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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, Ontario, podcast, podiobook, Simcoe County, Uncategorized) by Sean on December-15-2008

Jake Hill

Jake Hill is still in his teens but he is an accomplished performer and songwriter. I know him as a regular performer at Good Vibes Coffee House. He was not very talkative during the interview, but his songs speak for themselves.


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

Keep on Believing (© Jake Hill)

Unemployment (© Jake Hill) — Warning– a very foul word appears in the chorus– cover your ears if you need to.

Test of Time (© Jake Hill)

Alone Without a Song (© Sean McGaughey)

Mount Saint Louis Corner General Store (©)

I Never Wanted to Be a Star (© Jake Hill)

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Filed Under (Barrie, for the sake of the song, Midland, music, podcast, Uncategorized) by Sean on September-29-2008

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

This show I have no guest. Instead I’m looking back on past episodes, forward to future shows, and I play the newest song that I’ve written. I was inspired to write after over a year by Stevie Z’s monthly songwriting challenge at

The August challenge was

  1. GENRECountry
  2. TOPIC Summer
  3. WORD/PHRASEBridge

My new Song: Summer’s Journey (©2008 S. McGaughey)

John Meadows from the On The Log Podcast with his song Friends Again (©2008 John Meadows)

Songwriting Clubs in Schools:
Bringing Music to the children and youth of Simcoe County.
Student Songwriting Clubs
Spring Week of Music in Schools
Spring Community Concert

Artemis Chartier and Dale Russell are the founders of the School Alliance for Student Songwriters (SASS), a group which facilitates songwriting clubs in schools and arranges songwriting showcases and contests for students in the Durham County region of Ontario and in British Columbia. Dale and Artemis are my guests on the next episode of For the Sake of the Song.

Song: Artemis Chartier and Dale Russell: Do it for the Love (©Dale Russell)

Songwriting Resources

Tom Slatter is a London, UK based songwriter and podcaster. He is half of the acoustic pop duo We’ll Write and produces the wonderful Songwright blog and podcast where he explores music theory to get inside the structure and process of crafting a song. He has recently released a free Ebook of Songwriting Worksheets for the Songwriting Guitarist as an incentive for people to sign up for his mailing list. In it, he includes, For the Sake of the Song on a list of online songwriting resources. Check out my feature interview with Tom: For the Sake of the Song with Tom Slatter

The Essential Secrets of Songwriting Blog

Bryan Murdaugh

followthatsong is a recently launched blog by my friend Paul Court, the founder of BADASS– The Barrie and District Association for Singer-Songwriters. I interviewed Paul about a year ago on For the Sake of the Song, while he was in the process of writing his newly released CD, Blood and Fire: The Donelley Project. For the Sake of the Song with guest Paul Court

Song: The Ballad of Billy Farrell from Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project (©paul court)

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Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Sean on August-22-2008

Last weekend I attended the Niagara on the Lake Meetup for podcasters and social media enthusiasts. It was a wonderful event attended by about 30 people and held at the beautiful Prince of Wales hotel in Niagara on the Lake. Congratulations to the organizers Keith Burtis, John Meadows, and Bill Deys for organizing a fantastic event. Some of my personal highlights included the lovely personalized tweetup badges provided by Jim Milles and Kristina Lively, Bill Deys’ presentation on posting video “all” the hosting sites on the web, and seeing many friends from previous meetups and podcamps. I have received some excellent feedback from my presentation at NOTL2008 including blog posts about the event which mentioned my talk by Mark Blevis and Wayne MacPhail.

I neglected to record my talk but John Meadows remembered and he has posted audio to the talk on the NOTL site.

You can

      listen or download
the audio of my talk here.

I did not prepare slides for my talk, because I wanted to focus on facilitating a conversation with the other attendees rather than just present a monologue of my own thoughts.

I worked from a set of prepared notes with a few audio clips thrown in for illustration. My notes are below.

