"Happy Xmas" is Clapton’s 24th studio album and his first since 2016’s “I Still Do.” It mixes instantly recognizable holiday classics with lesser-known unique titles along with an original new song “For Love On Christmas Day.” The album also features cover art illustration by Clapton himself.
"I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals,” said Clapton, who co-produced "Happy Xmas" with longtime music producer Simon Climie. “I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’.”
"Tears in Heaven" is a ballad written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment of his mother's friend, on March 20, 1991. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, was visibly distraught for months afterwards. This song is one of Clapton's most successful, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the U.S. The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the American adult contemporary chart in 1992.
A new song by The Velvet Sun, band from Kiev, is about the war between Russia and Ukraine.
"It is always difficult to write about the war or revolution, but The Velvet Sun have done it calmly, sensibly, wisely and reasonably. They are singing about the events that have been happening in Ukraine, without pathos."
Online platform Cultprostir.ua
"This song is a cool rage. A quiet revolt."
Vlad Fisun, Big Fisun Show, Radio Aristocrats
"It's rather hard to play music about war and revolution, but we as musicians have passed through these events, receiving some kind of fireproof experience."
Pavlo Gvozdetsky, pianist/organist, The Velvet Sun