Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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 [...]

Last week a group of us ended up in one of the most surreal karaoke lounges anywhere in the world where one expects to see midgets and the candy coloured clown performing as if in a scene from “Twin Peaks”, or “Blue Velvet”. It’s all very David Lynch film noire. Instead, in this pretty much [...]

Watching the recent Emmy Awards with a major hurl about to happen every time the fawning hosts gushed over and interviewed every person showboating down the red carpet about “who they were wearing”, made me think what if there had been Jimi Hendrix out there in his military garb, or Bob Marley, or Keith Moon, [...]

As John Lennon proved with “In My Life”, and, of course, “Imagine”, music is a great leveler and one of the greatest healers we have. The music of the Beatles- as a band and as solo artists- Brian Wilson- especially with his epic Pet Sounds project, and Dylan before he started to become a parody [...]

Applause is a wonderful thing. One of the problems in Hong Kong when it comes to music is that many audiences applaud for every crappy and often self-indulgent solo, singers who hit high notes no matter how sharp or flat and fifth rate Vegas schtick. Applause must be earned and not given away indiscriminately to [...]