Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings was written in the early 90’s after the sudden and accidental death of his son Conor Clapton who fell from a window of a New York apartment. The song had been officially written for the soundtrack of the movie Rush, but had very personal motivations for Eric Clapton as well.
“I almost subconsciously used music for myself as a healing agent, and lo and behold, it worked… I have got a great deal of happiness and a great deal of healing from music”
The song became a mainstream hit with the release of the MTV Unplugged episode featuring Eric Clapton with the album being nominated for 9 Grammy Awards and winning three including Album of the Year.
As time passed and Eric Clapton recovered from the emotional grief of losing his son he had phased Tears in Heaven out of his live repertoire stating that the emotions behind the song were no longer there and didn’t want to relive the memories. He did bring it back for his 2013 World Tour.
Tears in Heaven is an emotionally charged song which only becomes more so once you learn the backstory behind it. It is a song of loss and also one that shows that life can go on. The Unplugged album was one that reinvigorated Eric Clapton’s music career and showed that there was still much life left for this great guitarist and musician to live.
I’ll find my way through night and day
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay here in heaven
So as 2016 draws to a close, I think many of us are glad that it’s finally over and now it is time to put it behind us and move on to better things.