Sunday, August 27, 2006

Viata peste hotare in musica moldovaneasca

Moldovan folk music is usually about love, dancing and drinking. But another major lyrical influence in current folk music is the Moldovan experience abroad. Because the subject of living and working abroad resonates with so many Moldovans, as well as Romanians, song lyrics are increasingly describing how much they miss home.

There is a popular song now in which the male singer says goodbye in Italian and proclaims that, "Our language is the richest and full of love.... I miss home."

Here are some other lyrics that I heard on the bus to Chisinau today:

"Nicaieri e mai frumoasa viata ca la tine acasa."

"Nowhere is life more beautiful than at your home."

"Zece ani am plecat, si m-am saturat."

"I've been gone for 10 years, and I've had enough."

Living abroad is currently, for better or worse, one of the most important aspects of the Moldovan experience. Moldovan music will continue to capture the yearning for home and, after years of not seeing your family and friends, the joy of returning home.


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