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Jacques Brel

I’ve been listening to French music in an attempt to get my ear in and Jacques Brel is my favourite of the oldies. It’s the kind of music you can totally over-emote to – no wonder it seems to be a favourite on francophone versions of Pop Idol. His own versions aren’t at all cheesy though. So without further ado, some YouTube vids:

My favourite – though I have version with different music that I couldn’t find a video of

This was voted best Belgian song

He actually wrote this song, I’ve heard so many versions of this I just assumed it was one of those standards that everyone did

And I’ll leave it at three!

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  • Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys 15 April 2012, 9:36 am

    I love Jacques Brel… I used to listen to him in English too, because my parents had an old record from the Broadway show Jacques Brel is alive and well and living in Paris. And I literally could not stop humming “Dans le port d’Amsterdam” while in Amsterdam last year. : )
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  • Alexandra Thérèse 15 April 2012, 7:10 pm

    Dans le port D’Amsterdam is incredible. It doesn’t even matter that I don’t understand French – the focus of his face and the strength and emotion of his voice make it impossible to look away from the screen when he is performing. He obviously gets so involved in the song and really believes in the song – it’s obvious by his intense facial expressions that he really needs to do his own composition justice. The photos are brilliant too – the second one where he is surrounded by admirers is my favourite. SO suave and sophisticated. Love this Franca – music posts are always refreshing x
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  • Rebekah Jaunty 15 April 2012, 7:45 pm

    What with living a long, long way fro France, I only know “Sons of,” the English not-so-much-translation-as-reworking of “Fils De.” But it’s haunted me for years, so it’s time to learn more Brel. Lovely music for a Sunday afternoon. Thanks, Franca.
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  • Andrea 16 April 2012, 2:44 am

    I love Jacques Brel too! Specially Ne me quitte pas…he sings with such emotion, I mean he practicly bursts into tears while singing this song…oh definitely a grat artist