Sean McGaughey 40


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 2020 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. It is still time for this old Folkie to plug in. I have a Zoom G1xOn multi-effects pedal and a Telecaster.
4. More Surf 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 all 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 and @beesmusic . We are pestering others. ๐Ÿ˜€
Update: Yay! @crutherford has joined FAWM. She is 17 levels of awesome.
@sebscorner appears to be sitting this year out.

Songs (40)

#1 I'm So Glad You're Here- f/t Kim Beggs @kimbeggs  43
Feb 2020
#2 K-Tel Presents Psychadelic Fords Singing Tan Van Man 30
Feb 2020
#3 Sam Beckett's Blues 20
Feb 2020
#4 Somewhere Good 15
Feb 6
#5 Or Enjambment 11
Feb 7
#6 Master of the Skies 15
Feb 8
#7 The Uncertainty Machine @dragondreams  18
Feb 10
#8 Giving Birth to the Song 14
Feb 11
#9 All the Children of the World 12
Feb 13
#10 The Game 21
Feb 16
#11 Machine @arthurrossi 2
Feb 16
#12 Consolation Jam @dreamscuba  7
Feb 17
#13 Ban Joe Oh Oh 8
Feb 17
#14 Master of the Sky (aka Master of the Skies) @moonraccoon  12
Feb 18
#15 The Greatest Teachers (aka "A Stormy Night") @moonraccoon  5
Feb 19
#16 Hold the Line 11
Feb 19
#17 Clean It Up 7
Feb 20
#18 Living Wage @stephenwordsmith 12
Feb 21
#19 Because You Lie @dudachris 9
Feb 23
#20 Butterfly 9
Feb 24
#21 Casio Tea and Jam 7
Feb 24
#22 They @sheamiejay  6
Feb 25
#23 Yum 4
Feb 25
#24 All The More @metalfoot  5
Feb 25
#25 Hurt feelings 6
Feb 25
#26 Chicken Nuggets 6
Feb 25
#27 The Street @srcoops  7
Feb 26
#28 Four Strings Good 4
Feb 27
#29 FAWM After-Party - Now with 200% more Kazoo @hummingbear  10
Feb 28
#30 Let Down Your Hair @jaegerin  6
Feb 28
#31 Tilda 6
Feb 28
#32 Sleep 4
Feb 29
#33 Toybox 3
Feb 29
#34 Change Now @dudachris 1
Feb 29
#35 A Good Place To Be From @porkmonocle 5
Feb 29
#36 My Heroes Don't Wear Riot Gear @moonraccoon  5
Mar 1
#37 Downstairs 2
Mar 1
#38 Parking Lot Jam 7
Mar 1
#39 The Fine Line (post-FAWM recording) @moonraccoon  5
Mar 1
#40 Harvest 7
Mar 1


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  • @aneil Mar 16

    Hi @ductapeguy thx for checking out my tunes and for so many constructive comments! I appreciate it very much Neil

  • @dzd  Mar 14

    Thanks! And it's actually a ring modulator pedal digitized one so yeah synth I suppose haha

    And ! ๐Ÿ˜‰ little kids singing red rover for chorus a fine idea indeed!

  • @metalfoot  Mar 3

    Regarding the Oatmeal Song:
    Alex (metalfoot) notes: I wrote the whole song and recorded all the parts one at a time into a microphone using a recording program called Audacity. It takes practice to sing and harmonize to yourself but it is so much fun when you learn how to do it well!
    F#2 (metalfoot's son) notes: I got my oatmeal. It was a lot of oatmeal! I had fun singing my part on top of my dad's singing.

  • @metalfoot  Mar 3

    Hey Mr McGaughey, I got F#2 to sit down and respond to the questions and comments from the 3rd grade class that listened to John Paciorek a couple weeks ago.
    "Is he your favourite player?": No, he is not my favourite player. But he did make for a fun song.
    "What is your favourite team in baseball?": (half-jokingly) The Morden Blue Jays! (Dad notes: that's the team he played on that won their league and made it to the provincial playdowns last season)
    My favourite MLB team is the Toronto Blue Jays, probably because of Vlad Guerrero Jr.
    "Did anyone help you with the song?": No, I made it all by myself.
    John Paciorek's one season was in 1963 and in that one season as an 18 year old, he played one game and got 3 hits in 3 at bats. Which statistically speaking makes him the best hitter in history.
    I'm in Grade 5 in Morden Manitoba!

  • @zecoop  Mar 1

    Thank you so much for being a part of my dad's FAWM (@srcoops)... Let me know if it would be ok to have your song on his Bandcamp compilation album. If it is ok and you are able, please feel free to send me the WAV version to zecoop at yahoo dot com. Also let me know what info you would like to be included on Bandcamp. Thank you once again!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @natrin Mar 1

    Congrats on winning so hard! Excellent work ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @janeg  Feb 29

    The comment you made on Ain't Gonna Howl might get me to add a verse!

