Filed Under (music) by Sean on July-28-2013
FAWMSTOCK-Emlenton PA

Had way too much fun at the Emlenton Mill in Emlenton PA. 30+ songwriters from all over the world gathered for FAWMSTOCK, an in person gathering of February Album Writing Month participants. I wrote 6 songs with a bunch of nice people. Check out my to hear them.
’nuff words. Here are pictures and music.



Filed Under (music, news) by Sean on July-21-2013

5090_logoDuring February Album Writing Month, I wrote 20 songs, then 5 more in the months since. Last week I signed on for the 50/90 music challenge: write 50 songs in 90 days starting on July 4. I am not intending to write 50. I mostly signed on to keep connected with the writers I met during FAWM. But allasudden I find I have written 5 new songs in 6 days. The jukebox below will play all the songs I have written during 50/90. It magically updates so can always listen to my newest songs.



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

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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 (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 (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 (music, podcast) by Sean on March-1-2013

I finished February Album Writing Month with 20 new songs. You can find them here on my site or I’m @ductapeguy at the FAWM website.

I was not alone.  410 of 2267 registered writers completed 14 or more songs with 1 person writing 125 new songs. All in all, over 9000 songs were written as part of FAWM.  As we approached the finish line, I invited other FAWMERS to send me audio reflections about their own experiences.  Here they are.

Shownotes:

1) Spoken word intro

2) Billy Day by Sean McGaughey @ductapeguy

Billy Day- Moose Team

Source: http://www.archivesalberta.org/2007exhibit/paa1.htm

My great-grandfather, Joe Horrocks, hauled freight with a horse team and wagon around 1915-1925 in Northern Alberta. There is a story passed down through the generations that he once met a man who had a trained team of moose.
I did some googling and found a brief article and picture at the Alberta Archives about Billy Day and his moose-drawn carriage.    I wrote the story of how I imagined he came to have a team of moose.

3) Audio reflection by @complexissimple

4) Galaxy Mike by @complexissimple

5)  Hope for the Future @francesriley

6) Audio reflection by @thesahisi

7) Another  by @thesahisi

8) Audio reflection by @marvsmooth

9)  A Woman I Can Trust  by @marvsmooth

10)  Kick the Can by @brownium

11) Audio Reflection by @ductapeguy

12) Underneath by Sean McGaughey aka @ductapeguy

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).

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

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, 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

 

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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