By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Annie Lennox approached by talent scout – THE AUSTRALIAN

The above shows the huge generation gap in the music industry- some young promotion girl thinking that the great Annie Lennox is an undiscovered talent who might have the potential to be more than she is.

Dear gawd, who hires these gremlins and has the world become one paean to The Peter Principle where mediocrity and incompetence is rewarded? This A&R and promotions genius never thought of looking up the name Annie Lennox on Google? She might have even discovered the iconic singer’s early days with Dave A Stewart in Eurythmics. And what a brilliant duo they made.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

There’s something happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Jones? Dylan wrote and asked that question on “The Ballad Of A Thin Man” many many years ago. In recent months, more and more friends have been asking almost the same thing- intelligent people looking for answers, wondering who or what exactly is today’s “Mister Jones”, and how there’s very little around to inspire or excite to bring about positive change. Yes, living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see…so, wake up, already!

Sure, inspiration is wherever one finds it, but it appears to be in short supply today. Excess is not inspiration. It’s clutter. Neither is throwing everything against the wall and seeing what sticks. Neither is everyone having an online pulpit to spew forth naive thinking, which then attracts more naivety with all that’s left being the often befuddled thoughts of online pundits.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

My pint-sized favourite Smurfette Rock Chick friend and singer Kat has written a blog about music and the different vibrations it gives off and how it even had an effect on deaf and blind author, lecturer, political activist and everything in between that was the remarkable and inspirational Helen Keller.

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THE NEED TO REALLY REALLY MOVE ON

Posted: July 14, 2017 by We-Enhance in Love and Music
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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Perhaps it was once like Sliding Doors and down to fate to see where one might end up with more than a hint of excitement at the prospect. But go through those doors one too many times and there’s the feeling that the thrill is gone and even B.B. King has put his guitar down and moved on.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Whether we want to or not, social media has not only entered our lives, in some instances, it’s taken them over with seemingly no end in sight. We’re becoming, or have already become slaves to technology without even knowing it.

The music industry, for example, never saw it coming despite file sharing site Napster rearing its head and testing the waters some decades ago. Being part of the industry as a senior executive with one of the four major music companies, to us, Napster was a minor blip in the wall. Napster was nipped in the bud.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Just as there’s a very thin line between cool and uncool, so there is between hip and unhip. For example, seeing unknown musicians wear shades indoors has always made me cringe. If they’re blind, that’s one thing. If Bob Dylan, definitely. But wearing shades, even if one is very average Hong Kong actor-singer-model Michael Wong, isn’t exactly going to make some unknown or never-been musician be taken seriously.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

My friend Mark in Sydney is going into the studio this week to record some of his originals, not for any other reason than just the fun of it. It’s not even taking a punt, because he has no expectations and knows that the return on his investment would be minuscule. But he’s put a makeshift band together, they’ve rehearsed, and there are no lofty ambitions. It’s purely for the love of music and returning to a recording studio after many years. 

As for those who are still in the business- and it must be looked at as being a business- a very small almost niche business these days – with one being the CEO and most of the staff- the financial gains for making music remain slim pickings, which is different to Slim Pickens, the actor. 

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By Hans Ebert

Hear that sound? It’s the sound of silence. Real silence. See what I’m doing? I’m doing nothing other than gathering my thoughts, blocking out meaningless distractions, and spending some much needed Me Time by breaking bread with myself and cutting myself off from being drawn into the online world and “sharing” and reading the thoughts of weekend politicians and keyboard warriors.

All the lonely people, where do they all come from? And now that the genie is out of the bottle, will we ever return to where some of us had been before and where we engaged in the art of face to face conversation? It was often probably asinine conversation served with huge dollops of bollocks, but there was truth even in our dishonesty. Today, well today, we might be scared to admit it, but we’ve changed so much, we’ve let priorities slide, family values are thin on the ground, we’ve lost all track of time management, and, without even realising it, have probably become users and cheaters relying on second hand news to try and dazzle others with bullshit to get us through a day.

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By Hans Ebert

And that’s the beauty of music- when it sneaks up on you when you’re not looking for it, and how one song can affect your entire being for that moment and it’s then up to you how long you want it to last.

I had first heard “Into The Mystic” by Johnny Rivers, who never got his rightful dues for his music, his business acumen, taking the fledgling songwriting career of a kid named Jimmy Webb and putting it on the right path, and for writing and recording “Poor Side Of Town” and a hugely underrated album called “Rewind” that showcased the early songs of Webb.

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By Hans Ebert

Someone recently asked me why I write. We were talking about the impact of social media on society today and how, to her, everyone is a writer. If so, everyone is a writer that no one really reads. It’s all just verbiage now that everyone has the opportunity to have their say about anything and everything and with none of it mattering. It’s just an information overload of often irrelevant twittering.

For someone who was probably born with a pencil in their left hand, which teachers told my parents was the devil’s hand and so whacked my hand with a ruler to get me to change my writing hand, I listened to her words, but was thinking just how much all this “social media” has crept into our daily conversations. And not for the better.

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