LOOKING AT THE HOTEL LOUNGE SINGER IN HONG KONG

By Hans Ebert
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It’s tough being what is often described as a “lounge singer”, especially in the bar of a 5-star hotel in Hong Kong and having to please everyone- the Food & Beverage Manager, the customers- mainly tourists wanting to hear something familiar and- quelle horreurs- sometimes, the head bartender who somehow sees themselves as an A&R genius who knows music.

The latter species reminds me of my days in advertising when the ad agency producer needing to say something just for the sake of saying something asked the session singer to record another take and make it “more punchy.”

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