By Hans Ebert

Often, it’s feeding evil more evil. It’s even creating new evil. Social media can be such a powerful medium for creating unity, but when the “sharing” degenerates into a regurgitation of the same news, it all becomes as vapid as every 24-hour showbiz “news” channel needing content to fill an entire day, and so pulverise the senses with repeat after repeat after repeat, where an audience is soon bogged down in quicksand. It stops progress. It stops the mind from switching gears. It stops new thinking and creativity. It becomes just another platform for wayward keyboard warriors to air their views, but, too often, transparently and shamelessly promoting themselves, or these days, offering some very naive political views. Seriously now, it’s all about free speech, but not when it comes from intellectual midgets.

The fact of the matter is that the genie is out of the bottle and no one- absolutely no one- knows what to do about it. And social media just dumbs everything down into vacuous sound bites from self-styled Facebook and Twitter prophets.

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By Hans Ebert

Remember a short, chubby guy named Robbie Williams? Used to be with a boy band called Take That, then went solo, lost weight, got lotsa tatts, and became huge. And then he grew old and became even more huge. Which leads me to Harry Styles, formerly with OneDirection, and his first solo single, Sign Of The Times.

Don’t know if Harry Styles is his real name, or if the pop music Svengali who put OneDirection together-Simon Cowell- gave him that one, but Sign Of The Times, reminds me of the Robbie Williams hit called Angels. In fact, when she heard the opening chords on piano, my friend stopped making me some ratatouille and started to sing Angels until I told her, Wrong era, baby.

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By Hans Ebert

The Big Fish In The Small Pond Syndrome. It’s been the death of many musicians, and, these days, with all these social media platforms available, it’s all become one free-for-all for self promotion. And it’s not only ugly as hell, it’s funny, it’s sad and it’s pointless.

Once thought to be online meeting places to meet like-minded people and the sharing of news and views and community, it’s become as boorish as Trump shoving other world leaders aside to be the centre of attention.

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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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