAWM.

    My apologies about the recording levels. I was either moving away from the mic or was having some computer weirdness.

    Lyrics

    It’s a Skirmish
    Sean McGaughey February 1, 2014 6:16-7am
    FAWM 2014 #1
    G-C-D-C over and over again

    I awoke on Feb 1 around 6am EST, an hour before the FAWM site opened for posting so I posted a quick challenge on the FAWM forums to write a song in 45 min to be ready to post when the site opened on the topic of skirmishes or FAWM

    VI
    First somebody posts on the forums
    A time we’ll all gather to write,
    Depending where you live in the world,
    They can be morning day or night

    At the posted hour, the host posts a title
    And people start to write along
    Don’t panic about the short deadline,
    There’s enough time to write a song.

    It’s a skirmish, a skirmish
    Let’s all do a song skirmish
    It only takes an hour of FAWM
    Then you’ve got yourself a song.

    Then it’s time to record and post your ditties,
    To be listened by fawmers in other cities
    And comment on someone else’s ZONGs
    Three cheers for the brand new songs.

    Comments

    • Kevin Emmrich - 2014-02-01 @ 12:34pm

      sounds like it could be a pirate, drinking sing-a-long tune — the word scurvy would work well in there (ha, ha). This is what a skirmish is all bout.

    • Tim Fatchen - 2014-02-01 @ 12:40pm

      Reminds me of Tom Sawyer singing Arkansas on Big River! (That’s a compliment BTW!) And this is going to be a recursive FAWM, clearly. Now I’m wondering whether to leap into the halfway through skirmish with a song about skirmishers writing songs about a skirmish… query in production, were you shifting position to/from mic? not that it matters here, but my own mics are appallingly sensitive to proximity.

    • kathy moran - 2014-02-01 @ 12:48pm

      Ohhhhhhhhhhh, nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! This is going to be going to be going through my head all day now – the fawm skirmish theme song! I’m sure that anyone who hears this and does skirmishes will hear this song going through their heads over and over again. :)

    • johnstaples - 2014-02-01 @ 12:48pm

      Yay! A cool song about a FAWM skirmish!! I keep wanting you to say scurvy dog or something piratey!! Very nice way to start FAWM!

    • Vom Vorton - 2014-02-01 @ 12:57pm

      this is devilishly catchy! I can imagine the entire massed voices of FAWM joining in for the last chorus…

    • writeandwrong - 2014-02-01 @ 03:14pm

      OooOOOOOO! This is the perfect skirmish song! Very catchy, clever, and fun!

    • kimberlyinnc - 2014-02-01 @ 03:48pm

      good one… I woke up at 5 am…started on one..hehe….hoping to get some out this month..good luck!!

    • Wobbie Wobbit - 2014-02-01 @ 06:27pm

      yes very catchy.. considering the topic i think its quite apt that the recording is a bit wonky, suits it – very skirmishy :) and i didn’t know after all this time that FAWM could rhyme so well with song, who’d a thought it? (i don’t think it does in my accent)

    • Steven Wilson/Plasticsoul - 2014-02-01 @ 07:24pm

      I feel like all of us should be singing and clapping along to this around a campfire. :)

    • arthurrossi - 2014-02-02 @ 01:57am

      This song has an awesome folk feel to it with a high sing-along-factor! Very memorable melody and you beautifully dealt with the topic… it could become the official skirmish-theme-song, indeed…

    • sexybass - 2014-02-02 @ 03:51am

      Well done Sean! Love the lyrics and nice bouncy tune! I will be putting my first one up called “Counting Stars” tomorrow. My FAWM name is sexybass by the way!

    • Schnowd (Pronounced Sch-noy-d) - 2014-02-05 @ 04:19am

      Agree with @arthurrossi Official Skirmish FAWM song. Nicely done!

    • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:31pm

      Thanks for the reminder on how a skirmish works. You sold me. Three cheers for this brand new song.

    • krivmaster - 2014-02-05 @ 10:21pm

      I can’t get this out of my head

    • joefahey - 2014-02-05 @ 10:47pm

      Fun, nice title, it’s both catchy and informational. Good way to kick off FAWM!

    • imustbenuts - 2014-02-06 @ 03:58pm

      Have not done skirmish, but sounds fun, great song and performance. thanks for sharing!

    • Benjamins Son - 2014-02-07 @ 11:22pm

      LOL! You got it right! I locked myself up in the cabin last wednesday and wrote six masterpieces ;-) full of inspiration, I’ll post them all soon!


    2. Fly Away

    2014-02-02 @ 12:24am
    tags: acoustic-one-take folk yearofsongs january podcast

    So this one satisfies both @antlion ‘s year of songs challenge and my local songwriter’s group’s challenge of “silent scream’.

    Lyrics

    Fly Away
    Sean McGaughey (c) February 1, 2014
    FAWM #2

    D A G A
    When the snowbanks are over your shoulder
    D G A A
    And the highs are thirty below
    D A G A
    When the days are short and nights endless
    G A D D7
    Show me anywhere warm and I’ll go.

    CHORUS
    G D A D
    I want to fly away with the snowbirds
    G D Bm A
    Lie on the Florida Sands
    G A D Bm
    Throw off my touque and my woolies
    G A D D
    Get me a winter tan.

    D A G A
    No more shovels and parkas
    D G A A
    Leave my sweaters all here.
    D A G A
    If I could reach Cocoa Beach
    G A D D7
    My blues would all disappear

    CHORUS

    BRIDGE
    Em Em F#m F#m
    When escape from January is only a dream
    G G A A
    When the cold is relentless you silently scream
    G A D Bm
    When you can’t take one more flake of snow
    G D Bm A
    You have to stay but wish you could go.

    CHORUS X2

    Comments

    • johnny - 2014-02-02 @ 12:44am

      i feel yer pain, my friend ev’ry lovely line of it tired of snow and rain you made the sun shine a bit

    • johnny - 2014-02-02 @ 12:44am

      i feel yer pain, my friend ev’ry lovely line of it tired of snow and rain you made the sun shine a bit

    • johnny - 2014-02-02 @ 12:45am

      Oppps consider it a favor! ;)

    • Phil Mills - 2014-02-02 @ 01:45am

      Nice melody and I can identify with the subject matter. (Though, for me, perhaps not the flying into the U.S. part. :) )

    • andygetch - 2014-02-02 @ 03:34am

      nice imagery kind of a list song. Nice challenge combination too. It is not far removed from the summer’s day/winter’s day skirmish prompt from earlier today.

    • Billy Sea - 2014-02-02 @ 06:20am

      Hi Sean. Perfect folk song. Found myself humming along with you. Love it.

    • Tom Slatter - 2014-02-02 @ 07:48am

      What Billy said – great song and it had my foot a-tapping. Great choice of chords, and I like the contrast of the bridge. I have no idea what a toque is.

    • Chip Withrow - 2014-02-02 @ 01:04pm

      Fun! We had a relatively dreary week of rain in Florida. Sun came back yesterday. I love the concrete details of the lyrics, and the easy campfire feel of your musical take. Your voice has a nice, comfortable, conversational feel.

    • andymae - 2014-02-02 @ 05:11pm

      a song to warm the cockles of one’ heart… If spoke Brit, you would take that as a compliment

    • John Crossman - 2014-02-02 @ 05:19pm

      Hey Sean! Ha, this one hits home and we want to join you on the chorus, which is a good thing. I particularly like the first verse that sucks us in and then the line about one more flake of snow is another favorite. Very relatable, good stuff, man!

    • Ant Lion - 2014-02-03 @ 07:42am

      nice song! I like how you took the month theme and kind of subverted it. very tappable along to.

    • Juha Keranen - 2014-02-03 @ 04:39pm

      Hehe, kinda reminds me of a similar themed song I did during the summer heat in 50/90. ;) Really fun acoustic guitar playing! So light-hearted and bouncy. Exceptionally well written piece. And I mean it! This song really caught my attention and kept it til the end. It’s something one would like to sing along with. :) Bravo!

    • imustbenuts - 2014-02-04 @ 11:27pm

      Very well written and performed thanks for sharing!

    • k anderson - 2014-02-05 @ 08:28pm

      I’m too pale to tan, but I can totally understand the sentiment of this song! How bloody long is winter?

    • joefahey - 2014-02-05 @ 10:56pm

      I like this song a lot Sean, there are some great lyrics and it has a nice overall feel to it you sound good on it. Plus, I can relate, it’s been a rough winter and I’m south of you down in Minnesota.

