Archive for December, 2007


This Week, I thought I would do an End of year Round-up of For the Sake of the Song and replay some of the great music I’ve featured this year. It was tricky picking just 12 or 13 songs. Since March, I have recorded 45+ episodes of For the Sake of the Song. If each song had 3 or 4 songs, thats over 120 songs to choose from. This is episode 37, so you can see from above that I already have a number of shows ready for 2008. Upcoming guests include John Lunman, Peter Judd , The Undesirables, Trout Fishing in America, Mark Blevis, Manitoba Hal, Pork Belly Futures and Chris Yale.

I have also continued to be a regular contributor to the Librivox Community Podcast and have started a podcast for Podcamp Toronto. In 2007, I produced about 60 podcast episodes, and I’m not sure how many chapters and poems for Librivox.
Where I’ve Been

Podcamp Toronto 2008

PAB 2008

Podcamp Toronto Blog

Upcoming in 2008

Podcamp Toronto 2008

PAB 2008

Songs in this Episode

  1. Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey) Alyssa Wright accompanied me on the spur of the moment and made me sound sooo good. Thanks.
  2. Daffodils in the Rain ( © Olivia Duck)
  3. I am an Island (© Aaron Howes)
  4. Duct Tape Song (©1999 S. McGaughey) with Wendell Ferguson on lead guitar
  5. Gonna Struggle (© Bryan Murdaugh)
  6. Sunshine and Roses ( © Greg Hobbs)
  7. Goodbye City ( © Scott Cooper )
  8. Don’t Kill (© Hammel on Trial)
  9. Mama Taught Me How To Pray © Nancy Dutra
  10. Harvest Time ( © paul court and Don Bray)
  11. Two Bit Suit © John Wort Hannam
  12. When Hensley’s Had Enough ( © Steve Caston)
  13. Angels (© 2007 Sean McGaughey).

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, music, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on December-24-2007

Karl Kohlhase

Karl Kohlhase is a Contemporary Christian, Catholic songwriter from Minnesota who has released 5 CDs of his original music for free download at his website  Join us as we discuss songwriting, our faith and Christmas.

Merry Christmas from the For the Sake of the Song Podcast


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Song of Mary (© Karl Kohlhase)

Daddy’s Arms (© Karl Kohlhase)

Homeless Babe (©2003 S. McGaughey)

He is Born  (© Karl Kohlhase)

Name Dropping

You can purchase a compilation CD of Karl’s music through, a charity which he endorses.

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Filed Under (Barrie, for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on December-15-2007


Bryan Murdaugh is a Catholic youth minister, and singer-songwriter from South Carolina. He regularly releases new songs, videos and commentary on his website at He has also produced several children’s albums as Uncle Widget.


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Be With Me Today ( © 2007 Bryan Murdaugh)

Where Will I Find You? ( © Bryan Murdaugh)

Gonna Struggle ( © Bryan Murdaugh)

Name Dropping Official Website

Bryan Murdauh on YouTube

Bryan Murdaugh on Myspace

Buy Bryan Murdaugh Imperfect Offering on CDBaby

Uncle Widget

Buy Uncle Widget: Bedtime on Mars on CDBaby

Buy Uncle Widget: ABC Sides on CDBaby

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Filed Under (blog, general, Midland, Ontario, Simcoe County) by Sean on December-15-2007

My daughter enjoys listening to podcasts with me particularly, The Radio Adventures of Doctor Floyd and Dancing with Elephants . We were thrilled to find out that Grant from Doctor Floyd has a daily Grant’s Advent Calender Video Podcast, and we’ve been watching every morning as we eat the chocolate out of our advent calendars. Today, Grant announced a contest on his video podcast to find out how many times he said, “Hey Everybody” in his 2005 and 2006 video podcasts.

We watched all the videos instead of Saturday morning cartoons, and here is our answer.

Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, Midland, Ontario) by Sean on December-13-2007

It’s reported that the Canadian government is about to introduce sweeping changes to our copyright laws which take the worst excesses of the American DMCA and do little to define users rights. Here is a copy of the letter I wrote to my Member of Parliament.


The Honorable Bruce Stanton
504 Dominion Avenue
Midland, Ontario
L4R 1P8

Dear Mr. Stanton:

It was good to chat with you at Saint Marie Among the Hurons last week. I am always encouraged to see our elected officials active and accessible to the community. I am writing to express my concern of the proposed revisions to Canada’s copyright act which has been widely publicized in the press. As a primary school teacher, independent singer-songwriter, producer of an Internet radio program, and a producer of free public-domain audiobooks, I have learned a great deal about the current copyright climate and I have some grave concerns with the reported changes to the copyright act.
My greatest concern is that these sweeping changes are being made without public consultation with Canadians, such as myself who produce creative works. There also seems to me no concern as to how these changes will impact will effect ordinary Canadians, and it is reported that there are no provisions made for fair dealing, for educational use, for parody and other legitimate exemptions.
Other reports I have read indicate that some of the language for the proposed bill may have come from templates provided by the CRIA. Please remember that since all the independent record labels left the organization last year, the CRIA is a spokesgroup for the multinational recording labels, and many independent Canadian businesses and artists are on the record as opposing their positions and tactics. The proposed changes as reported seem to adopt all the excesses of the United States DMCA, giving enormous rights to the owners of content with little balance as to the rights of the users– ordinary Canadians. The American system of suing college students and grandmothers for copyright infingement is fundamentally flawed. We should not repeat the American’s mistakes. We have the opportunity to find a uniquely Canadian, balanced copyright regime that respects the rights of content owners for a reasonable length of time, but also defines and respects the rights of the ordinary Canadians who purchase and use these creations. I would urge you to press for an open consultation within the government process to help Canada revise its copyright law to adequately respect the rights of all Canadians. As one of your constituents, I would happy to speak with you at more length about my perspective on copyright issues.


Sean McGaughey

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"If duct tape isn't the answer, then you must be asking the wrong question!" - The Duct Tape Guys

Filed Under (Barrie, for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on December-9-2007

Bri-Anne Swan

Bri-Anne Swan is a Toronto singer-songwriter who was raised in the Midland area. Her songs are populated with the characters and stories of the people she meets on the streets of Toronto and in the pages of the Bible, amongst other places. She has a beautiful clear voice, and is a fine guitar player. She is currently recording a CD and has an EP out entitled EePee.


Theme Music: For the Sake of the Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Dear Sir ( © Bri-Anne Swan)

School Days (© S. McGaughey)

Milk and Honey ( © Bri-Anne Swan)

Name Dropping

Bri-Anne Swan website

Bri-Anne also has pages on and MySpace


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