Sean Michael Dargan 21


Rockstarsmd US   Feb 2007  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Johnny Marr, Chrissie Hynde, Kirsty MacColl, Aimee Mann, Bob Mould, Lyle Lovett, Neil Finn, Richard Thompson, Elvis Costello, Manic Street Preachers, Schmovie

Too tall, too old, too slow... still doing it nonetheless.

Every Friday since March 2020 I have done a FB Live solo set here:

Lately I've been playing my new FAWM songs to much positive response. Huzzah!


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  • @downfallroad  6 weeks

    Hey thanks for the kind works on Lean Times. Keep rocking! \m/

  • @sherrycanary  6 weeks

    Thank you for your comment on my collab with JonMeta called Time to Live Again

  • @tamsnumber4  6 weeks

    Thanks for listening to my collab song with crisp1, "Where I want you / By My Side", really appreciate it!!

  • @natalie  7 weeks

    OMG it’s SMD! “Believe it or not, I’m going with you, whether or not you choose to go!” Still one of my favorite love songs of all time. I am so so so thrilled to see you here! We met on an AIDSRide across southern Wisconsin back when the 21st Century was still a new thing. Oh, wow! Okay, can’t wait to go listen to your latest tunes now. Huzzah!

  • @audrey  7 weeks

    Thanks for the kind comment.

  • @iwilleatyou 7 weeks

    Thanks for the listen!

  • @midwayfair  7 weeks

    Howdy, Mr. Surface Mounted Device! (Sorry, electronics geek humor.)

    Thanks for all the listens today. (Your comment on Pirate AM Waves in particular made my day.) I checked out some of your stuff on Bandcamp as well and I really enjoy your guitar playing and the production on them, and you folks had great feel on the tracks recorded from quarantine (having just worked on a quarantine album, I know how insanely hard it can be to get everyone sounding cohesive under those circumstances).

    That first song on my list is indeed the first drum part I wrote from scratch on an actual kit. I practiced a lot over the last several months (I was lucky enough to have the time to put into it) recording myself playing old parts that I and the drummers in my band wrote. Somewhat ironically, that drum part was the only one I nailed in a few takes. Even the really simple part on Weaver took a few extra takes, though in my defense it was because I kept simplifying that one 😀

    That's you behind the kit on all of yours, right? I think I saw a comment that you're playing some 70s slingerlands?

  • @guatecoop  7 weeks

    Squeeze!!! I LOVE Squeeze. I also like Daft Punk a lot, so I completely get that! I hadn’t thought about those similarities, but I’m not sure if any song has been compared to those at the same time! Thanks for the comment!

  • @theodamus  7 weeks

    Oooh Loud Reed that's high praise indeed! My voice was veeeery much giving out, but hey - it adds character 😝 Thank you so much 😁

  • @charliecheney  7 weeks

    Dude-man thanks for all the kind comments this year! I have to work at 5am tomorrow but I'll come back around to hear your songs soon I promise. Holy cow, 21! Well done lad, mine only went to eleven. 😄

  • @theodamus  7 weeks

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on "Cold"! Congrats on a spectacular win, what an awesome FAWM! <3

  • @br0th3rh00d 7 weeks

    Thanks for the comment on my stuff! I really appreciate it! Glad you're here otherwise too!!

  • @zam 7 weeks

    Thanks for the kind words on "Margaret" and glad to know you have a Margaret in your life too. I'm impressed by your prolific month, I'm just trying to get to 14!

  • @rdopart  7 weeks

    Thank you so much for supporting me in my first FAWM! Appreciate you buddy! And congrats on a wonderfully prolific February! You rocked it!

  • @mckillop  7 weeks

    Hi Sean - thanks for listening to "Call in the Morning", and for your feedback. Hank? Whoa...

    Much appreciated, Bob McK

  • @pumpkinhead 7 weeks

    Thanks man. I am a massive Queen fan so any reference that way is bound to make me happy.
    Peace <3

  • @blainev83  7 weeks

    Thank you once again for the kind words on several tunes. Much appreciated!

  • @owl  8 weeks

    Haha called it, I was thinking “I know that small sliver of lake in the background!” Thanks for the kind words!

  • @stephentanner 8 weeks

    Thanks for your comment, glad you like the newest one. Wow, you're up to 19 already, that's amazing, nice work.

  • @johnfahres  8 weeks

    17 already? Yer making me look bad... I've only got one and it's a loop-based instrumental! LOL! Happy FAWM 2021!

  • @mrtylerlarson  8 weeks

    RE: Night Life - Hey Sean! thank you so much for taking the time to listen and leave a comment on my track! Your words made me smile! Cheers to the 80's! I appreciate you! 😀

  • @zedisdead 8 weeks

    Thanks for listening, and commenting on " Everybody Talkin'." good fawm 2021

  • @chariotbaldwin  8 weeks

    Hey again - thanks for reading my "I am a Solitary Figure" lyric. I was trying to capture some old 80's rock.

