Cover of Phượng Ca (Voice of Youth), a new book aimed at teen readers by musician and writer Vũ Đức Sao Biển of HCM City. — Photo courtesy of the publisher
HCM CITY — Veteran musician and writer Vũ Đức Sao Biển’s latest book, Phượng Ca (Voice of Youth), was released in HCM City last week.
The 300-page book features short stories about childhood and teen love, showing the writer’s love for music. Information about Vietnamese music, literature and arts is included.
The book includes music sheets for romantic songs titled Phượng Ca, Thu (Autumn) and Hát Cho Người (Singing for You), three of Biển’s most popular songs which have been performed by star musicians.
“I love writing books aimed at teenagers because I want to entertain them and help them learn about the world," said the 72-year-old in a recent interview with local media. “My works are full of useful information and realistic features.”
Biển’s simple and lively language in Phượng Ca attracts many readers.
Born in Quảng Nam Province, Biển worked as a teacher and reporter for schools and newspapers in Bạc Liêu Province and HCM City. He began his music career in 1970s and has composed more than 300 songs, mostly folk music.
His top hits include Làng Tôi (My Village), Đêm Gành Hào Nghe Điệu Hoài Lang (Listen to Nostalgic Tunes in the Southernmost District), Điệu Buồn Phương Nam (Song of the South) and Đau Xót Lý Chim Quyên (Song of the Bird).
He has also written 60 books in different genres and is a member of the Việt Nam Musicians Association and Việt Nam Journalists Association.
Last year, his 252-page book, Ơi Cái Tuổi Trăng Tròn (Hello Teenager), consists of stories about urban students aged 15-18 and their loves and dreams. It is written with the author’s great imagination and flair. It also includes dozens of pictures by young painters of HCM City.
Both books, Phượng Ca and Ơi Cái Tuổi Trăng Tròn, are published by the HCM City Culture and Art Publishing House. — VNS