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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, music, podcast) by Sean on February-10-2013

FAWMlogo2Tom Slatter is a London, UK based songwriter and podcaster. He produces the Songwright blog.  He was a guest on the  For the Sake of the Song in 2008.  On January 31, he posted that he was participating in February Album Writing Month, taking on the challenge to write 14 songs in  the 28  days of February.  I decided to take the plunge, keeping in mind that at my most prolific, I wrote 14 songs in 9 months, and last year I wrote 6 songs.   Fast forward 10 days and I have written 8 songs and begun to get to know a ton of great songwriters on the Fawm.org website.

Today, I’m going to talk songwriting, FAWM and play a few tracks by FAWM songwriters.

Songs

1)  Into Town by Joel D Canfield.

2) In Kingston by Sean McGaughey

3) I Don’t Rock by @woody 

4) I Bust a Zong:  Labirinto di Morte by @williedesacra

5) Switch Off by @balancelost  www.balancelost.co.uk

6) Theme Song:  For the Sake of the Song by Sean McGaughey

 

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, podcast) by Sean on January-19-2013

Corin-MoneybagsCorin Raymond has been one of my most frequent guests on For the Sake of the Song, appearing as a solo singer-songwriter, as 1/2 of the Undesirables and with his frequent touring partner, Jonathan Byrd.   About 18 months ago, Corin co-wrote a silly country song with Rob Vaarmeyer from Winnepeg which features Canadian Tire money.   The song struck a chord with his audiences and soon he found people giving him Canadian Tire Money at his performances.  THEN, he discovered that his record producer accepts Canadian Tire money and the Great Canadian Tire Caper of 2012 was on.  Corin set out to pay for the production costs of  his live album, Paper Nickels, entirely with Canadian Tire money.

Corin’s quixotic quest caught the imagination of Canadians and of the media around the world.  To date,  he has collected over $6200 in Canadian Tire money– over 32,000 bills.  And he has collected the stories about Canadian Tire money that people have shared with him during this crazy caper.   On January 22 and 23, 2013, Corin Raymond and the Sundowners will officially release Paper Nickels. Then they are setting out on a Canadian tour in throughout January and February.  Dates and details of the tour can be found on Corin’s site, dontspendithoney.com.

Paper Nickels  is a compilation of Corin’s favorite songs written across Canada (and the USA) by some of the best songwriters you may never have heard of (but thankfully Corin has).  The Sundowners are on fire on this record.  It is what country and folk music should be, soulful, hurting and haunting. Included with the CD is a beautiful  144 page book wherein Corin recounts the crazy journey to gather his hoard of CT$$ and shares the stories he has gathered along the way.   All in all, it is a talisman of Canadiana containing songs and stories from across our vast nation.

 

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Corin is still collecting Canadian Tire Money.  His production costs for Paper Nickels are about 7333 and he has currently amassed about $6200 in CT$.  You can help out Corin by searching  for Canadian Tire Money in your closets and sock drawers, and sending it to:

Corin Raymond
39 Oxford St., 
Toronto, ON 
M5T 1N8 

You can also head on over to his website, dontspendithoney.com for great stories, tour information, and to purchase Corin’s albums, or concert tickets.

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One bit of sad news. Above is a picture of Hutch (David Hutchings), a popular sound man in our area, taken in 2006 at the Mundys Bay Folk Society. Hutch loved live music, and always made everyone sound fantastic.  Sadly, he passed away this week. Hutch was all about live music, so in the memory of Hutch and to support indepenent Canadian music, ,  I am paying Corin and extra ten bucks above the $30 cost of paper nickels.

If you knew Hutch, and wish to help his wife Dorthea in this time of need, there has been a bank account set up for donations.  The account is at the National Bank in Midland, account number 3156695.  The
account was set up in the name of Carol Brady, in trust for Dorothea Herron.  Carol Brady is Dorothea’s niece.  There is also talk of a celebration of Hutch’s life on February 24, but I have no further details.

 

Songs:

Don’t Spend it Honey ©  Corin Raymond and Rob Vaarmeyer

There Will Always be a Small Time ©  Corin Raymond and Jonathan Byrd

Old Fort Mac ©   Rob Vaarmeyer

Finally:  In January 2012, right at the beginning of the Canadian Tire Caper, I recorded a cover of Don`t Spend it Honey at my songwriter`s DIY getaway weekend, which Corin acknowledged as the first cover of the song.  Enjoy.

