Sean McGaughey 25


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.

Whoa: FAWM #9 for me. It is no understatement to say that FAWM transformed me as a musician and songwriter. I find that FAWM gives me a pass from the seasonal blahs of enduring long Canadian winters.

Every year I use this space to post a FAWManifesto of my FAWM Goals. At this point, I have none. Last year I was going through some work stress, embroiled in province wide job action. It seemed quite insignificant in retrospect starting last March. Here I am teleworking at home for the second winter of lockdown.
Lets do this.

Update: February 4:
Here I am 5 songs in on day 4. I think I am going to fine tune my short-term FAWM goals for this week:
1) I am well on track to try complete a 7 day FAWM... that is 14 songs in one week.

2) I got my first electric guitars at 50 after 30 years playing acoustic. I have been stumbling into an electric aesthetic that is in the territory of Crazy Horse, the Heartbreakers, The Vileators, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Corin Raymond, and some of the alt-alt-alt-country rock guys. I am going to pursue this sound.
3) lots more of my usual mix of folk, kids music, ukulele experiments and a partridge in a pear tree.
4. Collab, collab, collab. Who wants to co-write? How should we go about it?

I have been enjoying using and I'd love to try out some of its collaborative features.

This year, my local songwriter's group cannot meet at the Midland Cultural Centre. But @crutherford has stepped up to host a weekly Monday evening Zoom check-in during FAWM. Contact me or her for details.
Other Simcoe County area songwriters participating in writing songs during FAWM this year, Myself: @ductapeguy @visiblydistorted @moonraccoon and @beesmusic (I think),
@sebscorner @mrgee1952 @mandolinda @nibor @rangermike, @cleansupafterburn

Yay! My awesome niece, @jessicamcg has signed up for FAWM!

Every year in January I make an album cover to prime the creative pumps for FAWM. Here is this year's.

Songs (25)

#1 So Glad You're Here 35
Feb 1
#2 Hello Groundhog 24
Feb 1
#3 Pants @srcoops  19
Feb 3
#4 Thinkin Bout After 15
Feb 3
#5 Young and Petty, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah 17
Feb 4
#6 When You're A Grownup 20
Feb 5
#7 GAS 13
Feb 6
#8 Dance With Sorrow 14
Feb 6
#9 Dinosaur Dance 20
Feb 8
#10 It's Your Birthday, Sam 10
Feb 10
#11 Nightblind 8
Feb 13
#12 Into the Bay 20
Feb 13
#13 What Do You Want on Your Pancakes? 9
Feb 13
#14 Ghosts of Saturday Night 15
Feb 14
#15 It Gets Better? @stephenwordsmith  12
Feb 15
#16 Sloth Mode 12
Feb 15
#17 Je suis désolé! 18
Feb 20
#18 Backwards Girl 11
Feb 25
#19 Robots of Mars 4
Feb 26
#20 I'm Late (An Abridged 10x10) 8
Feb 27
#21 In the In Between 9
Feb 27
#22 Castle Dragondreams Not Quite Annual House Party (ductapeguy link) 1
Feb 27
#23 Pandemic Weak 10
Feb 28
#24 Kingfisher @honeybadgerfolk 8
Feb 28
#25 Little Doggie 9
Feb 28


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  • @yarimurray  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening and commenting on Stark Raving Moron. I guess we've all met him at some point. I usually try to keep my songs hopeful but some days you just gotta vent! Looking forward to listening.

  • @kathym  Mar 5

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on "Waltzing With Sorrow". I really did meet my ex that way, with him sitting one table closer to mine each day until he was sitting next to me. I will be revisiting my songs and appreciate each and every comment as I develop them, so your input is truly appreciated, sean!

  • @spinhead Mar 4

    hey there! glad I could brighten your whatsit with my camel ditty

  • @matthew62  Mar 4

    Thanks for the listen and kind comments regarding living.

