Sean McGaughey 19


Ontario Canada   Jan 2013  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Lots of Johnny's-- Cash, Hiatt, Horton, Clegg. Folk, singer-songwriter, pop-folk, Elvii whether mythical, Presley or Costello.

On January 31, 2013, on a whim and in response to a facebook acquaintance, Tom Slatter’s post about February Album Writing Month, I signed up on It is no understatement to say that FAWM transformed me as a musician and songwriter. In 2013, I finished my first FAWM with 21 songs. Each year since, I have completed FAWM with at least 16 songs.


1. Continue to up my production game.
2. Fuller arrangements with robot band using my Trio Pedal or iRealPro and Band in a Box arrangements.
3. TIme for this old Folkie to plug in. I have a Zoom G1xOn multi-effects pedal and a Strat Like Electric.
4. MoreSurf Ukulele.
5. Collab, collab, collab. Who wants to co-write? How should we go about it?
6. Help @sebscorner navigate around FAWM and Reaper as he sets out to write and record a uke album before his 18th birthday in June.

2017 recap and onwards to my 6th FAWM

In 2016, I told my family that I wanted my 50th birthday party (November 2017) to be a CD release. In the 18 months leading up to my 50th birthday, I joined and started practicing regularly for the first time in my adult life on ukulele, guitar and bass. In November 2016 I picked up a $25 casio midi keyboard at a thrift store and added keyboard to that mix.

Entering FAWM 2017, I had CHOPS and I gave myself carte blanche to experiment.musically and with production. One of my key 2017 FAWM goals was to up my multi-track production skills, in preparation for the 50th birthday album now only 7 months away. I was satisfied enough with my FAWM output that on February 28, I released my demos as an album on bandcamp: Guitars, Ukuleles, etc…

Through a busy spring and summer, I kept practicing and polishing my songs, while preparing a family reunion to celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary. I was planning to spend the balance of the summer recording my Album, but family and a bathroom renovation intervened. I started recording in earnest in September and made the decision to cut the 14 track album down to a 7 track EP. Thanks to the able co-production and mixing skills of my friend, Nick Howell, I was able to release my EP, Life's Lessons I'll Never Learn at my 50th birthday party. I am very pleased with how the album turned out. It sounds like a “real” record.

After the album was finished I realized that I needed to know more about the technical details of production & mixing and mastering. I closed the year out auditing a free Berklee course offered through, Vocal Recording Technology.

Also this year, a song I co-wrote with Kim Beggs during FAWM 2015, Winter in the Prairies was released on her new album Said Little Sparrow.
Once again, I'm trying to bring friends along with a local songwriter's group at the Midland Cultural Centre. I'm still hoping a few local songwriters hop on the FAWM bandwagon. We usually meet the third Saturday morning of the month at 11am at the Midland Cultural Centre but in February, we are there most Saturdays. More info at
So far I know of at least 3 Midland area songwriters are participating in writing songs during February Album Writing Month (FAWM), Myself: @ductapeguy @visiblydistorted @bjr and @sebscorner , and John Vella. We are pestering others. 😀

Songs (19)

#1 DHMO 14
Feb 2018
#2 Goofin on Rhythm 11
Feb 2018
#3 Retroactive Precognition 9
Feb 2018
#4 Bob and Phyllis 18
Feb 2018
#5 Homophonebia the Musical @stephenwordsmith  11
Feb 2018
#6 Bob's Lament (Somebody) 9
Feb 2018
#7 Sensuous Rumination (Rock Mix) @visiblydistorted 7
Feb 14
#8 I'll Never Put this Broken Heart Together Again 12
Feb 17
#9 So I Wrote This Song @joefahey  5
Feb 17
#10 Metal Dad 10
Feb 18
#11 Phyllis Remembers 5
Feb 21
#12 Weird and Unreproduceable 6
Feb 23
#13 The Duct Tape Arpeggios @moonraccoon  9
Feb 25
#14 Weird and Unreproducable "Bog Resurrection" @lenigmusx1  3
Feb 25
#15 Darker Messiah @dudachris 3
Feb 25
#16 All Day Breakfast (Bob and Phyllis #4) 5
Feb 28
#17 Time to Move On (Bob and Phyllis #5) 2
Feb 28
#18 Goshzilla @stephenwordsmith  10
Feb 28
#19 Thoughts and Prayers (formerly "protest song, needs a title", and "Duct Tape Arpeggios") @moonraccoon  3
Mar 1


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  • @marvsmooth  Mar 6

    Thank you for the kind words about “Tape Two Song 1” 😀

  • @rwc Mar 3

    Thank you for listening to my song "Boxes and Bags" and for your comments.

