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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 (for the sake of the song, music, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on May-22-2013

May24-OrilliafolkShowcase
This Friday, May 24, 2013, The Orillia Folk Society closes out it’s Fridayfolk Season with a special 10th anniversary showcase of 10 performers from the Barrie and District Association for Singer/Songwriters (aka BADAS/S).

Leacock Museum’s Swanmore Terrace
50 Museum Drive, Orillia
7:30 pm (doors opens at 6:45)

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved at the Mariposa Office (in person at 10 Peter Street or reserve by phone for ticket pick up at the door 705-326-3655). (cash or cheque only)

Last December, out of our 25+ members, we drew 10 names out of a hat to perform 2 songs at this showcase. I was not initially selected to perform, but we had a last minute cancellation from one of the performers today, so I’m thrilled that I get to be a part of this evening of great music.  I joined BADAS/S in April or May of 2003, so I have been a member for almost all of it’s 10 + year run.

The evening will be a songwriters in the round format with 3 sets of performers. Each musician will play 2 songs and it will be interspersed with lot’s of stories and laughter in between.

set one: Sean McGaughey, Ron Belanger, Carol Teal, Dave Joyce
set two: John Lemme, Ed Winacott, Dave Hadfield
set three: Scott Cooper, Roy Hickling, paul court

 

Over the past seven years, I have featured most of these musicians on my show and I have recorded live concerts with many of them.  Tonight, I produced a podcast featuring songs I have recorded of each of  Friday night’s performers.  I have never recorded  John Lemme, so I used another one of his songs.   Enjoy this sampling of ten Ontario songwriters, and if you are able, come out to the show on Friday night.



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on February-18-2013

SeanFAWMwordcloud2 I have enjoyed sharing my journey as I joined February Album Writing Month and attempted to write 14 songs in 28 days.  On February 16, I posted my 14th song.  I am going to continue throughout February, but I am a little astounded that I could write that consistently and quickly.   Let me share what I posted in the fawm.org forums after I finished my 14th song.

 Now What?:  This afternoon I posted song #14. I guess that makes me a winner. (Although I think anyone who participates in fawm is a winner).Now what?Of course, as long as the songs are flowing, I’ll keep writing, and busting zongs, and trying some collabs, and stretching myself.But what do I do with this collection of new songs?I could book studio time and do the full production treatment on them and the best of the 10 year’s catalogue I have since my last album, but I have no desire to go to that time and expense right now. I could finally get around to learning how to use my gear to produce good multi track recordings myself.I spent the autumn renovating our basement and building my family a nice rec room. I will likely invite friends and family to a little End of FAWM concert in my wreck room. I may even get a couple of no-rehearsal calibre side musicians to help me sound good.
How about you all. Now what?

I got some good feedback from others on the forums and one of the outcomes is that I am trying out new recording software to see if it makes it easier for me to self-produce multitrack recordings.  I love Audacity. I have used it daily for 6 years, so I am really good with it, but I find it a little cumbersome for doing multitracking.

I checked out a number of different free and inexpensive DAW software packages and decided to try out Reaper.  I’ve known about Reaper for years. It was developed by Justin Frankel, the same guy who wrote Winamp, Kazaa, and made a killing selling winamp to AOL before he was 20.  After one song recording and this podcast, I am very impressed.  Recording a 30 min podcast took less than 1/2 the time it would take me in audacity, as editing mistakes or adding new tracks can be done on the fly.  It is not free software, but they have an uncrippled version you can download and try for 60 days.  After that it is a very reasonable $60 for noncommercial or small business and $240 for a pro license.  If I keep using it, I see a $60 purchase in my future.

 

Songs in this episode (All of these are unreleased demos posted on the fawm.org site.  All songs and recordings are copyright their respective authors).

1)  Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (c) Sean McGaughey

2) Too Many Words (c) 2013, Sean McGaughey

3)  Zongbusters  by @wetterlicht

4)  Birds by Kim Beggs  www.kimbeggs.com

5)  Ophelia’s Blues by Joe Fahey  www.facebook.com/joefaheymusic

6)  Sha Sha Sha Sha Sha by  @chriddof  www.chriddof.com

7)  What I Started  (c) Sean McGaughey

 

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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, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on March-1-2012

Mike Celia is a Toronto area singer-songwriter.  I sat down with him on the grounds at the Mariposa Folk Festival as the sun was setting over Lake Couchiching to play a few songs and talk songwriting.

Music:

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

Used to Be © Mike Celia

Falling © Mike Celia

Links:

Mike and I were playing a handmade acoustic guitar built by Ron Belanger.  Thanks Ron.

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I also videotaped Mike while he was playing Used to Be.



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on October-1-2011

Glen Reid is a veteran of the Canadian Music scene.  He began to make a name for himself in the late 1960s, in the folk community in the Yorkville district in Toronto. Throughout tht 70′s he was a session musician and band member on several popular Canadian television shows including Singalong Jubilee,  John Allan Cameron’s Let’s Have A Caleigh, The Ryan’s Fancy/Tommy Makem Show, The Harry Hibbs Show, and the George Hamilton IV Show.

In the 80s he moved to Burks Falls Ontario, where he worked as a cabinet maker, raises horses and became a well known luthier.

You can read more of his stories and purchase his albums at glenreid.com.

 

Music:

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

My Green Valleys © Glen Reid

Dusty Ol’ Denim © Glen Reid

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on July-2-2011

Next weekend is the 51st annual edition of the  Mariposa Folk Festival, and I still find I have 3 shows from last year to release.  Last summer, I finally got the chance to interview Suzie Vinnick.  I first became aware of Suzie and her amazing voice in the late 80s when I was attending university in Saskatoon. Suzie was a featured performer on a local radio station, C95′s compilation of local musicians,  Cityworks 88.  Over the years I have seen her perform at numerous festivals, but this is the first time I had a chance to chat with her.  You may also recognize her voice from the “Always Tim Horton’s” jingles.   Enjoy.

 

Music:

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

Happy Here © Susie Vinnick

Drive Fast © Susie Vinnick and Kevin Kerrigan

Lost in You © Susie Vinnick 1988

 

 

If you are at the Mariposa Folk Festival next weekend, you will find me in the Children’s village building drums with sonotube and packing tape.  Drop by and say hello.

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