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Sean McGaughey

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I joined FAWM in January 2013. It transformed me as a musician and songwriter.
Every year I use this space to post a FAWManifesto of my FAWM Goals.

Feb 19- 2024: ONE TAKE IS ALL IT TAKES
FAWM Goals
I have all the toys: Electric guitars and bass, tons of vsts and band-in a box, keyboards and pad controllers. But this year all I have wanted is to go back to my center: Lots more of my folk and folk rock story songs. Lots more of my usual mix of folk, kids music, ukulele experiments and a partridge in a pear tree.
5. Collabs very welcome. I learn so much from every one of my collaborators.

I dabble with electronic music with an NI Maschine MK2 and software and I'm just scratching the surface.
I am also a public school music teacher and use FAWM commenting with my classes to teach about critical listening and polite commenting.

When I started FAWM in 2013, I was the only songwriter in my region doing FAWM(Simcoe County, Ontario). Now there are about 2 dozen of us who hang out around the Social Distancing Songwriting Group on Facebook. Some of these returning writers include @tippyteapot @crutherford @moonraccoon @mandolinda @mrgee1952 @rangermike555 @freddie13 @musicbymichelle @robheron1
@mtanguay
@captainspacey

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Thanks so much for sharing your class' comments on Disko Avenue!! I did not expect that at all. So heartwarming to hear! Wish I could have seen the dance party! Definitely a highlight of my FAWM career.
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I appreciate the kind comment on "Sea of Sky"!
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Hi Mr. McGaughey! I wrote a kids song at the suggestion of my students, if you are looking for songs to play for your classes, could I suggest mine? I'd love to hear what other students think.
https://write.fawm.org/songs/290465
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Thank you so much for sharing your class’ comments to my song! Made my day!
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Sean, Thanks for giving your schoolkids a listen and tfor their reviews. That is much appreciated. What ste age grouping? That's the who we will be aiming the album towards
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Thanks so much to you (and your students! ❤️) for the wonderful comment on "Banjo, Fiddle, and Mandolin" - you made my morning!
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Congrats on the win, Sean. You've won FAWM! Awesome sauce!
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Hi Sean,
Happy FAWM! Thanks so much for your comments on Diddy Boppin'. I feel the same...there's something about it that works, groove, structure, lyrics...and I should be able to do it live.
There's a Songwriter Night now in Collingwood every Wed at Habour Fish Bar. It's 6pm to 8pm. No covers allowed! Someone plays an hour and they fill the rest as an open mic. The hour is paid. Worth a visit. I'm trying to pass the word to the Simcoe county writers.
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Wow, man--thanks for the kind words on Too Bourgeois For Me and for posting it to the Rec Thread. Now I really do need to flesh it out into a full song!
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A co-write sounds fun. I’ll have to get back to you about Monday.
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I’m glad it made you laugh! 😊 If nothing else I’m amusing myself.
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I want to thank you for your wonderful encouragement! Given our similar experiences in education and kindred musical sensibilities (I believe), your comments mean a lot to me. Thanks!
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Thanks for the comment on that Yiddish song. No, that’s completely over emphasized for comic effect.
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Thanks for the listen and your comment!
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Hey, thanks so much for being the first to comment on "Famous Round These Parts!" I had a blast with the challenge and am glad I did something with those lyrics, too.
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@tallmarkmusic I will be working the open stage at Mariposa again this year. I'd love to see you again.
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Sean! Amazing that we met at Mariposa! Thank you for introducing me so gracefully. That was such a fun stage. Will you be there this year? I want to fly in for it again but TBD based upon my festival schedule.🤞
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I don't think I popped in to tell you how much I appreciated the suggestion of turning the pronouns around on the bridge of "Bread is Better Than Music." That was a really good suggestion, thank you! I'm not sure yet if I'm keeping the shift but it's been important to my thinking through the song.
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Thank you, Mr. McGaughey's class! I really enjoyed your comments, especially the one about the cat. If you want to see something funny, turn on the video's closed captions. I didn't write them; YouTube did. YouTube also liked the cat.
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Thank you for your sharing of the song, Lucy was really pleased to hear all the comments they had on it.
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14!!!! Ding ding ding we have a winner!

