Posts Tagged ‘joni mitchell’

By Hans Ebert It’s all become so formulaic, but how does one politely tell someone who believes they have written something original that it’s derivative? My singer friend Jennifer remarked the other day that she didn’t know whether it was just her, or was “Pop” music all sounding the same- meaning almost a nursery rhyme [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk It appears that the last post about all the shenanigans played out using the mantra that “China is potentially the largest music market in the world” to feather the nests of especially Chinese music executives in Hong Kong- and let me quickly add, Korea, Taiwan, and Indonesia- has registered with many, [...]

By Hans Ebert The news that Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have broken up will have bookmaker Ladbrokes offering two cents on the dollar that the lady in question will do what she always does: put pen to paper and pour out her innermost feelings about the breakup for public consumption. Remember “Dear John” after [...]

By Hans Ebert There’s a track out called “7 Years” by Danish band Lukas Graham that’s been on Repeat at home and in my head for the past few weeks. That’s scary because the track is almost a year old and makes me concerned that I’m letting too much clutter into my life and not [...]

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 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 [...]

By Hans Ebert After an overkill of importance placed on the Super Bowl Half-time show, this, too, has now come and gone. Though realising that one had to be there to fully understand and appreciate the pomp and ceremony of the occasion, for television audiences not knowing anything about the teams playing and, depending on [...]

They might think they’re playing “jazz” when in actuality, they’re simply retreading well-known standards, yet, for reasons unknown to me, there is this overriding need to be seen as being “jazz cats”, the same old group of usual suspects in Hong Kong who move in herds and “blow” at the usual places- Backstage, Peel Fresco [...]

Perhaps it was the combined effects of Hong Kong’s Rugby Sevens Weekend, the brittle resistance put up by New Zealand against Australia in the World Cup Cricket, and watching all those European raiders hijack Dubai World Cup Day, but being with someone who insisted in playing me the Taylor Swift Songbook and her brand of [...]