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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, 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, music, podcast) by Sean on November-1-2011

It was a great surprise to see Steve Seskin on the bill at the Canmore Folk Festival.  Steve Seskin is the kind of songwriter who has all the other songwriters running across the grounds to see him perform at a festival.  During a career lasting 40 years, he has become known as a folk songwriter who has penned some of the most popular country songs of the last 2 decades.  His songs such as Life’s a Dance, and I Think About You  have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Mark Wills, John Michael Montegomery, Collin Raye and many others.  With 7 number one hits and many charted recordings by other artists, he describes himself as a songwriter-singer, but he is truly a seasoned performer in his own right.   Perhaps his best known song among parents and educators is Don’t Laugh at Me, which has become an international anthem against bullying.  Over the past several years, Steve has also become quite involved with performing at school assemblies and writing songs with children.  You can find out more about his work with youth on his website.

Steve was very generous to sit down with me for a wide ranging discussion about songwriting during a whirlwind day prior to his feature performance at the festival just before flying home.

Thanks again Steve.

 

Songs in this episode:

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

Don’t Laugh At Me © Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
New Orleans  © Steve Seskin, Bob Dipiero and Mark D. Sanders

Links:   steveseskin.com

Don’t Laugh at Me lesson plans and bullying awareness at Operation Respect.

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Filed Under (Eaglewood, music, podcast) by Sean on August-25-2011

Last month my family attended the Canmore Folk Festival.  This is part 2 of a showcase concert put on by U22 productions on  July 29 at The Communitea Cafe in Canmore.  U22 is a non profit organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the talents of Albertan performers under the age of 22.

Performers featured this episode:

The Doll Sisters are a sister duo who write and perform haunting old-country inspired songs with tight harmonies accompanied by guitar, fiddle and mandolin.

Braden Gates is a champion fiddle player, but he is also an adept fingerstyle guitar player and accomplished storyteller/songwriter.

Samantha and Emily Schultz are sisters from Edmonton with rich voices, and a knack for writing catchy, folk flavoured pop songs.

Scenic Route to Alaska are a folk-blues-rock trio from Edmonton.

 

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, music, podcast) by Sean on August-17-2011

Last month my family attended the Canmore Folk Festival.  While we were there I spent alot of time with my friend Rhea March who founded U22 productions.  U22 is a non profit organization dedicated to nurturing and developing the talents of Albertan performers under the age of 22.  On Friday July 29, The Communitea Cafe in Canmore hosted a showcase concert featuring several young performers.  I recorded that concert and will feature the concert recordings in the next 2 podcast episodes.

Performers featured this episode:

Layton Kramer- 16 year old songwriter from Canmore Alberta

Dean Kheroufi is a 16 year old wizard with a 6 string bass and a looping pedal.

The Command Sisters are 13 and 16 year old sisters who have recently landed a development deal in Nashville.  With their catchy melodies and tight harmonies they are an act to watch out for.

Michah Turchet is a 16 year old “country boy” from small town Alberta who has undertaken to master flamenco guitar and he’s well on his way.

Next episode will feature the conclusion of the U22 showcase with performances by  The Doll Sisters, Braden Gates, Samantha and Emily Schultz and Scenic Route to Alaska.

 

You can leave comments on the blog, send me an email to ductapeguy at hotmail dot com or join the For The Sake of the Song Podcast group on Facebook.

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As usual, all songs and musical performances are copyright by the performer-songwriter.

 

 

 

 



Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, music, Ontario, podcast) by Sean on May-27-2011

 

Last summer I sat down with Canadian Folk legend Caitlin Hanford, at the 50 anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival.  Caitlynn Hanford is  a solo-singer songwriter, she is 1/4 of Quartette with Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick and Cindy Church, and she sings in the Marigolds with Gwen Swick and Susie Vinnick.  She is also an elementary school music teacher so our conversation steered towards a discussion on teaching music to children.

 

Music:

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

That’s What You Always Say to My Heart © Caitlin Hanford

Who’s Foolin Who? © Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick

Links:

 

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Mariposa, music, podcast) by Sean on September-15-2010


Dave Borins is a Toronto singer-songwriter who seemingly effortlessly crosses between folk, country, and hard-edged rock and roll.  I caught up with him at the Mariposa Folk Festival.  Dave and his band will be recording a live album on October 20 and 21, 2010 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.  It is bound to be a great event.

To cap things off, it turns out that today is his birthday, a fitting day to release this episode. Happy Birthday Dave.

Songs:

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

Little White Lies (© Dave Borins)

Whiskey Women (nothing but trouble) (© Dave Borins)

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