  • @vuduluv Feb 22

    thx for the kind words re my song. much appreciated! checking out your stuff now. dig it!

  • @nateger Feb 22

    I appreciate the comment on my latest tune! BTW, whenever I read your name I misread it as like your an MD. A rock star doctor would be pretty badass

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 22

    Thanks, your comment made me smile. Glad you liked the song.

  • @safred Feb 21

    Cheers mate, thanks for the feedback, yes I agree Vocoders can knock up the cheese factor, so I use sparingly! 😀

  • @charliecheney  Feb 21

    Those are violin solos from @fiddlerblick80 actually!

  • @nadine Feb 20

    Thanks for your comment on "Going my way" and "Wrench in the works".

  • @rdopart  Feb 19

    Hey buddy! Thank you so much and I hadn't heard "Verdi cries" so I looked it up and of course love it and quite the compliment. Thank you. I do feel a connection vocally to Natalie Merchant for sure her range and style. Congrats on a prolific FAWN run this far!!

  • @artie Feb 17

    Sean, thank you for your comment on "Space." Oh yeah, he's way out! I almost didn't post it for that reason. Really got into the zone though. I also dig your bio! I'm a Husker Du fan, so it was cool seeing Bob Mould.

  • @chariotbaldwin  Feb 16

    Thank you for your words for my song Heaven Forbid.
    I have no idea if our seats in Hell are next to each other LOL
    But let's not find out too prematurely eh?

  • @persaab Feb 16

    Thanks for the comment and corrrecting me.

  • @richaaaay  Feb 16

    Thanks for listening and commenting on Little Monkey...Yes, we are all monkeys in my book.

    And congrats on 14!

  • @bethkille  Feb 16

    Wooohoo!! 14 baby! Congrats!

  • @phenola Feb 15

    Many thanks for the listen on "Fiver".

    I notice Johnny Marr and Kirsty MacColl on your list of influences -- were you aware that there was one track they collaborated on? I got a surprise when I found that out. 😮

  • @stephentanner Feb 15

    Thank you ever so much for your comments on my songs, I really appreciate that. I have just been listening through your tracks and you have some gold on there. Well done for hitting fourteen already as well. I'm in a bit of a rut at the minute. Hoping to claw myself out of it and post something in the next day or so. Thanks again.

  • @mckillop  Feb 15

    Sean - thank you for finding "The Sun the Used to Be" from among the hundreds of Songs out there, and for listening and commenting.

    I can see from all of the comments below that you are very generous in taking time to listen to a lot of FAWMers and making comments. It means so much when someone listens to my music, and I appreciate it.

    In the meantime, I've listened to some of your tracks, and I love them!
    You are a very talented songwriter and musician.

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 15

    Good heavens i have not heard the the name Brinsley Schwarz forever. I had an album of theirs but cant remember which one! They like Nick were always the nearly stars! Saw Nick a few times around the Live Stiffs time and still have Jesus of Cool! Maybe they were more of an influence than i thought. Thx for your comment and the memory!

  • @trolls2 Feb 15

    wow! that's a high compliment and comparison on 'lonely hearts' thank you!

  • @mariekevinkmusic  Feb 15

    Yikes! That's quite the compliment. Thanks. I'll have a listen to your stuff in the car in my way home later 😀 Thanks for stopping by!!

  • @tseaver  Feb 15

    Thanks for the listen and comment on my "Cardinal's Waltz."

    > Quotes the very beginning of Mr. Bojangles, which isn’t such a bad thing!

    I reckon any day I'm ripping off JJW must be a good 'un.

  • @blainev83  Feb 14

    P.S. You mentioned how I’m recording guitars/how they sound a couple of times. For acoustic, it’s a Martin D-28 with an LR Baggs Anthem acoustic mic pickup (this pickup is a literal mic in the acoustic guitar along with traditional piezo pickups, you can blend the 2 or just use one or the other. I stick to just the mic pickup) plugged directly into the interface, with very little EQ. Doubled, hard panned left/right). Electrics, I use a variety of tricks and guitars...but mostly my Gibson LP standard into a line 6 podGO (using patches I’ve built), directly into the interface. Some compression on those, but little else. Anyways, just thought I’d share. I had never done any home recording until about 6 months ago, so it’s all new to me. YouTube has been my best friend. Lol

  • @blainev83  Feb 14

    Thank you so much for all the very kind words and for taking the time to listen through all I’ve posted! You made my day! Much appreciated.

  • @mattwdunn Feb 14

    Thanks for the comments. James Dean Bradfield is a huge influence. The drums are programmed using ezdrummer 2. There are some great drum sounds on there.

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 14

    I can see the Style Council bit now on Pretending. Weller has always been a favourite of mine, maybe I was channeling him?