  • @artsyarlene Mar 2

    Hi Duck tape guy to answer your questions I used a looper for the first time .I plucked out the melody with my tenor uke then did a second loop with my Ubass .As that loop played I corded with my tenner uke and sang. I found it to be a timing challenge. for you second question yes you may use it with the kindies .Let me know how they like the song.

  • @farmyardorchestra Mar 1

    Hello, Ductapeguy! Thanks for busting my last zong, Silent Soil! It was a stubborn one, long as the winter (7 minutes). Couldn't be easy. Glad you did! 😀

  • @saxylizbeth Mar 1

    Hey - thank you listening and commenting on Irish Green. Glad you liked it. I see some very intriguing song titles here, definitely gonna check some out this MALM 😀

  • @joefahey  Mar 1

    Thank you for all your comments and encouragement on my songs this year @ductapeguy. It's always propels me along and inspires me to get your feedback. Congratulations on very prolific and wonderful FAWM 2021.

  • @davewermers Mar 1

    Thanks for listening and commenting on "Brother With A Heart of Gold".

  • @mandolinda  Feb 28

    Thanks @ductapeguy , I really appreciate all the help and encouragement. And I really like all your songs.

  • @lnh  Feb 28

    Thank you so much for your feedback on the collab song and for recommending it! I’m so touched!

  • @calicocat Feb 28

    Thanks for your kind comment on “Come Away”!

  • @jkepler Feb 28

    Thanks for your kind comment on my 'moving tasks'... I'd really hoped to be settled enough to write more this year, but our move's logistics have dragged on. Trying to squeeze one or two more songs in by the end of FAWM tomorrow.

  • @gb9  Feb 27

    @ductapeguy thank you so much for the kind comment on 'Paused' 😀

  • @skittycat  Feb 27

    Thanks for the comment on Waiting Room x

  • @markg  Feb 26

    Was the Backwards Girl raised on promises?

  • @berni1954  Feb 23

    Glad you liked my "Cheesy Little Keyboard" and pleased you picked up on all the "hidden" double entendres. Eat your heart out Dame Edna, the Queen is back! 😜

  • @joefahey  Feb 22

    Hey Sean, thanks for the good words on "I Don't Really Care", glad you liked it!

  • @standup  Feb 21

    Thanks for the thoughts on "Map to Nowhere", I've always loved the Pretenders, and can't speak for @loveonamixtape, but she delivered a hell of a vocal on that song.

  • @honeybadgerfolk Feb 20

    Congrats on surpassing 14 songs so quickly!!

  • @willow1 Feb 19

    @ductapeguy Thanks for your always encouraging feedback! I too appreciate melodica, peanut butter, Wurlitzer and chocolate.

  • @charliecheney  Feb 17

    Oh my gosh did that ever make my day, thank you.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 16

    Thanks for listening to Mr Boffin. Your mention of Welcome Back Kotter reminded me that John Sebastian is a truly great pop songwriter who never got enough appreciation from the public at large. I’d be happy to be compared to him!

  • @darcistrutt  Feb 16

    Dawn and I are together and I read her your class’s comments. We both smiled big!

  • @mccannrs Feb 16

    Thanks so much for the comment on I'll Be Moving On! I actually wrote it on acoustic guitar, and intended to record it that way but at the last minute changed to the Strat. If I can get a better mic in the near future, I will definitely do a version with an acoustic guitar!

  • @lenigmusx1  Feb 16

    Thank you for the kind words on “Space Suits”. This years theme is garment based for me. I have no idea why.

  • @roblincoln  Feb 16

    Enjoying your music again this year. Thanks for your comments on my @blindkiwi collab. (The correct version is now up on both our sites. I had to remove that one as a duplicate.)

  • @willie70hawkins Feb 15

    Thanks for listening and the feedback on The old house

  • @darcistrutt  Feb 14

    Winner winner chicken dinner! Congratulations!

    Thanks for visiting us!