    • theresaj - 2014-02-06 @ 01:08am

      This is fun and I like the way it’s so straight forward. I can so relate!!

    • bethdesombre - 2014-02-07 @ 02:27pm

      Love the line “and the highs are 30 below.” (It’s a bit too familiar, right now.)

    • benjo - 2014-02-07 @ 05:15pm

      so many great lines in this lyric and so much truth WOW lie on the florida sands / get me a winter tan loved it way to go, i’ll be back for more of your work

    • Dan Boyle - 2014-02-08 @ 01:29pm

      A subject I can totally get behind! I have to stop myself writing every song about hating winter! Nice sing man

    • Dan Boyle - 2014-02-08 @ 01:30pm

      Song even… Damn these fat fingers! ;-)

    • Jaegerin - 2014-02-10 @ 01:18pm

      I like this! A good sing-along song. We haven’t had much of a winter here in Germany (see my “Will There be Snow?” !) but I can relate in general.

    • motorcitymusicman - 2014-02-11 @ 03:21am

      Sitting in the middle of a Michigan winter, I was singing along with this by the end. Currently pricing flights to Cocoa Beach. Well done.

    • The Jelly Factory! - 2014-02-17 @ 04:40pm

      Agreed – all this winter has definitely made me want to scream, although not necessarily in silence :) . This is definitely toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun. Here’s hopin’ you do get that tan! That’s a take. ;)

    • Corinne Curcio - 2014-02-19 @ 02:07am

      We all want to fly south with the snowbirds! :) And I frequently scream on my balcony at the snow! :D


    3. Last Time

    2014-02-02 @ 09:12pm
    tags: country skirmish7 songskirmish songskirmish7 heartache acoustic-one-take podcast

    The title suggested an old country heartbreaker to me. This one was a little too close.

    Lyrics

    The Last Time
    February 2, 2014 Sunday Skirmish
    FAWM # 3 (c) Sean McGaughey
    I played it in C.

    Last time, I swore and made her feel little
    Last time, she promised then did it the same
    Last night we rehearsed the old familiar complaints
    Last time brought heartache, sorrow and shame

    Last time I swore I’d tell her she’s lovely
    Last time, she promised to always be true
    Last time we could gaze into the stars forever
    Last night we thought we’d never be blue.

    But hard times only seem like the last time.
    Our old hearts are strong enough to carry through
    When the midnight feels like it lasts for the longest time.
    There will always come a dawn to spend with you.

    Last time, I knew that I could do better
    Last time, she promised she changed
    Last night we danced to the same old songs
    Just like last time, we still remain.

    Comments

    • Isaac Lister - 2014-02-02 @ 09:17pm

      I love how this was recorded in a lo-fi way, I know that’s more circumstantial than anything but it adds a lovely warmth and feel to what is a simple but heartfelt ‘classic’ country number. Lovely stuff

    • kahlo2013 - 2014-02-02 @ 09:18pm

      Love the bittersweet honest feeling lyrics that captures relationship ups and downs so well. The bluesy country music and vocal sound sets a perfect stage for this song! Wonderful!

    • musicsongwriter - 2014-02-02 @ 09:20pm

      I love the vibes in your song. Read your lyric first and instantly liked it and I like it even more after listening to your singing and playing. Very clever song, it makes listeners think. It’s about love and about things which can go wrong but love brings the two people together, I love the sentiment here. Beautiful song and delivery. Love your vocals and playing. Sounds so effortless :)

    • Corinne Curcio - 2014-02-02 @ 09:24pm

      You have lots of great lines and ideas here.You’ve expressed relationship ups and downs well. You did a wonderful job in a short time.

    • Shady Wilbury - 2014-02-02 @ 09:36pm

      Reminds me of a Townes Van Zandt demo….could easily be such. :) Great work for an hour. Love the bridge.

    • tamsnumber4 - 2014-02-02 @ 09:40pm

      Wow, great lyric for a skirmish, very impressed!

    • Will - 2014-02-02 @ 09:49pm

      Very nice. Needs some pedal steel, but aside from that… very nice!

    • samsorrow - 2014-02-02 @ 10:26pm

      an old time country song. feels like a found recording. really nice

    • Sonic Death Eagle - 2014-02-02 @ 10:35pm

      I was thinking along these lines, too! But mine came out more rockabilly..I really like your old -timey country vibe. This could have been written 60 years ago!

    • snoozin - 2014-02-02 @ 11:20pm

      A good old country song…and nicely done I might add. Really feels like a trip into the past. You did well with this challenge in the hour. Bravo!

    • Rahkoi - 2014-02-03 @ 03:58am

      Very pleasant bobbing country feel to this. The lyrics seem very well-crafted for a skirmish. Kudos.

    • Roberta - 2014-02-03 @ 08:43am

      I like the old-timey vibe of this. The lyrics work really well with the slow, melodic tune. Nice one!

    • Nick - 2014-02-03 @ 02:42pm

      Oh man! This is some excellent country music. So simple, yet your lyrics are super convincing and well crafted. This would sound so wonderful with a cryin’ steel guitar in the mix!

    • kimberlyinnc - 2014-02-03 @ 09:47pm

      This reminds me of the old classics of country…very nice!!!!

    • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:37pm

      You did this in an hour? Impressive. This is a heartbreaker. I can relate to it quite a bit right now. “When the midnight feels like it lasts for the longest time/There will always come a dawn to spend with you” is great. Agree with other people who said it sounds timeless.

    • folkguy - 2014-02-06 @ 09:21pm

      Great song, sounds therapeutic? Or that might be me inserting myself into the song . But I guess that’s what makes a good song. Glad I reread the post, auto correct wanted therapeutic to be putrid.

    • Miltz - 2014-02-07 @ 12:41am

      Well done. The kind of country music I like.

    • Kathryn Hoss - 2014-02-07 @ 01:47am

      I was hoping someone would do a folksy ballad like this with that title. :) Pretty song.

    • imustbenuts - 2014-02-07 @ 10:10am

      Very well written and performed thanks for sharing!

    • arthurrossi - 2014-02-23 @ 11:10am

      A wonderful, tender country song, just the way I love it… Made me think of the classic movie “River of no return”… So gorgeous lyrics, the repetition of “last time” works fine and never feels overdone, but just right… Great guitar and I enjoyed your singing so much… I am very happy I dropped by to hear this lovely song…


    4. Tony Tow Truck

    2014-02-04 @ 02:51am
    tags: children folk guitar acoustic-one-take

    I started writing this in January for a little boy who is crazy about trains and tow trucks, but the verses I wrote for the chorus did not suit a children’s song. So I scrapped all but the chorus and wrote new verses. Then I tried several different chord structures and melodies before I settled on this one, so I think it can qualify as being a new song for FAWM.
    Initial demo: ductapeguy.net/FAWM2014/SeanMcGaughey-FAWM4-TonyTowtruck-B.mp3

    Update: Feb 24: This weekend I went into a friend’s studio and recorded a slightly more polished performance.

    Lyrics

    Tony Towtruck
    (c) S. McGaughey February 3, 2014
    FAWM #4

    Melody 1
    Tony Towtruck
    (c) S. McGaughey February 3, 2014
    FAWM #4

    V1
    C Am
    All the cars in Toytown,
    F G7
    always play it safe

    C Am
    They keep the rules of the road
    F G
    and never, ever race.

    (C Am F G)
    But when accidents happen
    That you never could expect
    F C
    They call on Tony Tow Truck,
    G C
    To help to move the wrecks.

    CHORUS
    C
    Tow me Tony Tow Truck
    G7
    Tony Tow Truck tow me
    G7 C
    I can’t leave the ditch on my own
    C
    Tow me Tony Tow Truck
    G7
    Tony Tow Truck tow me
    G7 C
    Put me on the road that leads to home.

    V2
    (C C Am F G7)
    (C Am F G7) x2
    One January morning,
    as the snow was falling down,
    Cars and trucks were sliding
    as they headed through the town.

    (C Am F G7)
    A shiny red car drove by
    a little bit to quickly
    (FCGC)
    and slid right off the road
    Because the snow had made it slippery.

    BRIDGE
    Am Em
    The driver made sure everyone was alright
    Am Em
    The red car tried to get out the ditch with all her might
    (C Am F G7)
    But they could’ not get out
    They knew that they were stuck.
    (FCGC)
    The driver picked up the phone
    and called for Tony Tow Truck

    CHORUS

    V3
    (CAmFG7)
    After only 20 minutes, Tony came about
    Hook his chain up to the car and quickly pulled them out
    (FCGC)
    Before the people went inside from the 20 below zero
    Everyone gave three cheers for Tony the Hero.