    Thanks for your kind comments.

  • @dannyk1 Feb 14

    I stopped labeling the parts a long time ago but the aabb section is the bridge.

    Thank you for the complimentary commentary on Time To Fly

  • @prsongsmith  Feb 12

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to "Confusion Corner"! I'm flattered by the Basher comparison...So glad you enjoyed it!

  • @ustaknow Feb 12

    Thank you. - I love that video on your page for "no for now", great stuff.

  • @nateger Feb 12

    Hi Sean, I appreciate you checking out a few of my tunes and leaving such thoughtful comments! Being likened to Aimee Mann is a big compliment. So grateful 🙏😊

  • @sunnymae  Feb 12

    Hey Sean!
    Thanks for your great comments on season of sorrow. Glad you liked the sax and vocals playing off each other and the repetition as well. Appreciate it!

  • @dantanz1 Feb 12

    Thanks so much for this comment. Much appreciated. Yours truly, Dan

  • @panch  Feb 11

    Thanks for your comments on Dark days long nights. I can't tell you how chuffed I was with the comparison with Leon Redbone, I'm a massive fan. Will start listening to your songs.

  • @mandolinda  Feb 11

    Yes, as a matter of fact. It was one of the best rooms in our old farmhouse. It had an electric outlet on the wall, and I bought a small record player. I am glad you enjoyed my song. Thanks.

  • @hornesgiftshop  Feb 11

    Thanks for the comment and compliment. You've been a busy man - will have a proper listen today.

  • @guatecoop  Feb 11

    Wow, thank you for the nice comment! YOU have been very busy and productive! I'd better come back for some more listening....I have a bunch of unfinished songs that I decided to ignore and put up a completely new one that I wrote today....I will get to those other ones hehe. Maybe they will just stay unfinished. Who knows. You are cranking them out! Thanks again for the comment, as it does make an impact.

  • @yarimurray  Feb 11

    Thanks for listening and commenting on Bona Fide Liar. The Knopfler reference was a nice compliment. I was actually kind of inspired for the groove by Dire Staits' Heavy Fuel. Loving your guitar tones and catchy hooks!

  • @wacha  Feb 10

    Thank you for your kind remarks on "The Cruelest of Fates". A John & Mary or 10,000 Maniacs comparison is wonderful compliment!

  • @lizbrinker  Feb 10

    Thanks so much, Sean Michael @rockstarsmd , for checking out You’re Not The Bossa Me! Are you in Maryland, like me? Or an MD? 👨‍⚕️

  • @postcardhelicopters  Feb 10

    Thanks for the kind and encouraging words!

  • @rickachu Feb 10

    Thank you for the listen and the feedback!!

  • @faststrings Feb 9

    Hey Sean, many thanks for your comment on Leaving I appreciate it!

  • @waitingforwinry Feb 8

    hey, thanks so much for the comment on Charlie! 😀

  • @mccannrs Feb 8

    Thanks for the comment on my song! That's actually me on the ocarina, lol. I got it for Christmas and was waiting for a chance to use it in a song this month!

  • @mikeb Feb 7

    Thanks for the listen and comments on my week 1 challenge song!

  • @jorh  Feb 7

    Haha maybe the drugs are relatively so if you’re rich 🤪 thanks for listening!

  • @cblack Feb 7

    Glad you enjoyed the tunes! And yeah, the Metal Zone can be pretty awesome. 😀

  • @persaab Feb 7

    Thank you for the comment.

  • @infilktion Feb 7

    Thanks for commenting on Han's Falcon!

  • @valeriecox  Feb 7

    Hey hey. Thanks dropping a line on my tune.

  • @dudachris Feb 7

    I changed the title of my song because you are totally right 😁

  • @daveyboy103  Feb 5

    Thanks for you r kind comment, I have upload a better version that is not clipping so much and is a bit more mellow.

  • @nahlej381  Feb 4

    Thanks for the kind words lol it cracks me up but the autotune tracks were just a spoof but people seem to dig it. I guess that’s how it goes lol

  • @nahlej381  Feb 2

    O, you asked about “the real outside”

    Well....I think I was talking about the “ideas” of outside and sunshine when you were a kid, like I think it meant something extraordinarily different to me when I was a kid. Idk sometimes the muse takes me places lol

  • @nahlej381  Feb 2

    Thanks for listening! I appreciate it 👍

  • @rdopart  Feb 2

    SMD! I'm trying FAWM for the first time this year. So fun to see you here! I bet you're a FAWM veteran, yes? Adding you to my watch list!

  • @rockstarsmd  Feb 1

    Hey @guatecoop, thanks for saying hi! I look forward to hearing your stuff!

  • @guatecoop  Jan 25

    I love your influences! I’m surprised that we haven’t crossed paths before. Well, have a great fawm 2021!