Eric Clapton, who has announced details on his seasonal “blues tinged” album Happy Xmas, has decided to honour the late Swedish DJ Avicii.
The album will consist of a mixture of lesser known and traditional Christmas songs and will be released on October 12th. His own version of “Jingle Bells” has been dedicated to “the memory Avicii”.
“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,” Clapton told Billboard
“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.’”
Avicii’s was found on April 20th in Muscat, Oman having taken his life the broken glass after previously suggested his issues with alcohol according to TMZ.
In a statement released following his tragic passing, the family of Avicii suggested that suicide was the cause of his death. They wrote, “Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul-searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who travelled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress.
“When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most – music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
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