Vietnam Update

So after a long 4 weeks in Southeast Asia (including some travels around the place) I’ve come to find there is no music scene in Vietnam. It just plain doesn’t exist. Bob Dylan (pronounced Dye-Lohn by the Viets) did play here a few weeks ago which was pretty monumental considering he’s never played in Saigon and never thought he would. On the other hand I talked to a Viet that was excitedly awaiting the Backstreet Boys to come in concert. I ask, “have they even come out with a new album lately?” To which the Viet (name, Vuy) shrugs his shoulder and replies, “I dunno, I don’t think so?” I have to admit, this made me chuckle.

But besides that and on the serious side, music isn’t encouraged here nor are the Viets exposed to any incredible influences like many in the West are. If you’re in an environment where good music is all around and there are plenty opportunities to play, one might try the guitar, drums, etc. and realize they’re good at it and it gives them great pleasure to keep playing. Here, that doesn’t happen often and also on the sad side, many people have to worry themselves more with finding the next day’s meal than to spend that money on an instrument. Plus, when is there the time to play when you have to work? Children begin work here as soon as they learn how to walk (in some certain sad cases).

Thailand was a different story. Plenty of music there though I won’t quote whether it was good or bad. I’m sure there is good music there, but I didn’t hear any of it. Though the music I did hear was on Khaosan Rd. and many people aren’t in a state to keep an organized band going there… 😉 Though Thailand was much influenced by the West in the 60s and 70s when many American soldiers would vacation there during their time off in the army thus bringing a lot of the hippie culture and music scene to the Thai. You’ll see many older Thai counterparts of former 60s and 70s rockers who jammed to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Deep Purple, etc.

I really wish I had more music to report on, but trust me, I’m starved for it here myself. Detroit in 5 days! Can’t wait! Immediately going to go see Zoos of Berlin with Deadbeat Beat and then DEMF! It’s going to be epic. More news on what will be with the den at that time. Till then, enjoy the good omens from my first day (first minutes) in Vietnam,

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~ by thedendetroit on May 8, 2011.

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