Monday, October 29, 2007

They Don't Call Him Mellow Yellow For Nothing!

Picture courtesy About.com classic rock.

60s pop/folk singer Donovan, famous for hits such as Sunshine Superman, Hurdy Gurdy Man, and Mellow Yellow is going to be opening up his own transcendental meditation school according to today's news reports. He's going to call it the Invincible Donovan University. I swear I'm not making this up. Here's a bit of what he told the media:

"I know it sounds like an airy-fairy hippie dream to go on about '60s peace and love," said the 61-year-old singer, who was born Donovan Leitch in the Maryhill area of Glasgow. "But the world is ready for this now, it is clear this is the time."

He said the university will be located in either Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Donovan discovered transcendental meditation while visiting India and guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1968.

"The Maharishi told me during that 1968 visit that I should build a university in Edinburgh. I went to my room and drew a beautiful dome-shaped place of learning," he said Friday.


Donovan has also gotten chummy with "he's quite unique" (that was my former guitar teacher's polite way of calling someone a weirdo) movie director David Lynch, who opened up his own TM organization in the U.S., The David Lynch Foundation, whose purpose is to bring TM to schools to enhance learning. Says Donovan, "I didn't know what to do because I couldn't do this on my own. But then I met David Lynch, who told me about the positive effects of TM in education. Although it's taken me 35 years, I will do what the Maharishi told me to do." The duo plans to contact Scottish authorities to have the institution accredited.

Donovan and Lynch are also going to collaborate on a new movie called "The Hurdy Gurdy Elephant Man."

I just threw in that last bit to make sure you were paying attention.

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