'Dream Weaver' Gary Wright Publishing Autobiography In October
Coming on October 7th, is musician Gary Wright’s autobiography, Dream Weaver: Music, Meditation, And My Friendship With George Harrison. Wright, who's best known for his 1976 Top Two hits "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive" was a frequent George Harrison collaborator and shared may of his spiritual beliefs, which were solidified during their 1974 trip to India together as guests of Ravi Shankar. The memoir will also touch upon Wright's time in Spooky Tooth with future Humble Pie bassist Greg Ridley and soon-to-be Foreigner leader/guitarist Mick Jones -- with whom Wright co-founded the short lived Wonderwheel. Also coming on October 7th is a 15-track career spanning greatest hits compilation, and the remastered digital release of Wright's Warner Brothers catalogue.
As a keyboardist, Wright performed on such George Harrison classics as All Things Must Pass, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, Extra Texture (Read All About It), 33 & 1/3, George Harrison, and Cloud Nine.
Wright, who recently toured as part of Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band, co-wrote the song "Peace Dream" on Ringo's 2010 Y Not collection, which features Paul McCartney on bass. Ringo appeared on Wright’s 2010 studio set, Connected.
As a bonus to those who bought the album on iTunes and his website,TheDreamWeaver.com, Wright included two songs linked closely to George Harrison -- the ballad called "To Discover Yourself" which he co-wrote with Harrison in 1971 and was recorded by Wright on the day of Harrison's passing on November 29th, 2001, and the other song, recorded in 1989, titled "Never Give Up," which features Harrison on guitar.
We asked Gary Wright if nearly 40 years later, requests are as strong ever to use his 1976 Top Two smash "Dream Weaver" in commercials, TV, and movies: "There are, when, like, the song is used on a lot of high-profile television shows. I juts got a request from Ellen DeGeneres for re-usage of it. She had used it a lot and now they wanna use it again. So, y'know -- and it's constantly being used in films and stuff like that. When those kind of things happen, you see the airplay pick up. And (it's) still getting played like hell on all the classic rock stations. It's a staple; it's become a classic -- that, and 'Love Is Alive.'
October 4 - Napa, CA - City Winery Napa
October 16 - Worcester, MA - Mechanics Hall
October 18 - Chatham, NJ - Sanctuary
October 19 - New York, NY - City Winery NYC
October 22 - Saint Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre