GWEN STEFANI AND BLAKE SHELTON AND THE AGE OF THE SHTICK

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It might be All About The Bass, but it’s definitely all about the hype. Funny word- hype. Once upon a Blind Faith, or that thing called a “supergroup”, or even “Dylan goes electric” was supposedly hype, and frowned upon on. But today, hype has become shtick and is celebrated and used to make the ordinaire and tedious be, well, hyped into being much more than it should be.

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WHAT DO MUSIC PUBLISHING HOUSES ACTUALLY, WELL, DO?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Whoever are in these offices have worked in this lazy, meandering way for decades. They’re like hamsters going around and around that little treadmill before its time to retire, and leave with a nice golden handshake for having survived by keeping their heads down and not rocking the boat.

This breed of worker bees will never ever change, yet, despite their total ineptitude, and what borders on scamming their artists, music publishing houses are allowed to continue as business as usual with an arrogance that’s seldom questioned by artists.

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WHY THE PURPLE REIGN OF PRINCE CONTINUES

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Like John Lennon and Freddy Mercury, David Bowie remains in our thoughts, because his leaving is still too raw and painful to move away from and life on Mars with Major Tom continues. Some musicians, some people, even if no longer here, just live with us for very personal reasons. Maybe we see something of us in them, or more likely, we wish we could be more like them, or actually be them. I still wish I was King Arthur, which has something to do with my Guinevere fixation, a long story that goes back to the first time I dropped something more than plates back in Camelot.

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WHO’S GOING TO GIVE HONG KONG A FUTURE?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

What has happened to Hong Kong, arguably the greatest city on the planet? – SCMP

Oh no, the city’s overnight do-gooders are suddenly everywhere and, as usual, in a hurry with vacuous ideas on how to to bring the Feel Good factor back to Hong Kong. But wait: It sure looks and sounds as if the Fat Lady has not only sung, she’s left on the slow boat to China with the original Shanghai Divas.

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A message from George Carlin

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

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AND THEN CAME LUKAS GRAHAM

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

There’s a track out called “7 Years” by Danish band Lukas Graham that’s been on Repeat at home and in my head for the past few weeks. That’s scary because the track is almost a year old and makes me concerned that I’m letting too much clutter into my life and not enough music- good music. This is not the person I think I am. Or was or want to be.

Like Hozier’s “Take Me To The Church”, “7 Years” is one of those tracks that are so rare these days- melodic, with intelligent lyrics and performed by an extremely tight band with real raw emotion in the vocals of singer Lukas Graham Forchhammer. Why can’t there be more music like this?

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CAN HONG KONG GET ITS MOJO BACK? AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO HELP?

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

FOR STARTERS

Before one moves forward, there’s a need to revisit the past. It humbles you. Speaking recently with well-known Hong Kong-born media personality Michael Chugani about what’s really going on in this city these days, and the reason for what appears to be an overflow of anger, his reply- and it was a very long one- made me nod off for a while and think what everyone from Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung to Niles and Fraser Crane would make of things.

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THAT PURPLE REIGN

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s almost sacrilegious to say one musical icon’s passing has a more profound effect on one’s self than another, but, at least for myself, the last goodbye of Prince is still going through an internalizing period. And every day, there’s something new one learns about a very private person who, like Bowie, lived out, or created various personas, and broke down taboos and barriers whilst all the time producing music in all its many forms. It was never ever about being a one dimensional commercial commodity.

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RIP PRINCE: NOW, LET’S DANCE LIKE IT WAS 1999

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Just like the day one heard that John Lennon had been murdered, the news that Prince has left us fills me with huge sadness mixed with anger, confusion, a feeling of mortality, and to not tolerate pettiness from idiots and to kick all those who have offended me in the nuts- all those ingrates, all those little people with their peanut brains and infantile politics- Lennon’s Nowhere Man multiplied many times over and making all their nowhere plans for nobody.

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