Fame and Fall

 …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Somewhere in my recent reading I came upon a mention of The Singing Nun and her 1963 hit song Dominique. I remembered the song but nothing else; not that I ever knew. At that time I was young and naïve.

Jeanne-Paule-Marie Deckers became a nun of the Missionary Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of Fichermont in 1959, when she was twenty-six years old. The order, based in Waterloo, was founded to assist the Dominican friars in their mission in the Belgian Congo. Her assistance included writing and singing her own songs so well, that she was allowed to record an album at Philips. Dominique became an international hit and was the first Belgian song to be a number one single in the USA. In 1966 a movie Sœur Sourire (Sister Smile) was made about her. She did not like it.

Now the bad part. The money were taken by Philips, her producer and her convent, which she left in 1967. She moved in with Anne Pecher, also a former Dominican sister. She could not use her stage name Sœur Sourire because the convent owned the rights and refused permission. Her second album I Am Not a Star in Heaven was a failure. Later the Belgian government tried to sue her for owing taxes. Later she became an advocate for contraception and under the name Luc Dominique she rerecorded a song “Glory Be to God for the Golden Pill”. In March 1985 both she and Pecher commited suicide.

But the song is good.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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2 Responses to Fame and Fall

  1. bagnet says:

    Pity.

  2. stuffer says:

    You have too many religious songs, eg One Ball Only.

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