I minored in French and was certified to teach it at the high school level. I discovered the songs of Jacques Brel years ago and bought up all the albums I could get my hands on. I decided to combine these two passions by trying to translate Brel’s beautiful anthem “Le Plat Pays.” I enjoyed the challenge so much I went on to translate 65 more songs from Brel’s catalogue, with the goal of making my English versions as melodic, witty and haunting as the originals.