In Conversation with… Sabian Wilde

Marketing Lecturer. Writer. Music Bod. Claims to have coined 'Perthonality'

No Name For Reality

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My biological father wanted to name me James Marshall, as in James ‘Jimi’ Marshall Hendrix, and that dude was amazing… Like… He’d be standing next to a mountain, then chop it down with the side of his hand.

Sadly, my father left the hospital before the nurse came around with the paperwork, and for that one moment we were alike in that we both got ripped off. It was just a couple of months after he left the hospital that he left my mother. Talk about sore losers.

Strangely, albeit less impressively, I was later given my mother’s maiden name, O’Donovan, which I later repurposed as my middle name, Donovan. Coincidentally, the next time I met my father (aged 8), he was singing Donovan’s ‘Mellow Yellow’.

Not do be outdone on drug-taking excess, Donovan was also responsible for a rugged terrain ditty with the following lyric: First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is…

Now, while this is decidedly much less powerful a statement than Jimi’s, in retrospect one can hypothesize that Donovan’s willingness to accept and acknowledge ghat his drug-addled consciousness was less able to make sense of the real world may have been his saving grace… Hendrix’s certainty that he was unstoppable turned out to not only be incorrect, but place him continuously in danger’s path without protection.

Strike up another win for The Uncertainty Principle as a fundament of scientific understanding and application in the real world, offset by Art’s tremendous loss of a unique artist, musician and singer, sadly out-lived by a hippie that frequently can’t find his way home, but still wants to write albums about it.


Written by Xab

Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3:21 am

Posted in Family, Musician

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  1. I think this article would be better if I read it while eating a nice mushroom risotto, with a parsley garnish and a glass of Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc.

    Snerky McSnerk

    Monday, December 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

  2. Does this mean I can call you Dono, like that crazy bass player from Aquashack? Those are a good bunch of Donovans, whole family full of em.


    Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

    • No, you should stick with calling him Xab, or Sabian for short.
      I doubt that he would like being associated with a band whose biggest claim to fame was that appalling “barbie girl” song.

      Snerky McSnerk

      Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

  3. Oh dear, Aquashack is being mixed up with Aqua.


    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    • “A truly great tribute band should be indistinguishable from those to whom they are paying tribute” – Blaze Bayley, 1999.

      Snerky McSnerk

      Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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