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Donovan

Data de nascimento: 10. Maio 1946

Donovan Philips Leitch é um músico britânico. Emergente do cenário folk inglês, Donovan ficou famoso depois de uma série de apresentações em programas de TV. Seu sucesso inicialmente ficou restrito ao Reino Unido, mas depois de assinar com a Epic Records americana e juntar forças com o produtor Mickie Most, ele desenvolveu um estilo eclético e bem-sucedido, que incorporava folk, jazz, pop, psicodelismo e world music. É um grande cantor.

Donovan rapidemente tornou-se um dos mais famosos e populares artistas britânicos de sua época, produzindo uma série de sucessos entre 1966 e 1970. Ele também tornou-se amigo próximo dos Beatles, sendo um dos poucos a colaborar em suas músicas, além disso, foi ele quem ensinou John Lennon a tocar violão dedilhado. A fama de Donovan começou a se esvair depois que ele separou de Most em 1969, e, embora ele tenha continuado a tocar durante os anos 70 e 80, seu estilo musical calmo e sua imagem hippie passaram a ser severamente atacados pela crítica, principalmente depois do surgimento do punk rock.

Nos anos 90, com o surgimento do cenário rave no Reino Unido, sua carreira sofreu um intenso revival. No final da mesma década ele gravou um bem-sucedido álbum com o produtor de rap Jack Rubin e recentemente lançou mais um de inéditas, Beat Cafe.

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„I wanted to save our culture from the stupidity and the bigotry and the ignorance that threatened it.“

—  Donovan

Grip interview (1997)
Contexto: The most important of my achievements, if you want to call them that, was that I successfully introduced mystical ideas into pop culture, which was my obsession and my compulsion when I was 16 years old. So, behind all of this fame and fortune, there was a seeker, on a spiritual path — a young man who wanted to discover and share with others an alternative way of looking at the world. I wanted to save our culture from the stupidity and the bigotry and the ignorance that threatened it. And there was the Buddhist way, and the Celtic way.

„Sunshine came softly through my a-window today
Could've tripped out easy a-but I've a-changed my ways“

—  Donovan

"Sunshine Superman"
Sunshine Superman (1966)
Contexto: Sunshine came softly through my a-window today
Could've tripped out easy a-but I've a-changed my ways
It'll take time, I know it but in a while
You're gonna be mine, I know it, we'll do it in style
'Cause I made my mind up you're going to be mine.

„In the chilly hours and minutes
Of uncertainty
I want to be
In the warm hold of your lovin' mind.“

—  Donovan

Catch The Wind (1965)
Contexto: In the chilly hours and minutes
Of uncertainty
I want to be
In the warm hold of your lovin' mind. To feel you all around me
And to take your hand
Along the sand,
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

„So these are changes that are important.“

—  Donovan

Contexto: Today I can’t comment on what the problem is in China, Russia, or Africa without realizing again and again the Diamond Sutra, which says that we look at the world and see it as separate but in fact, this is an illusion, but the reality is that we are one shining being. Until this can be understood, I can’t see any change. But I see some change now. There is a world consciousness. In the "old" New Age, they talked about the Age of Aquarius being an age of enlightenment. And now when a man goes to the moon he sees the earth. Before when someone did meditation he or she could meditate on the earth and the moon but now a man and a woman can see that we are on one planet and that the water is polluted and that the air is dirty. So these are changes that are important. But when we spoke about these things in the 60s people said we were dreamers.

„The problems were very deep. They were nothing short of changing the way we look at reality.“

—  Donovan

Contexto: When I was 14 or 15 I wanted to be a protest singer like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie. My father was a socialist and worked with the unions. I thought change was to change the government and to change from one system, capitalism, to socialism and to make the poor of the world happy. But when I opened the book The Way of Zen by Alan Watts and I opened up the Diamond Sutra, and Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching, I realized that the problem of suffering was much deeper than governments and social problems. The problems were very deep. They were nothing short of changing the way we look at reality. Therefore I became a teacher, or a reflection of the teachings. Phil Ochs, the great protest singer, said I had given up protest, and Joan Baez said to Bob Dylan, “He’s given up protest.” But what I had given up was looking for the answer in social change. The change was to be a spiritual change. The suffering was coming from an erroneous view of reality...

„We are one, we are all brothers and sisters, but the people of the world do not know this.“

—  Donovan

Contexto: We are one, we are all brothers and sisters, but the people of the world do not know this. So this was the teaching, but how do you teach it? As young people, John Lennon, George Harrison, myself, Carlos Santana and other spiritual seekers in pop music, we wanted to know the answer but we found a question: How do you convince the rest of the western world that they are ill, they are mentally ill, that they have a sickness and that they have lost the way? How do you teach that? You cannot teach that in the normal sense. You have to encourage a spiritual call, so we devoted ourselves to making songs which would have a spiritual call inside of them, hoping to awaken an awareness with this music. And other people in the arts felt the same...