🎆 Gagnon 🏆

Congrats Sean!
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Thanks for comment on I've had enough. I thin a punk version might be the thing!
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You can tell your 2nd graders I absolutely LOVED reading their comments on “Jumping Beans”! 😁
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Thanks mucho for comments on 'haibun - the rat' !
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Thanks so much!! So great to hear
you here, Sean.
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FEWK!!! That makes sense! Val sent it to me saying it was pronounced like a word she knew I was not likely to sing, especially multiple times within seconds!
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Oh my goodness, it makes me so happy that your class listened to my song and gave their feedback! What a fantastic idea. Please tell them thank you!! And that yes, my cat is extremely bossy, has many thoughts, and communicates them constantly 😀
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Mr. McGaughey - Thank you so much to you and your grade 1 music class. I was so happy to hear they liked the Ukulele Band song. I'm always so excited when you and your students pick one of my songs to listen to.
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Tell those kids thanks for listening. I'm glad they liked it. They sound like a cool bunch.
Thank you for playing it for them!
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Hey, Brad, thanks for the listen and nice comment about One Hit Wonder. I do get the sense that Bill has lived that one.
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Thank you and your class for the comments, what a fun idea and I’m guessing for most of us it is the most interesting feedback we’re getting!
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Thank you to you and your class for taking the time to listen to one of my tunes! Really appreciate their feedback (:
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Oh my goodness, thank you for the most epic feedback ever on my song "Weather Changes"! I've never been so excited about honest feedback, that is so cool! Will you tell the kids thank you for me?!>
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Thanks for taking "Stories" to your music class. It's always good to hear from them and I'm glad they enjoyed it! Please thank them from me :). I think I'll try it out at EuroFilk later.
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Hi, Sean, Thanks for the compliments on Firefly, my collab with David Taro. "Beautiful and timeless,"--sounds good to me! :)
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Please thank the class for their wonderful comments, which are as perceptive as ever. They are very much appreciated!
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One of my favourite short films starring Leonard Rossiter was this one!
"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_P%C3%A9tomane_(film)" The link doesn't want to work on the FAWM site because of the brackets... You need to add them manually. 😉
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Thanks so much for your comments on "Have a Heart (Leave Me Mine)” and "Tell Me It's Now" -- and thanks for recommending the latter in the forum. I am honored by your description of it. I have been trying to take the social-justice mindset of the church I go to and apply it to songs that might appeal to others for a while now, and it certainly has led me to some interesting lyrics.
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Hey Sean - thanks for support this FAWM and also let your class know that I am very appreciative of their feedback. Thank you again!
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Absolutely love the answers of the kids, although the comparison with a funeral makes me think. Thank you for doing this!
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Aww. Tell them all that I'm humbled and thank you very much! 🙏
And please tell D that they have blanket permission to use Time Traveller as a soundtrack any time! 😎
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Ha ha amazing thanks for sharing w the kids…
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Yay thanks for showing my song "Little Bits of Magic" to the kiddos, their feedback was little bits of magic for me!!! I remember the last time you showed one of mine to first graders and I was soooo happy to hear their comments... Thank you again <3
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Just posted a song about Alberta with extensive notes.
We love our life there!!
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Omg I love when you play my songs for the kiddos! I will have another one or two worthy of children this month - will keep you posted!!
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thank you for your comment on interstate five. townes van zandt, one of the few comparisons ive received that i can understand. though ive never consciously emulated him, i have always admired his way of telling a story, and he has written some of my favorite songs.
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Hi Sean - interesting that you are learning about drums. I did drum lessons for about 4 years and learning about rhythm is fascinating. There is a historical perspective of which I have only skimmed the surface. I think it helps to understand what an actual drummer would or could do when programming MIDI drums or playing pads if that is what the song needs. But then there is a style of music where the percussion is doing things that would be impossible for a single human to do, which often sounds good to my ears. And weird percussion sounds are fun. Have fun and I hope you achieve goal #1 on your list!
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I very much appreciated your comment on “Burnt Toast, No Toaster!”
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Thanks for your comment on 'Virtual' 😄
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Thanks for your comments and glad you liked the metaphor. Good luck with your music in 2024.
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Thanks for your comments on And There Are Three! Love what you do with your students! I’m an educator as well, but work these days with teachers on professional growth.
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Hi Sean,
Thank you for your feedback on "A creature has many but offers nothing" :)
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I consider myself suitably admonished. Forgive me for tarnishing the name of our magnificent game by sullying it in the same sentence with mere pastimes.
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Thank you for your very kind words on Paper Face. Maybe I'll be brave enough to play it at FKO....
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Thanks for your kind words on my leap into parenthood.
Enjoyed your faith-based take on the skirmish. My first three kids were born in Alberta Province where I was a pastor. It was a good place to start that journey
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Just want to say how much I appreciate your commenting approach. :) Thanks to you and to your music class!
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Sean, I am so happy that you played "Lullaby" to the kids! I added the chords in case they want to play rhythm band with the song. It is amazing to get such interesting feedback. Please tell them I say hi! I also spend a lot of time with children, I make music with children in a hospital. I love it!
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Thank you for your kind words
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Sean, the tuning in my song "Late for Tomorrow" is just the regular baritone uke tuning (DGBE, same as the high strings from a guitar). But the chords I'm using all have the open BE strings, and I only put my fingers on the DG strings.
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Thank you kindly. :-)
It's Stargazer, a freebie from Linda Audio https://lindaaudio.blogspot.com/

