Kenny in full swing
FOR reasons too hard for most sane people to fathom, jazz musician Kenny G has something of a cult following in Hong Kong. At the HMV shop in Causeway Bay over Christmas, the American saxophonist laid claim to the top two spots on the best-selling list with the same CD, ironically entitled Miracles and featuring soppy festive songs such as Away in a Manger. The only difference between the two compilations was that one came with a set of four autographed postcards of the musician doing his darndest to look interesting.
Not surprisingly, it was the edition with the postcards that held the number one position.
Still on matters of a dubious musical integrity, Panasonic has come out with a karaoke machine boasting a unique selling point - it informs you how good the renditions of your favourite songs are. Thanks to the installation of some technical wizardry, the quality of your performance is indicated with a set of calibrated lights (red for stop immediately and don't ever think of singing again, I presume).
If you are really appalling, the machine cuts out completely. I suspect the new year is going to be witness to a fair sprinkling of would-be pop stars suffering the embarrassment of a sudden silencing.