AND NOW TO CONFUSE THINGS IN HONG KONG FURTHER: THE INTERNATIONAL CON ARTIST

By Hans Ebert
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Hong Kong has become a strange place. Even stranger than what it’s been since June. Why? Because it’s brought out the creepy crawlies. Not only the “cockroaches” and those malevolent versions of the Joker on both sides of the fence with an absolutely inept Chief Executive standing in the middle of the criss crossfire not knowing which way to turn, but new leeches to this city with new scams to peddle. And they’re spinning so outta control that it’s dangerously funny. Dangerously fake. Dangerously dangerous.

A few nights ago, I bumped into a 50 year old American Chinese lady I had never met before. She was proud to tell me her age. Did I care to know? Hardly. This was at the conveniently located lounge of a hotel next to the Convention Centre. The woman was a pro in The Art Of Big Bollocks. She bombarded me with questions about what I did, who I was doing, who I knew and name dropped more bombs and F bombs than those that rained over Hiroshima and Pearl Harbour.

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And in the end…

By Hans Ebert
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It was listening to Stephen Colbert reminisce about Ric Ocasek and just how much the late musician and the music of the Cars had on his teenage life. How much Ocasek and his music lived with him through his college years and the sheer joy of being able to work with his hero. It was beyond Colbert being another fan boy. He personally knew Ric Ocasek, and so his recent passing hit home, heart and head. It certainly got into this head.

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Songwriters, ever get the feeling that you’re being screwed over?

By Hans Ebert
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Below is something written on my Facebook page yesterday as something came to light about one of my songs.

Think about this: You write a song. It’s your art. Perhaps naively, you sign the Publishing Rights to a global music publishing house. Why sign it to them? Because they’re big and big is good and you think you might be the next Ed Sheeran. And then you hear- almost one year later- that the song has been sold to a client as a sync deal.

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THIS IS WHERE…

By Hans Ebert
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This is where I arrived by ship from Colombo at nine, was a stranger in a strange land called Hongkong, and thought nothing of living in a shoebox in North Point on the 27th floor with my parents, my aunt, uncle, cousin and grandmother.

This is where I took a Shaukiwan tram to Quarry Bay School, possibly the first “East Asian” to be accepted.

This is where I first faced racism- and beat that devil at his own game by being a good pupil- academically and in sports- if you call Rounders a sport.

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THE HONG KONG WAY: THE NIGHT THE GOVERNMENT SAW THE LIGHT (OR SHOULD HAVE)

By Hans Ebert
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Hong Kong is no longer known for its shopping, the Star Ferry and a boys night out in Wanchai. Something quite magical happened here last night- The Hongkong Way- a dazzling light show of hands forming a human chain of positivity that wound itself through the city and all the way up to Lion’s Rock.

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CASE SENSITIVE: CURRENTLY IN HONG KONG. NEXT STOP?

By Hans Ebert
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In a city where a “young musician” is usually hovering around thirty or forty years old, to watch some videos without the bells and whistles, but bristling with the untapped talent and potential of Case Sensitive comprising Hong Kong-based Australian teenage brothers- Saxon and Jarvis Whittaker- put a smile on this face. For a change, it wasn’t a wry one.

Living in Discovery Bay with their parents- Dad is my longtime mate and truly world class saxophonist Blaine Whittaker, Mum Gillian is a teacher and, well, runs a lot- there had been a few videos of the two brothers shown rehearsing that was alright for what it was. But, for some reason, going to their Facebook page yesterday and watching a couple of videos where they’re playing ‘live’, one saw a massive improvement in their playing skills and, what’s key, potential. Lots of it.

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MUSIC: WHY THE PRESENT AND FUTURE ARE IN BACK CATALOGUES

By Hans Ebert
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She’s a singer- a professional singer who would be in her early Forties. There we were chatting about some MOR and Adult Contemporary songs, but the conversation came to a screeching halt when she asked, “Who’s Norah Jones?”

Okay, for a number of reasons, I have always been an admirer of Miss Jones who, like Karen Carpenter, has one of the most distinctive voices in Pop music, and an artist who uses that unique voice to take her music to places where it hasn’t been. I love her for being an artist who takes her time and takes musical chances. She’s no one trick pony.

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LESS JARGON, MORE EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT: ISN’T THIS WHAT’S MISSING IN MUSIC TODAY?

By Hans Ebert
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There’s plenty of jargon flying around about the future of music. Maybe there’s always been. But never to this extent. Pretentious jargon? B-o-r-i-n-g?

Having grown up reading the world’s first Rock writers like Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, Nick Tosches, Lester Bangs, Nick Kent, Charles Shaar Murray, that kid Cameron Crowe, The Lennon Interview by Jann Wenner, below etc, we were taken INTO the music that grabbed us by the ears, the mind and wherever else.

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