  • @janeg  Feb 29

    My, you have been prolific! Even with strike days I don't know how you get so many songs posted and be so active in comments. Thanks so much for commenting on at least five of mine! See you soon I hope.

  • @roblincoln  Feb 29

    Sean-- Thanks for your comments on my songs, including Ye Olde Philadelphia Drinking Song!

  • @jaegerin  Feb 29

    "Yay. You crossed the finish line."

    -- Well, yeah, kind of. Only thanks to doubling up due to collabs. So now I feel committed (in a good way) to doing three more and finishing for real!

  • @metalfoot  Feb 29

    Yeah, maybe porkmonocle might want to cover that circus song? I didn't think of it in those terms or it could have been recorded under that cover.

  • @kelsistez Feb 29

    Hey thanks so much for your feedback my Birthday Song and for adding it to the recommended list. It means a lot. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @jamesstaubes  Feb 28

    Thanks for that funny and kind comment on Real Love. Cheers. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 28

    I also found it funnier in retrospect. Even more, it happened a second time when my husband was home and I captured the mouse without waking him up! (He always says wildlife is my department, anyway) We've since plugged some holes and haven't had a recent incident.

  • @ozcompr  Feb 28

    Thanks for the feedback on โ€œMeanwhile on the Farmโ€! Got all the lyrics done for FAWM and recording quality is okay but still gonna tweak for release. Thanks for listening!

  • @jaegerin  Feb 28

    Sean, I love what you did with Let Down Your Hair! Thanks so much. It brought a tear to my eye, especially thinking about all the kidsโ€™ comments too. How amazing!

    Is it ok if I add it as an additional song with you as collab partner?

  • @hummingbear  Feb 28

    I'd love it if you'd give it a go. Rhythm is a bit off in places, so words might need adjustment. Want me to tag it as collab now or wait until you try it tomorrow?

  • @readerwriterpoet Feb 28

    Thank you so much for your kind words, my friend. I will absolutely be at FKO, and I wouldn't miss it for the world. <3

  • @pipewrench67  Feb 28

    Ha, you got the impetus right, Oh well.

  • @srhlmusic  Feb 27

    Just wanted to say thanks for your ongoing encouragement. I appreciate it!

  • @hamiltonpoolhall  Feb 27

    Dang! Thanks for the vote of confidence on "When Your Sacred Cows Run Dry."

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 27

    Is that a good comment? I'm quite sick and leaving most of my remarks in a fever dream. I'm glad it sat well with you.

  • @jaegerin  Feb 27

    Hey @ductapeguy! You certainly may have this dance - er, collab!! Please go ahead and I look forward to hearing the result.

  • @billysea  Feb 27

    Dude, double FAMW, great job. Thanks for stopping by to give my late FAWM entries a listen ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @ericdistad  Feb 26

    Hey @ductapeguy - Thanks for your great comment on "You Can't Win An Argument On The Internet". How I got the sound on Android is through an extra piece of hardware called a Spire Studio -> It's basically a wireless recording interface/multitrack recorder the size of a stack of hockey pucks. I had a bunch of traveling in the first part of the month where I was going to be away from the studio and this thing came in super handy. I'll plan to bring it to FKO if you want to see it (assuming of course that you'll be there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  • @srcoops  Feb 26

    Very good work on The Street. I love banjos. By the way, the Duck Tape factory is about 3 miles from our house.

  • @marvsmooth  Feb 26

    Hi Sean.

    I have updated the demo for one of my collaborations with @cindyrella - The Ghosts Of Sachs Bridge

  • @srcoops  Feb 25

    By all means take a shot at "The Street". I look forward to hearing it.

  • @redlady8029  Feb 25

    The title got my attention. And great lessons taught to children.

  • @rotundosealeg Feb 25

    Wow, thank you so much!! It really means a lot to me, hearing that you were into that riff, because by the time I finished recording I had myself convinced that it was no good! ๐Ÿ˜†

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 25

    Thatโ€™s pretty darn clever! And v effective! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • @tjeff  Feb 25

    Hi there - thanks very much for listening & commenting!

  • @kingwoodkowboy  Feb 24

    Sean, thanks for reviewing "Milowโ€™s Gone To Pasture".

  • @digg35 Feb 24

    Thank for commenting.

  • @kristian  Feb 24

    Hahaha best comment ever!

  • @helenseviltwin  Feb 24

    Please do thank Mr C's grade 5 class for their lovely feedback ๐Ÿ˜

  • @matthew62  Feb 23

    Thanks for your comments on "I ain't losin no time". Much appreciated.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 21

    Thanks Sean! Still working on the lyrics for The White Demon (Moby Dick) but not touching the melody

  • @guatecoop  Feb 20

    That is so cool! I work with kids k-3 and always incorporate music as much as I can. Iโ€™m glad that it had an effect on them!

