Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Trịnh Công Sơn's Music Protested Against!
There is another protesting taken place in California. This time it is against the famous composer, musician and songwriter, Trịnh Công Sơn. The reason it seems that a number of his music were favoring the communists in Vietnam. During the time of the Vietnam War, Trịnh Công Sơn spoke out against the war and urged the soldiers to not take part in the war. When the communists took hold of South Vietnam, he went on the radio and sang the song “Nối Vòng Tay Lớn” (roughly translated as “tying or spreading the big hand”). People saw that as pulling down the soldier’s will to fight and he was seen as a traitor. His music was banned and he was stopped from producing more songs. There were some protests and such against him at the time. Today, protesters are speaking out and want to ban Trịnh Công Sơn's music from being performed. Well at least in the U.S. and for U.S. singers that is. But I wonder why now? Trịnh Công Sơn passed away in 2001, and I think the Vietnamese community should somewhat respect him, or at least respect the dead. To ban his music is a sad thing, because only a small amount or even one particular song didn’t sit well, however that doesn’t mean all of his music are trash. It is an unfair thing against him, and for music as a whole. Trịnh Công Sơn produced over 600 songs, and many of them are great classics. He contributed greatly to the Vietnamese music industry. One of Trịnh Công Sơn's closes associations is veteran singer Khánh Ly who each year around his birthday created some kind of celebration for him. Khánh Ly popularized many of Trịnh Công Sơn's music and she also received much popularity from his many hits. Khánh Ly is also currently a target of the protesters, since she refuses to stop singing his songs, let alone protest his music. It seems that each month, or even each day, new people are found to have ties with the communists. When is it going to stop?