Life is an enigma, period. That is why we are born on a certain day with certain details surrounding us and during our time, music and films pass through and if we’re lucky we’ll happen to be alive at the same time as one of the best artist(s) of our time. And what are the odds of that?
During this octavarium (Dream Theater reference), we’ll find great stories that shape our lives or enhance our reading experience. I found a song called Cassandra Gemini off of The Mars Volta’s Frances the Mute album. It was their second concept album after “Deloused” that made me ponder about even going to bed at night from Wolfram Tarrant and his dog hands to Miranda’s “ghost” tale.
The song has a very peculiar and confusing concept behind it and listeners have a difficult time decifering its meaning. I’m going to explain this acid trip called Cassandra Gemini.
It follows a man (who identifies as a woman) named Cygmus. He is involved in the Spanish mafia (cartel?) as a sex slave. He visits numerous women such as Miranda, L’via and Cassandra (whom title the songs on the album) and asks them about the fate of his mother who he believes left him for dead and ran away.
Cygmus also sells narcotics to locals and has become addicted to them as well. In Frances the Mute it is revealed that he actually killed his mother who’s name is Frances (The Widow). He overdosed on a hallucinogen he earlier thought was given to him by a drug user trying to cheat him. This is emphasized in Frances the Mute: “This never happened but I saw you through the bed of broken windows”.
Frances the Mute is actually either simultaneously or after Cassandra Gemini story wise but music wise, Frances the Mute comes before Cygmus… Vismund Cygmus because the mysterious acoustic passage continues/leaves off between the two songs.
In Cassandra Gemini there are emphasized phrases such as “No there’s no light, no there’s no time.” Cygmus is in a state of fear and panic out of what he has done so he kills himself (which sounds quite familiar coming from TMV) and the same acoustic passage plays again for the third time in the album.
The whole thing is like a cross between Pulp Fiction and Memento but in a guise you cannot avoid- music!
There is a quote that Omar Rodriguez Lopez mentioned; “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
It was only later that I realized Albert Einstein said this; and it is true! Imagination can take you places being smart just can’t and there is nowhere you cannot find peace if you surrender to it.
Well quite confidently, that is my interpretation of this 32 minute epic that is Cassandra Gemini. It’s been an inspiration for many of my stories, book choices and quite strangely, style.
Nevertheless, this song suits my mood (excited, sad, hopeful to maniacal, mellow and hectic). What inspires you? And Who do you trust? (Cygmus speaking).