I did not like trotu much when I was little. It was bizarre music that old ladies listened to. But I have read that, for many people, appreciation for trotu grows with age. While trotu may demand from me a lot more years of life before it lets me soak in its wonder, it has significantly become less foreign as a result of reading about how trotu emerged in Korea under Japanese occupation and as a result of listening to Lee Mi-ja. Lee is one of the most recognized and beloved singers in Korea. If you have not listened to trotu before, take a listen to Lee Mi-ja. Her tender and convincing voice combined with her artful technique tells us why people continue to listen to trotu.

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