Posts Tagged ‘Elton John’

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk “If we’re going to have dinner, I want you to turn that bloody thing off.” “What did you do when you didn’t have a mobile phone? Surely, it didn’t incapacitate you? Surely, you still went out, had a good time with friends and with no need to constantly check if you [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk I was speaking to my ex wife last week- yes, it seems a contradiction in terms- about life and how I have outgrown Hong Kong, the people and the kinda stunted lifestyle now led compared to the Wolf Of Wall Street days when living at 1616, four numbers that stood for [...]

By Hans Ebert It’s been said before and it’s been said many times this year: Life’s too short. And today, the day after Christmas, came the news that George Michael had his Last Christmas and decided to leave us at the age of 53, and join Prince, Bowie, Glenn Frey, Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, [...]

By Hans Ebert I forget where we were, but “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” was playing in the background- an odd choice for the lounge of a five-star hotel- and someone with us reminisced and mentioned how Joe Cocker had a great voice. He did, but that was Gary Brooker singing on the track, and [...]

By Hans Ebert Okay, let’s all stop the Princeathon as we have reached Information Overload about the Purple One. Yes, Prince was a genius. He was an incredibly prolific recording artist who breathed, ate and inhaled music 24/7, and was, in these books, the best guitarist in the world capable of channeling Nile Rogers, Hendrix [...]

By Hans Ebert Maybe it was listening to Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album after all these years, and hearing his stories put to music- “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” and “Desolation Row”- that had us talking about music’s storytellers, and who’s there today writing songs that touch heart, head and soul. [...]

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 [...]

Now that life as we know it has ground to a halt following the second coming of Yeesus and his marriage to Betty Boomba Kardashian- and an uneasy and surprising roaring silence about it all even from those purveyors of all things mediocre- where does one go to live again? Well, the fallout from the [...]

Before he became The Liberace of Pop, long before Tantrums And Tiaras, the goofy outfits, Crocodile Rock and when his personal life took centrestage over his music, let’s not forget how many of us respected Captain Fantastic- Elton John- and The Brown Dirt Cowboy- Bernie Taupin. They were the new Lennon and McCartney writing from [...]

A reader recently wrote in about how the contestants left on “American Idol” are “bland”. It was a very appropriate word about much of the music we either hear, or are “allowed” to hear and a music industry that is incredibly, well, bland as it run by equally bland people. Perhaps bland is “in” and, [...]