Van Morrison (left) and Eric Clapton perform at the O2 Arena, London England on March 3, 2020
Over the weekend.
Vaccine injured guitarist Eric Clapton appeared on the YouTube channel Real Music Observer (above) to talk about his anti-vaccine stand and collaboration with Van Morrison.
“Whatever the memo was, it hadn’t reached me. Then I started to realise there was really a memo, and a guy, Mattias Desmet [professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University in Belgium], talked about it.
‘And it’s great. The theory of mass formation hypnosis. And I could see it then. Once I kind of started to look for it, I saw it everywhere.
‘Then I remembered seeing little things on YouTube which were like subliminal advertising. It had been going on for a long time: that thing about “you will own nothing and you will be happy.”
‘And I thought, “What’s that mean?” And bit by bit, I put a rough kind of jigsaw puzzle together. And that made me even more resolute.’
“I joined forces with Van and I got the tip Van was standing up to the measures and I thought, “why is nobody else doing this” so I contacted him.
‘He said “I’m just objecting really. But it seems like we’re not even allowed to do that. And nobody else is doing it.”
‘He sent me Stand and Deliver, which he’d already recorded. And it was during the process of talking about that with another musician, getting excited and sharing the news I found that nobody wanted to hear that.
‘I was mystified, I seemed to be the only person that found it exciting or even appropriate. I’m cut from a cloth where if you tell me I can’t do something, I really want to know why.
‘My family and friends got scared, and I think they were scared on my behalf.’
‘Over the last year, there’s been a lot of disappearing – a lot of dust around, with people moving away quite quickly.
‘It has, for me, refined the kind of friendship I have. And it’s dwindled down to the people that I obviously really need and love.
‘Inside my family, that became quite pivotal… I’ve got teenage girls, and an older girl who’s in he thirties – and they’ve all had to kind of give me leeway because I haven’t been able to convince any of them.’
‘I would try to reach out to fellow musicians and sometimes I just don’t hear from them.
‘My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore.’