Jacques Brel: Chansonnier extraordinaire passed today in 1978. My tribute

Tribute to Jacques Brel. I always wondered what this darkly beautiful chanson would sound like had Brel utilized the early synthesizers of him time. Today seems like a good day to post this left field tribute, a song covered by Scott Walker, Shirley Bassey, Marc Almond, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Divine Comedy, Rod McKuen and so many more which I hope he may have appreciated.

Possibly one of the greatest love songs ever written, interestingly Brel has adopted the perspective of the Troubadours of the Languedoc region (and why wouldn’t he?) the “faithful followers of love (fidele d’amour)” whereby man is a ‘beggar at the doors of love’, a phrase used by the Sufi Mystics (magi) and Gnostics of the Templar lands in France to reveal their esoteric and spiritual allegiance, somewhat like a masonic handshake today. He would of course be familiar with their traditions as he was Troubadour

If you go away (Ne me quitte pas) by Jacques Brel. Created and performed using MiniMoog, ARP2600, Theremin and Mellotron