THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AND ITS OWN HIDDEN AGENDAS

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

As with anything it doesn’t understand, the Hong Kong government either ignores it, or else places various stumbling blocks to ensure that it’s silenced. And music should never ever be silenced. But unless it’s classical music or Canto Pop or one of those “nostalgia” concerts by someone from the Sixties singing the hits of Elvis, Herman’s Hermits and others from that era, those in the government given the power to issue all those various licenses needed to have music seen, heard and enjoyed, turn a deaf ear to it all. They’ve never heard of Dylan’s line, “Don’t criticise what you can’t understand”.

Let’s not forget that Hong Kong must have been one of the only countries that never accepted the sex, drugs and Rock and Roll of the Woodstock generation, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles when they tripped out, grew moustaches and beards, and recorded the equally trippy Revolver.

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EMRSN: LIVE FROM MR HIVE

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

The longer I’m here, the more there’s the feeling that Melbourne is evolving to a point where the city’s elders and creatures of habit will, sooner rather than later, be replaced by a more vibrant music-driven city. It’s not going to happen overnight, but there are many things going on in a low key manner that there’s a future slowly falling into place now.

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WHY WE ALL NEED SOMEONE TO LEAN ON

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

I once had a girl or should I say, she once had me. Wait: I once lived with a woman not that long ago who was on Repeat that “no one listens to lyrics anymore”. There have been songwriting partners over the recent years who’ve said the same thing, then change lyrics you’ve written into something to fit the melody line without letting you know and nonchalantly mention that it doesn’t matter if the line makes sense, that no one cares and how well it fits the chords. Yeah, but that’s not what musical partnerships are about and certainly not how the songwriting teams from Tin Pan Alley or the Brill Building like Carole King and Gerry Goffin, below, went about writing songs. It was a partnership on a creative and business level.

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GET OFF THE MERRY GO ROUND AND MAKE YOUR MUSIC TRAVEL

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

To those musicians who think that performing covers is beneath them- and most who think like this are those still to make it anywhere except up their basement steps- well, they should get out more and travel. There are doing covers as note-for-note copies, and interpreting hits by others. Even the Beatles, the Stones, the Searchers and the Animals and so many others started out recording covers. When did performing covers of good songs become such an uncool thing to do, especially today when the world isn’t exactly flooded with great songs?

To these novices, no more astral traveling. Actually travel and see who’s out there, what they’re doing compared to what you’re doing, and really listen and learn how they’re changing things up with every opportunity that comes their way. And gawd knows, good opportunities for unknown musicians are more than rare- opportunities that actually lead somewhere other than the dead people’s cabaret circuit, rigged television karaoke competitions, pubs for former AA dropouts and lounge bars for tourists that are often five-star pickup joints in hotels though there’s nothing worth picking up.

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INSPIRATION AND FINDING YOUR YOKO

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

We all need it. It helps pick us up to continue this journey with a real sense of purpose as opposed to just going through the motions. It shakes us off self-induced lethargy that leaves us waiting for things to present themselves to us. It makes us want to not just do it, but do whatever it is so that it is the best it can be. Anything done in a half-arsed manner is tremendously unsatisfactory. You’ve cheated yourself. This is why we need Inspiration.

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REMINISCING AND WONDERING WHERE LITTLE RIVER BAND ARE REALLY AT TODAY

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

‘Go F— Yourselves’ – Little River Band Co-Founder Glenn Shorrock Is Unhappy With Jimmy Fallon

Like “Tell Her No” by the Zombies, “Reminiscing” by the Little River Band (LRB) remains one of the best pop songs ever written and recorded- but both tremendously underrated and with probably hundreds of stories behind them.

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JOHN LENNON AND LIFE LESSONS

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

We don’t know it, but we’re letting things get away from us. Like being stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, we’re getting stuck in the trivialities served up and letting life’s priorities slide. We’re not looking out for Number One. We’re more concerned about what others are doing and which have absolutely no return of investment on our time. And while time keeps ticking, ticking, ticking into the future, we’re wallowing in the past and often leading vicarious lives. We’re everywhere and nowhere, baby. Just listen to the inane conversations that we join in. Why? What’s the point? Where’s any of this going to lead? It’s drunk talk even when sober.

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HAVE WE TAUGHT OUR CHILDREN AND OURSELVES WELL?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Some of you might remember listening to “Teach Your Children” by Crosby, Stills and Nash. Yes, it was back in the day, but those sentiments probably apply more to today than before. And that’s because everything points to us having done a pretty crappy job of teaching our children. Either that or we’ve done a bloody terrible job of teaching ourselves right from wrong and which horses to back and which ones are non-starters.

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