Dream Weaver, Gary Wright fingerstyle arrangement
"Dream Weaver" is a song by Gary Wright that was a hit single in the US, reaching #2 in the Billboard charts in 1976. Taken from the album The Dream Weaver it features Wright and Jim Keltner on drums.
I 1992, Gary Wright re-recorded a longer version of "Dream Weaver" for the Wayne's World movie soundtrack.
Welcome to my weekly solo guitar arrangement video! When looking for material to arrange for solo guitar, 70's pop is always an inexhaustible source, never failing to inspire in terms of musical content and broad appeal. So I sat down a few days ago and came up with "mini list" that also included "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" (AWB) and "These Eyes" (Guess Who). All three songs just seemed to arrange themselves, I pretty much tossed a coin to decide which to record first and the "winner" is "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright... As always, please "like", share, comment, and above all, enjoy!
On Gary Wright's official site, he explains: "In 1972, my friend George Harrison invited me to accompany him on a trip to India. A few days before we left, he have 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.' But I was never satisfied with that explanation, and as years went by I began to reflect on what the song actually meant and then it came to me: 'Dream Weaver, I believe you can get me through the night...' was a song about someone with infinite compassion and love carrying us through the night of our trials and suffering. None other than God Himself."