THIS IS WHERE…

By Hans Ebert
@HansEbertMusic
Visit: www.hans-ebert.com

This is where I arrived by ship from Colombo at nine, was a stranger in a strange land called Hongkong, and thought nothing of living in a shoebox in North Point on the 27th floor with my parents, my aunt, uncle, cousin and grandmother.

This is where I took a Shaukiwan tram to Quarry Bay School, possibly the first “East Asian” to be accepted.

This is where I first faced racism- and beat that devil at his own game by being a good pupil- academically and in sports- if you call Rounders a sport.

Continue reading “THIS IS WHERE…”

HEAR THAT WAKE UP CALL?

By Hans Ebert
@HansEbertMusic
Visit: www.hans-ebert.com

“No, man, please. I really don’t wanna see it or talk about it.” It was a friend telling another friend about something or another he had found on someone we vaguely know on social media. Why did it matter? “But the huge numbers here are bullsh*t”, continued the other friend. “They’re not legit. They’re all private accounts with no previous posts!” Why did this matter?

I sat there and thought about that saying how there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Remember that? These days?

Maybe too many of us have way too much time on our hands and which is why we continue to feed the social media beast.

Continue reading “HEAR THAT WAKE UP CALL?”

LOVE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

By Hans Ebert
@HansEbertMusic
Visit: www.hans-ebert.com

It was while talking with a small group of people about how that first real love never ever leaves and lives with you forever- even in your dreams-and how love inspires us in so many ways. And just how bereft of inspiration the world is today because love is no longer what it was. And should be.

During this long day’s journey into night and being the only passenger on this mystery train through the past, someone asked whether I’m on Instagram. It was a strange adjunct to the conversation.

Continue reading “LOVE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE”

IS THIS ALL THERE IS?

By Hans Ebert
Visit Hans-Ebert.com

We were having dinner with a few cricketers over the weekend. Not just any cricketers. World class cricketers. Guys with whom I was and still are in awe. But heroes rarely last forever. Most eventually disappoint.

These cricketers were talking about their complete disinterest playing in a five day Test match, let alone a series. How much discipline was needed. Being kept under lock and key. Every move being scrutinised. But with there being the 20/20 game, One Day Tests, it was all very much about big money for almost nothing and plenty of models, actresses and groupies for free. It was a Dire Straits song.

Continue reading “IS THIS ALL THERE IS?”

THOSE SONGS THAT SOMEHOW LIVE WITH YOU (AND WE’RE ALL DIFFERENT)

By Hans Ebert
Visit Hans-Ebert.com

Some make it through the rain, some fall by the wayside. A few make comebacks for whatever reason. A sync deal for Pringles. Included in a movie. Or television series. Or have always been there. But in the Lost And Found of one’s mind. Words that can’t be deleted.

A song about the one who got away. The one you let get away. Slipped through your fingers. Butter fingers. The one who wore your ring.

That song that meant everything about another time. And which suddenly is more relevant today.

Continue reading “THOSE SONGS THAT SOMEHOW LIVE WITH YOU (AND WE’RE ALL DIFFERENT)”

TEN SONGS ABOUT THE GOOD, BAD AND FUGLY ABOUT THAT CRAZY THING CALLED FRIENDSHIP

By Hans Ebert
Visit Hans-Ebert.com

The “best” of anything is something personal. Especially when it comes to friendship. No two friendships are the same. They go off in different tangents. And meet up somewhere else.

Songs kinda help to understand this. Make some sense of it. These often highly personal songs. Even the mawkish ones.

In this world of supposed sharing and engagement, here’s my list. For whatever reason. Your list? That’s in your head. But mainly in your heart.

Sometimes it needs to be heard. Aired. There’s always a healing process hiding in there. Even though you might have to cut yourself open to find out.

Continue reading “TEN SONGS ABOUT THE GOOD, BAD AND FUGLY ABOUT THAT CRAZY THING CALLED FRIENDSHIP”

THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP (AND EMBRACING CLARITY)

By Hans Ebert
Visit Hans-Ebert.com

Friendship is such a very special thing. Real friendship. Not the ships passing in the night kind. Not the “I’ll always be there for you, bro” kind. And then disappear on “bro” only to return whenever it’s convenient. To unload. Download. All kinds of crazy stuff. Where you’re “bro” and “brother” and “dude” and a “real friend.”

Forget about those one only meets in the online world. Extremely rarely do they ever become anything more than mental clutter.

Continue reading “THE ART OF FRIENDSHIP (AND EMBRACING CLARITY)”

THERE’S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT

By Hans Ebert
Visit Hans-Ebert.com

Many more will leave us. Friends, some more famous than others, musical heroes, music icons, political heroes, sporting legends and everyone in between. It’s the inevitability of life. Death catches up with everyone so it really comes down to what one does in the Now and in the Living. Without wishing to sound like a Hallmark greeting card…

Looking back isn’t the answer as it always means coming up against a wall of regrets. But there’s no time for regretting. The past has packed up and walked out the door. It’s now all about what can be done today which segues into tomorrow and knowing that something positive- no matter how small and insignificant- has been achieved.

Continue reading “THERE’S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT”