In Genesis, there really was an Adam and Steve … kind of

In trying to give credit where it’s due, I saw the following photo and caption late Sunday night on the Facebook page of one of my newer California musician friends after it had started making the web rounds and I couldn’t resist doing a bit of “word riffing” with it myself that I thought I might expand on just a touch here.

It helps to be somewhat familiar with the rock band Genesis to appreciate the humor behind it, and if you’re not at least familiar with former Genesis drummer/singer Phil Collins then you may end up being totally lost.

All in good humor, folks …

In the beginning, a band was created.  A disciple named Peter Gabriel gathered together other players along with his friend Tony Banks, a group which later became known as Genesis.

Peter and Tony brought in Anthony (Phillips), who would become known as “Ant.”  In the days and weeks and years to come, “Ant” would step aside and the next well-known “Ant” after him would be known as Adam.

Upon “Ant’s” leaving to spread the word to other nations, Steve (Hackett) would be welcomed in to where “Ant” had once stood.

Thus, there was an Adam — errrr, an “Ant” — and a Steve in Genesis.

Peter and Tony also brought in a Michael (Rutherford) and later a Philip (Collins), and they went forth with Adam’s — errrr, “Ant’s” — replacement Steve and began to spread their words to the world.

The disciple Peter began to feel a strong sense that he needed to free the other disciples, so he left the Lambs at Broadway and departed to form another fellowship to spread the words in other directions for the remainder of his years.

Genesis’ message continued to grow and blossom, as did Peter’s.  Steve later went on his own path, and thrived in his own discipleship as well.  And then there were three … Tony, Michael, and Philip.

Together, the trio urged the people to follow them and they would lead them past the land of confusion to the promised land of the invisible touch, which would enlighten them and their audience for years to come.


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Hi, my name's John. I've thought about this blogging stuff for a number of years now. I got into it for real on November 10, 2011, after suddenly losing my job in late October that year. I've been blogging ever since, and I kept it up on a daily basis over a period of a year and four months of being unemployed or under-employed, to try and paint a picture of what being jobless with a family to support can be like. Finally, on February 28, 2013, I got a better job that put us back into the "middle class." But then that job went away, and I took a job as a transit bus driver that put us more in a lower income bracket. Now, I want to blog again on a more regular basis to tell of the kinds of struggles people like us go through as we work toward something better. Who knows, maybe I can actually turn this blogging stuff into a way to earn a living someday! If you go to my blog at and click on my About page, it'll tell you a lot about me -- maybe more than you ever wanted to know. I'm just your average, laid-back guy who's GOING TO MAKE IT IN THIS WORLD, despite all the roadblocks thrown in the way. I also launched a "niche" blog on music at that I'm very excited about because of the popularity of music playlist articles here. Also, check out and "Like" this blog's Facebook page at for instant updates. Look forward to seeing y'all around!
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