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Filed Under (Midland, music, Ontario) by Sean on April-28-2013

When I heard about the 1st annual Buttertart Festival in Downtown Midland on June 15, I was inspired to write a song about butter tarts. Butter Tarts are a uniquely Canadian treat with a long history… and oh so scrumptious.

Here is Barb Rowlandson and myself performing my song, Great Canadian Buttertart, in her store, Homecoming, in Downtown Midland.

 

Great Canadian Butter Tart

© Sean McGaughey April 15, 2013

Key of G– Same voicing as Luka.

 

Hot and sticky, sweet and tasty

dripping out of a flaky pastry

A few bites is a dainty treat,

It’s the finest food that you’ll ever eat

 

la-la-la-la mmmmm–mmmm

la-la-la-la mmmmm–mmmm

Nothing in the world can warm your heart

like a great Canadian Butter Tart

It was sweet manna for the pioneers

eggs, butter flour, and maple syrup

thick or runny, walnut or raisin

This is the snack we all are cravin’

 

la-la-la-la mmmmm–mmmm

la-la-la-la mmmmm–mmmm

Nothing in the world can warm your heart

like a great Canadian Butter Tart

Grandma’s recipe has a secret part

She knows baking for family is a work of heart

Whether made by your mama or bought from a cart

There ain’t nothing so tasty as a butter tart.

 

la-la-la-la mmmmm–mmmm

la-la-la-la mmmmm–mmmm

Nothing in the world can warm your heart

like a great Canadian Butter Tart

Midland Buttertart Festival June 15, 2013



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, Midland, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on September-1-2012

This episode is a listening party/musician’s commentary on Aaron Mangoff’s new EP, You and I.  Aaron Mangoff is a young songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Orillia.  You can download it on Bandcamp  or find it on iTunes, or on the Sleeper Records homepage.  We are joined on the podcast by Aaron’s Sleeper Records labelmate, Christopher Thompson.

 

All Songs ©  Aaron Mangoff from the EP, You and I

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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.

 

Chorus



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, Midland, Ontario, podcast, Uncategorized) by Sean on August-7-2012

Photo from christopherthompson.ca

I am launching a new format for this podcast.  Think of it like the director’s commentary on a DVD movie but for albums.  I will have a conversation with musicians while we listen to one of their albums.  The conversation will last for the duration of the album.  Enjoy.


Christopher Thompson
 is a young fingerstyle guitarist from Orillia.  He recently released his second EP, La-La on Sleeper Records.  Sleeper records was founded by Aaron Howes as a way to promote young Orillia area musicians.  You can download it on Bandcamp  or find it on iTunes.  We are joined on the podcast by Chris’ Sleeper Records labelmate, Aaron Mangoff.

All Songs ©  Christopher Thompson from the EP, La-La

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

If ever there was an official soundtrack for the Canadian Prairies, Connie Kaldor’s music would be featured on it.  Connie Kaldor is a veteran Canadian folk singer-songwriter.  For over 30 years, she has toured the country constantly, and released over 14 albums.  If you get a chance to catch her live, don’t hesitate.  Her live shows are an entertaining mix of humour, stories, and Connie’s beautiful voice singing the stories of our country.  This summer we our roads crossed once again at the Live from the Rock festival in Red Rock, Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior. It was my pleasure to have a conversation with Connie about her career, the art of songwriting, and her receiving the Order of Canada.

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

Songs:

For the Sake of the Song (© 2003 Sean McGaughey)

What Might Have Been(© Connie Kaldor)

Coyote’s Call (©  Connie Kaldor)

 

You can find links to order any of Connie’s albums on the Connie Kaldor website.

 

 

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.

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on May-1-2012

This summer I went to the Live from the Rock festival in Red Rock, Ontario on the shores of Lake Superior.  As the sun was setting, I interviewed two young performers.  Kathleen  Speckert aka Kat Murie, is a young singer-songwriter originally from Newmarket and now based in Toronto.  Uncle Dan Henshall  is a young songwriter from London Ontario, who is better known as a sideman playing bass and mandolin for musicians such as Allison Brown.

 

Songs:

The Money Song (© Kathleen Speckert)

As Winter Comes so Soon My Love (©  Uncle Dan Henshall)

Alone Without a Song (©  Sean McGaughey)

The Weeding Song ( © Kathleen Speckert)

 

 

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.

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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.

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