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Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, Midland, twistedpines) by Sean on May-17-2008

The podcaster’s dilemma. Do I take time to post media, or go record more?
Last night at the Twisted Pines Festival was exceptional. I recorded an interview with Washboard Hank for an upcoming For The Sake of the Song. I caught Washboard Hank and Karla Crawford’s showcase sets. The legendary Garth Hudson sat in with the Wye River Band then gave a wonderful introduction to the Daniel Lanois movie in which he appears. The evening ended with a spontaneous jam of about a dozen festival musicians led by Mansa Sissoko. I recorded many pictures and about 3 hours of audio last night but I’ve no time to post. Here are 4 youtube clips from, 2 from Washboard Hank, and 2 with the Wye River Band and Garth Hudson.

The Twisted Pines Festival Continues until May 19. Information on showtimes and tickets for the festival can be found at

Twisted Pines Movies and Music

Filed Under (blog, Midland, music, Ontario, twistedpines) by Sean on May-10-2008

Filed Under (Barrie, blog, for the sake of the song, Midland, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on April-30-2008

Rob Heath is an Edmonton based singer-songwriter who I met when I was visiting my parents a couple of years ago. He writes thought-provoking country flavored songs. His CD , Couple of Times Around the Sun, is a polished collection songs from a songwriter at the top of his game. Rob has a new CD coming out in the spring. Be sure to watch for it at his website,


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

When Big Boys Cry( © 1994 Rob Heath and Nicki Berns)

The Future Aint What It Used to Be (©2003 S. McGaughey)

What Jenny Draws (© 1998 Rob Heath)

Rob Heath

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Over the past few weeks, several of my peers in the podcasting community  have reached the milestone of 100 shows.  Congratulations to Mark and Bob at the Canadian Podcast Buffet, Isabelle and Dave at Broca’s Area, Mitch Joel at Six Pixels of Separation, and Javier, Gerard and the crew at the Hands and Feet Show.  The Bob and AJ show is at show 98 and should be able to release their 100th show before Podcasters Across Borders in June.

My current episode of For the Sake of the Song with Kyle Heimann from Popple is Episode 50.   I was feeling a little down that it will be some time before I reach my 100th episode, then I started doing soime math.  I currently have  6 more shows ‘in the can’ to be released between now and the end of June.  With podcast extras, and other special episodes I have 65 produced shows on my For the Sake of the Song site.  I also produced 25 audio podcasts for my Lenten multimedia project, 40 Days of Catholic Media on my Catholic Canadian site. We produced 14 episodes of the Podcamp Toronto Podcast this winter.  My recording of my brother in law, Drew Beatty’s podcast novel, White Trash Land has 23 sections.    Since October 2006, I have hosted about 20 episodes of the Librivox Community Podcast.  I have also completed 89 sections of public domain books and poetry for Librivox.   There are probably a couple special one-off projects with groups like Twisted pines that I’m overlooking as well.

Just a sec while I do the math here.

65 plus 25– carry the one,  add 14 plus 23, then 20 more add 89 equals…

236 audio programs that I have produced in the last 18 months or so.

(give or take a few)

Well none of my projects is currently near the century mark, I do believe I’m amassing a fair body of work.

Enough of blowing my own horn.  I now return you to the regularly scheduled conversations with some wonderful songwriters.

Filed Under (Barrie, blog, general, Midland, music, My CDs, Simcoe County) by Sean on April-9-2008

There is a wonderful music store in Downtown Midland, Johnstone’s Music Land which has been run by 3 generations of the same family. It is a funky small town music store which has over the years sold musical instruments, stereos, rented rehearsal space, sold records, then tapes, then CDs, and rented PA equipment. They also were great about having a rack in front of the store for recordings by local musicians. In short, it is much like any other small town music store. I pop in there when I need strings for my guitar or just to shoot the breeze. When I went in the other day to chat, I noticed that the CD racks have been replaced by shelves and shelves of sheet music and more floor space for instruments. I asked Steve if they had gotten out of CD sales. He said that it was no longer profitable for a small business to stock and sell CDs. It’s been many years since I bought a mainstream CD, so I asked when they had had gotten rid of the CDs. He said that it was 2 years ago. I hadn’t even noticed. It was the only retail store where you could buy my CD. Ouch.

