Ao Trang 2014
Rung Xua - Forest of the Past
I grew up listening to Trinh Cong Son's music and often found refuge in the "soft" philosophy of life that emerges from his songs.
I have been lost in Trinh's philosophy of rebirth as he has written "I see you in a previous life, with sad dried stalks of plants"...but then I realized that every beginning has an end and every end has a new beginning such as "Spring has arrived, you should return / Forest of the past has closed, you should go." (From "Rung Xua Da Khep" [Forest of the Past has Closed])
Ao Trang 2014 Calendar, Rung Xua [Forest of the Past] is an expression of gratitude to the late songwriter Trinh Cong Son. It is also a reminder to savor the present moment and leave the past behind because "The present is a shadow of the past, and the future is a shadow of the present."
A sincere thank you to a dear friend, Tang Thanh Ha for her help in conveying my inspirations for Ao Trang and Trinh's music. In her, I have found an inner beauty, a spirit of compassion that are always reflected in Trinh Cong Son's music.