GETTING BACK TO REALITY BITES

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Whether millennials or indigos or Gen X or Y, or Baby Boomers, we’re all in the same leaky boat that Simon Sinek is talking about in the excellent thought provoking video above. Somewhere along the way, our parenting skills along with our ability to keep our guard up, looked the other way and the bogey man called technology came along like the Pied Piper of Hamlyn and led us off the cliff.

Maybe deep down we wanted, or made available that trip downhill- that need to give one’s self up to something with no heart and soul called social media, which, ironically, has turned out to be everything that’s unsociable through utter boredom with the real world we’re living in, or, at least surviving, in a whirlpool of irony or fakery.

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THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION…

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Saying 2016 has been a bad year for music- and this year ain’t over yet- is an understatement. So is saying it’s been a bad year for the world of entertainment and the world in general. Whatever’s in the water, it’s not helped that river of life to be smooth sailing.

No one lives forever, but to lose relatively young artists like Prince and George Michael along with the ageless space oddity that was David Bowie were bitter pills to swallow. Maybe we’re being selfish. Maybe they knew their time was up, or saw the future, and decided to leave for new pastures. We need them more than they needed us.

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FRANK SINATRA

Dear Friends,

When I saw your Calendar cover today about George Michael, “the reluctant pop star,” my first reaction was he should thank the good Lord every morning when he wakes up to have all that he has. And that’ll make two of us thanking God every morning for all that we have.

I don’t understand a guy who lives “in hopes of reducing the strain of his celebrity status.” Here’s a kid who “wanted to be a pop star since I was about 7 years old.” And now that he’s a smash performer and songwriter at 27 he wants to quit doing what tons of gifted youngsters all over the world would shoot grandma for — just one crack at what he’s complaining about.

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GEORGE MICHAEL LEAVES US FOR THAT DIFFERENT CORNER

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s been said before and it’s been said many times this year: Life’s too short. And today, the day after Christmas, came the news that George Michael had his Last Christmas and decided to leave us at the age of 53, and join Prince, Bowie, Glenn Frey, Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, who left this world yesterday, and so many other musical heroes for so many of us to wherever it is that they’d meet up.

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NEW LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM PAST LESSONS

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

“Women they get weary/Young girls they do get weary/Wearing that same shabby old dress…” The late great Otis Redding sang that while dispersing the advice that when it comes to showing women affection, how there’s nothing more effective than trying a little tenderness.

“Romance me,” “Woo me”, “Hold my hand”, “Cuddle me” are words every man has heard at some stage in their lives by the woman they’re with. And though there are those times when a sense of machismo takes over and you flip these requests as being somewhat icky and childish, gawd knows it’s needed if a relationship is going to last. Be bloody romantic- even if it’s a lie.

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KEEF TURNS 73 YEARS YOUNG

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need, and to keep Rock and Roll and the Blues and that renegade lifestyle that we all want and lead vicariously, we’ve always wanted Keef. And today, on his 73rd birthday, we need him more than ever. Why? Because many of us grew up with The Human Riff that gave the kiss of life to some of the greatest pop rock songs ever recorded, and which still sound as fresh and relevant as when they first brought down the walls of Jericho.

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HONG KONG: TIME TO STOP IT FROM GOING TO THE PUPPY DOGS

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s getting harder and harder to understand the prolonged “winter of discontent” that some are going through about the present and future of Hong Kong. It’s almost as if they have way too much time on their hands with in-fighting to embrace misguided cause célèbres. Remember how Occupy Central suddenly morphed into the Umbrella Movement with the those in charge of the former suddenly disappearing into the background?

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THE BEST MUSIC EXECUTIVE TODAY: IS THERE SUCH AN ANIMAL?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

A friend recently asked who is the best music company executive. The “best” in any industry is tough to name these days as so much is hidden from view with smoke and mirrors creating illusions (and delusion) of success, whereas in the music industry, the impression, rightly or wrongly, is that it’s still controlled by The Old Boys Club with their self-serving agendas.

Of course, this doesn’t answer the question as to who’s “best music executive”- it’s most definitely not anyone in the Asia Pacific region- but this depends on what actually goes into making someone “the best”. There’s also the role of management versus that of a music company executive which makes things even more grey. One has to trump the other and the winner who always takes it all is management.

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HOW PHARRELL WILLIAMS AND MAGGIE ROGERS SAVED ME FROM BOREDOM

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

I was watching a recent show where Jimmy Fallon was interviewing Robert DeNiro. At least, he was trying to. Fallon was his usual jovial self, but DeNiro didn’t look so much awkward, but actually bored by it all. It took a while for him to thaw and promote his latest project, but the overall tedium of this actor who’s done it all having to still do the talk show circuit just screamed out to me.

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