The Writings of Soul Bendorff


There is beauty in this world. I know it. I’ve seen it. I’ve held it in my hand and spent days simply staring, drinking it in. I’ve made beauty through my music, music that sounded like an angel’s song and pleased the maker as much as any other angel’s song could.

I was an angel. I made beauty.

And then the adoration started. There was beauty in that, too. Beauty in their faces as they looked at me, worshipping me as they’d worship a real angel. Beauty in their awe, their respect, their need to be around me.

I stopped feeling like an angel and felt like a god, instead.

It came with a price. A bigger price than simply making music had brought. That had been easy. The price was the need to make more music, to sing higher, louder, more and more. To let my guitar say all those things I never could. To forget about food and people and everything but the music.

I had people who took care of me. There was beauty in them, too. Beauty in the way they cared. In the way they did everything so I didn’t have to. “C’mon, Soul, you need a shower,” they’d say, and they’d take the guitar out of my hands.

They were beautiful. I loved them.

They went away, pushed away by the fans. The fans who took my guitar and handed me a bottle. At first, there was beauty there. Beauty in the things I saw, things I’d never see when it was me and the Oracle.

The beauty turned ugly. And here I am, stuck. I set fire to my guitar, to my precious Oracle every night. I can’t bear the noise it makes now, when once it made music. But it comes back, again and again, my Oracle. Looking for more. Looking for me. It wants to sing the songs of angels again.

I try. I try and try. But the song has left me.

And there’s no more beauty in my world.

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  1. Old Grizz

    November 22, 2009 11:16 am

    Your point is well taken. To many there is no beauty without music. If you lost the ability to create that beauty it is truly sad. I hope it is only a temporary condition.
    .-= Old Grizz´s last blog =-.

  2. bunnygirl

    November 22, 2009 12:03 pm

    I like this. Dan and I were talking about just this sort of thing the other day – how fame sucks the life and joy out of music for a certain type of musician.

  3. Wylie

    November 22, 2009 11:42 pm

    Geez – I totally got shivers reading this.
    .-= Wylie´s last blog ..Who do we blame for the downfall of society? =-.

  4. Dee

    November 22, 2009 11:58 pm

    Oh man, say he climbs out of this? Please? Tell me there is someone in his life that will pick him up, kick his ass, and make him pull it together!!
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Night Flight =-.

  5. Alice Audrey

    November 23, 2009 12:50 pm

    You’re making me cry, Susan. Well done.
    .-= Alice Audrey´s last blog ..Fwd: Pumpkin Pie Anyone? =-.

  6. Old Egg

    November 23, 2009 9:15 pm

    Oh the price of fame and the search for perfection. A powerfully expressed poignant piece.
    .-= Old Egg´s last blog ..Beauty =-.

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