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Hard To Imagine

I first heard this song played live in 1998 in Knoxville, TN.  We road tripped from Maryville to Knoxville – my ex-husband, his best friend, my best friend, and myself.  To this day, that trip, and especially the night of the concert, remains one of the best memories I have during that time in my life.  Everything about it was just perfect.

There are two 8×10 framed photos that hang over my guitars, snapshots of Pearl Jam on stage.  They were taken by my friend, who was lucky enough to snag one 3rd row seat for the show.  They aren’t the best shots in the world, but they are reminders of a happy time.

My friend and I got out the scissors and glue and made a sign for the friend sitting in the 3rd row to hold up that simply said “Patriot” in hopes that we could get the band to play it.  When Eddie acknowledged our sign during the show (though they didn’t play our song), it was an incredible feeling.

A lot of people don’t get my connection to Pearl Jam, but my love for them has remained strong over the years.  In a way, they have provided the soundtrack to my life, well at least since the teen years.  Each song connects me to a memory, a piece of my life, moments of joy and heartbreak.

Hard To Imagine has kind of become my song over the years.  It can mean different things to me at different times in my life.  I’ve put meaning into this song that I doubt anyone else would ever understand.  When I listen to it, I feel every note, almost as if it is a part of me.  It would totally rock my socks if they played it Monday night, when I’ll be standing before them once again listening to pieces of my life float by.

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A Night With Zac Brown Band


Thursday night Hubby and I had the pleasure of seeing Zac Brown Band perform.  I knew the first time I heard “Chicken Fried” that they were a band to watch and they quickly became a favorite.  I pre-ordered The Foundation long before it was released and listened to it over and over again.  I don’t think there’s a song on it that I don’t like.


I waited for well over a year to get a chance to see them live and it was definitely worth the wait. They were absolutely amazing live. I’ve seen a lot of live music and it’s rare to see a band put so much emotion and heart into a performance. The whole show was incredible, but I’ll never forget the raw emotion of “Junkyard,” a song written about Zac Brown’s home life when he was a child.


Opening acts Levi Lowry, Sonia Leigh, and Nic Cowen were all great too. Instead of the traditional concert set up where each act plays for an allotted amount of time, each one played a few songs alone, then Zac Brown and various other musicians from each band joined in. It was like one big jam session with everybody playing together.


I decided to take a chance and bring my good camera along so I could zoom in. I wasn’t thrilled with all of the photos, but I got enough good ones to make me happy. I definitely need to work on getting sharper photos in a dark environment. I played around with settings a little bit, but in the end I was getting better shots on auto so I gave up.  I did have a girl come up to me halfway through the show and ask if I would e-mail her some pictures though.


If you want to see the rest of the photos, you can check them out on Flickr.

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