Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In My Head

What song is going around in your head? For me, it's Jacques Brel's Olympia performance of the gritty Amsterdam. I've become obsessed with Brel lately, and how he bridged Flemish and Walloon culture. He once suggested that a form of 'national service' for Belgians should be that the Flemish be required to live with Walloon families, and vice versa. This as Belgium is teetering on the brink of dissolution.

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