Jacques Brel lived for 49 years and lived it with an exceptional intensity. His style has something frighteningly raw and unguarded. His delivery is razor-sharp, pronouncing every syllable. During his hour-long concert, he was performing his songs with such pained and profound emotion that he was said to sweat away two pounds of body weight. Fans feel a great emotional intimacy with him, without really knowing why. He’s not just an artist to them, he is someone who embodies moral values too. He still sells more than 200,000 albums a year. Brel may be long dead, but his musical poetry is indeed alive and well.