Sean McGaughey 11


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˜€


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  • @davewermers 2 hours

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

  • @sunnymae  4 hours

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

  • @misterd 6 hours

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

  • @laytay 8 hours

    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  8 hours

    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  9 hours

    Thank you for your comment!

  • @resonut123 10 hours

    Thanks for commenting on my Syd tribute.

  • @jwhanberry  10 hours

  • @wistah  1 day

    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 1 day

    Awww, thank you!!!

  • @standup  2 days

    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  2 days

    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  2 days

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

  • @dreamscuba  2 days

    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  2 days

    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  3 days

    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  4 days

    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  4 days

    Your turn to morph -

  • @moonraccoon  5 days

    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  5 days

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

    See You In The Shadowsโ€ฆ

  • @spinhead 5 days

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

  • @clioem 5 days

    Thank you!

  • @cindyrella  5 days

    I love those comments! What fun kids are! Thanks

  • @acromie  5 days

    Okay. Who's cutting onions....

  • @acromie  5 days

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

  • @deena  6 days

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

  • @moonraccoon  6 days

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

  • @spinhead 6 days

    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 1 week

    Yay indeed! Thanks for all the encouragement!!

  • @jwhanberry  1 week

  • @marvsmooth  1 week

    Thanks for the kind words about H2O

  • @downfallroad  1 week

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

  • @wistah  1 week

    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 1 week

    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  1 week

  • @kovbleu  1 week

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

  • @moonraccoon  1 week

    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  1 week

    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 1 week

    Thank you SO much for your words on Skid Row

  • @roblincoln  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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  1 week

    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 1 week

    Thank you so much for the comment!

  • @calumcarlyle  1 week

    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  1 week

    Your friend's story might make a good song?

  • @juoppis  1 week

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

  • @standup  1 week

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

  • @standup  1 week

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

  • @debs  1 week

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

    - A couple of coconuts ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ’ฆ

  • @spinhead 1 week

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

  • @dragondreams  1 week

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

  • @paiyatamu  1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @dudachris 1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @mkd  1 week

    Thanks for your comment on I Remember When, appreciated!

  • @dutch1967 1 week

    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  1 week

    Thank you again, Sean. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @thegreatbrandoni 1 week

    Thanks for the feedback. I enjoyed the read about your fawm story. This will be my 9th but I am not as prolific as you have been.

  • @lhcisco  1 week

    Hey man! It's Addictive Drums 2. It's a kick from the Indie kit with a good amount of room mic and a transient shaper VST.

  • @mrmule 2 weeks

    Thanks for the commentators! That is pretty much exactly my point ๐Ÿ˜€ everyone can make something out of this world with pretty much anything that is very much "of this world", junk we have all around, lying around and declared useless, though it is full of aesthetic value!

  • @berni1954  2 weeks

    Thanks for your thumbs up on my song "That Dress She Wore" - I am so glad you didn't see the end coming. Murder is certainly one interpretation of that last verse ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @goldelion  2 weeks

    Thank you to you and "B" for your lovely comments on my songs. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude in being so thoughtful and generous with your comments. I really appreciate the feedback!!!

  • @mishykatz  2 weeks

    THANK YOU SO MUCH THIS MADE MY DAY!! <3 Tell them all they are awesome !

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  2 weeks

    FAWManifesto! I love it. Classic story arc? Thank for that flattering and close read of "Gone Gone Again." Glad to see you back here this year & looking forward to listening.

  • @standup  2 weeks

    So it has come around again. We should get around to a collab this time? How to start? Do you have any loose bits floating around right now?

  • @dutch1967 2 weeks

    Ha! Thanks for your comment on New Yearโ€™s Day. Garage rock band groove! I like it! My mind goes to early AC/DC when I hit on a groove like this.
    I hope to get a new song out today

  • @beesmusic 2 weeks

    Hey sorry I missed you today! I saw the original Facebook post that said we'd start Feb 9, so I went ahead and did other stuff. I will definitely be there next week!

  • @jacobeverettwallace  2 weeks

    I think that was one of the best comments I've ever received! Please tell those kids I said thank you!

  • @dragondreams  2 weeks

    Sean, you are very kind, thank you! I guess all that practise in January is playing off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @lhcisco  2 weeks

    Sup man!! Do work son. Peace.

  • @nuj4x 3 weeks