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    Registered User Martin Jonas's Avatar
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    Jacques Brel: Ne me quitte pas

    Following on from my version of "Amsterdam", here is another Jacques Brel song, played on mandolin with tenor guitar accompaniment. I picked some photos that I hope catch the mood, time and place of the song.

    1890s Umberto Ceccherini mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar


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    I may be old but I'm ugly billhay4's Avatar
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    Very nice, Martin, with a great selection of screen shots.

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    Full Grown and Cussin' brunello97's Avatar
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    Default Re: Ne me quitte pas (Jacques Brel)

    You're crushing me with this, bro'. My Mama was of that generation of American women who just melted over JB. My sister grew up that way, too. Influenced us all.

    My brothers called him un monstru, but not out of lack of some little respect.

    Don't believe the Trump press. We (real) Americans think the French rule. (I know Brel is from Belgium, but it is that Gallic soul any Irishman can relate to.)

    You are out on some crazy thin ice, my friend. Skate on!

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    Default Re: Ne me quitte pas (Jacques Brel)

    Brel was raised by Flemish parents in Brussels so I am not sure how far his soul was Gallic. I think he had struggled a lot with his identity, as a Fleming living in a primarily French-making city and then gaining fame singing in the French language. He did actually sing quite a few songs in Flemish. There is a multi-DVD box of all Brel's performances, with English subtitles if I recall. They are a joy to watch because it is his performance as much as his songs that add to his greatness.

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