The fall and rise of a muse

Labeled a muse, no longer faithful she left a husband to live with the stars, becoming the fifth among four.

Was it sympathy for the devil,
or sex, drugs and rock’n’roll?

She looked like an angel, she sang like an angel, and they spent their nights together.

But… you can’t always get what you want, after five years she was married to drugs. Penniless, left to herself.

I remember her voice. Broken, her English had deepened, and emerging from darkness I imagined her driving through Paris, in a sport car with the warm wind in her hair.

Rising to stardom.

© Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

This image brought me some problems but after reading Rochelle’s entry I thought about the road-kills left in the wake of all successful musicians. Often the women who where said to be muses. I actually listened to Marianne Faithful before I listened to Rolling Stones, and reading her story and her comeback is a great story, but I wanted to share an old video when she was still almost like the fifth member of the famous band. I have weaved in some lyrics and titles into this piece.

Friday Fictioneers is a wonderful group of writers who write 100 word stories to the same picture each week. Rochelle selects the picture and writer the story. Join the fun if you dare.

June 27, 2018

44 responses to “The fall and rise of a muse

  1. Amazing, and I knew you were referring to Marianne Faithful right from the beginning.

  2. “Roadkill.” What a perfect word choice! It’s heartbreaking how many talented musicians are mowed down on the road to stardom.

  3. So many musicians rose and crashed, still do. Watching the video you attached, one can see the uncertainty in her eyes. I love your references to the songs.

  4. “emerging from darkness I imagined her driving through Paris, in a sport car with the warm wind in her hair”

    I love that part.

  5. Ah that warm wind in the hair in Paris is an image that has stayed with me all these years too. You put it to good use in your poem.

  6. I loved her work. Particularly the ballad of Lucy Jordan. Thanks for a clever piece involving a trip down memory lane.

  7. “No longer faithful” — nicely done. I especially like the phrasing in your note, of road-kills left behind by successful musicians.

  8. So very well done, Björn. I love how you wove the lyrics in (I recognised them) and didn’t know that Marianne Faithful spent so much time with the Fab Four… Roadkill… an apt description of those used and discarded.

  9. A heartfelt beautiful piece. I love her fashion/style but I don’t know much about her music. I must listen to some her stuff sometime. Great read.

  10. Marianne Faithfull became an extremely good actress. I saw her in a film not so long ago. And she is immortalised in The Beatles’ “And Your Bird Can Sing”. You don’t get much cooler than that, surely.

  11. Bittersweet. This has a lovely lilting and lyrical quality as she rises, falls and rises again.

  12. I guessed who you were talking about as I read the story and recognised the song titles but you did this very well – it wasn’t forced or clunky at all, read very smoothly. You’re right, she had a rough ride with the Stones, especially after that infamous drug raid – she was vilified and as you say, had drug problems, lived rough for a while. A survivor though and I loved your hopeful ending. Great tale Bjorn

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