A song is a strong emotional expression and is able to connect people. It is not only for one person. All people can see themselves as the main character in a song, can understand, and feel the emotions of the lyrics differently. Also, through experience and the passing of time, a person absorbs lyrics deeply.
Spring is coming soon. In Vietnam, the first day of spring is called the Lunar New year or Tet. It is as important as Christmas in the United States. People are crowded on street, markets, especially flower markets. Tulips, sunflower, carnation, lily, red envelope, and new clothes makes Tet becomes colorful. People talk about Tet preparing and family reunion everywhere they go. Additionally, spring songs are fluently played from streets to restaurants, stores, and offices. The song that penetrates my mind is “Xuân không màu” (Colorless Spring) by Tue Nhat Tang.
In both the beginning and middle of the lyrics, the author appeals to pathos. Starting with warm-deep rhythm and the lyrics, that are a child telling his mother that the way to go home is “too far”,” and that he may not arrive home in the spring. This is like my feeling and the feeling of other people who are far away from home. Every person has his own reasons for not going home on holidays, one reason is “too far”. It is too far for the short time he has, and too expensive. The first sentence reaches the hearts of homesick people, including me.
After describing, imagining, drawing the pictures of spring and the people’s activities in Tet, the sentence, “I am still here alone”,” is sung. This is deeply touching. The more crowded the pictures are with bustling happiness the greater the desolation of the viewers. It feels like a cool wind has just blown by and has made me realize I am alone in a foreign country. My biggest holiday is just a normal day here, and I have to go to school. Even though the Vietnamese community has pagodas prepared for Tet, there is a different feeling as if the author writes “flower” everywhere, but in his eyes, things are colorless.
The musician suggests his message through the lyrics. After the themes of waiting and missing home are repeated several times, the child in the song goes home as soon as his dream comes true. The author expresses homesickness and loneliness, then finishes with a good ending to remind people of the main point of Tet, which is family reunion. The song encourages hesitant people to go home and motivates people who have to stay far away to work harder, so they can afford to go home next year.