  • @jeffwhitmire47 Feb 20

    Your message today about playing "Ballerina Paleontologist" to your students was one of the best things I've ever read!! Thank you so much!!

  • @scubed  Feb 19

    Thank you so much for your generous comment on โ€œHow Wide This Riverโ€!

  • @mishykatz  Feb 19

    Wow look at that list! Thanks for the listen on Because it doesn't Show. And the comment! sorry for the double post

  • @mishykatz  Feb 19

    Wow look at that list! Thanks for the listen on Because it doesn't Show. And the comment!

  • @nahlej381  Feb 18

    Thanks for listening! i really appreciate it! i love your output this year, really cool songs with the coolest uke i've heard on "tape". (aging myself there lol)

  • @russiasaturn Feb 18

    I appreciate your kind comments on my and Mike's recent song! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @scottsimpsonmusic  Feb 18

    Thanks so much for the kind words and the recommendation on โ€œHere We Go, Another Roundโ€ Much appreciated!

  • @sunnymae  Feb 18

    Thanks for your smorgasbord board comments on my constant craving song. There were so many funny songs on this skirmish.

  • @spinhead Feb 17

    Glad you liked Dark of Night. Love doing those kind.

  • @dutch1967 Feb 17

    That was quick, Sean! The video couldnโ€™t have been more than a minute old before you viewed it. Thanks for that.
    I love writing with other peopleโ€™s lyrics too, for the same reason you do, I may have worded it aa if this lyric was gonna be a chord, thereโ€™s nothing I like more than stepping outside that comfort zone.
    The main reason I found this lyric interesting and inspiring to work with is because it is about helping a young man take his first steps toward love. I believe itโ€™s important to give him balanced advice, so that the other sex benefits from it as well. Or at least serve the young man some advice on how a seasoned pro (at being in love) knows where he went wrong with ladies when he was his age.
    Itโ€™s easier to get a million subscribers on YouTube than it is NOT to hurt a girl when youโ€™re a teenager.

  • @goldelion  Feb 17

    Thank you for confusing me with a Canadian politician after hearing Generally Sorry....wait. is it Canadian politician or "Canada" politician - sorry if I got that wrong!

  • @timfatchen  Feb 17

    Thank you for the comment on the Piano Jig, Sean. I tried it fast and yes, it is another! Not danceable to, though! ๐Ÿ˜

  • @goldelion  Feb 17

    Thanks for the kind comments! I love your profile pic/drawing! ๐Ÿ’œ

  • @arthurrossi Feb 17

    Hey! I would like to thank you so much for the beautiful and that creative song that you made of "machine". The musical direction that you took is spot-on, very nice production and good idea regarding the vocals as well. Thank you very, very much, I love it how it turned out!

  • @mikehex  Feb 16

    Thanks for your comments and support Sean. I didn't know that recommended songs was a thing... I need to spend some time getting to know the forums

  • @dreamscuba  Feb 16

    @ductapeguy Please add your stems. And thanks for the comments.

  • @spikedirection Feb 16

    Hey bud thanks for the comments on the latest noises. The guitar on Red Eyed Devil is a Teisco Audition 7001, my cheap ass blues machine ๐Ÿ˜‚. The cigar box has so far only made a brief appearance on black bag this year. I must bust it out more..

  • @dutch1967 Feb 16

    Thank you for responding to Praying Man. I know better than to argue with who I know to be idiots but came very close today. Someone really got under my skin. Not on here BTW, letโ€™s be clear, FAWMers know how to word stuff.
    Although I told myself no more angry songs, I came real close tonight. I only posted the lyrics to make sure I would end up finishing the song.
    Again, Thanks for making extra sure I do.

  • @sheamiejay  Feb 15

    Messaged you on FB re: live collab.

  • @kevinmason  Feb 15

    Hey thanks for the comment and for playing the song for some young ones! As for the first studentโ€™s question, honeysuckle came from Asia, brought over as an ornamental I believe, but then it escaped cultivation and began out-competing native plants. There is at least one native honeysuckle species in the Midwest, but we leave it alone.

    To all the other students, thanks for the lovely comments!

  • @lhcisco  Feb 14

    Ha! I guess pop wise, Taylor Swift is the new ear candy. The song was defo a Beatles rip, I guess I need to update my references ๐Ÿ˜

  • @heliosonorous Feb 14

    I am honored that you played a piece for the class and I appreciate their feedback!

  • @toms Feb 14

    It is in fact still 1979 in my house, and I suspect will ever be. ๐Ÿ˜€ Many thanks for listening and the very kind comment!

  • @chucknamaste Feb 14

    Jazz for the hips! Thanks for your kind words on my Humpty Dumpty track

  • @tseaver  Feb 13

    Thanks for the listen to my "Two-Hearted." I didn't even realize I was channeling "Tom Dooley" in the chorus melody.

