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…