Jacques Brel’s memory is alive, well and living in Atuona
Travelers by freighter are enthusiastic and adventurous
The voice is unmistakable, even 20 yards away from a bright green barn that sits near a beach on Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands of the South Pacific. Inside is a memorial to chanteur Jacques Brel, who was known throughout the world as a passionate singer, songwriter, and movie star.
I loved Brel in French. English versions of his songs were recorded by artists ranging from Nirvana to the Beach Boys and swept across the United States in performances of the musical revue, “Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.”