    Comments

    • sexybass - 2014-02-04 @ 05:53am

      Good one Sean! Great lyrics and very infectious tune! Hope I don’t have to meet Tony :-)

    • Billy Sea - 2014-02-04 @ 06:51pm

      I was singing along on the chorus. Great song Sean. Really enjoyed it :)

    • Stephen Wordsmith - 2014-02-04 @ 08:20pm

      Love love love the assonance in the chorus. Appropriately bouncy and child-friendly. And although it’s for kids, there’s a real warmth to the line ‘Put me on the road that leads to home’ which would feel right at the lyrical hook to something by Glen Campbell or John Denver.

    • Tiira - 2014-02-05 @ 04:55am

      What fun! Replace the lyric “January morning” with “February morning” and it’s even more of a FAWM-y song. Just kidding, the track doesn’t need that to improve. This really gives me a solid image of a children’s show with Tony Tow Truck helping out his vehicle friends. The chorus is very catchy and it got me singing along. Thanks for sharing,this was a sweet start to my morning!

    • Roberta - 2014-02-05 @ 09:30am

      What a chorus :D Love the catchy melody and the whole song is just adorable. I want to live in Toytown now.

    • Marije - 2014-02-05 @ 10:30am

      Gahh the chorus! Congratulations on pronouncing that without any trouble! :D Like @roberta said, this is such a lovely song! :)

    • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:29pm

      Love this! What a unique song. I don’t usually listen to children’s songs, but I think this would be pretty successful. I can see kids trying to sing along with that fun chorus, which is a bit of a tongue twister. I like that it switches from storytelling to a more active voice in the chorus of people calling on Tony’s services. Memorable too. It’s going to be stuck in my head for a while.

    • Eric - 2014-02-05 @ 08:21pm

      What a great sing-a-long song, especially the chorus! :D Kids love a song with a good tongue twister.

    • folkguy - 2014-02-06 @ 09:13pm

      Great chorus, love to tongue twisterish feel, I can see it being really fun for kids to sing

    • Rob from Amersfoort - 2014-02-08 @ 12:06am

      I just crashed my car but still I can appreciate this, especially the Tow Me Tony Tow Truck Tony Tow Truck Tow Me parts :-). You should sell this to a children program on TV.

    • Martin Quibell - 2014-02-08 @ 02:46am

      What a lovely song Sean :-) I love the story, the chord structure, the feel, and everything. The word play of “Tony, tow me…” etc is a fantastic piece of work. Wonderful!

    • imustbenuts - 2014-02-09 @ 03:55am

      This would be an excellent song for a Pixar film. Great work thanks for sharing!

    • yam655 - 2014-02-18 @ 07:40pm

      My daughter and I really liked this. I think my son (2.5) would also like this, as he’s a big fan of most things with wheels. :)

    • yarimurray - 2014-02-26 @ 07:16am

      What a great and catchy tune! I also love the Tow me Tony Tow Truck Tony Tow Truck tow me line and the tongue-twisty nature of this one. Looking forward to hearing more.


    5. Beer Drone

    2014-02-08 @ 03:34am
    tags: folk guitar acoustic-one-take currentevent

    I was inspired by the news story of LakeMaid Brewing Company delivering 12 packs to ice fishermen on the lake using a remote control hexacopter. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/craft-brewer-lakemaid-beer-s-drone-delivery-hopes-put-on-ice-1.2520252

    Lyrics

    Beer Drone
    (c)Sean McGaughey February 7, 2014
    FAWM #5

    Intro
    F-F-G-Am
    Am G
    In Northern Minnesota when the cold winds blow
    Am G
    We drag our shed onto the lake across the drifting snow
    Am G
    Every fisherman has a place they come to every year
    F G Am
    To drop a line and share good times with good friends and good beer.

    There is nothing as fine as dropping a line into a frozen bay
    It’s a winter fishing village, you could stay here for days
    With a nice warm hut and fish to eat and neighbours in good cheer
    We won’t leave the lake until we’re all out of beer.

    G Am
    Look up in the sky, high above the frozen lake
    G F G
    Could it be fish and game, spying on our take?
    G Am
    Was that a bird or a plane above us that has flown?
    G
    I can hear it’s high pitched buzzing
    G Am
    It must be a drone.

    Jack Supple is a genius. He owns LakeMaid Beer.
    He hatched a plan to send his product out to here.
    Tell your gps position to him on phone,
    He’ll pick up a 12 pack and strap it to the beer drone.

    Look up in the sky, high above the frozen lake?
    Could it be the fish and game, spying on our take
    Was that a bird or a plane that above us has flown?
    I can hear it’s high pitched buzzing
    Here comes the Beer Drone.

    Am
    C X4 Am x4
    Beer Drone, Beer Drone
    G Am
    Flying Beer across the lake for you and me
    C X4 Am x4
    Beer Drone, Beer Drone
    G Am
    It’s the best damn use I know for a UAV.

    It was a fisherman’s best dream, but we knew it couldn’t last
    In came the FAA to shut it all down real fast.
    It’s illegal in the land of the brave and the free
    To deliver beer for sale from a flying UAV.

    Look up in the sky, high above the frozen lake
    Could it be the fish and game, spying on our take
    Was that a bird or a plane that above us has flown?
    I can hear it’s high pitched buzzing
    Here comes the Beer Drone.

    Beer Drone, Beer Drone
    Flying Beer across the lake for you and me
    Beer Drone, Beer Drone
    It’s the best damn use I know for a UAV.

    Comments

    • Bill Martin - 2014-02-08 @ 03:44am

      Beer Drone! haha. I like the parts that I guess I would call the pre-chorus a lot. Good melody. Beeer Drooooone! :)

    • Nancy Rost - 2014-02-08 @ 04:04am

      This is the epic ballad of the beer drone! Such an inspiring story.

    • Bitshred - 2014-02-08 @ 04:53am

      Great story song, and exceptional performance. Enjoyed very much Sean.

    • Phil Mills - 2014-02-08 @ 11:29pm

      Nice choice of story for a fun song. Even as someone who doesn’t drink, I have to agree with “the best damn use I know for a UAV.” :)

    • Kathryn Hoss - 2014-02-10 @ 02:04am

      Okay, now I definitely need beer drones to be a thing that exist.

    • Eric Distad - 2014-02-10 @ 06:17am

      This is a fun song! Great storytelling… especially considering the subject. (I don’t know that I would have thought this for a song!) The Beer Drone lines make me want to sing harmony. Great work!

    • joefahey - 2014-02-17 @ 07:24am

      Nice fun tune here Sean. Funny story, I hadn’t heard of it so it had some local interest. I’d heard of the Amazon plan to deliver by drone. These lyrics are fantastic, so many greta lines, I love it … Could it be fish and game, spying on our take? … This whole section is written perfectly … It was a fisherman’s best dream, but we knew it couldn’t last In came the FAA to shut it all down real fast. It’s illegal in the land of the brave and the free To deliver beer for sale from a flying UAV. This already sounds like a classic !!!

    • E Agner - 2014-02-17 @ 01:41pm

      Funny song — I saw that story too, and wrote my first FAWM song this year about it.


    6. This Ain’t My Hat

    2014-02-09 @ 01:53am
    tags: folk bluesy children

    My friend is a fabulous songwriter who works part-time at the local library. For the past few years, he has been writing songs based on the nominated books for the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading Awards, then performing them at local schools. My co-librarian reminded me that I am also a songwriting librarian, and I should do the same.

    This song was inspired by/ adapted from the picture book This is Not My Hat by John Klassen, a 2014 Blue Spruce Picture Book Nominee.

    Lyrics

    This Ain’t My Hat
    (c) S. McGaughey February 8, 2014
    Inspired by/ adapted from the picture book This is Not My Hat by John Klassen
    Blue Spruce Nominee 2014

    Basic Travis picking

    Intro G- G7 C- C7

    Basic chord structure G–C-G-D with some sevenths and rude notes thrown in

    This Aint My Hat. I just swiped it
    From big Al who didn’t notice cause he was sleeping
    I don’t think he will wake up for hours
    Even then he won’t notice that it’s gone

    If he misses it, he won’t know who took it
    If he thinks it was me he won’t know where I’ve gone
    Nobody ever saw the spot where I hide
    Except for Edgar… but he swore he’d never tell,

    C G
    I know it’s wrong to steal but this hat fits me just right
    C D
    Al has to squish it over his ears, on him it’s just too tight

    Meanwhile, over at Al’s place.

