I have always been enchanted with this song and what it elicits in me. It opens my mind, transporting me back to when life felt more carefree. You might call it sex, drugs and rock,n roll‘ and the invincibility of early adulthood. The instrumentals convey something analogous to a psychedelic experience. Dream Weaver’s influence on popular culture is impressive as it has appeared in more than 20 movies, but I remember it most fondly in The People vs. Larry Flynt. It also conjures images of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights but doesn’t appear in its banda sonora (soundtrack).
Dream Weaver was released as the first single from his third studio album The Dream Weaver in December 1975. The song was inspired by Autobiography of a Yogi, which was given to him by George Harrison. His musical association with Harrison endured until shortly before the latter’s death in 2001.The expression “Dream Weaver” was popularized by John Lennon in 1970 in his song “God“.
Wright’s role in establishing the synthesizer as a leading instrument in rock and pop music was pivotal according to Wikipedia. He was a former child actor, performing on Broadway in the hit musical Fanny before studying medicine and then psychology. Wright turned to film soundtrack work in the early 1980s, including re-recording his “Dream Weaver”, for the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World. In 2014 Wright wrote his autobiography called Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison.