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Filed Under (blog, music) by Sean on June-28-2014

me-rubbersoulThis afternoon we went to Promenade Days in Barrie. One of the vendors on Dunlop was none other than Big John of the decades closed Big Johns Records. When I moved to Barrie in the late 80s, my sisters introduced me to Big John and his record store. His store was around the corner from Sam the Record Man at the 5 points. His tastes were eclectic in the extreme and he had only one rule– “Is it Good?” If you could find the kind of top 40 pablum they sold at Sam’s around the corner, it was likely kept inside a (thankfully dry) toilet at the back of the store with a hand lettered sign reading “Pop Shit” or in a basket on the counter under a flystrip with a sign that said “Top 40 tapes– Free if you take a fly.”

Big John introduced my sisters to Sonic Youth, Henry Rollins and Sioxie and the Banshees before they broke into the mainstream. He turned me on to Little Feat, Dave Brubek and the Greatful Dead.

Today he sold us 3 CDs. My daughter got a Johnny Cash compilation that got the Big John seal of approval. She also a Miley Cyrus CD which I remarked should have been free with a dead fly . Mine was a special Big John Recommendation.

There are more than a few musicians and bands that have profoundly influenced my musical tastes and my songwriting BUT I have never actually owned one of their albums. I have become intimately familiar with their music through the covers of my friends, on the radio and TV, or just through pop culture overexposure.

Today I bought one such album from Big John. It is from a long disbanded group who produced about a dozen albums in the sixties. Their music has shaped my consciousness for my whole life, but I have never owned one of their albums till today. I had considered getting a greatest hits compilation, but I think as a musician I really needed to hear these songs afresh in the original order as an album. I narrowed it down to two CDs. The one I chose was a recording entitled: “Rubber Soul”.

We listened to it in the car on the way home. My mind has been melted.
As I said, I am intimately familiar almost all of the 14 songs on the album but to hear it as a whole. So many impressions– Wow That Bass Player is astounding… And that drummer. Some of those rhythm guitar parts are stripped down in the extreme– just a downstroke on 2 and 4– jangly and slightly out of tune. The mix is wonderfully organic and inconsistent. Sometimes the guitars are a little too loud, sometimes drowned out by the drums and bass. The harmonies are sublime and not one of them autotuned. The songs demonstrate a hodgepodge of influences from rockabilly, to Rand B, to bluegrass, to British dance hall, to Indian Ragas. The style, mood and lead singer changes with almost every song. There is a moment in Girl during a 2 beat pause in the music where John takes a noisy audible breath. For all of the above reasons, this album shouldn’t work– but it is a masterpiece. It is perfect even in its imperfections.

Yesterday I got an itunes gift card as a gift. I believe I will use it to buy another record from this band called Revolver. Has anyone else heard of it? Is there anything else by these guys that I should have?

 



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 (blog, Midland) by Sean on April-28-2013

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week from now, my basement will be full of friends and family waiting for me to share Forevuary, my new collection of songs and stories.

This fall and winter I undertook two very creative projects.

In the fall, I cleaned and renovated our basement, creating a lovely warm new rec-room for our family’s enjoyment. (all except the baseboards, which I have put on the 5 year plan) .

This February, on a bit of a lark, I decided to try February Album Writing Month where participants are challenged to write 14 songs in 28 days. To my complete amazement, by the end of February I had written a collection of 20 songs, which I have entitled Forevuary. The themes in my songwriting never stray too far away from childhood, family, faith and living in a small town. You can hear demos of all the songs here on my website .

To celebrate the completion of both of these projects, please join us for a pot luck and house concert in our new rec room where I will perform Forevuary for an audience of my family and friends, and share the stories behind the songs.

House Concert Featuring Sean McGaughey performing Forevuary
Date: Sunday May 5, 2013
Concert to start 2:30 pm
Pot Luck Dinner and jam to follow.

