Desperate lover

From my childhood days, like so many small townspeople, I listened to Bolero passively on cassettes and radio from neighbors.

Like all Southern children who loved reforms, classical plays, river dances, I loved the Bolero songs that at the time were called "scent music." "Smell" is the smell of introspection, makes us shed tears. The voices of Phuong Dung, Hoang Oanh, and Thanh Thuy have made a child unable to fully understand the sad story in the lyrics, not having any experience of loneliness, misery, separation, love, fate and still feeling overwhelming. indescribable melancholy.

In my childhood, I had never heard of anyone calling Bolero cheesy or golden music. The terms "cheesy music" (seems disdainful), "golden music" (again seems a little too glorified) later.

But my family and I are not passionate about Bolero. We listen to many other types of music, so Bolero's love is intact, but not unique. Bolero is one of the spiritual dishes that can be chosen, depending on the atmosphere, depending on the mood. I was taught like that.

The beginning of Bolero is of course ... Bolero. That charming Cuban music was introduced into the metropolis of South Vietnam, modified in harmony, and dressed for Vietnamese folk shirts in tunes and lyrics. In this way, Bolero Vietnam gradually separated from the original, developed as an independent Vietnamese urban music and was popular among popular people and popular masses. The reason why it is popular is not too difficult to understand: the melody is easy to sing, easy to play, the melody tells melancholy stories that are easy to receive sympathy, the performance is very "conserving tradition", does not appear to be disappointed. hybrids. The string-like atmosphere in the months of the sword of fire was eased more or less thanks to Bolero. The separation from Latin roots is so great that no one now ranks Bolero Vietnamese in Latin or Tropical music.

But as mentioned, the new Vietnamese music does not only have Bolero. There is exciting, stimulating music, intellectual music, philosophical music, religious music. Bolero is not underestimated nor unique. The uniqueness of this genre has only really happened for four years now, following the momentum of the game show. As if people had discovered Bolero for only four years now. Well, that's okay, I thought. Although it is a bit like a unrequited love: I love Bolero but Bolero is unlikely to love me.

The old singers sang Bolero genuinely. The accompaniment of the instrumentalists softly softly. Here and there, the sweeping sound of the "broom" on the drum frame, the sound of the lake bursting like a heartbeat, the sound of plaintive trumpet that was not too much, was just enough for a sense of loss. The story, often sad, is told moderately, causing positive resonance in a positive way. The listener is absorbed in melancholy but not buried by it, but even more excited. Not every Bolero song meets the technical, content, and emotional conditions just mentioned. Therefore, in the old days there were not many Bolero versions as we thought.

There may be thousands of Bolero songs printed by the publisher in the form of butterfly music, but the actual number of songs is only about fifty. Really, no more.

I spent a lot of time learning how to write a Bolero song, and to tell the truth, I couldn't write. Analyzing the performance of the "Bolero kings" such as Truc Phuong and Lam Phuong, I admire it deeply. It seems that what is most appropriate, the most right, and goes into the hearts of the top musicians that have been exploited. Therefore, even though I love, I only have one-sided love with Bolero, not being loved again.

Singers and singers must now only love Bolero unilaterally, few people are loved by the music itself. The Bolero situation, if I keep up with this momentum, I'm sure the chaos will lead to many sad consequences: academics despise, not despise bolero but the way to sing; The public listened to it all the time, all the songs were exploited and then they wanted to change something. Bolero, originally a emotionally oriented music, now into performance music, game music. This is sad.

Because we love without understanding, nor is it enough to respect Bolero. So how does Bolero love us?

After all, it's not the fault of the game show participants. The global game show craze has alienated many classical music genres, of which Bolero is only one of the victims. The game show craze has reduced the quality of the Grammy, creating a generation of amateur entertainment because we cannot call game attendees an artist. And love in particular for Bolero is not only more impure as a value to maintain, but also more messy, chatter, more colorful.

When love for an object has degraded, the probability of the object responding to love is lower. Then forever it is a unrequited love. In vain salvation.

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