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Zac Brown Band – Knee Deep

An evening pause: Performed live in 2022.

I heard this song on the radio and was astonished because it actually didn’t overload the sound with a typical rock instrumentation so that it was no longer a country tune but a simply rock song with the singer having a western accent. Instead it is simple and clear and a pleasure to listen to, partly because it doesn’t sound like every other pop song played these days.

It also makes a great song to start the weekend.

Genesis cover

On Christmas Eve 1968 three Americans became the first humans to visit another world. What they did to celebrate was unexpected and profound, and will be remembered throughout all human history. Genesis: the Story of Apollo 8, Robert Zimmerman's classic history of humanity's first journey to another world, tells that story, and it is now available as both an ebook and an audiobook, both with a foreword by Valerie Anders and a new introduction by Robert Zimmerman.

The ebook is available everywhere for $5.99 (before discount) at amazon, or direct from my ebook publisher, ebookit. If you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and the author gets a bigger cut much sooner.

The audiobook is also available at all these vendors, and is also free with a 30-day trial membership to Audible.

"Not simply about one mission, [Genesis] is also the history of America's quest for the moon... Zimmerman has done a masterful job of tying disparate events together into a solid account of one of America's greatest human triumphs."--San Antonio Express-News


  • Icepilot

    Great band.
    Checked tickets to a Sep 13 show in Puyallup, WA. Bugger!
    Nosebleed, all the way off to one side $155.
    Nosebleed near the center $305.
    Infield, 25 rows back $480.
    Sigh … No more concerts for me.

  • Your evening pause selections are all over the place (“diverse” has become a dirty word). I usually listen just to broaden my horizons. This time I was just surprised that you picked Zac Brown.

    One problem with living in the middle of nowhere is that no one tours here (Sturgis Rally being the big exception). Back in CO, the bring-your-own-chair tickets at Fiddler’s Green are $64. That seems not-crazy. The actual seats are about the same as Puyallup, which I’d never heard of and keep reading as Pull y’all Up. That does seem a bit much. I prefer recordings, anyway. I’ve been to too many concerts where the people around me are more annoying than fun.

  • markedup2: One of the main points of the pauses is to provide variety.

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