  • @oaksnprairie  Feb 13

    Love that quote about the house like a box! Thanks for listening.

  • @toddnorem  Feb 13

    Thanks so much for the feedback on my song, Just. Let. Go. Really appreciate that.

  • @davewermers Feb 12

    Thanks for listening to Monsters and commenting. Thanks for the recommendation on the FAWM forum.

  • @nahlej381  Feb 12

    Thanks for the feedback! You have the best fawm handle I've extra props to you

  • @eargoggle  Feb 11

    Hey man thanks for your comment on my hospital room uke song! It's funny I don't think I normally play like Willie Nelson but i was so into that vibe it just came out. Killed some time in this room too!

  • @crutherford Feb 11

    Thank you Sean! You Are Loved was a fun one to record with the kiddos -a surprising wee birthday gift!

  • @hummingbear  Feb 10

    Thanks for your thoughtful comments on "Little House Beside the Sea." I appreciate it!

  • @mikehex  Feb 10

    Thanks for your comments Sean, sorry I've been unresponsive, still figuring out how FAWM works.

  • @berni1954  Feb 10

    Hi Sean,
    I am glad you liked my love song "Cool". Are you of Irish extraction?
    My roots are in Dublin and Connemara.

  • @bunter  Feb 9

    Sorry ductapeguy, I posted the wrong song. The correct one is up now (If I Had).

  • @dragondreams  Feb 9

    Thank you, Sean. ๐Ÿ˜€
    That classical is probably my favourite guitar for recording acoustic pieces with. I bought it cheap, but I dropped lucky. Everything about it is so nice. The company that made it went out of business a few years ago sadly.

  • @jacobeverettwallace  Feb 9

    Thanks for the comment and recommendation on Deconstruct, much appreciated!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 8

    Thank you again, Sean.
    Indeed it is a synth bass. My ancient laptop has a few legacy VSTi plug-ins that I used for the track. The drums are a soundfont. The only real instrument on that one is my guitar. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @clioem Feb 8

    Thanks very much Sean!

  • @moonraccoon  Feb 8

    Thanks, Sean.

  • @metalfoot  Feb 7

    I tuned my mandolin! ๐Ÿ˜ And thanks for all the class comments!

  • @dragondreams  Feb 7

    Please tell your class I am extremely honoured and very humbled. And VERY glad they enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • @auditasum Feb 6

    Thanks for your comment on "Getaway." The drum is a bodhran. ๐Ÿ˜

  • @thefuneralcrasher  Feb 2020

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting...the Keith Richards line made me smile ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • @joefahey  Feb 2020

    Alright, it's honor to be thereby dubbed Joey Wilbury! It's wonderful to see you back Sean, I can feel the inspiration from you already!

  • @timmyriordan  Feb 2020

    Thanks for stopping by to check out my song.

  • @stephenwordsmith Feb 2020

    Crack away starkly!

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2020

    Thanks so much Sean! Glad you like What Good. It'll take some sanding and polishing before it goes on an album but I think you're right it does have potential. March is the month for making and breaking. Let's see what the rest of Febbary brings first.

  • @bandybum Feb 2020

    Hi Sean
    Thank you so much for your lovely encouraging feedback on Wizard's Apprentice lyric.
    I've put it to music, but not convinced it works. If you get a moment, your thoughts would be most welcome ๐Ÿ˜€
    Wishing you a magical FAWM!

  • @arthurrossi Feb 2020

    Hey! It is nice to see you here again! Thanks a lot for your kind words...

  • @mlm Feb 2020

    Thank you for the comment!

  • @chriddof Feb 2020

    Thank you for the comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the ride!

  • @acousticmaddie  Feb 2020

    That was the best comment ever. Thank you for listening and taking time to comment <3

  • @metalfoot  Feb 2020

    I love that you share my safe-for-school songs with kids. I can't think of a higher compliment.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2020

    Go for it! ๐Ÿ˜€
    If you need anything different from me, just shout. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @raindancerzero  Feb 2020

    Thank you so much for your amazing comment, I really appreciate it!

  • @owl  Feb 2020

    thanks for commenting on "Liberty Street"!

  • @chucknamaste Feb 2020

    Thank you for the thoughtful comment! Funny enough I actually saw Lukas Nelson open up for BB King at the Boston House of Blues about a decade back. Cheers

  • @emkaydeebee  Feb 2020

    Thanks for your comment on Instruction Manual! Iโ€™ve been wanting to write this musical for a few years now, Iโ€™m so excited to be finally putting something together ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • @dutch1967 Feb 2020

    Thanks Sean! Glad you like what I started with Faith. Hope to have you back for the finished product.

  • @dragondreams  Feb 2020

    You are so kind, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€