Thursday, November 27, 2008

If I Saw You in Heaven...?

Thanksgiving is a time for being with loved ones.

I thought of a song I could share, as a poignant reminder of why we give thanks for our blessings: So, please enjoy Eric Clapton's, "
Tears in Heaven":

I imagine most music fans know that Clapton wrote "Tears in Heaven" as a requiem for his son, Conor, at 4 years-old, fell 53 floors to his death in New York in 1991.

the Wikipedia entry. It turns out that Clapton asked Will Jennings to co-write the song with him. Jennings was reluctant to tackle such a deeply personal assignment:

Eric and I were engaged to write a song for a movie called Rush ... and he said to me, 'I want to write a song about my boy.' Eric had the first verse of the song written, which, to me, is all the song, but he wanted me to write the rest of the verse lines and the release ('Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees...'), even though I told him that it was so personal he should write everything himself. He told me that he had admired the work I did with Steve Winwood and finally there was nothing else but to do as he requested, despite the sensitivity of the subject. This is a song so personal and so sad that it is unique in my experience of writing songs.
Clapton stopped performing "Tears in Heaven" in 2004, when he no longer felt the loss of his boy.

Here's to wishing all of my visitors a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I love my family, my friends, my students, my teachers, my country, and God above (with due apologies to anyone I've left out).

Be with your loved ones, and be well!

God Bless America!


Norm said...

I wish for a wonderful Thanksgiving for everyone and their families.

Eat too much and watch too much football.

I'am off the to gym right now to knock off some calories before I eat too much !

Right Truth said...

I always loved that song.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Off to Nashville, then East Tennessee...

Right Truth

EuroYank - Virginia Hoge said...

America has the power to print money with nothing behind it! America has the power to borrow its entire living cost from China! America has the power to bring the world into economic depression with its financial scams like the mortgage subprime mortgages, and America has the power to destroy itself and bring everybody else down with it! So much for American Power!

Kori said...

Love me some Eric Clapton. Love that song. Thank you for the lovely comment.

Blessings and love to you and yours on this Thanksgiving Day!

Stogie said...

That song is lovely but too painful for me, knowing the background as I do.

Burfica said...

have a very happy thanksgiving. Thanks for coming by my blog. I'll bookmark you if you don't mind.

Khaki Elephant said...

That is a moving, powerful song.

Happy Thanksgiving

And thanks for stopping by The Khaki Elephant.

Righty64 said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Donald!

I, too, feel very blessed: I'm a woman living in the U.S.A -- I'm free, I'm healthy (thanks to great genes and wonderful science), I have terrific parents who instilled their values in me, God has blessed me with a great job, I have freedom of worship ... and so many more blessings.

Nikki said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and I hope you had a great day with your family! :)N

Anonymous said...

I hope you had a wonderful day. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia, and we have no equivalent, more's the pity.
This is a wonderful song, even knowing the background.
It seems we have similar tastes in music, as I always like your clips.
It actually prompted me to find a music clip to use as an inspiration at our home blog.
Pity it dropped off the bottom of RCP with only yours and my votes.
Thanks for posting the clip.


Ottavio (Otto) Marasco said...

The significance of the song was put to me long ago. Ever since, I too have found it painful to take in, even though I still do listen.

God bless you and all those special in your life Donald, and thanks for coming by at AI.

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