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You were probably too busy while you served in Vietnam to spend any time listening to Vietnamese folk music. What, with all of those trips to the PX, swimming on the beach at Nha Trang, drinking beer at the Duy Tanh Hotel while you listen to that cute little Philippine singer belt out her version of the popular tunes of the times—and trips into town to visit the local massage parlor—there really wasn't a lot of time left over for you to seek out local culture, right? Yeah, we thought so.
Too bad though, because if you did you would have heard some of the most hauntingly beautiful music ever composed. The music player below has a piece on it for you to listen to. Click on it and you'll see why the Vietnamese say that their traditional folk music seems as though it has been written to tug at your heart strings when you are away from home. Many say that when they travel the world and hear music from their homeland, like that below, it brings tears to their eyes, making them miss their family, friends and country too.
For this author, when I listen to this kind of music it reminds me of the pristine, peaceful, quiet beauty of Vietnamese rice paddies, stretching for miles across valleys, as far as the eye can see. Or the verdant, piercing green of the delta area, interspersed with chest deep dark water supporting thousands of water plants, floating in the light and shade, displaying every color of green from the darkest emerald green highlighted by shafts of light through the jungle canopy, to the lime and leek greens of the bamboo shoots that blocked our movements as we tried to patrol through this viridis symphony—all sleepily still and peaceful, dreamlike in its beauty... until the crack of the first RPG.
Enjoy the music. Let it take you back to your time in Vietnam... those few, precious moments when life felt not just the most alive it's ever been, but the most peaceful too.
Vietnamese Dan Bau Music
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