Sean McGaughey 22


Ontario CA   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 Slatterโ€™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.

Every year I use this space to post a FAWManifesto of my FAWM Goals. At this point, I have none. Lets do this.

FAWM 2019 GOALS held over from 2018

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 Telecaster.
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

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 @moonraccoon @beesmusic (formerly @bjr) and @sebscorner . We are pestering others. ๐Ÿ˜€

Songs (22)

#1 An Old Love Song 27
Feb 2019
#2 I'm So Glad That You're Here 24
Feb 2019
#3 This Old Mug 24
Feb 2019
#4 Fakin' Jamaican 20
Feb 2019
#5 Origin Story 17
Feb 2019
#6 Southern Hemisphere 13
Feb 2019
#7 Surfin' in 'ze Coop 13
Feb 2019
#8 I Call You Joy 33
Feb 2019
#9 Ductapeguy's Greatest Hits Volume II 10
Feb 2019
#10 Well, Actually 11
Feb 2019
#11 Sometimes 16
Feb 2019
#12 Baking Together @hummingbear 9
Feb 22
#13 Under Her Hat @standup  22
Feb 24
#14 Keef 9
Feb 24
#15 Someone Lost a Tooth 4
Feb 26
#16 I Still Make You Laugh 7
Feb 27
#17 Pachelbel's Revenge 4
Feb 27
#18 I Have a Ukulele 3
Feb 27
#19 Anywhere Warm 6
Feb 27
#20 Two Little Four Letter Words @easyshed 16
Feb 28
#21 Old Brass Key 5
Feb 28
#22 Fare Thee Well 6
Mar 1


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  • @mishykatz  Mar 4

    Thanks for the comment on Breath of Thunder, demo is up!

  • @chrishope Mar 3

    thanks for listening , well done yourself

  • @chrishope Mar 3

    thanks for listening , well done yourself

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

    I'm on it. Thanks again.

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

  • @jwhanberry  Mar 3

    Sean, Thanks so much for reconstructing the Century Club list. Above and beyond. I will be happy to copy and paste it back to the top and continue to maintain it at least through the inevitable March drop off. If you feel motivated to maintain it, I'm certainly good with that. No sense in us both doing it. In either case I'll continue to issue the award banners.
    Thanks again,

  • @tuneslayer2018  Mar 2

    Even if we did have to rename SPAN, I'm sure you'd have to agree it's totally within the spirit of the organization to continue to call it SPAN.

    Are you interested in starting a Canadian chapter? Of course it would be called C-SPAN.

  • @rickamorphis  Mar 2

    Thanks Sean...yes, tambourine is essential!

  • @phlecksy Feb 28

    Thanks for the comment on my 'A outta-body'. Just listened to a couple of your pieces, congratulations, it's good stuff!

  • @billysea  Feb 28

    Thanks Sean, I actually moved my drive across country back a couple weeks so now I start that tomorrow. Otherwise there was no way I could have done what I did ๐Ÿ˜€ Good job to you as well

  • @heuristicsinc  Feb 28

    Did I ever respond to you about vocoders? I have one that you can set to take left and right channels as carrier and modulator, so I put that onto a bus and sent dry vocals into one side and synth into the other side. That worked well, though I also included some uneffected vocals for clarity.

  • @airbagtester  Feb 28

    ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for sharing my song with your music class! Their comments were very apt... it does sound like Boss Battle music from a video game! Maybe that's why I couldn't figure out a part to lead into it...

  • @jaegerin  Feb 28

    Hi Sean, and thanks for your lovely comment regarding my rendition of metalfoot's song! Yeah it feels like a real breakthrough that I figured out how to accompany myself ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 28

    Haha, I'm not gonna make it a double, unfortunately, I am going to coast out of FAWM at this point ๐Ÿ˜€) but yeah, I haven't done too shabby.... and look at you with 20 (and counting?) ! that's great!

  • @littlespiral Feb 28

    OMG, your class' reactions to The Worst Song I've Ever Written made my week! Say hi to them for me!

