Blowing in the wind

Every road leads to Rome. Thousand years ago, Heraclitus in Greece and Confucius in China both said just like this “Everything moves around smoothly” or Buddha taught us “Everything depends on the others”. That is, there is no barrier in the mainstream of thoughts between the East and the West. You may not believe what I’ve said then take a look at two totally different songs but the title: “Blowing in the wind”.

The first one is a Trịnh Công Sơn’s well – known song which is called “Để gió cuốn đi” in Vietnamese, the second is a Bob Dylan’s song called “Blowing in the wind”. If we know that Khánh Ly gives Trịnh’s work an outstanding performance then Joan Baez did the same to Bob’s song. Surprisingly enough, Joan once said “Trịnh Công Sơn is Bob Dylan of Vietnam”.

In these songs they gave us some simple questions related to the real meaning of our human beings. Trịnh wrote “Let live your life, you need a true heart, whatever don’t you see?” (1). And Bob asked us “How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?”

Which is your answers for these? Which is mine? Which is ours? Eventually I recognize the truth is really simple as somebody says so. Every man has his own answer belongs to nobody but himself. Our songwriters told us: “Gone with the wind – Trịnh” (2) and “The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,the answer is blowing in the wind – Bob” .

April 2010


(1) Sống trong đời sống, cần có một tấm lòng, để làm gì, em biết không.
(2) Để gió cuốn đi.

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