Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Masonic Magician Cagliostro: the 4th Mystery Pop Song by Corjan

The Masonic MagicianEnd November, the fourth single in the Mystery Pop Series of singer-songwriter Corjan was released: The Masonic Magician Cagliostro. The Dutch singer-songwriter and "alternative history investigator" Corjan de Raaf - or simply Corjan - still writes dramatic pop songs with a head, a tail and a mystery story in between.

Until recently, Corjan was probably best known for his contributions to the research into the Rennes-le-Château Mystery. But in September 2009 he started a new project: The Book of Love, a pop song inspired by Kathleen McGowan's bestselling novel with the same name. With his song, Corjan de Raaf established a crossover between his careers as a recording artist and his work as a researcher and publicist.

In October followed City of Secrets (the Grail in you), a song inspired by Hollywood icon Patrice Chaplin's book City of Secrets, about the intriguing secret society in the Spanish city of Girona, formed to protect the legacy of Abbe Saunière of Rennes-le-Château. And then there was The Bond Code, based on the book of the same name by Philip Gardiner, about the secrets of Ian Fleming and James Bond. You'll find an article on the Mystery Pop Series with some really great video clips here: Mister Mystery Pop.

Now, Corjan is back with a wonderful song based upon the book The Masonic Magician: The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite, co-written by the British authors Philippa Faulks and Robert L.D. Cooper.

The 18th century adventurer Allessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure of European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. An alchemist, healer and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule as well as writers and artists such as Alexandre Dumas, Mozart and Goethe.

Cagliostro, as a Freemason, introduced an Egyptian rite of immortality and thought he was immortal himself. Sadly, he was proven wrong by the Holy Inquisition and condemnedto death... The Masonic Magician tells Cagliostro’s extraordinary story, complete with the first English translation of the Egyptian Rite ever published. The authors examine the case made against him, that he was an impostor as well as a heretic and find that the Roman Church have done Count Cagliostro a terrible injustice.

Corjan wrote the atmospheric uptempo mystery pop song from Cagliostro’s perspective, overthinking his life in his cold stone prison cell. He is said to have been shouting his wife’s name at night... who probably betrayed him to the Church. Cagliostro knew he would die, but hoped he had achieved immortality through the Egyptian rite. The songs is really "dramatic" and has a fascinating "mystery" story to tell; the music sounds very 80s.

Click on the title for a free high quality MP3 download of Corjan's new Mystery Pop Single!

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