By Gary Wright
Tune legend Gary Wright displays on his expert collaboration, friendship, and religious trip with "quiet Beatle" George Harrison.
Best identified for his multiplatinum hits “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive,” Gary Wright got here to prominence as a singer and songwriter throughout the golden age of rock within the Nineteen Seventies. what's now not besides recognized to the general public, notwithstanding, is Wright’s non secular aspect. on the middle of this memoir is the religious conversion and trip that Wright skilled along his shut good friend George Harrison. until eventually Harrison’s demise in 2001, the 2 spent many years jointly writing songs, consuming Indian fare, conversing philosophy, and gardening.
In addition to that includes lyrics to a never-released recording of a tune cowritten by means of Wright and George Harrison in 1971, titled “To notice Yourself,” this memoir incorporates a cache of never-before-seen photographs.
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Extra resources for Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison
94 Belief in the divinity of nature was easily transferred into doubts about the veracity of the afterlife, as can be seen from Kennedy’s collection of anecdotes about the composer’s latest articulated beliefs: [In his last years Elgar] expressed a wish that he should be buried at the confluence of Severn and Teme, without religious ceremony. He had for many years avoided going to church and while dying and still lucid he refused to see a priest, none other than the son of Gervase Elwes. He objected to the church’s “mumbo jumbo,” he said.
This is an interesting substitution, since it associates a hymn that celebrated Christ’s suffering (identified in the nineteenth century with the Ultramontanes) with the traditional Lacrymosa text. St. George’s modest commemoration to Elgar paled in comparison to the elaborate expressions of mourning offered to his memory at the Anglican Worcester Cathedral. Indeed, the Elgar Window presents only one facet of such memorials. ”98 The prayer intoned by Dean Moore-Ede at this occasion was conspicuously ecumenical: We give thee humble and hearty thanks that it pleased Thee to endow our fellow citizen Edward Elgar with that singular mastery of music, and the will to use it in Thy service, whereby he being dead yet speaketh: now filling our minds with visions of the mystery and beauty of Nature; now by the concert of sweet and solemn sounds telling our hearts secrets of life and death that lie too deep for words; now soaring with Angels and archangels and with all the company of Heaven in an ecstacy of praise; now holding us bowed with the broken and contrite heart before the throne of judgment.
He told me of post after post which would have been open to him but for the prejudice against his religion, of golden opportunities snatched from his grasp by inferior men of more acceptable views. 79 • 21 • Elgar I 6/13/07 4:51 PM Page 22 MEASURE OF A MAN: CATECHIZING ELGAR’S CATHOLIC AVATARS Again, the question here is not necessarily one of faith: in this period, Elgar complained to Burley that he had suffered because those in power around him identified him as Catholic, which was a negative public definition instead of the positive one Elgar strove to present to the world during this time.
Dream Weaver: A Memoir; Music, Meditation, and My Friendship with George Harrison by Gary Wright