By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It’s tough to absorb it all. It’s constantly being on overload and grappling to simplify things. And even if one were to get rid of the debris cluttering up our personal lives and too close to comfort, there are those outside forces that force themselves in and which manage to effect and impact daily lives. Rarely do these impact our lives positively, and there’s always the fear that something will trigger such negativity that you end up walking down that tunnel again- the one with no light at the end.

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By Hans Ebert

It’s really about seeing and finding the potential before investing the time to take things forward. It’s like any relationship. If that thunderbolt doesn’t hit you where it matters after three goes at bat, it never will. Same with any business. If it’s been struggling from day one, it’s going nowhere.

The news that the venue Orange Peel has changed hands is interesting purely to ask, And now what?

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By Hans Ebert

It’s definitely been because of the erratic behaviour of President Donald Trump, but these last few weeks, a keyword playing over and over again in my head is the one called Tolerance.

Trump- it’s almost impossible to call him President- is intolerant and intolerable- a 70-year-old manchild, who seems to be going through senility and regular bouts of delusional power mongering. His White House today is where nothing is real and there’s everything to get hang up about. BUT, if there’s nothing you or I can do to stop the elephant in the room, tough as it might seem, there’s a need to show tolerance by ignoring the problem. Trying to stop a stampeding elephant can be dangerous, so just move away and don’t get involved with things and people where you just can’t win.

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By Hans Ebert

Many musicians in Hong Kong are singing the same song these days. The one that goes, “There’s something happening here/What it is ain’t exactly clear/It starts when you’re always afraid/ Step out of line and the man comes and takes you away. Paranoia strikes deep…”

Musicians and work visas have been a very grey area to do with sponsors, and where one can and cannot perform. And despite all the talk, no one is really sure about how it all works. It’s just another Facebook post. There’s a huge amount of second guessing, and another brick blocking the wall of Hong Kong’s non-Canto-pop music scene.

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By Hans Ebert

@hanseberthk

“It’s time to get back, lads. Yesterday needs to happen again, because tomorrow never knows. We can’t just turn off our minds and float downstream. We’re not dying.”

As always, it was Paul rallying the troops together- wanting to get out on the road and play and bring their caravan of gypsies along for another Magical Mystery Tour. John wasn’t sure at all about the idea of taking everybody and those who had missed it earlier down to where he came from whereas George and Ringo still believed that all things would pass and nothing comes easy.

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AND WHERE TO NOW?

Posted: May 2, 2017 by We-Enhance in Love, Love and Music
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By Hans Ebert

When inspiration is in short supply, or has seemingly vanished altogether, it plays mind games with you for the simple reason that there’s nothing going on to kickstart you into doing something. It’s about finding that inspiration and motivation to start something going. But what, Batman, when you’re caught up in Gotham City and even the weathermen don’t know which way the wind blows?

Those days of wanting to do this and that and making plans and thinking, “What if?” are pretty much gone, because most of it was pie in the sky stuff talked about with too much bullshit in the system with those who who wanted to hitch along for a free ride as money was too tight to mention and they had nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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By Hans Ebert

Once in a while you hear someone new and you just have to hear more from where that came. And in this world of clutter and clatter, these diamonds, often drowned in the rough terrains of social media are few and far between…especially when they are from Taiwan. Then again, Taiwan has always been one of the few countries in this region where the music fans are totally real- very different to just being music fans- and who actually know good from bad and will never accept mediocrity. It’s from where the wonderful Cheer Chen hails. That’s good enough for me.

This pride in one’s art is what’s always pushed all those making music there to improve and strive for the best and never resort to cheap short cuts and not ever take their eye off in the end product. If it sells, or they become rich and famous and date Kendall Jenner, that’s a bonus.

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By Hans Ebert

What’s holding it back? The water? Lousy dim sum? Outta whack egos drowning in cobwebs of mediocrity? Hell, there are those who describe Rihanna as a “Jazz” singer, which is like saying James Blunt is a “soul singer”. Whatever it is, nothing much is happening here in the way of actual original music whereas whatever creative spark there might have been in Hong Kong- and it’s hard to remember when that was- has not only blown out, it’s really hard to think if there ever was one.

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GREY MATTERS

Posted: April 22, 2017 by We-Enhance in LIFE, Love

By Hans Ebert

The sky is grey and so is my mind. It’s been grey for a while. Nothing is black and white. It’s being stuck in the Now and the Now is not what it was. Another birthday beckons and I wonder if I’ll see it through. Or want to see it through. My father wanted to live to be a hundred. He fell short by six years.

The television is on another of those news channels. It’s more pundits talking all over each other about the future of America under Donald Trump. It’s as repetitive and boring as nearly everything and everyone around me. I look out at the grey staring at me through the window and wonder what it’s trying to say. It’s probably saying nothing like many of those around me. We’re living in a grey world.

The Kinks asked, Where Have All The Good Times Gone. But that was in the Sixties, and that was a time overflowing with good times- a sudden massive wave of creativity led by music and where everything seemed possible. And we made the impossible possible and saluted individual thinking. We sang about it. We wrote about it and not in 140 words or less. We made movies about it. We embraced change.

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By Hans Ebert

Be selective. Be very selective. That’s one thing that’s becoming more and more clear every day. These days I don’t know anyone who’s not on some form of social media. This is probably where one has to be the most selective what with all its links, and tags and likes and comments, childish politics, paranoia, and, of course, emojis.

The world today almost speaks in forked tongue emojis. Whereas Twitter has reduced the art of conversation to 140 words or less, emojis have taken over even thinking about being a wordsmith. What for, when one is not being selective in who we choose to communicate? Just give a thumbs up emoji for the sake of “social media etiquette” and move on.

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