By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It was raining. And these days one has to almost force one’s self to get out as there’s really nothing much happening in Hong Kong that’s worth making the effort to see or looking for new people to meet. It seems like it’s all been said and done and heard before and the only sensible thing to do is to get away from it all and find a new perspective in life. So, with my friend having made a spicy tofu salad with Chinese spinach, we decided to stay home and watch The Voice, something I hadn’t done in over a year.

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A contemporary fairy tale based on the songs of Hans Ebert and Trevor Carter.

He woke up one day and it was like someone had switched the lights off in his head. He knew he was here, but it was hard getting there and beyond. For some reason, all motivation was gone. Inspiration had decided to pack its bags and leave. And with no inspiration, he knew there’s nothing except as Dylan sang, being stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues again.

Whereas a few years ago, waking up was a joy and with so much to keep him active and happy and with Julie Andrews coming into view bursting with cinematic joie de vivre and singing how the hills were alive with music, these days, he would wake up to silence- a television set flickering silently and him staring at the ceiling and wondering, What’s it all about, Alfie though his name wasn’t Alfie.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

There were the Beatles and there were the Stones and then there was George Harrison and there was Brian Jones.

If being completely honest with myself, it was seeing George in “A Day’s Night”, especially in that opening scene when they’re running away from the fans and trips, and then playing his solo on “I Should Have Known Better” that made me a Beatlemaniac.

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WOMAN

Posted: September 11, 2017 by We-Enhance in Love, Love and Music, Music
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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

If you can’t be with the one you love, then love the one you’re with. Stephen Stills wrote that when apparently after breaking up with (singer-songwriter) Judy Collins.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

The conversation was about how during, especially the Fifties, so many American actresses somehow adopted very British accents- almost posh. Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn come to mind. I guess it gave them a “class distinction”. But then again, both actresses radiated class.

Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn were different to the all-American goodness of Debbie Reynolds, Doris Day and the more pronounced sexuality of Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak and the smoke rings blown out of the mouth of Lauren Bacall. Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford? Well, they were just tough broads, weren’t they?

Though a number of beauties have come and gone, the beauty and elegance of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn have never dimmed. Perhaps it has to do something in the water along with many of us looking to be with women, or better yet, that one woman with that certain beauty found inside and out.

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THE END OF THE TANG DYNASTY

Posted: August 31, 2017 by We-Enhance in Asia, Hong Kong, LIFE
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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

We decided to extend our stay in Colombo and explore more of the new nightlife that is slowly opening up here. While wondering who were the successful young entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka might be came the news that Sir David Tang had passed away at a very youthful 63. 

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It always seems like a good idea: Take a total break from the monotony and autonomy and lobotomy of it all. You can already smell the sand and sea and surf, and images of still to be discovered delights ping pong around your head. But all this is like premature ejaculation. Before that much-needed break becomes a reality, those who wish you the best, and know you’re suffering from burn out, still need that one more job explained, or better yet, done, because, well, as Robert Plant once squealed while grabbing his beloved Percy, they’re dazed and confused.

So, if a professional, one makes the time while the PA calls and asks if you have a visa to enter the country you’re visiting. What visa? As the visa takes 24 hours to be issued, the flight is delayed by a day. Then comes all that time to kill when your flight from Hong Kong to Sri Lanka takes off at 2am. You think, I could have just gone to Macau, or at worst, Discovery Bay. But the latter has recently become the new public toilet for Mainlanders who have invaded their recently found small slice of nirvana.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Some of us would have our favourites. There were however those artists who fell under “Global priorities” and “Regional priorities” with all us music executives feeling the heat to come up with those dreaded “numbers” and “chart successes” to be in the good books of Head Office. It wasn’t that different to what goes on today when a major artist like Taylor Swift drops a new record and the spinning goes into overdrive with social media so instrumental in banging home often false messages of success for the gullible and earaches of rumourmongering. Paul might have been “dead” for a while, but music never became a scattergun of tit for tat and open vindictive musical warfare that today has become part of “marketing”.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

As with love, when it comes to music and finding new homes and futures for it that actually pay for the upkeep, too often we keep going to the same well over and over again and wonder why we’re not an Ed Sheeran, or a Rihanna etc. Well, maybe it’s because there’s no place for variations on a theme or musical copycats unless in one of those cover bands that’s actually trying to be soundalike outfit. Nothing at all against covering music by other artists. Hell, even the first Beatles record was almost made up of covers. And let’s never forget how Chris Cornell made Billie Jean and Nothing Compares 2 U, all his. All it took was a dose of originality.

When it comes to career moves, it’s also about creativity and throwing that net as far as possible and doing some homework. Am certainly not about being a concert promoter and has always been wary of “artist management” in its present incarnation, but because of my days with Universal and EMI Music, longtime contacts get in touch.

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When Alzheimer’s hits home…

Posted: August 12, 2017 by We-Enhance in Hong Kong, LIFE, Love
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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

You start to think when the first tell-tale signs started to show. Was it the repetition for years of the same two jokes about being on a seafood food diet and where she sees food and wants to eat it, or that other one about how mangoes where women go? Was it the much repeated story of the many years my parents waited to have me, their only child, and the hours she was in labour before I decided to pop out- on her birthday- apparently looking like an…eggplant.

The passing away of Glen Campbell recently to Alzheimer’s which leads to full-blown dementia struck home. My mother passed away from this dreadful disease some years ago and it’s always been something I’ve “blocked from view”. But as the feeling of mortality finally grabs you by the balls, you try to retrace your steps for some answers, and, perhaps, redemption.

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