    Hey where’s my Hat. my mama gave me
    I left it on the post then went to bed,
    I think it was Henry. He always liked it,
    If I catch him with my hat he’ll be very, very, very sorry.

    Where would he hide? Which to go?
    I think that I’ll make Edgar tell me what he knows,
    He’s an honest guy, who never lies,
    And when he tells me I’ll find Henry and Henry is gonna
    … give me my hat.

    Comments

    • samsorrow - 2014-02-09 @ 02:21am

      is there anything a song writing librarian can’t do? this is a great story song. this is fun.

    • Phil Mills - 2014-02-09 @ 02:44pm

      Good stuff. A children’s song with a touch of backwoods, murder-ballad sound is a great mix.

    • Eric - 2014-02-09 @ 03:00pm

      I love songs with 7ths and “rude” notes :D I like the way the song is split into 2 different perspectives.

    • wyatt - 2014-02-09 @ 10:27pm

      Aw, I like that Real good job Great kids story song I like the transition over to Al’s place and the ending lines. We need some more kids songs on FAWM this year. I haven’t seen many. They’re a great change of pace

    • darcistrutt - 2014-02-09 @ 11:00pm

      Like the extra notes in those chords – it does make it nice and bluesy. Love the “very, very sorry” and “give me my hat” instead of the obvious un-kid-friendly terms. Fun song!

    • Taylor - 2014-02-10 @ 07:26am

      This makes me want to read the book – this is actually a really interesting idea for a songwriting challenge. I’ve done a song based on the first chapter of a novel, but a song and a picture book are matching sizes! I quite like the “hat fits me just right / just too tight” rhyme. And clever work hiding the “dead” bits – that’s a trick I’ve heard in kid’s TV shows before and you’ve made effective use of it.

    • sexybass - 2014-02-10 @ 11:14pm

      I take off my hat to you! (Wait, where did it go?) love this song and my favourite so far! Funny lyrics and love the country blues feel! Well dne my friend.

    • Brad Brubaker + The Crowd Goes Wild - 2014-02-12 @ 06:49pm

      You have reminded me how liberating it can be to abandon rhyming. All of the words fall in place of their own accord. It makes the few rhyming moments light up all the brighter, while still leaning in closely on the non-rhyming lyrics.


    7. Half a Heart

    2014-02-11 @ 03:14am
    tags: folk acoustic-one-take guitar chord generator

    I’ve been playing with a band in a box type app and random chord generators. This came from a chord structure I got from https://autochords.com/. The chords suggested an old style folk song to me.

    There is room in the middle for fiddle or penny whistle solo if anyone wishes to oblige. ;)

    Lyrics

    Half a Heart
    (C) Sean McGaughey Feb 10, 2014

    Basic Structure 3/4 in F

    A sections
    F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / G / C
    F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / C / F

    B sections
    (Dm / Dm / Am / Am / Gm / Gm / C / C7) x 2

    Intro Bb F C F

    1 A
    F / C / Dm / Am /
    Each evening she walks the cliffs by the shore
    Bb / F / G / C7
    Dreaming of when they were young and naive
    F / C / Dm / Am /
    She holds a worn locket, leading her her way
    Bb / F / C / F
    A gift from her true love to help her believe.

    2 B
    Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
    As the months and years fall like leaves in October
    Gm / Gm / C / C7
    Hope tends to crumble, shrivel and burn
    Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
    But still she holds on to the locket he gave her
    Gm / Gm / C / C7
    Half a heart to be matched on the day he returned.

    3 Instrumental (Penny whistle or fiddle) Pattern A
    F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / G / C
    F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / C / F

    4 B
    Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
    One night she climbed up the path for the last time.
    Gm / Gm / C / C7
    Gazing out over the black, empty sea
    Dm / Dm / Am / Am /
    Then she took off the locket an cast it below
    Gm / Gm / C / C7
    Abandoning hope, she hoped to be free.

    5 Instrumental (Penny whistle or fiddle) Pattern A

    F / C / Dm / Am / Bb / F / C / F (fade out)

    Comments

    • amandajane - 2014-02-11 @ 03:42am

      I can hear a quite traditional folk song here :) Almost bits of a trad Irish ballad in places… it is really lovely and sweet :)

    • emkeev - 2014-02-11 @ 03:49am

      Nice waltz tune! a bit of a sad story which I like. I also really like your choice of key and chords, and the variance in the song structure. My favorite’s the melody at the start of the B section, which is very plaintive and communicates the mood very well. Great job!

    • joefahey - 2014-02-11 @ 05:21am

      Beautiful tune here, very gentle and it has a nice timeless feel. Your voice sounds very nice on this especially when you sing the instrumental. I’ll have to check out the Autochords site, I didn’t know there was such a thing, that could come in pretty handy right about now.

    • wyatt - 2014-02-11 @ 01:32pm

      Good hook and story. I expected her to jump off the cliff :) I’m with @joefahey on the tune–Love it

    • Donna - 2014-02-13 @ 10:06am

      I love a good folk tale. :) The title/hook drew me in. You’ve given the song pretty melody and compelling music. Nice details in the lyric as well. Nice work. :)

    • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-13 @ 09:42pm

      Sad story, but very easy to relate to. Well written too. I think these lyrics work well with the melancholy feel of the chords. I agree with previous comments that it does have a timeless feel to it. Reminds me of Nico’s solo work for some reason. I think it’s a certain somberness in the voice.

    • benjo - 2014-02-17 @ 05:34pm

      hey what a great story and so well told lovely melody


    8. Valentine’s Day

    2014-02-14 @ 06:32pm
    tags: folk acoustic children

    On February 13, my first graders dared me to write a song about Valentine’s Day in one day. Not much of a challenge for a FAWMER but I didn’t tell them that.

    Lyrics

    Valentine’s Day

    ©Sean McGaughey February 14, 2014 FAWM #8

    Sprightly in C. Verses C-Em-F-G , Choruses F-F- C-Em, G-G-FG-C

    All of the children are dressed in pink and white

    They carry bags of envelopes, each one sealed tight

    With cards that say ‘I heart you’, or ‘Will you be mine?’

    My heart is sure to smile when I read my valentines.

    Chorus:

    There is chocolate and candy, and games to play

    Everybody loves Valentine’s Day.

    I got a picture of a globe that says, ‘You mean the world to me’

    You’re the apple of my eye, written on an apple tree

    You’re sew very special says a needle to some thread,

    If I read more cards like that, I’ll get a swelled head.

    Two socks with mouths and eyes say, ‘We make a perfect pair’

    ‘I mustache you a question’, on a card with real hair.

    ‘We’ll always stick together’ says a jar of glue

    And a monkey with some almonds says ‘I’m nuts about you’.

    A bright orange goldfish says, “You are a catch”

    A cartoon stick on fire squeals, “I finally found my match”

    There’s a card with a measuring stick that says, “You rule”.

    I always like the cards I get for Valentines at school.

    Comments

    • zarmo - 2014-02-14 @ 07:45pm

      That’s nice and funny in good way. Simply and sympathetic!

    • arthurrossi - 2014-02-14 @ 10:40pm

      What an impressive and lovely collection of Valentines-sentences! Very nice idea, and the pair rhyme work very fine here… I also like where you have musically taken this, a beautiful, serene song, very nicely done!

    • Phil Mills - 2014-02-15 @ 07:37pm

      Very pleasant song for the kids! I like the rhythmic style you’ve brought into it.

    • expendablefriend - 2014-02-16 @ 08:45am

      Cute! I’m guessing you’re a teacher? In which case I hope being able to write songs like this on demand has now made you the coolest teacher in the school (if you weren’t already before)!

    • yam655 - 2014-02-17 @ 10:01pm

      My daughter (5) wanted to say how much we liked your song.

    • Eric Distad - 2014-02-18 @ 02:35am

      I love how you included all the the card lines and made them all work together. So many bad puns… how could they have not been made into a song before. :) This has a great bounce to it – I love the fast chord transition under the somewhat more static melody line in the verse. Fun song!

    • Chip Withrow - 2014-02-18 @ 12:44pm

      What fun! Hope you played this for your kids. Those lines about the cards and gifts are excellent! I like the humor in your voice – I can tell what a good time you had with this one.

