Posts Tagged ‘Cat Stevens’

By Hans Ebert “Women they get weary/Young girls they do get weary/Wearing that same shabby old dress…” The late great Otis Redding sang that while dispersing the advice that when it comes to showing women affection, how there’s nothing more effective than trying a little tenderness. “Romance me,” “Woo me”, “Hold my hand”, “Cuddle me” [...]

By Hans Ebert A friend recently asked who is the best music company executive. The “best” in any industry is tough to name these days as so much is hidden from view with smoke and mirrors creating illusions (and delusion) of success, whereas in the music industry, the impression, rightly or wrongly, is that it’s [...]

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 [...]

A group of us were discussing and dissecting and coming to grips with the saddest song we’ve heard. It was tough getting to the heart of the matter as what was sad then isn’t sad now. One either stays in a relationship or moves on with memories of what was then, and what is now, [...]

I was listening to “Father And Son” the other day before Cat Stevens decided to become Yusuf Islam and thought what a perfectly crafted- and creative- song it remains. What made the young singer-songwriter tackle such a mature and deep subject in such an outwardly innocent way where he played the sagely father and the [...]

A few days ago I sent a demo of song by an unsigned artist to a few friends. Yes, I still have some. It was and is a great cover and on which he completely turns the original version of the song on its head. Wish you could hear it, but if I did, I’d [...]

Once upon a time, a good A&R person was priceless. They found the artists, they signed them up, they nurtured them, they knew which songs would be hits and they drove the entire creative process. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artists_and_repertoire Over the years, with armies of “Digital Folks” and New Media Experts and new media marketing and traditional marketing [...]