Last Night: Zac Brown Band At Reliant Stadium
As the Zac Brown Band began to play through the last verse of "Highway 20 Ride," just as Brown finished singing, "And my whole world, it begins and ends with you" while lightly picking at his guitar strings, our dad reached over, placed his arm around us and gave our shoulder a firm squeeze. With a slight smile, he said simply, "Good song."
At any other time, Aftermath might have disagreed with the old man out of principle, solely for the sake of argument. After all, we don't want him getting Alzheimer's or anything, so we make a point to pit his verbal and mental dukes against ours as often as possible.
It keeps him sharp. Some might call it bickering; we call it a well-developed rapport between a man and his overly opinionated son. Who are you to judge anyway?
But having just heard a father's song to his son in which he tells the boy, in spite of all his failings, that he tried his hardest to be a good dad and only hopes that, when he crosses his son's mind, the young man smiles, we thought better of disagreeing and decided instead to smile and nod in agreement.
It may not have touched our hearts, but seeing those lyrics strike a chord with our own dad was close enough.
First and foremost, the members of the Zac Brown Band are patriotic. Secondly, they're definitely some form of country. And thirdly, they're extremely talented musicians. Monday night, at Reliant Stadium, ZBB combined those characteristics into an hour-long hodgepodge of musical madness.
It took three or four songs, but by the time they played "Highway 20 Ride," we were hooked. From then on, we were tapping our feet, drumming our hands on the bar in front of us and, when the choruses were catch enough, even singing along. After "20," Brown kept the mood somber (lyrically) while picking up the tempo a bit for "As She's Walking Away."
The rest of the evening was filled with plenty of ZBB's better-known hits, two cuts off their upcoming album, including "Where the Wind Blows" - and plenty of jam sessions. We couldn't quite tell who enjoyed the musical showmanship more: The crowd or the band. Either way, it seemed like a win-win situation to us.