    • Chip Withrow - 2014-02-18 @ 12:45pm

      What fun! Hope you played this for your kids. Those lines about the cards and gifts are excellent! I like the humor in your voice – I can tell what a good time you had with this one. (Sorry for the double post – but I did like it enough for two!)

    • flutterby42 - 2014-02-19 @ 12:05am

      What a sweet little ditty! But what I want to know is did you get the lines from the cards or did you make them up yourself? I agree with the poster below; I hope you played this for your first graders, as I’m sure they would have loved it!


    9. Through our Window

    2014-02-16 @ 09:17pm
    tags: skirmish sundayskirmish acoustic-one-take fragment

    During the hour of the skirmish, I only got 1/2 a song done but posted what I had so far, then I came back later to finish it.

    Update:
    I have all the pieces in place to do simple multitrack recordings, REAPER, Zoom H4, can fake it at multiple instruments etc… but I always chicken out. Today I decided to try. This is one of the first recordings I have tried to build track by track. first guitar, then bass, egg shaker for percussion, then vocals. I monkeyed around with amp FX on the bass and guitar, and even did a couple overdubs on the vocals. I just mixed to my ears in the headphones.
    It’s kind of empowering to be the whole band.

    PS: Here is the initial rough acoustic sketch. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/43600061/SeanMcGaughey-FAWM9-ThroughMyWindow-first-acousticmix.mp3

    Lyrics

    Through Our Window
    FAWM 9 Sunday Skirmish
    (C) Sean McGaughey February 16

    A Section G- B- C- G- G- D- G
    B Section C- D- G -Em- C- D- G

    A
    Sunday afternoon, there is nothing as fine
    as waking from a nap to see the sunshine
    Streaming through our window.

    A
    We’ve got bills to pay and chores to do
    but I want to stay in bed with you
    Watching the world pass by our window.

    B
    The midwinter sun promises spring
    As we lay here cuddling
    Speaking volumes with hardly a word.

    B
    Dreaming of castles and getaways.
    Calling “Time Out” for just one day.
    As frosty diamonds sparkle through our window

    A
    Sunday afternoon, there is nothing as fine
    as waking from a nap to see the sunshine
    Streaming through our window.

    Comments

    • snoozin - 2014-02-16 @ 09:29pm

      I love the upbeat tempo and feeling you have going here…great start! Please let me know when you add to it and I’ll come by and have another listen!

    • darcistrutt - 2014-02-16 @ 09:29pm

      This made me smile! My hubby happens to be napping this afternoon. Nice peppy tune and strumming.

    • Sonic Death Eagle - 2014-02-16 @ 09:51pm

      I love napping on a sunny Sunday afternoon! This is a nice happy tune!

    • Corinne Curcio - 2014-02-16 @ 09:53pm

      Nice 1/2 song :) Lovely sentiment

    • Kevin Emmrich - 2014-02-16 @ 09:58pm

      I only got one verse and chorus done, so I can relate. I do think while a full song is always the goal, a 1/2 a song is a great accomplishment for a skirmish (at least that is what I told myself today — ha, ha).. Nice rhythm and melody, I think this will be a good one when you come back and finish it up. In any case, chalk another song up in the count total!

    • arthurrossi - 2014-02-16 @ 09:58pm

      Lovely happy tune and awesome half-lyrics with a lovely flow to them… I like the line “And watch the world pass by our window”…

    • samsorrow - 2014-02-16 @ 10:05pm

      this is a brilliant half song. I like the sentiment of trying to capture that fleeting moment. this has a nice upbeat rocking feel, that will develop nicely if you chose to expand upon it. nice work.

    • tamsnumber4 - 2014-02-16 @ 10:56pm

      I would LOVE to have a nap, you sold me. Like your upbeat melody and idea, nice vocal, enjoyed your skirmish song!

    • John Crossman - 2014-02-16 @ 11:08pm

      A half song is a good half-skirmish. The chord progression and melody with the word “widnow” stretched out a bit is sounding really nice so far. Good start, Sean!

    • Kevin Emmrich - 2014-02-17 @ 03:40am

      Congrats on the mulit-tracking thing — it opens up another whole world of fun. I had to crank the output volume, but when I did that the mix seemed pretty decent. Good performance and nice that you came back and finished it up!

    • Eric - 2014-02-17 @ 02:37pm

      This song makes me feel wistful about last Thursday, when my wife and I were snowed in and all I wanted to do was just hang out with her, but I had to jump on the computer and work from home instead. *Sigh* I have had some really great “time out” days in the past though and they were exactly like this song.

    • sexybass - 2014-02-17 @ 07:32pm

      Love the lyrics and the music really works well on this one. I also like the multi- tracking job you did. Good one Sean!

    • Martin Quibell - 2014-02-18 @ 10:17pm

      From the notebook; Lovely changes between sections. Wonderful music. Love the words, and the performance is brilliant! Great song Sean :-)


    10. Old Freight Train

    2014-02-19 @ 07:56pm
    tags: blues slide acoustic-one-take train

    @benjo wrote this the other day and asked me to try a blues treatment on it. I dug out a slide I’ve had for years but never figured out how to use and tuned my guitar to open g– too high, tuned to open D and it came together.

    Lyrics

    OLD FREIGHT TRAIN
    Lyrics Benjo aka Tony McGlinchey Music and vocals Sean McGaughey
    (c) Feb 19, 2014 FAWM #10
    12 bar blues in open D

    I

    old freight train
    keep on rolling
    get that cargo
    up the hill

    blow your steam
    burst through bridges
    past silver streams
    and smoky mills

    old iron wheels
    sweet rhythm soothes
    echoes from mountains
    freight train blues

    II
    old freight train
    you’re in my heart
    you’ll take my soul
    the day we part

    old freight train
    one more load
    one more run
    pulling the coal

    rain or shine
    sleet or snow
    over foaming rivers
    with heavy loads

    III
    old freight train
    at the station
    our last run
    before we part

    after thirty years
    riding the rails
    you’ll be forever
    in this old heart

    old freight train
    your in my heart
    you’ll take my soul
    the day we part

    IV
    old freight train
    one more load
    one more run
    pulling the coal

    old freight train
    this is goodbye
    I’ll remember you
    until the day I die

    © copyright house all rights reserved

    Comments

    • Mary Choate - 2014-02-19 @ 08:10pm

      Sounds great! You nailed it! Would also work as a bluegrass tune.

    • Phil Norman - 2014-02-19 @ 08:11pm

      Great collaboration, y’all. It’s important for everyone to have a song about a train.

    • sexybass - 2014-02-20 @ 04:30am

      Nice collab! Good lyrics and the tune suits it well. I can hear harmonica on this one!


    11. Snowblind

    2014-02-21 @ 12:35am
    tags: folk dadgad acoustic-one-take winter canadiana

    Last month, I wrote a set of verses and chorus that simply did not go together. This month I unbolted them. The chorus became the seed of TONY Tow Truck, and the first two verses here sparked off this bit of Canadiana. Besides– it’s February. Has anyone else ever written a winter song for FAWM?

    Lyrics

    Snowblind
    (c) Sean McGaughey February 20, 2014 FAWM #11
    Key of D in DADGAD

    Driving Home one evening on Highway 69
    The moon peeked above the clouds and stars began to shine
    Out of the blue, snow began to fall
    I had driven smack into a Georgian Bay Squall

    I was Snowblind, Stuck tight in the snow,
    Can’t go forth or back, got no way to go.
    All you can do is dig yourself back out again.
    I guess it’s all a part of being Canadian.

    The road ahead had turned into a solid wall of white
    Blackness behind me, not a single car in sight
    I hit a patch of ice and felt the backend twitch
    Before I knew what happened, I had plowed into the ditch

    I was Snowblind, Stuck tight in the snow,
    Can’t go forth or back, got no way to go.
    All you can do is dig yourself back out again.
    I guess it’s all a part of being Canadian.

    When troubles swirl and drift around and you can’t see the road ahead
    When promises are left unkept, and kind words unsaid
    When you find yourself snowed under in the soul’s dark winter night,
    After winter comes the spring, and with spring comes the light.

    Comments

    • wyatt - 2014-02-21 @ 12:56am

      Yeah, you’ve got that working Love the melody Real good vocal A story often told that far north I’d think. All our snow (about 10 inches” disappeared thos week what with it hitting 70 here today in MidMO I wouldn’t care if we didn’t get anymore till NEXT winter :) Write on

    • timwint - 2014-02-25 @ 06:40pm

      Great story with excellent application. Looks like we are both at 13 now. Good luck this week.