  • @franniezest Feb 27

    i just put audio up for "Fangirl no more" if you are curious. thanks again for your comment before

  • @porrectus  Feb 27

    Thanks for putting Our Own Way on the recommended listening forums. Really appreciate the love.

  • @leavesong  Feb 26

    Hey, thank you to you and your class for the comments on my song. It puts a smile on my face that you all listened. Rock on, kids. And congrats on 14, Mr. McGaughey!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 25

    Congrats on your win, Sean! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And thank you so, so much for your patience, perseverance, and all-round supportive comments during the gestation of that accidental opus!

  • @ericdistad  Feb 25

    Hey @ductapeguy - I listened to the The Future Ain't What It Used To Be - I love it! It does sound familiar now that I hear it, like I may have heard it in circle at some point. So perhaps we were inadvertently inspired by you! ๐Ÿ˜€ Good stuff!

  • @ericdistad  Feb 24

    Hey @ductapeguy - Thanks for all your great comments! We're glad you liked It's The Future - we are really happy with it!

    I don't think we've heard your The Future Ain't what it used to be song... I'd definitely like to though! Do you have it recorded anywhere? (If not, I'm just going to have to request it the next time I see you! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

  • @deena  Feb 24

    Thanks for recommending my song! Minutes after I posted it. What a nice surprise. AND congratulations on 14 songs!!!!!!!

  • @cts  Feb 24

    Hey Sean! Congrats on getting to 14!

  • @standup  Feb 24

    Yep, I hit 14 today with your help. I guess I'm not done, and will do more... The 4-track collabs help bulk up my numbers, and they're really fun.

    I'm very pleased with the way "Under her Hat" turned out, I think we have something strong there.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 23

  • @hummingbear Feb 23

    Thanks for the comment on Baking Together - be my guest, go for it!

  • @hanke7 Feb 23

    Thanks for kind comments on pickle

  • @hanke7 Feb 23

    Thanks for kind comments on pickle

  • @beesmusic Feb 22

    Dear Mr. McGaughey's grade 4 music class:
    Thank you so very much for all of your kind words about the Friend Song! You were all so kind and encouraging with your comments, it made me feel really good inside! I hope you will all continue to listen to new music and share your feelings. Thank you, friends!

  • @saulius Feb 22

    Oh, darn it. I used to work in Mississauga and spent many weekends up in Georgian Bay.

  • @saulius Feb 22

    Hey, do you play any open mics in So Cal? I live in Seattle, but I come down to Huntington Beach in Spring to visit and help out my parents, who are still living, thank God. I would love to come listen to you perform.

  • @saulius Feb 22

    Thanks so much for your kind words about Twilight. I appreciate it a lot.

  • @spinhead Feb 21

    I'm blessed with a daughter who is enthralled by music like I am, and she's my biggest fan, even more than her mother.

  • @wobbiewobbit  Feb 21

    wow thanks the comments from your class are fantastic. thank you all!

  • @ericdistad  Feb 21

    Thank you and many thanks to your class for the great comments on Biggest Board Game In The World. They made our day awesome!! We are glad they liked it. (And I can't think of a higher compliment that inspiring air guitar.) ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @mosno  Feb 21

    Thank you so much for your comment on "Waiting for Anna", we're so glad you enjoyed our collab ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @timfatchen  Feb 20

    Ah, what is childhood without moments of pointless terror and inescapable nightmare. (comments on Owls on the Roof,for which please thank them). But I think they'll feel happier when the bouncy cartoon video gets done. In the meantime I won't send "Things that go bump in the night" for trying out! And for sure your class is too young for A Childes Garden of Ecologickally Correct Songes (streamable on spotify) but I can wait!

  • @joefahey  Feb 19

    Wow! Mr. McGaughey, thank you and the class so much for those sweet comments about โ€œsunflowerโ€. What a treat and a nice surprise, that really made my day.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 19

    Sean. Please tell your class thank you very much from this guitar-wielding granddad here in the UK!
    It's made me smile so much that other passengers on my commute home are now staring at me! ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Those are some of the nicest compliments I've ever received. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @dutch1967 Feb 19

    Thanks for commenting on Upside Down In Love. I should get my pedals out of the box I keep them stored in... Cranking up louder and louder In this case volume was at 10, tone was at full tilt on a VOX AC4 head and cabinet) to get the 'push' I wanted for the solo may not have been the right way to go. Was fun seeing my neighbor again though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @jimwood150 Feb 19

    Thanks for your encouragement on Miss the Man I Was. I felt a little inadequate not being able to sing this song and your praise is deeply appreciated.