Examining Your Personal Purposes and Potential For Podcasting

Sean McGaughey NOTL Meetup

  1. I subconsciously ripped off the theme and of this talk from John Meadows. On the Line Episode 13:

  2. He talks about how so much of our computing world is defined by metaphor

  3. Email– Carbon Copies

  4. Keyboards, Qwerty, Shift Keys, Return// Enter Keys

  5. Dial Tone- Ring Tones

  6. Taping audio and video

  1. Object Demonstration: Scavenger hunt for computers in the room

  2. Look for Laptops, phones, PDAs watches, hearing aids, clocks, projectors, portable recorders, cameras etc…

  3. They are all computers… It’s all zeros and ones. Computers are limited by the restrictions of the Hardware and software. And By the imaginations of their users

    1. physical vs market– business limitations.

  4. What are computers for?

  5. What is the Internet For?

    1. Give my “Facebook is for wrecking marriages” example.

  6. Give examples of how the Killer App for something may differ from what the designers intended.

  7. An argument for openness

  8. Examples of how children use computers

    1. My daughter conducting interviews at Podcasters Across Borders.

    2. O– 3 years old touches screen to try click on videos—He knows how computers SHOULD behave.

    3. I have a smartboard in my classroom. It changes both how I teach and how I interact with computers.

    4. Once you have a touch interface you can tell how it becomes instantly indispensable– by the fingerprints on the screen.

  9. How my use of metaphor restricted me in my podcast.

  10. Metaphors I wish to touch upon that affect us as social media power users.

    1. Podcast:
    • Uncle Seth Song: You Don’t Need an IPOD
    • NO– You don’t need an IPOD.
    • Play–George Motoc’s metaphor of podcast like a newspaper. From his excellent podcast series, “What is a podcast?
    • Why the term podcast stuck– For certain tech savvy people (like us) it instantly resonated and we could see the potential of audio and visual media and programs available on demand on the internet and brought directly to you through the magic of RSS.
    • It gained a life of its own as the phenomenon grew.

    • Why the term “podcasting” sucks.
    • NO– You don’t need an IPOD.

    • Apple is VERY overprotective and litigious re: the phonemes “POD”– so watch out

    • It’s limiting social media to a very narrow kind of mostly audio programming. We need other terms for vidcasting, multimedia chatrooms, youtube, microblogging etc…
    • What other terms do we use?

  11. Friends
    • Friendsters vs Friends

    • Imaginary Friends


    • From a hobbyist’s perspective

    • From a business//marketing perspective

    • From a faith perspective

    • Community Divas

  1. Bottom line. It is important to examine the metaphors we use to understand the devices and processes. We can be limited by the metaphors we bring with us. Our metaphors may also mask ‘but what is it really for.’

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Sean on August-1-2008

Stevie Z over at has just posted his idea to do a monthly songwriting challenge.

I’m clipping the post here:

By Stevie Z

Partly inspired by Jonathon Coluton, partly by Bob Goyetche and partly by Robbie Hancock, I’ve been mulling this idea over for a couple of weeks now.   I’ve also looked for something like this in the past, and I couldn’t find it.

What I would like to do is have a monthly “challenge” – not a contest because it’s not about the best, it’s about the songs.  I’m going to also talk about this on my next episode of The Sieve! which is (believe it or not) coming out this weekend.

Every month I’m going to present a topic, a genre, and a specific word or line, and it will be up to the presenters to submit a song that follows those rules.  I’m trying to make it fairly specific because it is, after all, an exercise in songwriting, and the more challenging it is, the more, um, challenging it is…, does that line sound stupid to you too ??

Another reason that I’m doing this is because I find personally that I need that ’spark’ to get a song going.  I can’t just sit down with some idea that I’ve come up with and bang one out – I need a couple of ideas to string together before it flows.  I’m hoping that some songwriters out there will come up with some good stuff, and I’m also hoping that people will send them in.  I might put a poll up so we can have a “people’s choice” or something like that, but I might not, what do you think?  I can tell you now though, there won’t be prizes, save the satisfaction of a job well done, and a tune well liked.

