I was thrilled when I discovered, in the late 1980’s, Ngoc Lan with the Golden Voice, through a cassette tape that I much later learned to be Ngoc Lan- Tinh Gan (note: those of you who haven’t gottten it: it is a must-have; every single song serves as a model for Ngoc Lan’s accomplishments). I listened to this tape again and again and again, until the tape broke and I tried to fix it with clear tape. I wasn’t cheap, but I lived in taiwan then.
That tape, my friends, was my comfort, my strength, and it brought me that much closer to my homeland while living in Taiwan.
I didn’t know what Ngoc Lan looked like or anything, so it was her magnetizing voice that had me hooked, completely, night after night…
I came back to the U.S. in mid 1990’s, bought some more of Ngoc Lan’s CDs. Still, since I wasn’t following Vietnamese music news, I only belatedly discovered, much to my dismay and sadness, that Ngoc Lan was gone forever!
The year was 2002. I had missed knowing some very vital information about the only Vietnamese artist I love by one year! Shame on me!!!
Here I am again away from home, in Honduras, breathing clean air and surrounded by breathtaking beauty every day, I still have the urge to get to the internet cafe (with great difficulty, since I live up in the mountain), finding my way here to this website. I am not, as I cannot be, a regular visitor, but I love Ngoc Lan no less.
I miss Ngoc Lan with the Golden Voice, and I just wanted to share these thoughts with you all. I know, as you do, that Ngoc Lan will never be forgotten, and I would like to convey to her family that this “family” will grow stronger everyday through love of her music, her life, and what she represented: human goodness.
Tu Uyen McGowan