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, Midland, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on September-1-2012

This episode is a listening party/musician’s commentary on Aaron Mangoff’s new EP, You and I.  Aaron Mangoff is a young songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Orillia.  You can download it on Bandcamp  or find it on iTunes, or on the Sleeper Records homepage.  We are joined on the podcast by Aaron’s Sleeper Records labelmate, Christopher Thompson.

 

All Songs ©  Aaron Mangoff from the EP, You and I

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, music, My CDs, Ontario, Simcoe County) by Sean on August-19-2012

If you ask a songwriter which is his favourite song, he may answer, “The new one.” . Guitar players often have a similar affection for their newest guitar. This is my most recently completed song, The Park.  We live a block from a huge public park, and I wrote this song as a reflection of all the good times I have had at the park over the years.

I performed it on my newest guitar. The other day, I was at the Goodwill store with my family. On the counter there was a very battered and dirty guitar case and guitar. There was a greasepencil price of $40.04 on it. I tuned it up and even with old rusty strings, it sounded quite good so I bought it, even though I already have several acoustic guitars. There were unopened 20+ year old D’Addario strings in the case. My friend Brian put them on for me and it sounds great.

It is a late 60s or early 70s Yamaha FG-180 built in Japan. Apparently they are sought after by collectors. It may just have a few songs in it. I have one already 1/2 written. It was pretty dirty and mildewy when I got it but I have cleaned it up, so it looks and sounds great. It could probably use some maintenance and repairs on the neck and lower frets, but considering what I paid for it, it is doing remarkably well for a 40+ year old instrument.

 

The Park – ©Sean McGaughey

(Nov 3, 2011, Feb 27, 2012, June 7, 2012)

 

For a hundred years, our town’s come here to rest and play

To take time out from the bustle of the day

The scent of the world’s best fries rides the cool lake breeze

You can hear a child’s laugh and the rustle of the leaves

 

Frisbees flying through the trees,

A child calls “Daddy Push Me Please”.

The squirrels dart, and there’s a family of geese

Skaters practice flips and twirls To catch a smile from the pretty girls

And Old sweethearts take a little stroll in the dark.

It all goes down, In the heart of our town

It all goes down, at the park.

 

It takes a several score to grow an Oak, as long to build a town

We need some open spaces for folks to gather round

Children searching in the woods for treasure in trees.

While old folks watch clouds cross the lake in the evening breeze.

 

Children climb the tallest towers then slide down carpets of steel

Fledgeling teens take to flight on boats, boards and wheels,

Trees tell their tales of love; memories engraved.

This park is ours throughout our lives— from cradle to the grave.

 

Chorus



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, Midland, Ontario, podcast, Uncategorized) by Sean on August-7-2012

Photo from christopherthompson.ca

I am launching a new format for this podcast.  Think of it like the director’s commentary on a DVD movie but for albums.  I will have a conversation with musicians while we listen to one of their albums.  The conversation will last for the duration of the album.  Enjoy.


Christopher Thompson
 is a young fingerstyle guitarist from Orillia.  He recently released his second EP, La-La on Sleeper Records.  Sleeper records was founded by Aaron Howes as a way to promote young Orillia area musicians.  You can download it on Bandcamp  or find it on iTunes.  We are joined on the podcast by Chris’ Sleeper Records labelmate, Aaron Mangoff.

All Songs ©  Christopher Thompson from the EP, La-La

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County, Stellula Music) by Sean on May-15-2010

Collette Savard and John Zytaruk

Collette Savard is a singer-songwriter with two CDs out, Zen Boyfriend and Most Improved Cheerleader.  She performs as a duo with her producer, multi-instrumentalist, John Zytaruk. They came to my school last week courtesy of Stellula Music as part of their Music in the Schools Week.  At the end of the week, Collette, John and I sat down for a long discussion touching on songwriting, arranging, passing the music on to the younger generation, copyright and more. Enjoy.

Songs:

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

Used to Be Girl  (© Collette Savard)

Maybe Tonight (© Collette Savard)

Links:

Collette Savard on MySpace

Collette Savard – official website

John Zytaruk’s Homepage

John Zytaruk on MySpace

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Midland, podcast) by Sean on April-2-2010

Sue Passmore is the second member of the Good Lovelies that I have been able to interview for my podcast. We found a semi quiet spot in the woods during a break in the rain at the  Eaglewood Folk Festival to sit down and talk songwriting. I interviewed her bandmate, Caroline Brooks over a year ago.  It has been an interesting exercise to talk to different members of the same band about songwriting.  This summer,  I’ll be looking for Kerry Ough at festivals to complete the set.

Songs:

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

Alone without a Song(© Sean McGaughey)

Into the Spotlight  (© Sue Passmore)

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