Music of John Mills
Mills was born in Melbourne in 1953 and grew up in a
musical household. When his cousin gave him an electric
guitar at age ten, his love for the instrument was born.
Like most young people of that time John followed the meteoric
rise to fame of the Beatles, learning to play just about
everything they wrote, by ear. Throughout his school years
he formed several bands, developed an interest in blues
as well as a passion for Jimi Hendrix, then at nineteen,
decided to undertake a formal study of the classical guitar.
developed a career as both a teacher and performer and spent
many hours writing and composing. As John says, " I
find the process of writing/composing quite mysterious;
I don't set out to write anything in particular, but more
through improvisation and meditation a piece will begin;
lines and themes rattle around inside, quite often for months
on end, and then something complete emerges. There are some
pieces that I have been working on for years and have yet
to find any completion, while others may be finished in
a few nights. The feedback I get about my writing can range
from that piece is so tranquil, to your music seems to dabble
on the edges of darkness or that is such a sad piece
like that my music can be all those things; I like the idea
of being able to shake someone a little into feeling a response."
has completed three CD's and recently, has written and recorded
pieces for "High Country Life". His work has been
highly acclaimed in America and his CD's are released independently
here in Australia.
review of one of John's CD's titled Hallowed Moon, written
by 'New Age Retailer' says,
"It takes more than technical mastery to compose
music and play it on the guitar in a way that really touches
people's hearts. Australia's John Mills, has just such artistic
talent. He uses even the silence between notes to shape
his tender, lyrical melodies. Rather than blister the ears
with cascades of notes, Mills has the courage to place each
note like a precious star, allowing the emotion of the melody
to carry through. That Mills also happens to be among the
10 best guitarists that I've ever heard makes Hallowed Moon
just that much more special."
Kenihan, creator and producer of "High Country Life"
speaks about John Mills' music.
"I met John when my children began their schooling
at Melbourne Community School; John is one of the teachers
there. He plays his guitar on a regular basis and accompanies
the children during choir. I've always enjoyed listening
to John play, and listening to his recordings. I have to
say that it was John's CD's, particularly Hallowed Moon
and Facing into the Sun, that lulled my children off to
sleep each night. It wasn't just music to go to sleep to,
the songs evoked such a wonderful state of relaxation and
peace; it was kind of like story telling in the form of
music. When I began to edit together all the recordings
I had collected of the Lovicks, I placed a couple of John's
tracks against some of the stories. I found that the music
added an essential dimension to the stories. I approached
John in the hope that he would allow me to use some of his
music. He not only agreed, he also wrote several pieces
specifically for my project. I truly believe that no other
music could have been more perfect."
Hallowed Moon here