  • @faststrings Mar 3

    Hey Ductapeguy, thanks for the comment on the songs I appreciate it. Your friend Jimmy

  • @moonraccoon  Mar 3

    I just saw your comment on Tally -- thanks! I didn't play it the other night, though. Pretty sure you two left, and were spared my butchering of Things Pile Up.

  • @mkd  Feb 28

    I’ll watch out for it!

  • @mkd  Feb 28

    Thank you though, for what you wrote aboug getting to know me and my family! It’s been lovely to share it, and to know that people are listening and care, so appreciate that!

  • @mkd  Feb 28

    Just read your comment on 10x10! I think you may be right, it does rather flow from one to the next too much... not sure I have it in me to do anything other?... (they’re not all 10 seconds either!)

  • @mkd  Feb 28

    Thanks Sean! Your school sounds like a great place to work, you’re an inspiration there I bet. I hope they value you!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    Whatdayawantamedal? Well you’re getting one! You are SUPERB Tripletime Trooper! You took the time to write 300 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your almighty contribution to our community. You have 300 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @engebretsen  Feb 27

    Thx a lot for comments on my "norwegian" song "1986" Much appreciated.

  • @ebw Feb 27

    Thanks for the kind words on A Strange Encounter. 😀 I might have been a little too hard on myself there.

  • @spinhead  Feb 26

    Ha! Glad I got you with the ending of This Great Adventure.

  • @matthew62  Feb 26

    Thanks so very much for the mention on song thread. I didn't know what that was. I had to click the link. Over the several years I've been doing FAWM, some emergency comes up and I never get started until later into the month, so I'm trying to get stuff written, posted, and listen to other FAWMers. As a consequence I miss far too much. I'm deeply grateful as well as humbled for your appreciation of this song.

  • @matthew62  Feb 26

    Thanks for your kind comments on "Most Any Kind of Gun" Truly appreciated.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 25

    Heh - technically I'm still at 13. Three of those are lyricists who added my name as composer, but I either haven't uploaded yet, or I posted as a new piece. Oh... so I just realized that maybe I should check to see if I can upload audio into a lyrics post if the lyricist added me to it.

  • @lenigmusx1  Feb 25

    "Bog Resurrection" not big ... lol

  • @lenigmusx1  Feb 25


    My version is called "Big Resurrection"if it's too weird I get it but I'll post it and let me know your thoughts. I added didgeridoo and played around with the track. I hope you like it.

  • @mkd  Feb 24

    Thanks for your comment on Brotherly Love - I was quite interested in how similar a sound the uke and harp sometimes had, especially towards the end of the track!

  • @mccannrs Feb 24

    Thanks for the great comment on "Hey (I Think I Love You)"! Any likening I get to the Beatles is fine by me! Cheers!

  • @dudachris Feb 23

    I totally agree with your analysis of Leaving the Curse. Would love to metal that up hardcore to share with my friends 😁

    Looking forward to collabbbing tonight!!!

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 23

    Is the Roxy every Saturday?

  • @zecoop  Feb 22

    You've interpreted that exactly correctly... I asked Jay what the lyrics were about, because I was getting slight ideas of skateboarding... or cross-stitching, lol. He said he had no idea where Can't You Sew came from and he just goes with the groove and has no idea what the lyrics mean. Just rock. That's all. Thanks for listening!! 😀

  • @misterd Feb 21

    Thanks so much for listening and your kind and generous comments on my song 'Slow Synchronicity ' .i appreciate it . Thankyou kindly

  • @mkd  Feb 20

    I’ll watch out for it 🙂

  • @mkd  Feb 20

    What a beautiful way to start your day! Thanks for commenting on Story Time Waltz; might you be doing any more on Bob or Phyllis?