  • @porrectus  Feb 14

    Thanks for the comment on Clouds and Sand, interesting that you found it sad, I guess it is.

  • @mandolinda  Feb 14

    Happy Valentine's Day @ductapeguy . Thanks for all the helpful hints and encouragement.

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 14

    I'm as surprised as anyone that my brain didn't freeze for the skirmish. I think it was that I knew what I wanted to do, but did have a false start that nearly shut it down.

  • @dudachris Feb 14


    Winner winner chicken dinner!!!

    Winner and 9 time defending champion, Sean the Brawn 😁

  • @charliecheney  Feb 14

    Of course! Spidey for everyone. 🕷️❤️

  • @dawnsoap Feb 14

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on our "Fire Truck" song. I would love it if you shared it with your kindergarten class 😀

  • @candle  Feb 14

    Thanks for the comment on Saturn's Night. The drone isn't a sample, actually. It's a native Buzz Machine: Zephod's CSynth. Thanks for hosting the Skirmish!

    See You In The Shadows…

  • @darcistrutt  Feb 13

    I'm sure it's okay to share the firetruck song with your class! Hope they enjoy it! Thanks for your visit to our song.

  • @dutch1967  Feb 13

    Thanks for continuing the metaphors in you comment on Big League, Sean,

  • @frozenlonesome  Feb 13

    Thanks for checking out Tornado. Glad you like it and felt the storm vibe I was going for. Much appreciated.

  • @avidfanman  Feb 13

    Thanks for the kind words on my somewhat silly one take acoustic song - thanks for listening to the end 😄

  • @zecoop  Feb 13

    Looking up - wow, I am so far behind this year <sigh>. BUT, I can tell you that from the first second, I LOVE that weird guitar/bass sound. How cool is that and the whole vibe. Full review soon - Love it!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 12

    Thank you for your comments <3

  • @improvyssey  Feb 12

    Do you have a baritone uke, Sean? I love the sound of the bari.

  • @dutch1967  Feb 12

    hey Sean, thanks for commenting on Do Re Mi. Was a lot of fun to write and record. I may even write a couple more verses.

  • @dudachris Feb 11

    Bleeding into a recorder is very accurate. It was unhelpful and not cathartic which is why I needed to stop. I was only hearing my self scream "Can't afford to stay" when it is still a question with lots of time for a positive and exciting answer. Here's to moving on for mental health right?

  • @gm7  Feb 10

    Thx for kind words on Wondering

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 9

    Thanks for listening! My grandparents were from Medicine Hat, and my grandfather did not attend my parents February wedding because he had to stay home to make sure the pipes didn’t freeze. My mom still hasn’t gotten over that.

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 9

    Hello Mr. McGaughey and the BayTayK Kindergarten class! Thank you so much for your fabulous comments, you did really good listening, well done! We have sent you a wetransfer email with a little video you might like showing pictures of the dragon making! We hope you enjoy it!

  • @jaegerin  Feb 8

    Yay, you're doing well over here! Thanks for your kind words on my "I Get Meta" 😀

  • @twyllodrus Feb 8

    Cheers for your nice comment on "Hong Kong Pfui".

  • @mandolinda  Feb 7

    I think I like my version better too. I am so thankful for your guidance and taking the time to walk me through the process.

  • @mandolinda  Feb 7

    I think I like my version better too. I am so thankful for your guidance and taking the time to walk me through the process.

  • @robynmackenzie  Feb 7

    It is my Christmas guitar! Thanks for your awesome comment!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 7

    Hey! It is great to see you here! Thanks so much for your kind comment!

  • @berni1954  Feb 7

    Hi Sean,
    Glad you liked my "The Women they Tried to Blot Out"- Yes, it's a keeper alright. Wouldn't fit into my Blues Band's repertoire, but I'll definitely solo it post Covid.

  • @scubed  Feb 6

    Thanks so much for your comment on “Sorrow’s Waltz”!

