John McGill

John McGill

 Crestline, California, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

"Part folk, part rock and all truth…He hits major emotions with such a skilled touch that his listeners are put at ease and become part of his world," --Music Connection.

Biography

First place winner in the of the 2005 Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition

Finalist in the 2004 Kerrville Folk Festival Newfolk Competition

# Chiming guitars and silvery harmonies sustain themes of longing and triumph on Journey From LaLa., singer/songwriter John McGill's revelatory new CD, but the title cut is rambunctious roadhouse revelry -- downshifting with high octane guitars, whirring Hammond, and sultry chick singers. McGill defines this music as "Existential Blues" as he informs, "I'm a thinker who doesn't think much." The literate self-examination and sterling craftsmanship of his songs clearly indicate otherwise.

# "Ain't it time we had a good laugh
After all it's still a joke, it's who I am
And if platitudes are bone dry
Ain't it enough to know I still could give a damn
I know the angles, and I know the tears
I am entangled, in the indignation in my years"
-- "Entangled"

# Born in Dallas, Texas, John at first resisted the call of the rock, preferring jazz and classical music. In time, a dizzying roster of potent American influences -- Aaron Copeland to Gram Parsons -- infused his musical consciousness. He spent his teen years rocking in bands with his brother, balancing high harmonies and rhythmic Southern rock roots, indelible elements that remain imbedded in his current musical mix as evidenced on his debut artist's release, the instrumental Facing West, as well as Journey From LaLa.

# Between the scrub hills and the strip malls, in that dusty corner of California that larcenous land speculators dubbed "The Inland Empire," John, working with the inland Empire Songwriter's Association and the Southern California Songwriter's Network, has helped nourish a fertile community of songwriters and musicians. A facile guitarist who also plays keyboards and bass in the studio, he is a charter member of an emerging scene that includes Alien Ant Farm, as well as a new cohort, Ralph Torres, with whom he performs in the duo, mostly harmless.

# "It's the wisdom of the ages that the world will end tonite
And the vision of the sages is the word of our demise
In the hope of revelation (or) by malevolent design
It really doesn't matter -- It's 11:59"
-- 11:59

# Journey From LaLa. is an accomplished work from a masterful songwriter. In a voice burnished with honesty and experience, John McGill shares incandescent litanies that seem to glow from within; a steady compass pointing to a destination of infinite promise.

# John can be heard at venues throughout southern california performing with musical partner Ralph Torres under the banner mostly harmless.

Lyrics

Away

Written By: John McGill & Sally McGill

When I fold my hands and pray to you
And gather words and plans to sway you
I’m longing for a time, distant and sublime
When I cast my fears away

When I face the trials that come my way
And watch my triumphs rise and fade
I’m longing for a time distant and sublime
When I cast my fears away

Then I’ll lift my voice to sing your praise
And thank you Lord my God for all my days
When standing in that place I will see your face
And I’ll cast my fears away

Being There

Written By: John McGill

Had I known soon enough to make it right
Had I known late enough to just not care
But I knew just in time to see that light
Fading slowly into night
And wholly out of sight
If only God allowed love to bear
Being there

Had I shown half the tears that fill my eyes
Had I grown wise enough to realize
That I laugh hard enough to make me cry
And it tears those broken wings
That bear these untold things
So spare me, nothing you can say compares
To being there

I do not believe in most of what they say
But I cannot perceive any path to get away
And everything I try just crumbles in the same despair
Being there

Had I known to wander in this thin disguise
Left me prone, needful of the ties that bind
So like a stone falling from the clear blue sky
I will wear these open wounds
And care that hope comes soon
I swear it, ‘til God allows love to bear
Being there

Blue Angel

Written By: John McGill

Blue Angel, you lie to me
You know I can't be yours,
and I can't be free
So I'll sigh Kyrie elaison
over five hundred times

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me

Blue Angel, you smile at me
You know deep in my heart,
I will believe
Whenever the shadow of sunshine
catches the light in your eyes
Blue Angel, you lie to me

You know in the spring time
It takes forever to fade to grey
But now in the winter, it fades and flickers
We turn away from light of day
As if to say lie with me

Blue Angel, talk to me
I'm jealous of your heart
it's roaming free
Whenever the shadow of the moonlight
crosses the line of your smile

Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on me

Blue Angel, you lie to me.

Crossing Over Jordan

Written By: John McGill

Standing alone at the crossroads just before midnight

With one hand hoping that the devil shows.

The other one's praying for the morning light

When I crossed the bridge to Memphis, I was saved

The world ate its way inside me anyways

Worse may come tomorrow. That's OK.

'Cause I'll be crossing over Jordan any day.

He walked away from the crossroads

Blood contract in his hand.

He didn't know that the only thing the devil sold

Was the ruin of a chosen man

When I crossed the bridge to Memphis, I was saved

The world ate its way inside me anyways

Worse may come tomorrow. That's OK.

'Cause I'll be crossing over Jordan any day

When I cross the bridge from Memphis, I'll be saved.

And I'll be crossing over Jordan any day

Crossing over Jordan, crossing over Jordan, crossing over Jordan

Any day

Every Morning Comes

Written By: John McGill

When I feel this way, there ain't no use in crying

Now we've come to words, and I would like to run away

But If I choose to stay, you won't see me sighing anymore

'cause I would like to wait for the season when my faith's for sure

Every morning comes with a promise there just ain't no use denying

That every evening's sun takes away.

Everything's undone with the lie that says that life is meant for flying

Promise me instead this humming in my head will stay.

Everyone's a saint and everyone's a sinner

And everybody knows it, and everybody feels the same

But the eyes inside my head just aren't willing to remember or forget

The reasons I have made for the seasons that I save my pain

Every morning comes with a promise there just ain't no use denying

That every evening's sun steals away.

Everything's undone with the lie that says that life is meant for flying

Promise me instead this humming in my head will stay.

Sunrise shows for eternity the reason that love ends in enmity

Every morning comes with a promise there just ain't no use denying

That every evening's sun tears away.

Everything's undone with the lie that says that life is meant for flying

Promise me instead this humming in my head will stay.

When the Upside's Down

Written By: John McGill

Your whole world it came unglued And it ripped right in front of you
There is nothing that you can do When the upside's down
You might have escaped the shame If you could only forget your name
In time you won't even feel the pain When the upside's down

The days, they shaped your heart in rage And they seem like they were staged
When the upside's down

So let the rain keep on pouring down and wash away what you might have found
watch the angels fall to the ground When the upside's down
Hope to God he won't let you stay While the world gets to have its way
With things the tears never wash away When the upside's down

You try, but you can't see reasons why your dreams won't have to die

Even the day is night Nothing is worth the fight
Heaven is far from sight And even you lover's tears won't make it right

Your whole world it comes unglued And it rips right in front of you
It is lost from that point of view When the upside's down
You might just escape the shame If you can only forget your name
but you know that time never heals the pain When the upside's down

The days will shape your heart in rage But they'll seem like they were staged
When the upside's down

Discography

Journey From LaLa
11:59 - (single)
Facing West - Instrumental