As joyful and fun as the holidays can be, they can also be a time of sadness and reflection for some. Singer Tom Chaplin (of Keane fame)’s latest music video definitely falls into the latter when it comes to holiday spirit.
“Midnight Mass,” off of Chaplin’s recently-released “Twelvetales of Christmastime” album, is a solemn, soulful tune and, if the song itself doesn’t make you well up, the video, which features a lonely, elderly dog trainer and the dogs he works with will most certainly have you weeping.
Watching the trainer’s happy afternoons with his furry companions compared to his lonely nights is enough to make anyone reach out to those who have no one in their lives over the holidays, and, at the very least, it’ll make you buy an extra present or two for your dog’s trainer.
Not only are the dogs featured in the video adorable, but so is the old man who has a big place in his heart for them. We’re not going to spoil how everything turns out, but lets just say you’ll need some tissues.
Chaplin shared on Twitter that the trainer in the video is also based on a real person.
“I’m very proud to unveil the video for Midnight Mass,” he tweeted on November 29. “It’s based on a true story of an old guy who ran a London dog club & features one of my acting heroes, Dudley Sutton….I hope it melts your hearts!”
Well, that’s the understatement of the year.
Chaplin said in a statement that he finds Christmas to be a great source of inspiration for writing this album and even though “it’s a time for eating, drinking, and getting together with our families, it’s also a time for reflection.”
The bittersweet “Twelvetales of Christmas” is an exploration of “love, lost love, remembering those we have lost and of trying to bring a sense of hope and light to a troubled world,” he said.
Watch the video for “Midnight Mass” above, and don’t say we didn’t warn you about the impending tears.