Dream Weaver – Gary Wright

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………….on March 8th of 1976 former Spooky Tooth singer Gary Wright is awarded a Gold record for “Dream Weaver”.  Describing how the song came about Wright explains: “In 1972, my friend George Harrison invited me to accompany him on a trip to India. A few days before we left, he gave me a copy of the book Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. Needless to say the book inspired me deeply, and I became totally fascinated with Indian culture and philosophy. My trip was an experience I will never forget. During the early ’70s while reading more of the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda, I came across a poem called God! God! God!. One of the lines in the poem referred to the idea of the mind weaving dreams and the thought immediately occurred to me, weaver of dreams… Dream Weaver. I wrote it down in my journal of song titles and forgot about it. Several months passed, and one weekend, while in the English countryside, I picked up my journal and came across the title ‘Dream Weaver.’ Feeling inspired, I picked up my acoustic guitar and began writing. The song was finished in an hour. The lyrics and music seemed to have flowed out of me as if written by an unseen source. After the record was released and became successful many people asked me what the song meant. I really wasn’t sure myself and would answer ‘it was about a kind of fantasy experience… a Dream Weaver train taking you through the cosmos.” This song is done completely with keyboards and synthesizer with drums in background – a pop rarity in 1970s. When we he started recording The Dream Weaver album, Wright realized that the songs sounded fine without guitars, so he didn’t use them. The novelty of a keyboard-driven rock record got him a lot of publicity in the music press. Wright’s follow-up hit, “Love is Alive,” also hit #2 in the US, but has not endured as a radio staple the way this song has.