The Soundtrack of SILVER BROWN

One Man Genesis

I was a musician before I was a writer or a web developer, so this is the sort of thing that turns my crank.

A while back I came across a video of a multi-instrumentalist from Quebec performing a medley of Genesis covers. But not the Genesis covers you’re probably thinking of. Nothing in the same vein as Disturbed’s (flawless) interpretation of “Land of Confusion”. It might actually shock some people to hear this, but Genesis wasn’t always yacht rock. The yacht-rock ethos didn’t start to manifest itself until around 1978. There was a decade’s worth of history preceding that which saw them as a completely different band – one that left behind a hearty feast of yacht-inappropriate vinyl opuses centered around abstract literary concepts, unusual time signatures, the ever-present Mellotron, an occasional classical guitar interlude from the magic fingers of Mr. Steve Hackett, and Peter Gabriel’s sometimes-baffling-but-always-interesting array of stage personae…


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In addition to being the band’s summoner of unknown cosmic forces, he was also their flute player.

The musical selections featured in this video are mostly from that period, because merely playing a medley of their greatest hits would be unworthy of a virtuoso. That would be like asking Mozart to perform K-pop numbers for your amusement.