Sean and Nancy McGaughey’s Home in Midland Ontario
This weekend is also Nancy’s Birthday so we will have lots to celebrate.
Please RSVP for directions and so that we know who to expect.

Thanks,

Sean McGaughey

You can RSVP on the Facebook Event page or in the comments below, or just drop me an email.
 



Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on April-2-2012

I’ve known Maria Dunn for over a decade.  I first saw her perform in her home town of  Edmonton and subsequently hosted a couple of house concerts with her over the years.  She is a folksinger in the traditional sense.  For Maria, social activism and songwriting go hand in hand.  It was a pleasure to interview her at the Live from the Rock Folk Festival in Red Rock on the shores of Lake Superior.

Music:

For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

You Can’t Take that Away  (© Maria Dunn)

Take it Easy on Me  (© Maria Dunn)

 

You can leave comments on the blog, send me an email to ductapeguy at hotmail dot com or join the For The Sake of the Song Podcast group on Facebook.

Add this podcast to your favorite podcatcher at http://feeds.feedburner.com/For_The_Sake_Of_The_Song
Add Sean  McGaughey- For the Sake of the Song » podcast to CastRoller

As usual, all songs and musical performances are copyright by the performer-songwriter.



Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, librivox community podcast, PAB2007, podcast) by Sean on September-5-2009

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I’ve been working for a couple months to produce a webpage of Canadian podcasts which have produced over 100 episodes. In the podcasting world, the 100th episode is considered a milestone.   Click here to go to the Canadian Podcast 100 Club.

Congratulations to the great folks who created 100 or more episodes of the  following 21 Canadian Podcasts.

Congratulations to the great people who have brought you all this great programs.

I have compiled the list using the amazing Castroller website. Castroller is a site that allows you to easily find, manage and share collections of podcasts. Check it out.  You can find all the Canadian Century Club Podcasts at http://castroller.com/channels/centuryclub .

You can import an OPML file of the whole set into your favorite podcatcher at http://castroller.com/channels/centuryclub/opml

If you have a podcast with over 100 episodes, feel free to add the Canadian Podcast 100 Club to your site with a link to http://www.ductapeguy.net/canadian-century-club/

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Please let me know if there are other Canadian podcasts with more than 100 episodes which I have failed to add to this list.  I would be happy to add them.

  • Update: Somehow, the amazing lovehatethings blog and podcast slipped under the radar of my awareness.  My loss.   Anthony Marco is a blogging and podcast machine.  In a little over a year, he has posted about 500 articles and 104 podcasts about, technology, pop culture, music, social media, the copyfight, a pinch of sarcasm and a pound of rant.  Congratulations Anthony on reaching the your 100th episode.  I’m late to the party listening to your podcast but I’m hooked.


Filed Under (blog) by Sean on August-31-2009

Wow!  August 31 crept up on me.  It’s Blog Day 2009 already.  On Blog Day,  we are asked to list 5 blogs which may be of interest to our readers then link back to Blogday.org with your post.

  1. Frugal Tech points you to the best free and open source solutions to everyday tech problems.  I recently used one of their tutorials to set up a home server based on freeNAS.
  2. Michael Geist: Ottawa Law professor gives reasoned commentary on copyright, privacy and technology news.  (Looks like I picked him last year too.  Still the best source for a Canadian slant on the copyfight).
  3. GraphJam: Music and Pop Culture in Charts and Graphs. Let us explain them. OK, I’m a nerd.  And this is really funny stuff.
  4. Blaise Alleyne I thought I was the only Catholic, folk singing, songwriting, copyfighting, linux user in Canada.  Apparently there are at least two.
  5. hughmcguire.net Hugh McGuire, the co-founder of Book Oven and LibriVox blogs about writing and publishing in the Internet age.

Those  are my picks. Join the conversation and share some of your favorite blogs. You can write them on your own blog and tag it BlogDay2009 or send me some feedback on the blog at http://.ductapeguy.net by email at ductapeguy@gmail.com or by calling 206-337-0611.



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