Posts Tagged ‘Music’

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk Believe me, we’re trying to change things around. The question is whether we’ve left it all a little too late and are happy to just coast, because it pays the rent. And as no one’s getting any younger, to many, that’s life’s main priority. Maybe we don’t want to change the [...]

By Hans Ebert @hanseberthk The Hong Kong Ding Dongs There was a summer of change ahead. Kids who had left Hong Kong were back for a few months, there were newcomers to the city, Cat Street, the coffee shop at the Hong Kong Hilton, was the place to meet at night with afternoons usually spent [...]

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 Around 10-15 years ago when still in the music industry and having recently split from my long suffering wife, our real offices were The Tiffin Lounge and the Champagne Bar at the Grand Hyatt. Living right next door to the hotel meant convenience if needing some different type of stress release [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

All too often, one must ruthlessly and completely delete the past in order to move forward, whereas, especially in movies and music, there is often inspiration to be had by going back and delving into the past- the roots- and seeing how “back in the day” gave birth to Here In The Now. Today, I [...]

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 [...]

“Loneliness is a cloak you wear/A deep shade of blue is always there”. And then there was a break before one of those Phil Spector-like “Walls Of Sound” came crashing down along with the whole kitchen sink, and Scott Walker hit that simple, but big chorus- remember BIG choruses?- to “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine [...]

Peel Fresco is recognised as Hong Kong’s only Jazz club though it stopped being a “jazz club” over three years ago. Frankly, who really knows what all that “jazz” is these days, anyway? Some scat singing? Tedious solos by everyone in a group which, despite often being pretty shaky, are applauded wildly by audiences desperate [...]