    • Chris “Chickenwing” Quigley - 2014-02-27 @ 08:04pm

      I think we are the only two songwriters in history to write a song called “Snowblind” that ISN’T about cocaine. Nicely done, and thank you for your comments on “Separation Anxiety”

    • janeg - 2014-03-01 @ 03:12am

      Good topic choice for this winter! I like that you specified Georgian Bay – I prefer details to just generic. Well handled.


    12. All Kinds of Energy

    2014-02-21 @ 08:56pm
    tags: folk childrens acoustic-one-take writing-with-children

    In my 1st grade science classes I am teaching a unit on Energy in Our Lives. Yesterday one of the students “dared” me to write a song about energy, like they dared me to write a valentine’s song last week. Instead I challenged them to co-write a song with me. Here it is.

    Lyrics

    All Kinds of Energy

    By Mr. McG and Mrs L’s and Mrs. H’s Grade 1 and 2 classes
    February 20,21 2014 FAWM 12
    Key of G.
    There are different kinds of energy that we use every day
    Mom uses it to cook our meals, we use it to play
    Flowers and Trees get their energy, right from the sun
    And the sun gives off all kinds of energy for everyone

     

    In the morning we have cereal, There’s energy in food we eat,
    Our muscles use that energy as we run down the street.
    The bus needs gasoline for its fuel to bring us to school
    And computers use electricity, to show us something cool
    The arena uses electricity so ice is freezing cold.
    Our muscles move us around the rink when we try to make a goal.
    We get more energy at dinner time after we play,
    Everybody uses all kinds of energy every single day.

    Comments

    • Mannyc53 - 2014-02-21 @ 09:01pm

      Cute kids song!

    • tsunamidaily - 2014-02-23 @ 08:37pm

      great little ditty to teach by! simple music with a memorable melody. starting with the chorus is a good move as well.

    • Nancy Rost - 2014-02-27 @ 09:06pm

      I admit I came here for the title, which made me think of very energetic kids. The educational approach was also entertaining to listen to. Nice way to communicate it simply and effectively.


    13. Unintended Consequence

    2014-02-25 @ 01:51am
    tags: doo-wop biab experiment

    So much to say here. We have been doing a weekly FAWMwriting session at the Midland Cultural Centre on Saturday mornings and choosing a few challenges to last the week. I combined a chord structure challenge FDmBbCAmEb and the title Unintended Consequences. I have been dabbling with a Band in a Box type android app called ireal pro. I inputted the chords into it, played with genre presets until I got a neat doowop vibe happening then wrote the lyrics. It is waay beyond my normal 3 chords and the truth style of writing with a guitar.

    Lyrics

    Unintended Consequence
    FAWM 13
    Sean McGaughey

    It all began when me’n the boys
    went to the high school dance
    I was hanging out with the guys
    Wasn’t thinking ’bout romance.

    Chorus
    It started out an ordinary day
    I never thought that it would turn out this way

    Then I saw you
    clear across the room,
    Maybe it was the shirt you wore,
    or a hint of your perfume.

    For a while I clung to the wall
    Feeling way to shy
    but I couldn’t bear the thought of you
    dancing with another guy

    Chorus
    It started out an ordinary day
    I never thought that it would turn out this way

    Half way across the floor
    I almost turned around
    I thought that when I asked to dance
    You’d laugh and turn me down

    You said I love to dance
    as we moved onto the floor
    I don’t think that I felt as free
    with anyone before

    Chorus
    It started out an ordinary day
    I never thought that it would turn out this way

    Between the moon and the dance floor
    We took our first chance
    Till then I didn’t think
    much of romance
    I know there’s no such thing
    as love at first sight
    But maybe our love
    got started that night

    Chorus
    It started out an ordinary day
    I never thought that it would turn out this way
    End Tag…
    .. It was an unintended consequence.

    Comments

    • ZeCoop - 2014-02-26 @ 01:19am

      I love doo-wop and this is so much fun. Not your ordinary doo-wop, though! It has some chord progression twists and turns. It’s all fun though. Very nice – you captured the feeling completely! I’ve always wondered about the BIAB type of things. I’ve had zero luck with anything MIDI, so my expectations for myself would be very low. This sounds good though! Well done… :)

    • Mannyc53 - 2014-02-27 @ 01:54pm

      Back to the 50′s, Very Cool!


    14. Don’t Call Anymore

    2014-02-28 @ 02:02am
    tags: folk guitar acoustic-one-take

    We have a very dedicated a persistent phone scammer (or group of scammers) All of them call on a very bad VOIP line and ask for someone who hasn’t lived at this address for a decade. Then they claim “You have won a prize” or “You have a package” We can recognize them by voice by now and they don’t seem deterred by being called out as frauds. If you get a phone number from them, they are all from area code 876 (Jamaica) In the last two days one persistent guy called over 20 times ending at 10pm and starting again just after 6 am. This is how I channelled my rage.

    Lyrics

    Don’t Call Anymore
    Sean McGaughey (c) Feb 26, 27
    FAWM 2014 #14

    V1
    B F# E F#
    Hello is this Brenda
    Says a voice on the line
    Same damn wrong number
    for the thousandth time

    He says you’ve won millions
    but it’s just a trick
    And his phone number’s
    area eight seven six

    Chorus
    BB F#F# G#mG#m E EM
    Don’t call anymore
    Telling me lies
    There’s no mercedes
    or some other prize

    Don’t call anymore
    Changing your name
    It’s time to stop.
    We’re on to your game.

    V1
    Today he’s Mr Washington
    From the lottery game.
    Tomorrow it’s a package
    and he has a new name

    Just a man from Jamaica
    Whose job is to try
    defraud you of money
    by telling you lies.

    E F#M B A E F#
    Some days I cringe
    when I pick up the phone
    And they ask for a person
    Who’s not in this home

    B F# E F#
    They say it’s a contest
    But it’s all a trick
    If he calls from Jamaica
    he’s probably a cheat.

    Comments

    • Odilon Green - 2014-02-28 @ 05:19pm

      I know exactly what you mean about the scam. Not that one in particular, but I get those too. You’ve channelled your rage most effectively; I can hear the desperation in your voice to STOP DAMN CALLING! And the lo-fi, one-take recording and “man with a guitar” instrumentation help set the atmosphere: this is a sincere plea from the heart, an aggravation that caused you to just pick up your guitar and hit ‘record.’ You should just put a tape recorder next to your phone, and next time you get a call, hold it up to the mouthpiece and press ‘play.’ ;)

    • kimbeggs - 2014-03-01 @ 05:32am

      This is precious. Thanks so much. ONe thing I might suggest is using a capo. It will simplify the chords dramatically, which will help you to focus on the lyrics, and singing the melody. Although if nailing the chords might part of your goal as well, then pay no attention to what I just said. I like your passion here.


    Soundboard Messages

    • devin - 2014-01-20 @ 11:24am

      Happy FAWMing to you sir, a true Northern Light! :-)

    • Eric Distad - 2014-01-20 @ 04:57pm

      Welcome back Sean!

    • johnstaples - 2014-01-20 @ 07:15pm

      hiya ductapeguy! Happy FAWM!!!!

    • arthurrossi - 2014-01-20 @ 10:12pm

      Hey Sean! Great to see you here! I am looking forward to hearing your new songs! Have an awesome Fawm! :-)

    • erinkelsey3 - 2014-01-21 @ 01:19am

      Hey there!!

    • natrin - 2014-01-21 @ 02:41am

      Hello!! ^_^

    • Wolf Kier - 2014-01-21 @ 12:37pm

      thanks for dropping by! good luck with your 2014 song hunting season. They got plenty 14 pointers over there in Canada for sure! Happy FAWMing! Wolf.

    • devin - 2014-01-21 @ 12:45pm

      I modified my blanket permission statement to be more concise and less dorky :-) And I’m not the ring master of Canadian FAWMers… but I do accept responsibility for much of the evil underbelly that lurks inside the covers of a good portion of the songbooks around :D

    • Martin Quibell - 2014-01-21 @ 02:22pm

      Great times ahead Sean :-)

    • Eric - 2014-01-21 @ 06:13pm

      Hi Sean! Good to see you back!

    • Aaron Nathans - 2014-01-21 @ 09:12pm

      Hi Sean!

    • Errol - 2014-01-22 @ 03:07pm

      ALLLLLLOOOOO SEAN! ^_^ And the trees are calling…

    • kristian - 2014-01-22 @ 10:25pm

      Nice to see you and meet you and your lovely family and listen to you and talk to you and… And…. FAWM baby!

