Dream Weaver by Gary Wright (Warner Bros, 1976)

Depending on how old you were, the opening spacy ARP synthesizer flourishes of Dream Weaver meant something different to you. For young kids, it may be thoughts of astronauts, space travel and the infinite unknown. For young lovers, it may be prelude to the heights they were about to embark on behind closed doors. For stoners, it may well have been an excuse to pull out that thigh-high bong and climb aboard the dream weaver tra- hain. Far out, indeed. All were enough to take this 45 all the way up to #2 in the Spring of 1976.

Ex-Spooky Tooth member Gary Wright had put out a few solo albums in the early 70s. But now that his former band was no more, he began his solo career in earnest with The Dream Weaver in 1975, which Gary playing all the instruments on multiple synthesizers except for the drums. The result was a cosmic sounding pop rock album and neat novelty to boost his status in the press.

Inspired by the poem God! God! God! (or as some have called it, Three God Night…just kidding) by Paramahansa Yogananda, Gary picked up a passage wherein the yogi talks about a weaver of dreams. Gary wrote the title Dream Weaver down in a notebook. And when he found it years later, he picked up his guitar (not keytar) and wrote the song in an hour. Many have asked what the lyrics mean and my take is that the Dream Weaver is the person who can make you feel better. Thus, young kids creating the first dreams, lovers connecting and stoners reaching that personal high have all found something to relate to in this song. Hell the Dream Weaver could be a pusher selling smack, helping those to forget today’s pain. A Superfly with a Spooky Tooth. No matter, if it was good enough for Wayne Campbell, it’s good enough for me.

Time to leave tomorrow be- hi- hind…..

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  1. W.B.

     /  September 18, 2021

    This and “Love Is Alive” were much bigger in the U.S. than in the UK – where they didn’t even chart at all.

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