Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “trick.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

When I see the prompt for SoCS I mull the word over. I don’t know how others do it, but I begin by playing with it, and with questioning if can I make it into another word by adding letters, or maybe pondering if there is another way to view the word other than the obvious. I don’t necessarily write about the first idea that comes into my head, but I write about the first interesting (to me) idea.

I have no way of knowing why or how today’s memory decided to put itself forward. Of course on Halloween the first thought was “trick or treat.” I mused on those kinds of tricks for a while, and then all of a sudden an old Genesis album came to mind. Maybe my brain is conflating this prompt with recent Torah studies on Genesis? Which then leads to the progressive rock band Genesis? Who knows? I’m running with it.

Well, I’m Googling with it, not running. Googling and YouTubing. Those shouldn’t be verbs, but they have become that. What is becoming of our language? “It is evolving, as it always has and always will, don’t be such a grumpy pedantic,” I think to myself, followed by, “You kids get off of my lawn!” Where was I? See, this is truly stream of consciousness writing today, none of that poetry or short story stuff today!

I immediately learned that the album in question is Trick of the Tail and not Trick of the Tale! I could have sworn it was the latter. I am now edified. Aha! Now it becomes clear to you wtf I am on about now.* This next isn’t really stream of consciousness writing, but rather a stream of consciousness Google ramble and its reporting, because that happens, too, with SoCS prompts. Tell me I’m wrong.

I came upon Genesis very late, much later than their genesis* of 1967. 1967!? Holy cats. They were already into several iterations before I learned of them. I then lost track of them, and was just now surprised to learn they are still a thing. In fact, they had a spring 2020 tour planned, which is now postponed to 2021 thanks to the plague.

Trick of the Tail (I keep reverting to Tale) was released in 1976 and was the first album to be released after Peter Gabriel left the group, and Phil Collins became the front man. I remember when I discovered this album, years after 1976, that I played it and played it and played it. (I’m doing the same to Taylor Swift’s Folklore.) And like all such things I eventually put it aside. I haven’t listened to it in ages, but I am now. I remember all of the lyrics, and you should all consider yourselves lucky that this is a blog and not a vlog and that you cannot hear me singing along. That album holds up all of these years later (and I think Folklore will too, fwiw). I can’t tell you which is my favorite cut because I don’t know. The lyrics, the instrumentation… all good.

I love the cover art. Remember cover art? This may springboard me to do a few photo shoots in Second Life. Since I can’t decide, I’ll leave you with the title song.

*See what I did there? So clever…


    1. Ooooh. You caught that! I’m in the beginning process of converting, and there are all sorts of new things for me to learn. Lech L’cha was discussed during the Saturday service. I had to put a bookmark in Google to find out what the heck it is. 🙂 The rabbi discussed things including Beatles lyrics, things from the Tao Te Ching… it was great.

      This is the only reason I can think of that brought Trick of the Tail to the surface… Genesis has been on my mind.

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        1. He seems very nice, fun and knowledgeable. I’ve never met him because: Covid! I’ve been lovingly referring to Shabbat services as Jew Zoom. Ah, 2020… I’m planning a blog post. Jew Zoomkippur was interesting.

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          1. Yes, my shul has been Zooming and YouTubing too. ZoomKippur and RoshHaZoomah was very different to normal, but we’re grateful for the technology in these very odd times! When you finally get to attend a service in the shul it will be quite the experience!

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    1. I don’t actually have a lawn, because I live in apartment. I don’t even have a balcony. But if I *did* you can bet there would be some instances of “get off my lawn” happening.

      I find it very interesting that my neurons rummaged around and remembered Trick of the Tail. I can’t remember where I left my glasses but hey!

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  1. I’ve been a fan of Phil Collins and Genesis since maybe the late 70s. Seems like I had an 8 track….. But I don’t recall hearing this song which I enjoyed very much. And I love cover art! Yes album covers seem the most memorable. My son still has my old Roger Dean wizard poster frayed on the edges. Maybe he’ll frame it. As far as SoCS, I like to mull a bit since going with my first thought runs a greater risk of later thinking of something else that would’ve been better to write about. Thanks for the memories and great sound!

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    1. Glad you liked the music blast from the past. For me, I’m thinking I stumbled upon this album in the early 90s? If you liked this song then I would definitely suggest checking out the whole album. The lyrics are also fun, so I would suggest getting a lyric YouTube. An…8 track? LoL.

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    1. I know we are chided not to judge books (or albums) by their covers, but I have been known to do so. By that I mean I have bought both on impulse simply because of the art, and honestly, I can’t remember ever being disappointed. 🙂

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  2. Those neurons are very interesting. I think we have some a Genesis albums in storage in Colorado, probably worthless to play now, it’s been so long. Thanks for visiting and I’ll be visiting you.😊

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  3. My step grandson always says “Google it up”, which is kind of cute. My ex-wife was a big fan of Phil Collins and Genesis (the first time around) but I can’t say I’m a huge fan, though I do like a few tracks. I’ll have to check out Folklore.

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