“Season of the Witch” -Donovan
I was psyched when I noticed my post-date would fall on Halloween. I began contemplating the obvious choices for my favorite holiday. Santana’s “Witchy Woman, or Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” would be suitable, but rising to the top is one of my favorite little ditties about the season of witches, warlocks, shamans, ghosts and such is this wonderful song by Donovan Leitch.
This laid-back Scottish guy, now 66 years old, was extremely popular in the 60’s. His biggest hits included “Catch the Wind” and “Colours” in 1965, and “Sunshine Superman” topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1966. A talented singer/writer/guitarist, he was friends with many of the big British and American stars of the period (Joan Baez, Brian Jones, The Beatles, Dylan, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, to name a few). They apparently liked to party together, and we can hear references to LSD in numerous Donovan songs during his psychedelic period.
Donovan’s velvety voice is always a pleasure to hear. He played electric guitar for the first time on “Season of the Witch”, having been an acoustic musician.
On a personal note: we had the immense pleasure of sitting a few feet away from this talented gent as he played at Barnacle Bills on St. Thomas, USVI in the mid-eighties.
In April of 2012 Donovan was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.