Archive for the ‘Music Matters’ Category

By Hans Ebert Often- extremely often- one wonders if artists really know what’s happening to their music, and, more often than not, why nothing is happening to their music. Forget about all those travelling First Class with their army of lawyers wearing tight legal briefs and with the firepower to give windburn to anyone in [...]

By Hans Ebert “There’s something happening, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mister Jones?” Dylan sang those lines years ago without realising just how many “Mister Joneses” have been given a free pass to run free in so many industries. Look at what has been allowed to happen in the theatre of [...]

Read the blog below from respected and outspoken American music blogger Bob Lefsetz. Simply change the music industry to the Australian horse racing industry. Apple’s Tim Cook can be any of the racing administrators involved in the Ride Guide farce. Music fans can be punters, and Katy Perry and her team can be the circus [...]

By Hans Ebert Maybe “Fix You” was considered too sappy by some, maybe Chris Martin’s marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow was “too Hollywood” for “Rock and Roll”, whereas all the space given by the media to what they named their kids, and all that “unconscious uncoupling” Goop talk when their marriage fell apart, was probably too [...]

By Hans Ebert Whoever are in these offices have worked in this lazy, meandering way for decades. They’re like hamsters going around and around that little treadmill before its time to retire, and leave with a nice golden handshake for having survived by keeping their heads down and not rocking the boat. This breed of [...]

By Hans Ebert Like John Lennon and Freddy Mercury, David Bowie remains in our thoughts, because his leaving is still too raw and painful to move away from and life on Mars with Major Tom continues. Some musicians, some people, even if no longer here, just live with us for very personal reasons. Maybe we [...]

By Hans Ebert If every industry used the power of music to attract consumers, there just might be more honesty in the world that will make this a happier place- or, at least, more of a thinking person’s world, and not the vapid moment in time it can often be when one sings, “What’s it [...]

By Hans Ebert Listening to “Work”, the new recording by Rihanna, and then hearing a brilliant Remix of Drake’s “Hotline Bling” recently in a club, one had to wonder whether, like everything else, if writing songs for a living and trying to make this a financially viable career, there’s a need to rethink one’s modus [...]

By Hans Ebert And now Keith Emerson is no longer with us. Was I a fan of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and their “Prog Rock”? Not in the slightest. It sounded contrived and ponderous despite the undisputed talents of Greg Lake, Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson. But as a music fan, I followed all the [...]

By Hans Ebert It was a pleasant enough cover of “Blackbird” by Dave Grohl at the Oscars, also known as the Chris Rock Show, but listening to it, one couldn’t help wondering why the Academy hadn’t invited the song’s writer and original singer- Paul McCartney- to perform it? As someone said, perhaps they had, and [...]