“Love Is Alive” is a 1976 song by Gary Wright that was a hit single in the US, reaching #2 in the Billboard charts. Taken from the album The Dream Weaver, released the previous year, it features Wright on vocals and keyboards with Jim Keltner on drums. The album’s title cut and “Love is Alive” both peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
“Dream Weaver” is a song by Gary Wright that was a hit single in the US, reaching #2 in the Billboard charts while it reached #1 in the Cash Box charts (Australia, Canada and Europe) in 1976. Taken from the album The Dream Weaver released the previous year, it features Wright on vocals and keyboards, and Jim Keltner on drums. In 1992, Gary Wright re-recorded a longer version of “Dream Weaver” for the Wayne’s World movie soundtrack. According to Gary Wright, the song was inspired by Autobiography of a Yogi, which was given to him by George Harrison.Paramhansa Yogananda’s poem, God! God! God! made reference to “the idea of the mind weaving dreams.” The expression “Dream Weaver” was popularized by John Lennon in 1970 in his song “God,” taken from his solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. This song depicts Lennon’s declaration that he was the dream weaver of the sixties, breaking away from the influences and dogmas that influenced his life.
Here are the 20 most popular blog singles on New Music United this week with notes by the editor:
- A new blog single from The Beach Boys in the top five. I have to admit that I did not see that coming. It is probably their best single in 40 years, though!
- Lots of great stuff from Record Store Day on the chart: Public Image Ltd, Brad, St. Vincent, Sigur Ros and Beach House.
- As always, the Danish artists are well represented on the NMU chart: Choir Of Young Believers, Anders Trentemøller and The Raveonettes are some of the best artists from my tiny little home country with big stars.
- Classic tracks from Steely Dan, Abba, Roxy Music and Duran Duran are steady fan favourites on the chart.
- R. Stevie Moore (also part of a Record Store Day release) is an “NMU Darling”. Oh, and he is playing Roskilde Festival 2012!
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For their 50th year in music, The Beach Boys are getting together and heading out on the road. A cynic would think dollar signs motivated the reunion, but I bet they’ve not heard the group’s new tune. “That’s Why God Made The Radio” has the harmony and sentiment that defined the sound of California in the 1960s and — honestly, for anyone living outside this country — the sound of America itself. [Source]
[via Peter Elsnab]
You can hear the past in Bo Ningen’s wall of sound and massive melodies, but the past re-imagined – from Butoh to Black Sabbath. If Black Sabbath was in Blade Runner. [Source]
From the minialbum “For Now” by Kristina Renée. The album was released on April 23th, 2012 as a free download available at www.kristinarenee.dk.
[via Peter Sørensen]
In advance of the release of Grimes’ album Visions on 12th March (outside of the US – it debuted in the Billboard Top 100 last week), the video for ‘Oblivion has just gone online. Directed by Emily Kai Bock, it features Claire partying at various sports events and in a locker room. [Source]