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Gary's Masterpiece, Set the mold for all that followed,
This review is from: Dream Weaver (Audio CD)
I can clearly remember one moonlit night in January 1976, When the FM DJ announced this album, before he played the entire first side ( this was about 8 years befor the continuous running cd for those of you born after Carter was president). He stated that it was almost an exclusively synthesized album from the legendary Gary Wright. Then I heard the opening few seconds of the swooshing orchestral sounds of Dreamweaver, and I was hooked. This album meant so much to me in '76. In February '76, One of my best friends died from accidental shooting while playing with his dad's pistol. He asked me a few days before he died if I thought this song was cool, cause he loved it. I whole heartedly agreed with him. Then I got the news in the empty school hallway over the loudspeaker, walking my way to my first class and running late with a pass. I was very depressed for months after that, insomniac over it. Dreamweaver, ridiculously, spoke to me. I was asking, praying, that the Dreamweaver would help me make it through the night. I really just wanted to fly away to the bright side of the moon. I just wanted to leave this world behind. It was very painful to me in life at that time. For two months, I revelled in that song. And as I was pulling out of my depression, Love is Alive lifted me out of pain into ultimate joy. God only knows how much these two song mean to me to this day. One soothing to me in a time of death. The other pulling me out of death into rebirth, and moving on with my life. Thank You Gary. Oh, and did I mention, the rest of the album is great too, a watermark. Although smaltzy by today's standards, I believe a cover version with reworking of the arrangement could update these two great and awesome pop singles. Maybe I'm sentimental. Maybe I could be a genius like Gary too.
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2012 7:13:31 PM PST
Thank You for your review. A similar event also happened to me in 1980 when my best friend Keith committed suicide. Not really similar, but the same feelings as you none the less. It took me a very long time to overcome that moment in my life. It is a major blow to loose your best friend. Your review brought back sad feelings, but it also brought back happy memories of my friend. Thank You.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2012 8:28:01 PM PDT
Albert Brewster Jr. says:
One of my favorites albums
Posted on Apr 26, 2013 4:45:34 PM PDT
David G. Marut says:
Thank you for your very open and touching review. It continually amazes me how a piece of music can fill a void in our hearts and souls.
Posted on Jul 23, 2014 9:18:37 PM PDT
alex fuentes says:
By any chance, was your friend named Ward R.? I grew up with Ward R. until he moved to NY and he died in the same manner you mentioned the same year. I was just curious. Thanks.
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