Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
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#1 Mar 28, 2006
Everybody knows that "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well.." is the name of show, not a news report, so why does Finkle belabor the obvious?
If Brel wrote of a personal hell, that was the point of his oeuvre. "On chante ce qu'on rate," he said, "You sing about what's been spoiled." Effectively, to heal the pain. "Madeleine" is not about "love's expectations" it's about a foolish young man who refused to believe his rejection. Brel loved to play the "con" (fool) for the humor and to hold a mirror to him. If " La Valse a Mille Temps" takes off crazily, it's because Brel, a pilot, was happiest when flying. "Carousel" translates the speed and joy of wild abandon. Where is the despair? "If We only have Love" opens in French with "Quand" ("When"), "Quand On' N'a Que L'Amour", and the "If" is from Shuman/Blau, not Brel. As a Brel lover, I did not bite my tongue over Shuman's "cute in a stupid add way." That's the Mort Shuman translation of "beau et con a la fois". France Brel, Brel's daughter, explains that Brel thought that good-looking people were stupid becaue they did not have to develop their intelligence to compensate for unattractiveness.
Cuccioli, it's clear , has studied Brel and is trying his damndest to bring the magic to us. He drew much applause the night I was there. Likewise Rodney HIcks, in army camoflague, giving us a ferocious "Next" and and a non-mouth moving singing statue. Glad the reviewer appreiciated the ladies. Sorry he fails to thank or understand the others as they bring the Brel/Shuman/Blau marvel to a new generation.
#2 Jun 27, 2007
They both don't know as much as they think they do!
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