Why I Love Genesis (And You Should Too!)

Why I Love Genesis (And You Should Too!)

I recent times, I have grown to greatly enjoy the band Genesis and here's why.

Let’s face it, a lot of people love music. From your family to your friends, there’s always somebody listening to music. The most interesting thing about music is that different people have different tastes. For example, while one person loves rap another person strongly dislikes it. Some people even like multiple types of music, which could consist of rap as well as rock. For me though, I have been most interested in 1970s and 1980s music, specifically the works of what they call progressive rock bands. Progressive Rock is usually defined as having complex strong structures and long keyboard-driven segments, but from band to band these elements can vary greatly. One of these bands in particular that has caught my attention in recent times is Genesis, an English band that has released fifteen studio albums in the time span of 1969 all the way to 1997. They have a very diverse array of music within their albums, and I believe they have something to offer for everyone. Essentially, I have grown to greatly enjoy the works of Genesis in recent times, and I thought that I would explain why.

One of the greatest elements of Genesis is their constant variation on the progressive rock style. When they began, they experimented with complex combinations of guitar drums and keyboard. This was due to the influence of founding member Peter Gabriel, who often told side-long epics about mythical stories and elements. This period, ranging from their inception until 1975, leaves a lot of intrigue and curiously to those who listen to these particular albums. For example, 1975’s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway functions as a complete narrative about a fictional person living in New York City and dealing with some very quaint situations. The songs were so artistically expressive that Peter Gabriel even wore costumes during live performances, which gave Genesis a theatrical edge. Essentially, these storytelling albums function as interesting pieces of artistic music.

However, the fun with listening to Genesis doesn’t stop here, as they step into the foray of streamlined pop as they make their way towards the 1980s. At this point, Phil Collins, the drummer, assumed leadership of the band following Gabriel’s departure. This era is definitely easier to get into than the story driven material from before, but it functions very well as catchy and memorable pop music. Although in this era there is more of a focus on simple musical arrangements, the fascinating keyboards and longer solos are still present. As a result, the pop era of Genesis is great as the previous era but for different reasons. It keeps things simple, with various synth and drum driven sections to mix things up a bit. Also the music still maintains the roots of what made Genesis great from the beginning. A lot of my favorite Genesis songs are from this era, such as “Land of Confusion”, “Abacab” and “Turn It On Again." Although Genesis had downsized and changed direction to a more simple style, their musical greatness is still present in its own special way (if you got that reference, congrats).

Although both eras of Genesis offer a different musical experience, I feel as though they are both very entertaining and enjoyable in different aspects. While a more poetic and theatrical Genesis shine through the 1970s, an equally entertaining pop-driven experience awaits in the 1980s. Although some people will pick a side in a sense (just look on any music forum on the internet, you will see “team-phil” and “team-peter” very quickly), I feel as though both sides of this progressive rock band can be greatly enjoyed. If I was to recommend an album from each era for a newcomer to start with, I would choose Selling England by the Pound for the Peter Gabriel Era and Invisible Touch for the Phil Collins era. Both I believe represent the pinnacle of their respective eras and will help listeners decide if they truly enjoy either or not. Hopefully, I have stated clearly why I love the band Genesis and hope to see new fans emerge in years to come.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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A Step By Step Of How Your Thanksgiving Will Actually Go

Every year we think it will go differently, and yet...


It's pre-Christmas, and it will be a day of stress, love, and wonderful food.

1. You wake up to the sounds of a parent slamming pots and pans on the counter top


It is time. The day has begun and your mom or dad will start yelling for you any minute.

2. You finally make it downstairs and you're assigned your tasks before family arrives


There will be the "Make this table," or the "Dust the entire house because your cousins are coming and they won't notice but your aunt sure will. Oh, and please stay out of the kitchen." You know, the usual.

3. You try to eat breakfast and lunch but honestly you can not WAIT for dinner tonight and the smells coming from the kitchen are overwhelming


What are we celebrating again? I'm just excited to eat.

4. You rush and make your way to the grocery store at least once (maybe twice) because your parents can't leave the kitchen


"You would think mom wouldn't forget anything for tonight, but I guess it is pretty easy to forget gravy when you're making a million other dishes," you think to yourself as you try to defend the forgetfulness.

5. You spend a few hours feeling bored as you wait for your family members to arrive because you still aren't allowed in the kitchen and you find yourself watching that one "Friends" episode to kill some time. 


Football or "Friends"? Honestly I should ask my mom if she needs more help but I'll just keep watching this.

6. Your family finally arrives 


It is suddenly overwhelmingly loud and you now get to talk about your life for the next few hours. Food cannot come soon enough.

7. Hours and hours seemed to go by but dinner is finally ready


At llllaaaassssstttttttttt, my dinnnnnnneeeeerrrrrrrr will be mmmmiiiinnneeeeeeeeee!

8. You have to sit through and listen to either heated debate or six conversations at once while you eat 


Honestly, I'll just keep quiet and enjoy these mashed potatoes for their deliciousness.

9. You get one look from your mom and suddenly your busting the whole table


But hey, there are worse things in life. For instance, I'm not even toughing that turkey carcass I don't care what my parents say.

10. It's round two. You've been waiting for that pie all day 


There's this cool thing called a dessert stomach where you have more room for dessert than you did five minutes ago. Isn't that great?!?

11. Your family slowly starts to leave, and the food coma starts to settle in 


It's been a great meal, even if there was some arguing. At the end of it all, it's still been a great thanksgiving.

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