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By Hans Ebert “And so this is Christmas/And a happy New Year…” That was John Lennon at his most caustic, his most sardonic, and, as always, true to himself, and singing “Merry Xmas (War is over)” in a voice that was a combination of resignation, disappointment and sarcasm. That recording was recorded in October of [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk So, you’ve recorded some songs. Great. Creative outlets always lead one away from darkness and into some form of shining light. But what do you plan to do with these songs? Even with a record label behind you, what can they do for these songs? Really. And if you’ve managed to [...]

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Posted: 19th October 2016 by We-Enhance in Beatles, Hong Kong, Music
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By Hans Ebert The grass is always greener on the other side. That’s the thinking anyway when that restless heart takes over and impulsive decisions that have been going through one’s head for many years finally makes one want to beat a hasty retreat from the disappointment of those you loved and lost and the [...]

By Hans Ebert Depending on where you are in the world, today, October 9, would have been John Lennon’s 76th birthday. Actor Peter Sellers, also a Libran, was born on September 27. Both are men whose body of work, and who, through chance meetings and interviews, shaped my life- for better or worse. The journey [...]

By Hans Ebert “Aiiyah, I know Mr Hans. Not like before. Very much boring.” It was a longtime staffer at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Hong Kong agreeing with me when I told him I had to flee the hotel’s Champagne Bar after suffering from an acute attack of terminal boredom coupled with major depression [...]

By Hans Ebert It’s the technique not the idea. It’s something my mentor in advertising- Keith Reinhard- used to make all his creative directors understand, especially during a time when when the art director was more interested in how “beautiful” a print ad should look like and the copywriter was asked to shorten the headline [...]

By Hans Ebert As with anything it doesn’t understand, the Hong Kong government either ignores it, or else places various stumbling blocks to ensure that it’s silenced. And music should never ever be silenced. But unless it’s classical music or Canto Pop or one of those “nostalgia” concerts by someone from the Sixties singing the [...]

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By Hans Ebert I once had a girl or should I say, she once had me. Wait: I once lived with a woman not that long ago who was on Repeat that “no one listens to lyrics anymore”. There have been songwriting partners over the recent years who’ve said the same thing, then change lyrics [...]

By Hans Ebert To those musicians who think that performing covers is beneath them- and most who think like this are those still to make it anywhere except up their basement steps- well, they should get out more and travel. There are doing covers as note-for-note copies, and interpreting hits by others. Even the Beatles, [...]