I also noticed a couple weeks ago that the gigantic Music World in a mall in Barrie has closed down and has not been replaced. I guess the world really has moved to digital.

Filed Under (Barrie, blog, for the sake of the song, podcast, Simcoe County) by Sean on March-26-2008

I realized that I have enough feedback and responses to For the Sake of the Song to prepare a feedback episode, so here goes.

K7 Day on March 17 was a resounding success. I sent out voice messages to about 11 podcasts, and I received 3 voicemail messages: 1 for a Catholic Canadian and two which I’ll play here. Just a reminder that tomorrow is March K27. Take 7 minutes to send some voice feedback to a podcaster or two. K7 Day was also featured on the Canadian Podcast Buffet. Thanks Mark and Bob.

Check out the K7 Day group on Facebook. Join the group and remember to add to the conversation by leaving a message for a podcaster on the 7th, 17th and 27th of the month. P.S. my K7 feedback number is 206-337-0611 . I am hoping that this meme will catch on as the months go by.

A few episodes back, I featured an interview with Tom Slatter. Apparently that interview inspired Tom to think about why he started the Songwright blog and podcast. Here is Songwright – A Manifesto (kind of) « Songwright. I’m flattered to have inspired a manifesto– sort of.

Voice Feedback from: John Meadows of the exceptional On the Log podcast. Drew Beatty also left a voice message.

I recieved an email from Stevie Z from The Sieve recommending that I check out Robbie Hancock. I will definitely do that.
I got another email recommendation from Maria Johnson suggesting that I interview Joe Tunon ( I’ve done that and it’s scheduled for release on June 20. I love getting guest recommendations from my listeners. I figure that if someone likes another person’s songwriting enough to recommend them, then I should check that writer out. Thus far I’ve done about 4 shows based on listener recommendations. Keep them coming.

My daughter has taken to writing lovely songs. I have a recording of her singing Alley Cat.

For the Sake of the Song and A Catholic Canadian are finally available on the Itunes Music Store. It took me some time to get around to it because there is no Itunes client for linux and in order to submit a podcast, you have to have an Itunes account which requires that you give Apple a credit card number. Don’t get me started on that.

As always, you can leave comments on the blog, send me an email to ductapeguy at hotmail dot com, send me a voice feedback at 206-337-0611, or join the For The Sake of the Song Podcast group on Facebook.


Theme Music:

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

All the Times I Never Wrote You a Love Song (©2003 S. McGaughey)

Angels (©2007 S. McGaughey)

Alley Cat (©2008 Sarah McGaughey)

No Matter What Your Age Is (©2003 S. McGaughey) Performed by Russ Clayton on Rock and Roar with Russ

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Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, general, Midland, news, Ontario) by Sean on March-15-2008

I had a bit of a brainwave. Alot of podcasters use the free K7 voicemail service to receive voice comments. A drawback of the service is that like many free internet services, if you don’t use it for 30 days, you lose your K7 number. I also know that podcasters love to receive voice feedback, so I have a simple proposal:

I am declaring the 7th, 17th and 27th of each month as K7 days. On a K7 day take 7 minutes to leave voice feedback for some of your favorite podcasts.

In my feedback I may mention that it’s K7 day and ask the recipients to pass it on. It can be a kind of chain of good will, … and it will reset the counter for the recipient’s voicemail number.

If your like me, you’ve been meaning to respond to a few shows at any given time. On the K17th of March, try to reach out to other podcasters.

P.S. my K7 feedback number is 206-337-0611.

Remember that K7 numbers are in the Seattle area code so normal long distance charges may apply. I use SkypeOut, so I have almost unlimited North American calling.

Update:  I set up a K7 Day group on facebook.  Join the group and remember to add to the conversation by leaving a message for a podcaster on the K17th.

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