Watch: Lynch's Donovan Video, “I Am the Shaman”


Director David Lynch is a man of many talents. Being a unique filmmaker is his most prominent skill, but he also can play music and studies Transcendental Meditation, a type of silent meditation that Lynch has credited as being vital to his creative process. In 2005, he founded the David Lynch Foundation which seeks to fund the teaching of TM in schools and has since widened its scope to other at-risk populations, including the homeless, veterans and refugees. Now, working with Scottish songwriter and performer Donovan, Lynch has directed a new video for the performer's song "I Am the Shaman".

The song is meant to help raise funding raise funds to support teaching Transcendental Meditation to students in Cork, Ireland (where Donovan lives with his wife, Linda). Donovan had this to say with Lynch's contributions to the song and the video, which he released as a statement on Facebook:

It was all impromptu. I visited the studio and David said …
“Sit at the mics with your guitar Don.”
David in same room behind control desk with my Linda.
He had asked me to only bring in a song just emerging, not anywhere near finished.
We would see what happens. It happened!
I composed extempore … the verses came naturally. New chord patterns effortlessly appeared.
On another day David “Sound Sculpted” my Ferrington acoustic guitar “Kelly” and he played his unique Modal Chord Ferrington Guitar textures with “Effects.”
David and I are “Compadres” on a creative path rarely travelled.
And we bring TM Meditation to the world.

Viewing the video, it was MOST definitely was directed by Lynch which you can see for yourself below:

Stay tuned!

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