Thursday, October 09, 2008

Bow to Brel

...in a man's life, there are two important dates: his birth and his death. Everything we do in between is not very important.
Jacques Brel (April 8th, 1929 - October 9th, 1978)
This may be so. On the other side, there lies a grain of truth in what I think George Santayana once stated (trying to translate):
At death the leopard leaves behind its coat,
and man his reputation.
Well, and some would leave behind some wonderful chansons.



Although I find this one more impressive (judge yourself), for those who do not speak French I chose the version that's offered with English subtitles.

6 comments:

  1. What very powerful words in his song. It is very sad that he passed away so young.
    Thanks for the video and the introduction to Brel.

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  2. The great Jacques. Gone but not forgotten.

    This is the third tribute to him that I have seen in the last half hour and one of them was by a lady from Brussels. What is the adjective for one from Brussels? I must find out.

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  3. Ardent,
    he was a good one; and certainly he deserved that you would have a déjà vu when visting Jams. :)

    jmb,
    the third one was Eurodog, I suppose? If so, she will certainly be able to help you with the adjective. :)

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  4. Shame it was the anniversary of his death the occasioned a flurry of Brel posts mais c'est la mort!

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  5. Jams,
    right. On the other hand: at least some people would not have forgotten him.

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  6. I had forgotten him until I saw your post (as a widget) and clicked on the French version you offered. Un bel hommage, Sean. Thank you!:)

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