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All words + photos: Jenny Greenley

The scene here is startling different than any other time I have come to the Hamilton. The tables are filled with food rather than drinks, and the atmosphere is calm and quiet. I was shocked to see how few people there were under the age of 40. I can count the people of my generation on one hand. How could no one else my age understand the importance of this man? A couple of people around me actually asked me what I was doing there, saying I was too young to fully appreciate the artist. I replied, that age has nothing to do with music. Donovan, in my mind, is a living legend, and is worthy of any one’s attention, not matter how old they are. Singer of “Mellow Yellow,” “Yellow is the Color,” “Riki Tiki Tavi,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” and of course “Jennifer Juniper,” the theme song of my youth.

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The room filled with excitement and energy as Donovan graced the stage with his signature green acoustic guitar. He tells the crowd how excited he is about the fact that he was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame this year, and to celebrate, chose three cities in the U.S. to play, and we were lucky enough to be one of them.

The first part of the show was basically his memoirs and lesser known songs, with the stories being almost more interesting than then songs he played between them. He told of the time he was in India with the Beatles, and taught John how to finger pick the guitar, and about his love affair with Joan Baez, who confessed her love for Bob Dylan in Donovan’s arms. He also told of his time in Mexico, filled with marijuana, bananas, pies, Venus emerging from seashells, and of course music.

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After going through songs, stories, and photographs of his past life, there is a brief intermission, and Donovan comes out again with a full band and starts to play his hits. Everyone is singing, clapping, and just thrilled to be a part of the show. To sum it up, Donovan has lead a sweet life, and that no matter how old you are, go listen to his greatest hits album at least, it will change your life.

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