Donovan Names His Song That Launched David Gilmour In A Celestial Music Direction

Donovan is getting ready to release his new album ‘Gaelia: The Sulan Sessions.’ In the album, another 1960s psychedelic-rock icon, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, appeared as a guest musician in two songs. In a recent interview with Variety, Donovan revealed how he had influenced Gilmour with one of his tracks and helped him live an unforgettable musical experience.

“I met up with David at Lord Michael and Lady Marina Cowdray’s country estate,” said Donovan. He also shared, “These two dear, noble friends of Linda and mine were holding amazing salons where the most futuristic creatives in music and awareness would gather. Soon Linda and I were headed with Michael and Marina and His Holiness, the Tibetan Gyalwang Drukpa of Ladakh, up into the Himalayas to find a school in Ladakh. But back to the salon.”

“That night at Marina’s,” Donovan continued, “David and I chatted about how he had bought my cottage in the ’60s when I married Linda and moved on. ‘Why?’ I asked. He said my album track ‘Three Kingfishers,’ off my ‘Sunshine Superman’ album of 1966, had launched him in a celestial music direction, and so when I was selling my cottage, where so many of my songs were written, he wanted to be in my creative space. Makes sense in a Floyd sort of way.”

So, Donovan and David Gilmour met at Lord Michael and Lady Marina Cowdray’s country estate. As the two were chatting, the Pink Floyd icon admitted that Donovan’s 1966 album ‘Sunshine Superman’ and the song ‘Three Kingfishers’ launched him in a celestial music direction. According to Donovan, Gilmour later bought his cottage to be in the creative space where he came up with his works.

“David had already learned to fly (he wrote a song about it, too) and flew himself into Ireland for the session,” added Donovan, revealing Gilmour flew to Ireland to record ‘Rock Me’ and ‘Lover O’ Lover.’ He then noted, “David brought his guitar roadie, who set up two amps in the studio, handed David his pink Strat, and his unique signature sound enthralled us all.”

Donovan’s new album ‘Gaelia: The Sulan Sessions’ is expected to hit the shelves on December 15. Fans can pre-order the album on Donovan’s official website or pre-save it before the release. As of now, the only song released from the album is ‘Rock Me,’ which features a collaboration with Gilmour.