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Filed Under (music, My CDs) by Sean on October-27-2015

I had a very fruitful FAWM 2015 with 21 new songs brought into the world. When summer rolled around, I was not considering doing The 50-90 Challenge, because our family was planning a cross country trip to Alberta to see my extended family. As July 4 neared, I found I was ready to open the creative floodgates once again and I started in earnest. I wrote 18 songs from July 4 to August 1, many of them on the road in response to our family Trans Canada Highway tour. I was also having a quite an inward journey, revisiting the people and the prairies of my childhood. Partway through our holiday, I got a wicked summer cold, and I was finding that the songwriting was incringing on the vacation, so I pressed pause. Returning home mid-August I wrote two more songs, but my cough was still with me and my heart wasn’t in it. Fast forward to the end of October, I still have the cough, and 20 new songs. Not a bad crop this year. FAWM: 21 + 5090:20. I have my own top 40 of songs for 2015 and still a couple months if I want to write a couple more.
I’m entitling this collection, TransCanada Troubadour, because the songs were directly influenced by my cross country journey.

The demos here were very lofi, and often very rough sketches of the melodies and performances. If my voice ever returns to strength after my summer cold, I may give a go at polishing up some of these demos.
Sean McGaughey, October 26, 2015

Here is a handy jukebox of my 50/90 songs.

Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, music, My CDs, Ontario, Simcoe County) by Sean on August-19-2012

If you ask a songwriter which is his favourite song, he may answer, “The new one.” . Guitar players often have a similar affection for their newest guitar. This is my most recently completed song, The Park.  We live a block from a huge public park, and I wrote this song as a reflection of all the good times I have had at the park over the years.

I performed it on my newest guitar. The other day, I was at the Goodwill store with my family. On the counter there was a very battered and dirty guitar case and guitar. There was a greasepencil price of $40.04 on it. I tuned it up and even with old rusty strings, it sounded quite good so I bought it, even though I already have several acoustic guitars. There were unopened 20+ year old D’Addario strings in the case. My friend Brian put them on for me and it sounds great.

It is a late 60s or early 70s Yamaha FG-180 built in Japan. Apparently they are sought after by collectors. It may just have a few songs in it. I have one already 1/2 written. It was pretty dirty and mildewy when I got it but I have cleaned it up, so it looks and sounds great. It could probably use some maintenance and repairs on the neck and lower frets, but considering what I paid for it, it is doing remarkably well for a 40+ year old instrument.


The Park – ©Sean McGaughey

(Nov 3, 2011, Feb 27, 2012, June 7, 2012)


For a hundred years, our town’s come here to rest and play

To take time out from the bustle of the day

The scent of the world’s best fries rides the cool lake breeze

You can hear a child’s laugh and the rustle of the leaves


Frisbees flying through the trees,

A child calls “Daddy Push Me Please”.

The squirrels dart, and there’s a family of geese

Skaters practice flips and twirls To catch a smile from the pretty girls

And Old sweethearts take a little stroll in the dark.

It all goes down, In the heart of our town

It all goes down, at the park.


It takes a several score to grow an Oak, as long to build a town

We need some open spaces for folks to gather round

Children searching in the woods for treasure in trees.

While old folks watch clouds cross the lake in the evening breeze.


Children climb the tallest towers then slide down carpets of steel

Fledgeling teens take to flight on boats, boards and wheels,

Trees tell their tales of love; memories engraved.

This park is ours throughout our lives— from cradle to the grave.



Filed Under (Barrie, blog, general, Midland, music, My CDs, Simcoe County) by Sean on April-9-2008

There is a wonderful music store in Downtown Midland, Johnstone’s Music Land which has been run by 3 generations of the same family. It is a funky small town music store which has over the years sold musical instruments, stereos, rented rehearsal space, sold records, then tapes, then CDs, and rented PA equipment. They also were great about having a rack in front of the store for recordings by local musicians. In short, it is much like any other small town music store. I pop in there when I need strings for my guitar or just to shoot the breeze. When I went in the other day to chat, I noticed that the CD racks have been replaced by shelves and shelves of sheet music and more floor space for instruments. I asked Steve if they had gotten out of CD sales. He said that it was no longer profitable for a small business to stock and sell CDs. It’s been many years since I bought a mainstream CD, so I asked when they had had gotten rid of the CDs. He said that it was 2 years ago. I hadn’t even noticed. It was the only retail store where you could buy my CD. Ouch.

I also noticed a couple weeks ago that the gigantic Music World in a mall in Barrie has closed down and has not been replaced. I guess the world really has moved to digital.