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 6

    Oh wow, of course you can, I’d be honoured! ☺️

  • @leslie  Feb 5

    Hi Sean! So glad to see you here again. You're off to a great start already.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 5

    Thanks Sean! 😀
    I'm loving working with the piano/keyboard more this year. 😀

  • @crutherford  Feb 5

    thank you sean! yeah - those f150 boys was an effortless tune to write. i feel it's been bubbling in me for a very long time.

  • @dudachris Feb 5

    I definitely was scanning titles to look for inspiration. Luckily most of his stuff that I know, I know well from many listens. I'm sure I've not heard and don't know all of his work, but, what I do know I know well enough. I also borrowed lots of his couplets with small alterations.

  • @dudachris Feb 5

    Hey Sean,
    a thought just hit me after reading your comment this morning. Then
    I did 38 seconds of research to confirm:

    Out of all the FAWMers active if you listed them in alphabetical order we'd be next to each other 😁

    Just a serendipitous way that the weird world makes some sense!

  • @andygetch  Feb 5

    Hey Sean, You're welcome on 'Hello Groundhog'.

  • @scubed  Feb 4

    Thanks so much for your very kind comment on “Without You”!

  • @guatecoop  Feb 4

    Hey there, thank you for your very kind words. I appreciate it!

  • @siebass  Feb 4

    Ha! Glad I guessed right; just testing out my ear for effects, which is usually not great, so glad to get one right. That's a fun setup. Uke + effects always sounds neat to me.

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 4

    Hey Sean, thanks for your comment on Yeah Yeah Yeah - that's a real compliment! Are you going to put yours in the forum post so others find it?

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 4

    Hey @ductapeguy ! Thanks so much for listening! And for the re-post!

  • @juoppis  Feb 3

    Thanks for your comment on Call Me By My Name! It made me happy 😀

  • @jessicamcg Feb 3

    Hi Uncle Sean. I joined FAWM, so I'll see you around the website, I guess 😀
    Good luck!

  • @darcistrutt  Feb 3

    I like you 😁

  • @darcistrutt  Feb 3

    You reminded me I needed a Groundhog song and for that I sincerely thank you.

  • @joefahey  Feb 3

    Hi Sean, wishing you a Happy & productive FAWM 2021!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 2

    Thanks for taking a listen to Invocation. I really appreciate the listen and your comments! I feel you on the cold too. Up in the NE Mtns with 6 foot icicles hanging off my roof!

  • @srcoops  Feb 2

    Whatever you are comfortable with. I am glad we could work together.

  • @srcoops  Feb 2

    Good job on Pants. I liked the little changes you incorporated into the song. They were good improvements.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 2

    Tenor called Ozzie - low G made in the wilds of Minnesota

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  Feb 2

    LOL. Yeah. My first song is NOT the Chobacon genre for sure.
    The SECOND song though...right in the ballpark. 😀

  • @srcoops  Feb 2

    In regard to Pants. Give it a go.

  • @writeandwrong  Feb 1

    Happy FAWM 2021!! 🎵

  • @the3queens  Feb 1

    Happy FAWMing Sean!

  • @improvyssey  Feb 1

    Hi, Sean. We'll see how it goes.

  • @klaus Jan 31

    Hi Sean. Thanks for mentioning me. It made me smile. I hope you have a nice and productive Fawm 2021. Cheers!

  • @hummingbear  Jan 27

    Ready for ukulele riffs and mad tongue twisters? Have a great month!

  • @ericdistad  Jan 25

    Woot! Lets do this thing! FAWM ON!

  • @cleansupafterburn Jan 23

    Permission to you and yours. Write well and true.

  • @natrin Jan 15

    Hello hello! Have a great FAWM 😁

  • @metalfoot  Jan 10

    Let's do this FAWM thing, Sean!

  • @coolparadiso  Jan 10

    Its nearly that time again! Good fawming!