Video Review: Zac Brown Band “Same Boat”

In black-and-white, a seventysomething man recounts life when as a child. As an American flag flies, he says, “there were four of us boys.” In color, two 8-year-old boys run around with sparklers in the backyard. He continues: “we didn’t have running water…you washed your clothes in a wash pot.” Back in black-and-white, a series of mailboxes sit at the end of the road. Several rundown school buses sit in a field. It switches from black-and-white and color throughout.

A seventysomething woman walks to her RV. A sixtysomething man sits on a porch swing. Four fiftysomething men sit a card table in a backyard and play cards. Zac, Jimmy, John, Coy, Clay, Chris, Daniel and Matt perform in the lake or on the dock.

A 7-year-old girl drinks water on the porch. A second fortysomething man rides a bicycle. Two fortysomething men work on the boat. One man throws out a net. A thirtysomething man changes the tire on his truck. A twentysomething man welds in the shop. The thirtysomething man stands with his children.

A fiftysomething man sits on a horse. A second twentysomething man rides a bull. Two twentysomething men drink beer in the ranch. Back in black-and-white, a thirtysomething woman stands on the balcony with her children. A 6-year-old swings on a tire on a tree. A 9-year-old boy runs with his dog. A group of 8-year-old boys play basketball at a park. A police officer, a thirtysomething man, joins in the game. A 10-year-old boy and his father fish on a boat. A second sixtysomething man run lets a snake run through his fingers.

Rating: 4.5/5

The thirtysomething man calls his wife and lets her know they are going to be late. His tire went flat. He tells the children to stay by him. It wasn’t going to take him long. He glances around every couple seconds, checking the street and shoulder. A police car drives by and he stops. His children wave, saying they know him from the park. The thirtysomething man sits up and drops his tools.

The twentysomething man eats a sandwich on his lunch. He had five minutes left. Throwing away his paper bag, he walk to his spot in the shop. As he welds, he tells himself it’s only a couple of hours until he can go home. He picked up some overtime and was going to work a couple extra hours. It was going to be a long week. However, he’ll have money to pay for his house.

The sixtysomething man walks with his grandchildren. He tells them stories about how he grow up. His 10-year-old granddaughter says, “really?” He shows her pictures of his childhood home. His 8-year-old grandson asks him about the wash tub. The sixtysomething man explains what it is and says not every one could afford a washing machine.

Director: Spidey Smith Year: 2021

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.