Tag Archives: Jacques Brel

Gare au gorille

French singer and songwriter Georges Brassens was born in the south of France on October 22, 1921. He is known for his thoughtful lyrics, and he has also written music for poems by writers as diverse as Guillaume Apollinaire and … Continue reading

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Le courage, c’est de chercher la vérité et de la dire

When I was a student in Tours, the teacher who gave us an orientation visit around the city told us that virtually every city and town in France had a square or street named after French Socialist leader Jean Jaurès, just like … Continue reading

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Allez au charbon!

French singer and songwriter Pierre Bachelet was born on May 25, 1944. His big hit was Les Corons, a tribute to the miners who fueled the industrial development of the post-war years. A coron is a house typical of workers … Continue reading

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Ne me quitte pas

Jacques Brel was born in Belgium on April 8, 1929. My introduction to French music was his passion-filled “Amsterdam.” I listened to it over and over, totally captivated. My love affair expanded to include “Ne me quitte pas” and “La … Continue reading

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