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 20

    Thank you thank you thank you Sean!

  • @frey Feb 20

    Thanks for all the nice comments 😁 that washboard you hear on Reheating Tea is actually a foot tambourine ^^

  • @gordon  Feb 20

    Hi there. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments on a couple of my songs. Much appreciated.

  • @mccannrs Feb 20

    Hey, thanks for the comment! I wish I had a ukulele, it would have been a great addition to the song!

  • @chucknamaste Feb 20

    Thanks for checking out “Trash Man” and for the kind words! I was definitely going for that cinematic film-score type approach with it

  • @cloudhopper Feb 20

    thank you for your kind words for "water"
    i was playing a turkish baglama long necked saz on it.

  • @mmmmarcus  Feb 19

    Thank you very much for the nice comments on my collab track with Colleen!
    Added: and for the comment you just left on my Swedish ballad "Svårt Att Nå Dig"! Very glad you liked the songs!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 19

    I am exceedingly glad if the "Disco Daddy" tag is removed from my name.

  • @cowex  Feb 19

    Thanks for the Elephant comment. Regarding the first graders, mind the "fill in the emptiness of my soul" line 😀

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 19

    Oh my goodness Dupletarion Warrior you are AWESOME!! You took the time to write 200 comments and listen to all those songs! Thanks for your hefty contribution to our community. You have 200 thank you’s from your fellow FAWMers and from me! Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 19

    Thanks again!

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 18

    Nope, no vocoder, but I'm starting to get a cold, very sneezy and sniffley here today. hahaha. Thanks for all your comments, much appreciated that you have been taking the time.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 18

    Thanks! When reading @visiblydistorted's original writing, the challenge was to make my best effort to capture an appropriate satirical tone (which isn't my forte).

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 17

    No, I didn't pan any vocals, but that's awesome! I wonder how that happened!

  • @joefahey  Feb 16

    Sure, yes.

  • @mkd  Feb 14

    Oh wow, just seen you put my song on the recommended thread! Thank you so much, that feels like a huge honour!

  • @mkd  Feb 14

    Thank you for your comment on Laugh On! You highlighted all the parts I’m happy with on it, which is ace!

  • @brownium Feb 14

    Thanks for giving a listen to Blessings and Promises!

  • @shutyatrap Feb 14

    Thanks for checking out Spilt beer and busting it’s Zong status. Glad you think it delivered.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 14

    Sounds great, I'm excited to hear it.

  • @spinhead  Feb 14

    I'm real happy with Tenuous #2. Thanks.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2018

    I don't know if I want to be a disco kinda guy... 😉 Thanks for listening! I gotta catch up on your stuff.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 2018

    Congratulations Centurion Soldier! You wrote 100 comments for your fellow FAWMers!! You made this place even better. You took your time to listen to other people's songs and you have 100 thank you's from all of them and from me! Here’s your badge. Excellent work and keep busting’ those zongs!!

  • @spinhead  Feb 2018

    Ah, glad you liked Water and 100. It's entirely possible I'll stop by and comment on some of your songs before I die . . .

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2018

    You are correct, I am also married to Joy. 😀

  • @mikkojuhani Feb 2018

    Thanks for the comment, much appreciated! Have a good time with the guitars.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2018

    P.S. thanks 😀

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2018

    Wellll, I guess I could be more clear about that.... The "clapping" and the "kick drums" are electronic. but everything else I recorded in little snippets and loaded into a drum machine with those things. Was actually considering uploading the track where I just hit record and then used every instrument in turn, picked it up, shook it, hit it, put it down, and didn't stop recording until they were all done. But I'm not sure how to make something THAT ambient work.

  • @stephenwordsmith  Feb 2018

    Awesome! I dig it. I dig it a lot. Feel free to post it as a new song. Thanks for thinking of me!

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 2018

    Thanks again, Sean! I'm loving @arthurrossi's storytelling style and his way with words (especially the darker tales, like Keep Away from Strangers). A big part of my musical education was 80s glam, so I'm not surprised it leaks through from time to time, like on Wanted (I promise to leave my spandex packed away 😉 ).

