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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Jacques Brel...

Jacques Brel, my favourite Francophone singer has been elected by Belgian television viewers, Most Popular Belgian, ahead of kings and patriarchs.

He sang many beautiful songs and his fans all have their own favourite.
Mine is "Ne me quitte pas!"
Shirley Bassey and others sang it as "If you go away..."
My favourite rendition after the original is Nina Simone's French version where her velvety voice sang the beautiful words in an American accent. Ner Mer Keeter Par...

Amazing!




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11 Comments:

Blogger Caroline said...

Unfortunately my favourite Beligian is fictional...

Do you sing as well as drum, Cream?

22/12/05 9:08 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Is that Poirot, Caro?
Of course, I sing, but should everyone! Whether I'm good or not, who cares! I only sing in the shower or the car...

22/12/05 9:42 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Mmm Nina Simone!

22/12/05 1:55 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

I love Jacques Brel! I discovered him a few years ago through David Bowie's (loose) translations of a couple songs. I've never heard anyone express so much emotion with their voice. You don't have to understand the words to know what he's feeling (though it probably helps).

22/12/05 6:36 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Penny, I love Nina Simone! She left a massive gap!

Viking, I know Bowie's version of Le Port d'Amsterdam! Great!
J.B. had a voice which dragged the lyrics from the bottom of his soul!
There are many artists who sings his songs in French, Flemish and English...

22/12/05 7:18 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

What is it about songs in a foreign language...? Mmmm.

Aren't Uderzo and Gosciny [spelling...] Belgians? One is dead, one still living, I think.

22/12/05 10:09 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

Bowie does a few different versions of "La Mort" as well. I'll share the mp3 if you'd like...

22/12/05 10:32 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Viking, yes, please!

Gigi, Uderzo, the illustrator is the one that's still alive. To be honest, I didn't know they were Belgian.
As for songs in a foreign language, must be ze aksont!

22/12/05 11:06 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I love that song "If you go away"! It is so wonderful!! I hope you are almost ready for Christmas Cream! Merry, Merry!!!

23/12/05 3:11 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Ah, wee wee, must be l'aksont.

About Uderzo and Gosciny...I saw a photo of them. They look like Asterix and Obelix, hahaha...

24/12/05 12:03 AM  
Blogger iluvnyc said...

oh mannnn.... i LOVE LOVE LOVE jacques brel... esp. ne me quitte pas....

very good taste!!!

26/12/05 5:20 AM  

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