WHY THE HONG KONG MUSIC SCENE REMAINS STUNTED

By Hans Ebert
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“We’re not pushing the envelope. We’re licking the envelope.” I said that to a musician friend of mine recently who shan’t be named as he has to work in Hong Kong and do what he has to do to make a living.

As for myself, I’ve now come to a point where I really don’t care what anyone thinks and am spending more and more time away from the usual chatter that doesn’t seem to have an Off switch. It’s boring as none of it leads anywhere except maybe to a Facebook page that has no relevance to where I’m heading.

Forget the tiresome excuses about there being a lack of venues. There have been venues and they closed because they went bust. The Morrison Cafe comes to mind. So does the doomed-from-the start Orange Peel. There’ve been more.

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MUSIC: THE TIME TO SET NEW STANDARDS

By Hans Ebert
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It’s not the latest “hip” music, but then, what is- Florence and the Machine? Sia? Drake?- but a friend and I were listening to our friend Maricel, the resident singer at the Champagne Bar of the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, perform a set of standards- “Moon River”, “The Way You Look Tonight”, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” “This Masquerade” etc- great SONGS that have BECOME standards.

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