Out today (October 12th) is Eric Clapton's first holiday set, titled Happy Xmas. The album, which marks "Slowhand's" first new studio collection since 2016's I Still Do, was co-produced by Clapton and longtime collaborator Simon Climie. The set features 13 holiday evergreens, alongside one new track called "For Love On Christmas Day."
Eric Clapton admits that he records these days mainly to satisfy his own musical tastes: ["I make records, as much as anything, for me to, to be able to listen to. I mean, it's almost like I can't buy what I want to hear, so I make what I want to hear. And I think about, I dream up what I would like to hear, and then I try to go about making that for myself. So it's a very selfish occupation, really."] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . selfish occupation really)
Clapton, who's now 73, told us that at this point in his life and career, fatherhood is the one thing that's kept him grounded above all else: ["I think it's taken a lot of the stress of. Whatever happens, I mean, I'm gonna be loved by those people, and they, and, y'know, they'll understand most of the decisions I make, even if they're seemingly crazy ones. But it frees me up to do this, and to go out on the road."] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . on the road)
The tracklisting to Eric Clapton's Happy Xmas is: "White Christmas," "Away In A Manger (Once In Royal David’s City)," "For Love On Christmas Day," "Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday," "Christmas Tears," "Home For The Holidays," "Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii)," "Christmas In My Hometown," "It’s Christmas," "Sentimental Moments," "Lonesome Christmas," "Silent Night," "Merry Christmas Baby," and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."
Source: Pulse of Radio