In this lesson, we will examine how Cedric Bixler Zavala, from the band The Mars Volta, writes some of his lyrics.
Cedric has a fairly particular writing style, and most of his songs use the same "shrouded in metaphors" writing style.
Cedric has this thing for Language. He Loves It.
He will write his music in different languages (most often English and Spanish), and every song is always hidden behind some sort of metaphor.
But what do those metaphors mean?
Son Et Lumiere is about a fictional character (based on a real one) named Cerpin Taxt.
Cerpin Taxt is a drug addict, who eventually tries to commit suicide by overdosing on Morphine and Rat Poison. He then falls into a Coma.
When he says "Clipside of the Pinkeyed flight" the "Pinkeye" is a medical term that refers to the pink drop that comes out the top of a needle when you push the air out of it. The "Clipside" is referring to the "Flipside" of Cerpin's Addiction, or the "Bad Side".
The Reason he made up the word "Clipside" instead of just using the original "Flipside" is that he was also using the Metaphor of "Clipping.
Clipping is Sound Terminology, when the electronic signal sent by a guitar or microphone is too powerful, and it overloads and distorts.
The Metaphor is showing how Cerpin's Body Overloaded from all the drugs.
I'm not going to go through the entire song here, if you want to see the original, full interpretation, Click Here.
You kind of get the idea about how Cedric puts his lyrics together in this aspect?
Now these Lyrics were first in a book. What Cedric did was write a story, and then take excerpts of it and put it into song.
In this part of the story, was Cerpin Overloaded on Drugs.
So Cedric took that, and just found different and unique metaphors to create that part of the story in Lyrics.
And you can do it too!
Now I realize that these are all very complicated, and could take you some time to come up with a story. But I am sure that if you use the resources on this site (Such as the "How To Write A Concept Album" article mentioned above), you could come up with something quite amazing!
My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
If you had to find me somewhere, you would probably find me down at O'neils home cooking eating an organic sweet-potato bun breakfast sandwich with ham.
Among my friends, it's a "Muller Classic Move" to eat Mcdonald's at 2am because it's cheap and open 24/7. The joke here is that I'm an idiot.
I play drums, guitar, piano, and I write & perform music for My Goal Is Telepathy. Take a listen to the latest sound here.