Looking back and moving forward with Carlos Santana.

By Hans Ebert
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It’s not how he plays it, it’s what he plays. He keeps things to a minimum. Like that sustained one note that goes right through you like a journey to the centre of the earth. It’s like how one picture is worth a thousand words. It’s always been about the simplicity of what he sends out- vibes, love, pictures for the mind.

Guess one can say the same thing about any of the great, especially Rock, guitarists, but there’s still only one Carlos Santana because he’s really in his own sphere. Even when going Pop in 1999 to give his career the commercial boost it needed following advice from Arista label chief and the very influential Clive Davis with “Supernatural”, it was that trademark guitar sound which carried a track like the hit “Smooth”.

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THE MOBILE PHONE: YOU REALLY CAN LIVE WITHOUT IT. PROMISE.

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The first reaction is one of panic. Good Gawd, both my iPhones are not recharging! The batteries aren’t going to last for much longer! I have to tell people that this is happening! What if my phones have died on me? What about all my drafts?!!! My photos!!!

So, while having a Yeezy moment, the girlfriend looks at my meltdown and calmly says, “Baby, you’re not breathing. You must breathe. You’re having an anxiety attack about nothing. And can you buy yourself some new underpants? There are holes in what you’re wearing. Never mind. I’ll buy them for you.”

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IF IT’S STARING YOU IN THE FACE, THAT’S THE ANSWER

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Sometimes there’s a hit- not the kind where you’re smacked- staring you in the face, but for some reason, many being paid the Big Bucks to identify these are looking elsewhere. Again, it’s more proof of a world continuing to be dumbed down. But thinking it’s being smart.

One has to only look at social media and the silliness that goes on in this pretty faked up world. Forget the numbers that don’t add up. No, let’s not.

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THE ENIGMA THAT IS TERESA TENG

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It’s become show biz shtick throughout most of Asia: have a non-Chinese perform “The Moon Is Like My Heart,” also known as “The Moon Represents My Heart”, the mega-hit for the late Taiwanese singer Teresa Teng, undoubtedly the most revered Chinese recording artist ever.

The popularity of Teresa Teng transcends generations- as does “The Moon Is Like My Heart”. As a non-Chinese, but an Asian, all one can say is that Teresa Teng is the Chinese answer to India’s Asha Bhosle, the grandmother of Hindi music- iconic, and legendary. But with a far more complex personal life with strong political beliefs.

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ATTRACTING BRANDS TO HORSE RACING (AND THE RE-BRANDING OF HORSE RACING)

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Those in advertising and especially those who were in advertising when it was booming and everything seemed possible know all too well that nothing lasts forever.

When at DDB, we produced enough award winning work for McDonald’s that would fill around a thousand McHappy Meals. TC- Transaction Count- was up, and everything was up. We had taught the world the Big Mac Challenge, convinced customers to describe McDonald’s fast food outlets as restaurants and sold the mantra about the McQualities of Q,S,C,V- quality, service, cleanliness and value.

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AND THAT’S HOW HONG KONG ENDED UP WITH CANTO POP- AND CANTO PAP

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Often one wishes for that the Cha Cha was still in vogue in Hong Kong. Going back to watch those old black and white Cantonese movies from the fifties, there was always a scene in a nightclub where the lead actors were talking while doing the Cha Cha. It was cool kitsch.

For a while, there was the Offbeat Cha Cha which, one supposes, was trying to change something so simple and perfect for the sake of change.

The Cheongsam and the Cha Cha went together. It was sex on heels. All those gorgeous Chinese actresses like Lin Dai and those sassy Cha Cha moves.

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HONG KONG RACING: THE GOOD, THE WEIRD AND THE GOOFY

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Though the last couple of meetings were a bit like Superman being struck down by kryptonite, at least looking at his book rides, January 1, 2019 looks to be the day when The Magic Returns and Joao Moreira wins back his flock. Please, no more kryptonite!

Last Wednesday, two of the favourites he was on- sizzling hot favourites that many refused to believe could be beaten were. One was going off at $1.4.

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ADAM LAMBERT: COVERED AND BELIEVING

It’s been done many times over: take an upbeat and well known song and slow it down to a ballad or turn it into bossa nova, neo classical or that obtuse term many refer to as “Jazz”. It never is Jazz. It’s simple Pop. But turning a popular Top 40 track into a ballad is no easy thing to pull off. It’s where A&R skills, a knowledge of someone’s back catalogue and arrangement come into play. And about very personal feelings.

Ryan Adams flipping the Oasis hit “Wonderwall” into a tender love song is a track where all the pieces fit. It seems to have been recorded ‘live’ with Adams wanting something raw, real and emotional. It works. Beautifully.

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DOING THE HUSTLE: TRENDING AGAIN IN ASIA

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Van McCoy was a man ahead of his time. He saw the great Hustle of the 2000s coming long before anyone else did. He even recorded The Hustle.

For those of you into such things, hustling and The Hustle is what’s trending everywhere- at least “trending” as a means to an end and to get somewhere. Often, very often, The Hustle blind the easily star struck.

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A SURREAL SATURDAY AWAITS AT SHA TIN TODAY

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They say a nudge is
as good as a wink
And that a big name
from Sydney
will be in Hong Kong
long before anyone thinks
He’ll add star power to
the trainers ranks
It’s really not that hard
to fill the missing link

Some say April
will see a big announcement
About a changing of the guard
Something Moore to
stir the pie?
With some Whyte sauce
on the side?
And what will Georgie say to that?
And is it really
that big a surprise?

The rumour mill goes round and round
There’s something new every day
Someone’s going
someone’s staying
And how someone’s gotta pay

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