„I'm talking about naive days, before the drug barons and the dealers took over. It was once a small, bohemian event.“

—  Donovan

Grip interview (1997)
Contexto: Up to '67, the drugs were, uh, soft. Marijuana, and even LSD, I considered soft drugs then. But, then, after '67, needle drugs and the strong amphetamines came in, and that's when the Beatles and Donovan stood up and said, 'Try meditation instead.' And I still stick by that, of course. You've got to be very, very careful. I'm talking about naive days, before the drug barons and the dealers took over. It was once a small, bohemian event. But it was when millions started wanting to get high that it got bad. And when Haight-Asbury turned into Skid Row, the Beatles and me stood up and said, 'Give it a rest.' The answer is that each individual must face the problem by himself. And meditation is an alternative. Meditation is a lot better for you, and it's great to be straight.

„Meditation is a lot better for you, and it's great to be straight.“

—  Donovan

Grip interview (1997)
Contexto: Up to '67, the drugs were, uh, soft. Marijuana, and even LSD, I considered soft drugs then. But, then, after '67, needle drugs and the strong amphetamines came in, and that's when the Beatles and Donovan stood up and said, 'Try meditation instead.' And I still stick by that, of course. You've got to be very, very careful. I'm talking about naive days, before the drug barons and the dealers took over. It was once a small, bohemian event. But it was when millions started wanting to get high that it got bad. And when Haight-Asbury turned into Skid Row, the Beatles and me stood up and said, 'Give it a rest.' The answer is that each individual must face the problem by himself. And meditation is an alternative. Meditation is a lot better for you, and it's great to be straight.

„There is a world consciousness.“

—  Donovan

Contexto: Today I can’t comment on what the problem is in China, Russia, or Africa without realizing again and again the Diamond Sutra, which says that we look at the world and see it as separate but in fact, this is an illusion, but the reality is that we are one shining being. Until this can be understood, I can’t see any change. But I see some change now. There is a world consciousness. In the "old" New Age, they talked about the Age of Aquarius being an age of enlightenment. And now when a man goes to the moon he sees the earth. Before when someone did meditation he or she could meditate on the earth and the moon but now a man and a woman can see that we are on one planet and that the water is polluted and that the air is dirty. So these are changes that are important. But when we spoke about these things in the 60s people said we were dreamers.

„We are magic. It is magic that we're walking around.“

—  Donovan

Interview in Rolling Stone (9 November 1967)
Contexto: We are magic. It is magic that we're walking around. It's fantastic magic. Some people would call it miracles; I like to call it magic. … Yes, I'm very aware of this. Yes, the more aware I get, the more I can understand how big it is, how big it will get. It'll be harder to comprehend; that's why I have to go along with it, 'cause its so vast. To say to somebody that God is everything that lives and ever has lived and ever will live, and you're never going to touch and see, smell and be everything that is God. Magic is very hard to comprehend. <!-- Everyone's on their own, but they're not.

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„The most important of my achievements, if you want to call them that, was that I successfully introduced mystical ideas into pop culture“

—  Donovan

Grip interview (1997)
Contexto: The most important of my achievements, if you want to call them that, was that I successfully introduced mystical ideas into pop culture, which was my obsession and my compulsion when I was 16 years old. So, behind all of this fame and fortune, there was a seeker, on a spiritual path — a young man who wanted to discover and share with others an alternative way of looking at the world. I wanted to save our culture from the stupidity and the bigotry and the ignorance that threatened it. And there was the Buddhist way, and the Celtic way.

„Lord, kiss me once more, fill me with song
Allah, kiss me once more that
I may, that I may
Wear my love like heaven“

—  Donovan

"Wear Your Love Like Heaven"
A Gift from a Flower to a Garden (1967)
Contexto: Lord, kiss me once more, fill me with song
Allah, kiss me once more that
I may, that I may
Wear my love like heaven
Wear my love like
Wear my love like heaven.

„Histories of ages past
Unenlightened shadows cast.
Down through all eternity
The crying of humanity.“

—  Donovan

In a performance during "Beatle Week" in Liverpool (27 August 2006), Donovan sang lyrics he declared that George Harrison had improvised for "Hurdy Gurdy Man":
Hurdy Gurdy Man (1967)
Contexto: Histories of ages past
Unenlightened shadows cast.
Down through all eternity
The crying of humanity.
'Tis then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man
Comes singing songs of love...

„I'm just mad about Saffron
Saffron's mad about me“

—  Donovan

Mellow Yellow (1966)
Contexto: I'm just mad about Saffron
Saffron's mad about me
I'm just mad about Saffron
She's just mad about me.

„The magic that you hear in tales and things was all based around the Celtic mythology of England, which is Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.“

—  Donovan

I just drain from that source. I just drain everything. So the magic is there.
Interview in Rolling Stone (9 November 1967)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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