My name is John McGhee. My thus far, almost unpaid job, is and has been for 25 years at least, to create, through inspiration, divine or otherwise, the metaphors that will allow the Cosmos to express a little more, it's beauty and profundity. I feel extremely honoured to be able to say that. I am a vehicle of cosmic creation, like we all are, but more aware of my creative role, more conscious in my creative output and more connected than most to the lead vocal of the Cosmic song. I am an artist. More so with every passing day. Despite an age where most people are thinking about winding down towards retirement I am winding up, running to meet my destiny. There may yet be more false peaks to negotiate before the summit appears, but that's ok. I know the summit is within reach. It's there, just over that ridge. The struggle has been intense. The damage far from slight. Times have seen me despair of frustration, unable or perhaps unable to allow myself, to be "successful" in my long quest to merge social stability with art.
And so you see, the artist commonly, though far from universally known as John McGhee, or commonly unknown, almost universally as Sacred Spaceman, is looking for help. The time has come. The calling is stronger. The signs and symbols of my life unmistakable in their subtle meaning. A meaning born of renaissance. A new beginning. Yet another new beginning. But a very important one. More important by far, than any other brave, new beginnings of the past. The Cosmic current has brought me here despite the myriad unsuccessful attempts at subconscious self sabotage. It was not however against my will. The will was and is omnipresent. Only my subconscious fear of God knows what has prevented me from fulfilling my potential as an artist and a human being. But I am still here. Stronger than ever in many ways. Toughened but not hardened by my life. Where hardening fails to ripen compassion grows. Wisdom also. Knowledge came later, recently in fact, but long years of apprenticeship honed me, tuned me to the key of life, allowed me a faint whiff of the essence of the divine plan. There is much still to learn. I welcome the teachers with open arms and heartfelt humility. The weight of my knowledge is heavy though featherlike on the Cosmic scale. Many humans tower over me on the spiritual and artistic landscape. I have read many of them. The Yogis and mystics, the true holy men, great masters one and almost all. Tried to glimpse their vision and live their way. And of the second tier of masters, the artists, I have seen their films and plays, touched and was touched by their sculptures, drank in the colours of their paintings, recoiled at the complexity of their equations, howled at their wit, cried at their dramas and dances, listened in awe to their music, was humbled and moved to tears, was blown into the stratosphere and shone with the reflected glory of their creations and just sometimes, rarely, though thank the Lord, occasionally, was touched by the bliss of revelation.
I am primarily a composer of music. All kinds of music. My songs usually have a spiritual theme, sometimes thinly disguised, sometimes blatant. Sometimes poetic, sometimes easily understood. They speak of struggle and hope. They speak of life. My instrumental pieces are “designed” to provoke an emotional response. They speak of melancholy and nostalgia. Melancholy for the the lost connection with the divine and nostalgia for a time before the connection was lost. I have been trying to make a record for 25 years. But like John Lennon said, "life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans", and so, although I now have the material to make many records, that one record remains a quantum possibility, it's wave function not yet collapsed, "waiting" for a cosmic conspiracy to bring it to manifestation. My new songs are superior to anything I have done before and I see a mixture of the new and the best of the old as the ingredients of one, high quality record comprising ten or twelve songs that would have an unmistakable popular appeal thus giving it a commercial potential without compromising artistic integrity. My piano/cello pieces are ready to record. My experimental pieces are awaiting the choreographer who will create the dances they inspire. My secondary artistic role is as an installation artist. My Installation "A Sacred Space, Spirituality In Art" has seen two public manifestations here in Geneva.
I have no desire to be either famous or wealthy. My goal is to be able to work in peace, unhindered by the caprices and manipulations of others and undistracted by the need to go and find the little money I need to live. My dream is a simple workplace/living space where I can work undisturbed, with the equipment I need to record myself to a professional standard, ideally with a team member, my artist son Sean for example. I want to produce records using as many collaborators as possible. Hand picked, soulful collaborators. I want to make music for films and for the theatre, working with highly motivated and creative people. That said, this is the golden age of music recording. Thanks to the magic of the internet one can collaborate with people all over the world, but I continue my search for musicians here, as always, because spiritually it would be more fruitful if the finished item was a product of Geneva itself. This city desperately needs, though it knows not, a home made piece of world class art. Art that delivers a message of brotherhood, compassion and hope, that touches many people through the accessibility of the music. I see my role as an artist that sets an example through dedication, integrity and humility. Any money generated by my endeavours, which could be considerable given a certain impetus, would be used to create an organisation of collaborating artists with a spiritual manifesto. A recording studio here in Geneva, perhaps incorporated into a complex of art studios for chosen, motivated artists with facilities for yoga and meditation. The whole radiating an aura of positive and creative energy. A work of art in itself.
It takes a lot of energy, belief and determination to put an idea like that into action. I have that belief, that determination, that energy.