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


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  • @kathym  2 days

    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 2 days

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

  • @matthew62  3 days

    Thanks for the listen and kind comments regarding living.

  • @artsyarlene 5 days

    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 5 days

    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 6 days

    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  6 days

    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 6 days

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

  • @mandolinda  6 days

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

  • @lnh  1 week

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

  • @calicocat 1 week

    Thanks for your kind comment on “Come Away”!

  • @jkepler 1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @skittycat  1 week

    Thanks for the comment on Waiting Room x

  • @markg  1 week

    Was the Backwards Girl raised on promises?

  • @berni1954  1 week

    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  1 week

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

  • @standup  2 weeks

    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 2 weeks

    Congrats on surpassing 14 songs so quickly!!

  • @willow1 2 weeks

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

  • @charliecheney  2 weeks

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

  • @jonmeta  2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

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

  • @mccannrs 2 weeks

    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  2 weeks

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

  • @roblincoln  2 weeks

    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 2 weeks

    Thanks for listening and the feedback on The old house

  • @darcistrutt  2 weeks

    Winner winner chicken dinner! Congratulations!

    Thanks for visiting us!

  • @porrectus  3 weeks

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

  • @mandolinda  3 weeks

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

  • @moonraccoon  3 weeks

    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 3 weeks


    Winner winner chicken dinner!!!

    Winner and 9 time defending champion, Sean the Brawn 😁

  • @charliecheney  3 weeks

    Of course! Spidey for everyone. 🕷️❤️

  • @dawnsoap 3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

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

  • @frozenlonesome  3 weeks

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

  • @avidfanman  3 weeks

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

  • @zecoop  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    Thank you for your comments <3

  • @improvyssey  3 weeks

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

  • @dutch1967  3 weeks

    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 3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    Thx for kind words on Wondering

  • @oaksnprairie  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

    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  3 weeks

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

  • @twyllodrus 3 weeks

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

  • @mandolinda  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @arthurrossi 4 weeks

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

  • @berni1954  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @emkaydeebee  4 weeks

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

  • @leslie  4 weeks

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

  • @dragondreams  4 weeks

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

  • @crutherford  4 weeks

    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 4 weeks

    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 4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @scubed  4 weeks

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

  • @guatecoop  4 weeks

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

  • @siebass  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @juoppis  4 weeks

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

  • @jessicamcg 4 weeks

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

  • @darcistrutt  4 weeks

    I like you 😁

  • @darcistrutt  4 weeks

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

  • @joefahey  4 weeks

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

  • @sunnymae  4 weeks

    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  4 weeks

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

  • @srcoops  4 weeks

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

  • @coolparadiso  4 weeks

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

  • @stevenwesleyguiles  4 weeks

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

  • @srcoops  4 weeks

    In regard to Pants. Give it a go.

  • @writeandwrong  4 weeks

    Happy FAWM 2021!! 🎵

  • @the3queens  4 weeks

    Happy FAWMing Sean!

  • @improvyssey  4 weeks

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

  • @klaus 5 weeks

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

  • @hummingbear  5 weeks

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

  • @ericdistad  5 weeks

    Woot! Lets do this thing! FAWM ON!

  • @cleansupafterburn 6 weeks

    Permission to you and yours. Write well and true.

  • @natrin 7 weeks

    Hello hello! Have a great FAWM 😁

  • @metalfoot  8 weeks

    Let's do this FAWM thing, Sean!

  • @coolparadiso  8 weeks

    Its nearly that time again! Good fawming!