Here are the rules I’m thinking of settling with:

  1. The Challenge is open to anyone, anywhere in the world (or universe), professional or amateur.  Individual musician or band.
  2. Any instrument (or none at all) can be used…this includes spoons, saws, plate glass windows, vacuum cleaners, etc.  Submissions can be A Capella, but it still has to be a song, not a read poem…..that challenge will come later….
  3. I would prefer it if the song was written specifically for the Challenge, which is the whole point, and the reason for making it fairly specific each month.
  4. All submitted songs remain the property of their authors, but must be licensed under a Creative Commons License allowing non-commercial use (IE Podsafe, IE they must be allowed to legally play on non-commercial podcasts without licensing fees being paid.  For more info go to Creative Commons Canada.
  5. Submitters have 30 days from the date the challenge is issued to send their songs in.
  6. The songs must be in the genre specified, plus be about the topic specified, and contain the word or line…um….specified.
  7. Recording quality is not as important as the song – if you can record a decent enough version using your kid’s Fisher Price tape recorder sitting on your kitchen table, great.  Bear in mind, however, that the quality should at least be good enough so that people can understand the lyrics, and it isn’t painful to listen to.
  8. A sampling of songs will be played on episodes of The Sieve! as well as other podcasts.
  9. All credit, links, info, etc. will be given to the song’s authors.
  10. Your mileage may vary.
  11. This is not a ‘contest’ in that there are no prizes.  This is merely a challenge to get the creative juices flowing, and create some entertaining listening for people, and to get your name and songs out to the world.

That’s all I can think of right now, please feel free to email me at if you have any other ideas or suggestions.  Being as this is August 1st, I’m going to issue the first Challenge this weekend on The Sieve! which you can find here. I’ll also post the Challenge on this blog as well.

Good luck, and happy writing!

Stevie Z

It looks like fun.  I think I’ll give it a go if I can think of something to fit the theme.  — dtg

Washboard Hank

Earlier this year, I interviewed Washboard Hank, about his memories of Willie P. Bennett.

I was able to interview Hank at the Twisted Pines Music in Movies festival about his own music and songwriting. Washboard Hank is a Canadian folk music institution. He has released several CDs of quirky and humorous music, a Children’s CD and played for many years in Fred Eaglesmith’s band. Our interview delved into the meat of songwriting but also features some of his more adult oriented material so I’m putting an Itunes explicit label on this episode.


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

I’m Just a Lonesome Garbage Truck (© Washboard Hank)

The Empties in the Trunk go Clink, Clank, Clunk (© Washboard Hank)

I’m So Glad I Got My Gentle Vasectomy (© Washboard Hank)

Thump, Thump (© Washboard Hank)

Also for your enjoyment, check out these videos of Washboard Hank at the Twisted Pines Festival:

I Love You Queen Elizabeth (© Washboard Hank)

Washboard Boogie (© Washboard Hank)

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Filed Under (for the sake of the song, news, podcast, Uncategorized) by Sean on May-1-2008

I’m having some trouble with an overzealous indexing bot repeatedly scraping the media files on my site thousands of times.  I’ve temporarily restricted access to all the podcast files of For the Sake of the Song while I straighten this out.  I should have things back up tomorrow or Saturday.  Thanks for your patience.

UPDATE: May 2.  It turns out it was an overzealous indexing bot but there was no significant impact to the site.  I’ve turned all the podcast episodes back on and everything should be working properly.  Sorry for the one day break in the availability of my podcast.

Filed Under (blog, for the sake of the song, Midland, music, Ontario, podcast, Simcoe County, Uncategorized) by Sean on October-20-2007

This year I worked on the Open Stage Crew at the Mariposa Folk Festival, alongside with Ken Allen and Jennifer Ives, who have been previous guests on For the Sake of the Song. At the soundboard for most of the weekend was Olivia Duck, who is a dynamic singer-songwriter in her own right. I enjoyed several great conversations with Olivia over the weekend and we were able to walk to the ball diamond a bit away from the bustle of the festival to record an interview. Olivia is an Orillia resident who has been singing and writing for many years. She has recently returned to Orillia after about 5 years living in the big city of Toronto and we are sure glad to have her back.


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

Daffodils in the Rain ( © Olivia Duck)

Lady Ashley ( © Olivia Duck)

Walk it Off ( © Olivia Duck)

Namedropping (Links discussed in this episode)

Olivia Duck on Myspace

Olivia Duck on

Olivia Duck

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