  • @davewermers Feb 19

    I appreciate your comments on "Someone To Love". Thanks for listening.

  • @sunnymae  Feb 18

    Hey @ductapeguy your are too kind! Glad you enjoyed the new tune ๐Ÿ˜ฎ)

  • @misterd Feb 18

    Thanks for listening and the kind comments on my blues song ' Just another day in Paradise '- I appreciate it . Thankyou !

  • @laytay Feb 18

    Hi ductapeguy! Thanks for your comment on my song! If I decide to keep some lalas and doodoos you def get credit! Gonna check out a tune or 2 of yours now.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 18

    You are extremely kind, Sean. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€
    I have to admit, I'm loving the whole Pachelbel thing. It's kinda like being in a covers band for REALLY old songs! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @jsini  Feb 18

    Thank you for your comment!

  • @resonut123 Feb 18

    Thanks for commenting on my Syd tribute.

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 18

  • @wistah  Feb 18

    Favorite inanimate object! Ha, it's definitely a keeper. Mine is forever old and well beat up, but it fits right on the couch next to me and has enough signal processing to make me happy, so...

  • @clioem Feb 18

    Awww, thank you!!!

  • @standup  Feb 2019

    OK, I'll do a basic guitar-and-vocal thing we can both listen to and either modify or build on. It might take a couple of days though.

    Glad you liked my edits.

  • @standup  Feb 2019

    I updated the Google doc. I tried to keep the ideas you put in there, but modified things to fit a rhythm I hear in my head. Put in a chorus and an outro. Let me know what you think, you may or may not hear the rhythm the same way I did.

  • @wistah  Feb 2019

    Thanks for listening to Sarah's Song! I appreciate you comments, and I hope you are well.

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 2019

    Thank you for your comments on โ€œRack Em Upโ€. I did play the guitar on this track. No guitar samples. The feedback is much appreciated.

  • @standup  Feb 2019

    I have wrapped up a few things, and I'm back to the Google doc we had going. Maybe I can move forward with some music, and maybe some suggestions for lyrical direction, writing a third verse, maybe a chorus, etc. Tomorrow we have 3 4-track tapes to record parts on, but hopefully I can make some progress in the next few days.

  • @lhcisco  Feb 2019

    Hahaha! I loved the kids feedback. I'm thinking about doing a full version of one of the songs. Hell, this FAWM may go off the rails and I'll do all of them.....

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 2019

    Haha, that's nowhere near as high as it gets; I have a whole *octave* in reserve in case I get through to the next round! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 2019

    Your turn to morph -

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 2019

    Can Mr McGaughey ask G what they meant? Also, N, my partner, and myself seem to be kindred spirits; the schadenfreude is strong in that one ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @candle  Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comment on Nimbostratus. I'm glad you enjoyed the segue.

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @spinhead Feb 2019

    Ya think Wildlife is gonna get on your 3rd grade playlist? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @clioem Feb 2019

    Thank you!

  • @cindyrella  Feb 2019

    I love those comments! What fun kids are! Thanks

  • @acromie  Feb 2019

    Okay. Who's cutting onions....

  • @acromie  Feb 2019

    You, sir, just made my day! Thanks for the sharing I want a banana with your class.

  • @deena  Feb 2019

    Thanks so much for posting about "All That Matters." And for your kind comments! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 2019

    "from a palette of shades of black" That's high praise, my friend ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @spinhead Feb 2019

    Dude, so totally stoked you shared my song with your kiddos. Tell them I said thank you belly munch. Because that's what I say to my (not so) Little One.

  • @visiblydistorted Feb 2019

    Yay indeed! Thanks for all the encouragement!!