    • Nancy Rost - 2014-01-26 @ 06:47am

      Hi, Sean! I think of you every time I use duct tape. :-)

    • Bitshred - 2014-02-01 @ 05:11am

      Nice to see you back. :)

    • johnstaples - 2014-02-01 @ 12:46pm

      Thanks for listening to Never Coming Home and for your kind words!!

    • alyssa2 - 2014-02-02 @ 05:40am

      Thank you for your kind words! :)

    • hamiltonpoolhall - 2014-02-04 @ 10:55pm

      Ha! I forgot about that Steve Earle song (how convenient!) I’ll have to go give it a re-listen. As soon as I give *your* songs here a listen, of course :-)

    • imustbenuts - 2014-02-05 @ 12:11am

      Thanks for the feedback on “Not My First Pony Show”

    • Tiira - 2014-02-05 @ 04:47am

      Thanks for the feedback on “My Digital”. That kind of synth sound was just what I was looking for, so I’m happy I succeeded in painting the right mental image of an 8-bit world.

    • PSEUDONYM - 2014-02-05 @ 07:23pm

      Thanks for the feedback on my tune. The first comment on the first song is the most important. It can keep you going!

    • k anderson - 2014-02-05 @ 08:24pm

      Hope? Hope is for schmucks! Let’s wallow in self-pity instead!

    • Melissa Schiller - 2014-02-06 @ 08:47am

      thanks so much for listening to and commenting on my second song :)

    • imustbenuts - 2014-02-06 @ 03:55pm

      Thanks for comment on “Are You A Robot?!”

    • arthurrossi - 2014-02-06 @ 10:15pm

      Hey Sean! Thank you very much for the beautiful comment!

    • Miltz - 2014-02-07 @ 12:32am

      Thank you for the comment on Petting Zoo.

    • imustbenuts - 2014-02-07 @ 10:08am

      Thanks for feedback on “Blood Soaked Nails”!

    • dee - 2014-02-07 @ 11:16am

      Thanks for your comments and suggestions on Transparent Heart. I’ll have a think about the changes and let you know. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Martin Quibell - 2014-02-08 @ 03:44am

      Thank you for your kind words about Superpowered. :-)

    • jamkar - 2014-02-09 @ 10:00pm

      Thank for your kind comments on my collab with Eric!

    • Jaegerin - 2014-02-10 @ 01:14pm

      Thank you for your nice comment on “I’d Like to be a Lighthouse” :-)

    • E Agner - 2014-02-17 @ 01:42pm

      Thanks for your kind words on “Diamonds”, that was a lucky impulse that turned into a weird little song. I see you and I were both inspired by the story about drones delivering beer, funny.

    • benjo - 2014-02-17 @ 08:56pm

      hi sean, can’t thank you enough for your offer but NEIL CMMPBELL has already said he is working on it, I don’t know what the rules are on two people doing the same lyric but I wonder if you like the look of OLD BLACK MAN I’m so sorry about that sean but I don’t want to upset anyone but I would love you to do one of my lyrics let me know sean and it’s yours my friend THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR OFFER tony…

    • benjo - 2014-02-17 @ 10:27pm

      hi sean just posted a lyric called OLD FREIGHT TRAIN I wonder if you like the look of that one as a blues maybe take a look my friend hope you like it thanks sean tony…

    • benjo - 2014-02-18 @ 04:20pm

      hi sean sorry late reply just got in yeah I just finished that lyric last night and thanks for taking a go at it can’t wait enjoy and good luck speak soon sean tony…

    • flutterby42 - 2014-02-19 @ 12:06am

      I came here because of a comment you left on someone else’s song and I’m glad you did. When I get a bit more time, I look forward to listening to some more of your songs. I like your sense of humour!

    • benjo - 2014-02-19 @ 07:13pm

      HOLY SHIT MAN WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW I can’t believe what you have done on the OLD FREIGHT TRAIN that is exactly how it should be done, YOU SMASHED IT oh I love that man that’s how it played in my head as I wrote it YOU GOT THAT TALENT TAKE A BOW it really took me to that place beautiful job man BLEW ME AWAY WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW TONY…

    • benjo - 2014-02-19 @ 08:25pm

      oh man I love it so authentic I put it up on my soundcloud now I’m going to try and put it up on the site looking forward to comments on this YOU REALLY GOT IT MAN THANK YOU SO MUCH / GREAT COLLAB WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW ps check out my soundcloud to make sure your happy with your name https://soundcloud.com/tony-mcglinchey/old-freight-train tony…

    • benjo - 2014-02-19 @ 08:59pm

      hi sean I posted the song but I can’t work out how to put the collab names up together so if you know please put it right I will keep trying hope its ok for you bud tony…

    • alboe - 2014-02-22 @ 07:22am

      Hi, thank you for your kind words on “Is there a Doctor in the building”. Glad you liked it, and I guess singing along is never a bad thing :).

    • timwint - 2014-02-25 @ 06:41pm

      Sean, thanks a bunch for taking a listen to After the Circus Leaves Town. I took a look at some of your work and I think we are thinking alike. Appreciate your input.

    • ZeCoop - 2014-02-26 @ 01:20am

      Thanks a lot for checking out my little uke tune… I appreciated your comment(s). ;-) Hopefully it will get some lyrics, but it’s pretty laid back and can function that way – if I can re-teach myself how to play it, lol. I seriously don’t remember, as I recorded the uke part about a week ago. :(

    • ZeCoop - 2014-02-26 @ 01:40am

      Things stay zongs a lot longer here at the end of February… everybody is pulling their hair out trying to finish their songs. Once Saturday comes around – it’s a non-stop listening/commenting party. :) Well done though. Glad I could bust it!!!

    • yarimurray - 2014-02-26 @ 07:17am

      Thanks for listening and commenting on It’s All I Can Do. I’m enjoying listening to your stuff and will do more once Saturday rolls around.

    • benjo - 2014-02-27 @ 05:40pm

      hi sean just to say a big thank you for the collab before FAWM ends take care tony

    • Monty - 2014-02-28 @ 04:27am

      Thanks for the nice feedback on Where Ditgo. Hopefully I’ll find a way of finishing it properly.

    • Jaegerin - 2014-02-28 @ 12:18pm

      Thanks for your nice comments on “Run with the Doctor” ! Very chuffed to know that your daughter wants to learn it :-)

    (Here is how my daughter learned the words to Jaegerin’s “Run With the Doctor”)

    sjmcg-runwiththedoctor

    • Jaegerin - 2014-03-01 @ 04:43am

      Oh wow… you and Sarah just totally made my week! Have sent her an e-mail. Thank you so much! (no-one else ever has ever sung one of my songs before…)



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, general, music, Simcoe County, Songwriting, Tiny, Uncategorized) by Sean on January-22-2014

Each January, about 40 friends rent Wildfire Outdoor Education Centre in Wyevale Ontario for a DIY musicians getaway weekend of great food, music, and workshops presented by the participants.  Here is my DIY workshop on how February Album Writing Month and Nanowrimo changed my creative process.

Outline and links.

How to Lose Your Mind in Thirty Days

Creativity and impossible online challenges.

Sean McGaughey: http://ductapeguy.net , http://nano.mcgaughey.ca

In 2013, I accidentally fell into a creative whirlwind. From February 1 to December 23, I wrote 49 songs and 1 novel.

Read Forevuary prologue.

February Album Writing Month

  • Http://fawm.org (stay very away from .com)
  • Write 14 Songs in 28 days.
  • Online forums, personalized page. Supportive community.
  • Song skirmish– someone suggests a skirmish at a certain time. At the given time, they post a title. Then you have one hour to write, record and post a song
  • Feedback on the site is invaluable. Usually within an hour of posting you will get a couple or more comments from other writers.
  • Collaboration: some writers are pure lyricists and will post –’ needs music’ to invite people to set their song to music.
  • Strong culture of sharing your music and providing constructive feedback to others.

Fifty-Ninety: 50 songs in 90 days

Nanowrimo

  • Premise: Write a novel in 30 days from Nov 1 to Nov 30.

  • Supposed to be a new novel project– not one in progress 1667 words a day– 50000 words minimum. You will not write a novel in 30 days, but if you succeed you will have a very good start on a first draft.

  • I finished nanowrimo as did my daughter and niece.

  • Culture of Nanowrimo: Local events and write-ins, online chatrooms and forums,

  • Word wars– timed writing against others.

  • Culture of not sharing writing in progress. Would be too time consuming– interfere with people’s ability to write 1667 words daily.

 

Midland Penetanguishene Songwriters on Facebook.

  • Saturday Songwriters at the MCC. Third Saturday morning of the month at 11am in the Roxy Cafe at the Midland Cultural Centre. For FAWM we will meet Jan 18 then every Saturday in February 1,8,15,22 and March 1.

Time to Write: Song Skirmish Title: Polar Vortex, Snow Day, Do It Yourself

 

We had 4 writers in the group and here is our finished song.

Do It Yourself

 

(DIY 2014  Jan 11, 2014)  (c) Mary  Marcolin, Ed Winacott, Sean McGaughey,  Chris Johnston

 

Remember the story of the Little Red Hen

She didn’t get help again and again

No one stepped up to hoe, or reap

But they all lined in time to eat.. the bread

 

Don’t you know you can do it yourself

Best not to count on anyone else

Take a deep breath and give it a shot

All you need, you’ve already got.

 

The Little Red Hen told her chicks

Together, there’s no problem we can’t fix

By the end of the day we’ll all get fed

When we work together for our daily bread.

 

Don’t you know we can do it ourselves

Best not to count on anyone else

Take a deep and give it a shot

All we need, we’ve already got.

Sometimes life gets a little perverse

When you least expect, a turn for the worst

For a home cooked meal with all the fixin’s

Free Range, Grain Fed, is Finger lickin’



Filed Under (Midland, Penetanguishene, Songwriting, Tay, Tiny, Uncategorized) by Sean on September-21-2013

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For several years I have discussed and procrastinated the idea of forming a songwriter’s group in the Midland-Penetanguishene area. I have never felt an urgency to do so because my needs to belong to a community of fellow songwriters are well met through my membership the Barrie and District Association for Singer Songwriters (BADASS) and online through February Album Writing Month and the Fifty-Ninety Songwriting challenge.  But the idea of having a collective of writers supporting each other and building opportunities within our communities of Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny, and Tay remains.

 

What?

 

I would like to gather with like minded songwriters to form GrUMPS  or GUMPS  (or another less cutesy acronym)  GRownUp Midland Penetang Songwriters

 

GrU=  Grownup =  This would be a group for adult writers to get together and share and hone their craft.  We would not turn away talented exceptional young adults (in fact welcome them), but young musicians are already being served in our area by several groups notably Stellula.

MP-  Midland-Penetanguisene  (and Tiny and Tay)  The four townships define the general boundaries of our community.  We would not turn away songwriters from Coldwater, Barrie, or even Saskatoon, but we want to keep the focus on our community.

 

S-  Songwriters.  The GBMA and HFA serve the needs of many musicians and artists.  Songwriters have a need to gather as peers, share our songs, hone our craft, collaborate, create opportunities for songwriters to showcase their music.

Who?  I personally know a bunch of area songwriters who may be interested in such a group.  If you are reading this, I likely sent it your way via facebook or email.  Please share this idea with your musician-songwriter friends.

 

When? Where?  The songwriting group I currently belong to meets once a month at one of the members homes.  We have a core group of about 25 members scattered over the North of GTA area from Newmarket and Tottenham, to Barrie, Orillia and Midland.

We could use this model of meeting in member homes or perhaps use a public use room at

one of the libraries.   (I’m looking at you Scott).

 

Why:  To promote collaboration and community among the songwriters in our community, to hone our craft, …

 

How? Good Question.  Let’s dive in and figure out what kind of a group we want.  We could have meetings to co-write, share songwriting tips, we could organize showcases, we could use social media and websites to promote local songwriters…

 I have set up a Facebook group called Midland Penetanguishene Songwriters.  Let your songwriting friends know and let’s see what we can build together.



Filed Under (blog) by Sean on September-2-2013

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My daughter asked me to take her to FanExpo in Toronto. Although I am a life long science fiction fan, it was my first con and her first as well. Our family has spent the summer watching the post 2005 series of Doctor Who. It was no surprise when my daughter told me that we were going to go to the Con dressed as the Doctor and Clara. In the weeks prior to the con, we found out that the Doctor Who Society of Canada was attempting to break the Guiness world record by gathering a record number of fans in Dalek costumes. For three weeks, we searched second hand stores for the perfect red dress, then I found an amazing Shiny gold trenchcoat out of which we made costumes for Dalek Dad and Clara Oswin Dalek for the World record attempt. In my other summer adventure, with my brain immersed in Dr. Who, I wrote a post for the Official CNE blog called A Timelord’s Guide to the CNE.

When we got to the Convention Centre, we were overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the event, but we quickly raced through the buildings to find our way to the Guinness Record attempt. Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor was guest judge and MC for the record attempt. I had warned my daughter that although our costumes were awesome, they were not nearly as elaborate as cosplay costumes can get. I cautioned her that some snobbish geeks may find flaws in our costumes. I was not expecting Colin Baker, the Doctor himself to comment (in good sport) that I looked more like a guy in a raincoat than a Dalek (I did). It makes for a great story so I wrote a song about it called Dr. Who Made Fun of Me.

The rest of our day at FanExpo was a whirlwind. We met up with my sister, brother-in-law and nephews for a couple hours of family time exploring, then Sarah and I spent the afternoon browsing the show floor. After Fanexpo closed for the day, we went to the Doctor Who Society after party where we met a bunch of wonderful Dr. Who Fans and Sarah won a contest for the cosplayer who could stay in character then longest quoting only lines that their character spoke on the show.

My inner 13 year old has been overjoyed all summer with my adventures at FanExpo, FAWMSTOCK and the CNE. But the 45 year old husband and father that I am treasures the time I have had to spend with my family and especially my daughter through all these events. My daughter was thrilled that in one day she went to her first FanExpo, her first flashmob, and her first Guiness Record.

I live tweeted our day at the FanExpo, and posted tons of pictures on Google+ . They are right after the break. Read the rest of this entry »



Filed Under (blog) by Sean on August-21-2013

I have been having a blast at the as one of the 10 official bloggers for the Canadian National Exhibition.

Here is the Story of How I was Selected as an Official CNE blogger

I will try to keep this post updated with links to my CNE media.
Official CNE Blog Posts

  1. Memorable Moments at the Ex
  2. A Timelord’s View of the Ex or The CNE Through the Eyes of a Doctor Who Fan
  3. We Send the World Music
  4. Be a Part of the Circus at the Ex

On the grounds at the Ex, I tried to tweet as much as possible using the free wifi across most of the grounds. My posts on twitter get automatically reposted to Facebook. It was alot of fun enjoying the Ex with my family and sharing it online in real time.

More of my Tweets and pictures are after the break. Read the rest of this entry »



Filed Under (podcast) by Sean on August-7-2013

Ecne-waitingvery summer since my daughter was about 4, my family has spent one or two days at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.  Last year, on their facebook page, I read about their Official CNE Blogger contest too late to enter.   This year I watched their webpage and began to write a 250 word entry on the day the contest was opened– then I procrastinated until the last day and wrote and revised an exactly 250 word entry while we were camping in Pennsylvania.  Last minute effort or not, I have been selected as one of 10 2013 CNE bloggers. Tonight I went to an orientation meeting on the Ex grounds for the 10 selected bloggers.

 

This year, the CNE runs from August 16 to Labour Day. I am looking forward to exploring the fair with a bunch of my friends and family members, then writing, podcasting, and vidcasting our experiences.  Here is a brief introductory podcast of the post I sent as my entry.

 



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, podcast) by Sean on August-4-2013

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July 24-28, I attended FAWMSTOCK, a gathering for songwriters from around the world who have participated in February Album Writing Month.  About 30 musicians from Canada, the United States and Europe gathered at the Emlenton Mill in Emlenton, PA for 3 days of music and merriment.  This show features some of the music from FAWMSTOCK along with some of my reflections about the event.

As always, the music is copyright its respective authors.

Songs:

Coffee is Magic:  erinkelsey3, emkeev, devin, ductapeguy, Steven Wesley Guiles

Doctor Holloway: emkeev

Take the Plunge:  Steven Wesley Guiles   with Debs,

Opposite Girl: standup, nancyrost

Across the Rivernancyrost and Monty

Used to be an Oil Town: ductapeguy,Steven Wesley Guileserinkelsey3Negasi

Beam Me Up: Eric Distadburrsettles,  devin

I Am Your Number: Das Binky, adamhill, kristian,

Night Drive: ductapeguy, natrin, Steven Wesley Guiles, erinkelsey

Thank You (For The Weekend): Billy Sea

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