Archive for the ‘Entertainment Industry’ Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

By Hans Ebert It’s all become so formulaic, but how does one politely tell someone who believes they have written something original that it’s derivative? My singer friend Jennifer remarked the other day that she didn’t know whether it was just her, or was “Pop” music all sounding the same- meaning almost a nursery rhyme [...]

By Hans Ebert Either something is very wrong, or everything is completely wrong, and with inspiration in such short supply. And without inspiration, how can one create? There’s just so much of everything that finding that something- and someone- special today becomes almost an impossibility. It wasn’t always like this. Where did we make that [...]

By Hans Ebert It takes a lot to laugh, and a train to cry, and, sometimes, it takes someone or everyone to plant a seed for inspiration to grow. These days, inspiration is in short supply around the world where brother no longer trusts brother, and the world’s power brokers are trying to convert this [...]

By Hans Ebert It’s reached a point where it’s not even a case of Them versus Us. It’s finally come around to how to get around legalese that were questionable from the start, but which many were too timid to question, especially at those tribal gatherings of wannabe big swinging dicks who would waltz in [...]

In an age where the success of anything is based largely on Views and Likes, reach, awareness, and the immediacy of the message through social media plus how creatively one uses every online delivery platform available to maximum effect, the Hong Kong Jockey Club just might have created a bit of history for a racing [...]

By Hans Ebert While trying to shake off memories of the circus that was the second debate between the two clowns in the running to be next President of the United States, wondering how CNN and Fox News could have such wildly different views as to who was winning- Crooked Hillary or the menacing figure [...]

By Hans Ebert Back in the day- and these days, more and more of us are going back to those days because, well, it was where everything that actually meant anything, especially music- Rock fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on the latest issue of Rolling Stone. There was Crawdaddy, Creem and the Village [...]

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 [...]