Tuesday, March 02, 2004
I saw this on the news today. It has been 12 or 13 years since his little boy died. Huh. I want to think about it for a bit.
Eric Clapton Retiring Two Famous Songs
POSTED: 2:51 p.m. EST March 2, 2004
NEW YORK -- Eric Clapton is putting away two of his best-known songs.
Clapton said he was performing in Japan when he realized he couldn't perform the songs "Tears in Heaven" and "My Father's Eyes" any more.
Both songs deal with the loss of his 4-year-old son Conor, who fell out of a New York apartment window in 1991. It's not that the songs are too painful, it's that Clapton is stronger now.
Clapton said he doesn't feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing them. He said he can't connect with the feelings he had when he wrote the songs, and he doesn't really want them to come back.
He said he's happier now and maybe later he'll introduce the songs again from a more detached point of view.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.