  • @joefahey  Feb 2018

    Hey @ducttapeguy!!! Nice got hear from you and thank you much for the good words on "Navigate" and your comment about the "blue" chords, perfect! Looks like you've been busy writing and recording so I'll hop in a bit and have a listen.

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2018

    Hey! Thanks so much for your gorgeous and thoughtful comments! I was very happy to read them...

  • @devin  Feb 2018

    Nice work on the guitar. If anything seems amiss, I’ll bring tools to our next mutual event.

    And BTW, don’t worry about one person’s stupid comment. Everything he does is like that... it’s so consistent, it’s funny.

    Although I shouldn’t laugh. I put up with my share of “undeveloped consideration for others” for too long... and trying to take a stand and correct it, is like asking a seagull to play chess.

    The brain just never got past the “me first” stage.

    You did the right thing in getting that axe. My Squire Tele has dual humbuckers... because, crunchy-time 😀

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 2018

    Thanks, Sean! I'd also _love_ to hear what @dutch1967 would do with Background.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2018

    I truly appreciate the comment you left for my collab with @stephenwordsmith on Tiger. Hang on for @moonraccoon ’s version.

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  • @rbmarty000  Feb 2018

    Thanks for your kind comments. Hope you are enjoying FAWM thus year

  • @janeg  Feb 2018

    Thanks for commenting on my songs. BTW The Ones Who,Walk,Away From Omelas is a short story you can read free online.

  • @philkmills  Feb 2018

    FWIW, my middle name does start with 'K'. 😀

  • @jaegerin  Feb 2018

    Thanks for the kind words, Sean! Good to see you again.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2018

    I think if I do that particular wrong-mic trick again I'm tagging it acoustic punk because that's basically the sonic effect! Thanks for listening. 😀

  • @standup  Feb 2018

    Thanks for listening to Wander. I love some reverb, that's for sure, trying to create open soundscapes is a constant struggle for me.

  • @tcelliott  Feb 2018

    Hi, Sean. Good to see you around.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2018

    Well, FAWM is nigh, remember to have FUN! I am sure you will outdo yourself!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Feb 2018

    I've starting playing around with ideas while I pack to be away from home and studio for 10 days. This may be a slow start for me!

  • @natrin Jan 2018

    Hello! Happy FAWMing!

  • @moonraccoon  Jan 2018

    Thanks for the welcome! And thanks for recommending FAWM (as intimidating as it is to call on the unfriendly Muses 😉 ). This afternoon, I'm reaching out to the FAWMers you advised. Much appreciated.

  • @arthurrossi Jan 2018

    Hey! Nice to see you! Have a great FAWM 2018!

  • @ericdistad  Jan 2018

    Yeah, we are planning to be at FKO for sure! See you there! 😀

    (BTW - Are you a Steve Taylor fan too? - I saw the comments from @metalfoot - I've been a massive Taylor fan for a long long time - one of my principal influences, actually. 😀 )

  • @ericdistad  Jan 2018

    Hey Sean! Great to see you back again! Have a great FAWM!

  • @kahlo2013  Jan 2018

    Have a great FAWM!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2018

    I really like his two newer albums a lot. Wow to the Deadness is Steve and Daniel Smith (Danielson Famile) sharing songwriting and vocals. Different, for sure!

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2018

    I saw your invocation of Steve Taylor's stuff replying to Barry​.

  • @metalfoot  Jan 2018

    Thanks for your kind words! Have you heard Steve Taylor's recent albums Goliath and Wow to the Deadness.

  • @fearlessflight2014  Jan 2018

    Hello! Welcome back! 😀 Yay for FAWM. Thanks for your comments on my silly song.

  • @cts  Jan 2018

    How do? FAWM is calling u - will u answer?

  • @devin  Jan 2018

    Go Sebastian! Awesome...

  • @devin  Jan 2018

    FAWMing this season?

    I already have my Emlenton Mill shirt on... and I’m not taking it off until the 2nd!

  • @stuartbenbow  Jan 2018

    Welcome back!

  • @writeandwrong  Jan 2018

    Best of luck to you during FAWM 2018 and congrats on the album!