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Belgian Singer Jacques Brel Died 30 Years Ago...  
User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2689 times:

He was the best singer Belgium ever had- his sensitivity and songs give you a very strong sentiment of closeness with a difficult to understand country,but a country that has more assets than liabilities..
He had a very special way of speaking about his country-Belgium-split between French,Flemish ,Bourgeois,workers,flat countryside,hypocricy,lies and hopes...

He is most likely a once every 50 years personality in show-business.
Even if not very well know outside of Europe-to me he was clearly the greatest of all singers..
He also was a pilot, who ended his live on the pacific island of the Marquises ,helping locals to be supplies by working a island-hopping pilot..

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=shjCk6Y8m6c&feature=related


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User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1779 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2671 times:

I know Jaques Brel's work an it is AWSOME. An accomplished singer and artist. His on stage performances were full of sentiment (of course I only know this from recorded material).

User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2661 times:

This personal page of a Jacques Brel fan shows some interesting pictures of his plane that he flew in the Pacific ( he finished his life in the Marquises Islands )
It also shows his ( French) pilot licence..


http://pagesperso-orange.fr/fou.ailes/jacques_brel.htm



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User currently offlineKLASM83 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 630 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

I never knew much of him until I discovered him via "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris". The English versions of the songs, although very well done, IMO come just short of the original Brel version. Perhaps it was the clever lyrics or rich music, his songs seem to stand out amongst others which have faded into history. Madeline and Les Flamandes are my favorites of his work.

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User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2651 times:

http://fr.netlog.com/go/explore/videos/videoid=1193596

if you watch and hear him singing "Amsterdam" you get a small idea of the intensity of his personality and the powerful paroles associated with his music..

C'est de l 'art !!

Here in France they broadcast special sections each day (for the whole week) in the TV news..he is and will remain unforgotten



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User currently offlineBwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2632 times:



Ay Marieke, Marieke...


Such powerfull emotion in his singing...

One of our greatest talents... as is so usual in Belgium, often despised in his own country, especially in Flanders, but now dearly missed.

And how beautiful did he sing about his Flanders...



[Edited 2008-10-06 11:22:42]


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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2631 times:
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Quoting Beaucaire (Thread starter):
He was the best singer Belgium ever had

Hardly a recommendation.

Quoting Beaucaire (Thread starter):
a once every 50 years personality in show-business

Thank GOD.

Quoting Beaucaire (Thread starter):
he was clearly the greatest of all singers..

To a deaf person.

Can you tell I am a fan?



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User currently offlineBwest From Belgium, joined Jul 2006, 1370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2618 times:

But, Beaucaire, I'm afraid you're 3 days too early with your hommage. Brel died oct 9th

Though I agree, an artist of such grandeur deserves three days of commemoration  Wink



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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2499 times:



Quoting Beaucaire (Thread starter):
He was the best singer Belgium ever had

Oh ? I thought that was Soeur Sourire ? (j/k, although she did made made nr1 in the american charts !)

More seriously, yes, an awesome singer, albeit sometimes a bit too dark.
One of my favourites : http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=IfcCT1rffGE&feature=related

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2491 times:



Quoting 707CMF (Reply 8):
More seriously, yes, an awesome singer, albeit sometimes a bit too dark.

I agree that most of his songs are a little tough on the content and not easy to grasp in their essence - I'm not even Belgian or French but have lived for 15 years in Brussels and -albeit the difficulties among the two war-fractions -the country is much deeper and complex than most out-standers realize.
That said,his songs reflect "la melancholie.." of Belgium and it's population.Why so many great painters in Belgium -it's a country handicapped by language-the Walloons don't speak properly French and the Flemish not really outstanding Dutch..so they hide their expression in paintings..
 Wink



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10898 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2477 times:

I was a fan when I was younger. I must have gone to see him at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris in "Man of La Mancha" at least a dozen times.

He was great and a non-conformist. He knew how to sail large boats and flew his own airplane between the Marquesas and Papeete in Tahiti. Cancerr took him away too early but he lived all his life doing what he wanted to do.

He lived the Impossible Dream...

R.I.P. Jacques Brel



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