I'm running two instances, each set up with slightly different presets, but both fed from the dry flute channel in Reaper using the routing matrix. That gives me three sets of faders to allow me to tweak the levels of the dry signal and the two wet signals independently.
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Thank you for your comment on “Dancing With the Devil’s Daughter.” Cheers!
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I am thrilled that you thought my tune worthy of the recommendation thread. Thank you for the compliment!
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I love the term “beatboxtastic”! Thank you for your song comment, I certainly never thought my first song would include beatboxing ha ha!
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Hi, Sean, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed My Grandfather's Town, and took the time to comment. I was very pleased with Jacob's treatment of it, and I know I will like the next version, as well. Thanks!
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My kids will be over the moon to have fans from Ontario. Thanks.
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So happy to hear from your 4th-graders! Thank you for sharing.
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Mr. McGaughey. please thank you first graders for the thoughtful review. I really appreciate it!
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Yesssssss! I'm a big fan of the Kindergarten music reviews. I need to keep them happy.
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Thank you. Please tell Student G that I very much appreciate his lovely comment. Will you also please let him know I've never played Skyrim, but I'm going to try to find some of the music so I can hear it myself now. 😄
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Sean!!! Get ready here we go!
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Hi Sean, I'm looking forward to joining you on tape 5 of the 4 track challenge!
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Have a great FAWM Sean!
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Hello Sean! Looking forward to hearing your new stuff. May the FAWM be with you!
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Happy FAWM from one Sean to another!
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Hi, Sean! Hope you are well and that you have a FAWMtastic 2024! ♫⋆。♪ ₊˚♬ ゚
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Looking forward to your songs! You just keep getting better. Hope to see you in person soon too.
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There's a *second* cassette, started by @odinsbird this summer also sitting there. Might be some significant cassette action at my place to start the month.
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There's a cassette with my name on it aching to be dealt with this FAWM... have a great FAWM!
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Good to see you back! Happy FAWMing!
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So glad to see you again!
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Thanks for being a mod on FAWM. Here’s to an awesome FAWM2024 full of fun and inspiration. Have a blast and FAWM on!
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Hi Sean. All the hype this year has got people all enthusiastic. This should be an epic year.
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Hi Sean! I knew you'd be here but it's still very nice to see you :)
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