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 2019

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the kind words about H2O

  • @downfallroad  Feb 2019

    \m/ damn right the acoustic rocks! Thanks for listening!

  • @wistah  Feb 2019

    Thanks yes, finally out of the gate! Busy at my day job, but I'm back and ready to get panicking! Thanks for listening ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @akokulit Feb 2019

    Thank you so much for stopping by my song Habangbuhay and watchlisting me. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you have a wonderful FAWM season. Adding you songs to my playlist when I marathon through them in the next few days. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jwhanberry  Feb 2019

  • @kovbleu  Feb 2019

    Thank you so, so much for listening to "Black Sweatshirt"! That was a fun one, for sure.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 2019

    Thanks for bringing up the 10x10 last night; I was glad to have talked about it. I ended up rewriting most of the lyrics when I got home (including track 6 - sorry). I'm going to re-demo them this evening, and bring them tomorrow, to get your opinion on a better track order.

  • @boyatheart  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the comment on my song and thank you so much for the shoutout on the recommended song thread.
    The comments from your students was very touching too. I loved reading their responses. Give them all a big high five from me!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2019

    Thank you SO much for your words on Skid Row

  • @roblincoln  Feb 2019

    Thanks for road testing my children's song. That's cool that your kids liked it. I actually have a lot of children's songs if you think your kids ever want more, just e-mail.

  • @majordanby  Feb 2019

    Haha! I love that you listened to our track in class. Iโ€™ll take that feedback! Thanks 9-11 year olds, you rock! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @expendablefriend  Feb 2019

    That is amazing - thank you! Best comment ever ๐Ÿ˜ I like to think that all of my songs are weird love songs, in some way...

    Anyway, that's made my day ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jendistad  Feb 2019

    Hi Sean, I saw you recommend one of @fireball's songs in the forums. Excellent choice! His songs are always so worth it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh, and you are half right, @fireball *and* @ericdistad are the only *two* who have completed FAWM every year. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @factorytale Feb 2019

    Thank you so much for the comment!

  • @calumcarlyle  Feb 2019

    Wow! Your feedback on that stylophone song really meant so much, thank you so much for that and for sharing it with the kids!

  • @standup  Feb 2019

    Your friend's story might make a good song?

  • @juoppis  Feb 2019

    Hi! Cheers for your comment and a thousand thank-yous for your mention of Splainy's song! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @standup  Feb 2019

    The thought I had today -- what about the kind of coat you find $20 in the pocket?

  • @standup  Feb 2019

    Tried to share a google doc with you -- let me know if you did not receive it?

  • @debs  Feb 2019

    Good morning. I see what you did there and I was amused. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    - A couple of coconuts ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ’ฆ

  • @spinhead Feb 2019

    3C+T. My favorite stuff. Thanks for the comment.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2019

    Once again, Sean, thank you for inflicting my stuff on your ears! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @paiyatamu  Feb 2019

    Thanks for the group feedback! One of the things about folk music (as you know) is the chance to tell stories (like Stan Rogers did). The Wookie song was actually a pretty accurate picture of the last place I worked which is why it was so easy to write. So, thanks to the class!

  • @headfirstonly  Feb 2019

    You're too kind, sir. Ta for the comment!

  • @dudachris Feb 2019

    Haha, I love that you are listening to this stuff with your students. Had any of them played the game (Mass Effect Andromeda)? It wouldn't be a stretch for 7th graders.

  • @majordanby  Feb 2019

    Thank you for listening and commenting. My guitar style is a little rough, so pleased how this turned out.

  • @mkd  Feb 2019

    Thanks for your comment on I Remember When, appreciated!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2019

    Goodmorning Mr McGaughey! Thanks for running my songs past your most erudite panel. That was some fun feedback - third best in 2019 - a 10 out of 11 - I like the music coz I get to stay up late at NYE
    Have you been letting your class listen to other people's work? I expect you have. That must have been such a fun hour! I wish more kids would get teachers like you. Hat is off to you, this is teaching kids to be persons, IMHO our #1 responsibility, even before teaching them to read, write, add, whatever.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2019

    Thank you again, Sean. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž