CASE SENSITIVE: CURRENTLY IN HONG KONG. NEXT STOP?

By Hans Ebert
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In a city where a “young musician” is usually hovering around thirty or forty years old, to watch some videos without the bells and whistles, but bristling with the untapped talent and potential of Case Sensitive comprising Hong Kong-based Australian teenage brothers- Saxon and Jarvis Whittaker- put a smile on this face. For a change, it wasn’t a wry one.

Living in Discovery Bay with their parents- Dad is my longtime mate and truly world class saxophonist Blaine Whittaker, Mum Gillian is a teacher and, well, runs a lot- there had been a few videos of the two brothers shown rehearsing that was alright for what it was. But, for some reason, going to their Facebook page yesterday and watching a couple of videos where they’re playing ‘live’, one saw a massive improvement in their playing skills and, what’s key, potential. Lots of it.

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MUSIC: WHY THE PRESENT AND FUTURE ARE IN BACK CATALOGUES

By Hans Ebert
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She’s a singer- a professional singer who would be in her early Forties. There we were chatting about some MOR and Adult Contemporary songs, but the conversation came to a screeching halt when she asked, “Who’s Norah Jones?”

Okay, for a number of reasons, I have always been an admirer of Miss Jones who, like Karen Carpenter, has one of the most distinctive voices in Pop music, and an artist who uses that unique voice to take her music to places where it hasn’t been. I love her for being an artist who takes her time and takes musical chances. She’s no one trick pony.

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LESS JARGON, MORE EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT: ISN’T THIS WHAT’S MISSING IN MUSIC TODAY?

By Hans Ebert
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There’s plenty of jargon flying around about the future of music. Maybe there’s always been. But never to this extent. Pretentious jargon? B-o-r-i-n-g?

Having grown up reading the world’s first Rock writers like Dave Marsh, Greil Marcus, Nick Tosches, Lester Bangs, Nick Kent, Charles Shaar Murray, that kid Cameron Crowe, The Lennon Interview by Jann Wenner, below etc, we were taken INTO the music that grabbed us by the ears, the mind and wherever else.

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MOVE ON, MOVE ON…THERE’S MUCH MORE TO SEE HERE

By Hans Ebert
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I was reading an interview Robert Plant gave in 2017 about not living in the past and to get out there and hear new bands. He could have been talking about life. All this living in the past and getting stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again doesn’t exactly help one move on.

Robert Plant tell fans to stop living in the past and hear new bands – ROCK AND ROLL GARAGE

Maybe it’s an age thing, but, recently, especially in Hong Kong, listening to people I have known for decades reminisce, but continue reminiscing about everything that happened a very very long time ago, Kemo Sabay, has had me nodding off.

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ALWAYS BE A MUSIC FAN. BUT IF IN THE BUSINESS OF MUSIC, MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU.

By Hans Ebert
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Sure, as a dyed-in-the-wool music fan, i enjoy the occasional dose of musical nostalgia as much as the next wistful person. But if still involved in being in music as a business and making music, being shackled to Yesterday and producing and producing, there’s always that inner voice asking, But producing for what? Where’s this tonnage of Whats leading? Down the long and winding road with all the other Nowhere Men?

Yes, the Beatles are timeless and there were some classic records made. But those Swinging Sixties and Woodstock and Monterey have often glamourised the pretty mediocre.

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MIX, STIR AND SERVE

By Hans Ebert
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It’s about time management. But more about timing. Add to this what really inspires and motivates you to go out on a limb- and when- but with calculated thinking. Does the money matter? Money always matters. But there comes a time when it’s about “breaking from those chains that bind”. Leaving the Church Of Stupidity.

It’s like a marriage. If it’s not working out despite all the counselling and promises, it’s, yes, time. to move on. Time To Say Goodbye. Andreas Bocelli is singing about it right now.

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SCOTT WALKER/ENGEL: 30TH CENTURY MAN

By Hans Ebert
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R.I.P. Scott Walker – NEWS AV CLUB

To most of our friends, he just wasn’t cool enough. Actually, they weren’t cool enough. After all, we were in the midst or remnants of the British Beat Boom. But my best friend Steve and I were busy discovering and, I guess, trying to find ourselves in the process while creating our own individual soundtracks to our lives. Steve’s was short-circuited.

In the midst of the trips that became more and more frequent, for myself, to Camelot and always coming up with the number 12 and how Jesus, King Arthur and Julius Caesar were and are the same person- 12 followers, each betrayed by their most loyal, different shaped tables, always a strong woman behind them- came this voice singing “Make It Easy On Your Self.”

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BEING DON DRAPER

By Hans Ebert
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I won’t ever stop creating. Creating, especially, music, but more and more being drawn to what some might label “indie films”. These days, it seems there’s a need for everything to have labels. It seems to give something relevance. It’s like today’s mot de jour: Ping- as in, “Let me PING you something.” Ping? Really? Hipster talk? Not another plate of warmed over waffles and clichés?

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LOVE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE

By Hans Ebert
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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.

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IF IT’S STARING YOU IN THE FACE, THAT’S THE ANSWER

By Hans Ebert
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Sometimes there’s a hit- not the kind where you’re smacked- staring you in the face, but for some reason, many being paid the Big Bucks to identify these are looking elsewhere. Again, it’s more proof of a world continuing to be dumbed down. But thinking it’s being smart.

One has to only look at social media and the silliness that goes on in this pretty faked up world. Forget the numbers that don’t add up. No, let’s not.

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