There must be something in the water here. I mean besides all of that calcium carbonate that gives us a higher rate of kidney stones than other parts of the country. Albany, Leesburg, and the surrounding areas are flooded with greatness.
Phillip Phillips signs are popping up everywhere like the dew on a southwest Georgia morning in the summer. Phillips Fever is catching. My Facebook is flooded with the number to call for our local favorite and clips from his performance are posted just ten minutes after it was aired on the television show American Idol.
Besides the fact that he is local, does Phillip Phillips really matter? The answer is definitely “Yes.”
George Lucas once said that “Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” Perhaps that is why Phillip Phillips matters. It does not matter who you are or where you are from, the American dream of succeeding and making it big can still happen.
A friend told me a few weeks ago about how much he hates this town, and there is a YOUTUBE video going around entitled “What People Say In Albany, Georgia.” A common phrase in the video is “…this town is so boring.” However, they also site some of the greats from our area like Luke Bryan, Buster Posey, and the movies that have come out of Sherwood Baptist Church by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.
This town has been touched by other famous people like female golf legend Nancy Lopez, football player Deion Branch, Ray Charles, Paula Dean, Jim Fowler, song writer Dallas Davidson, even Ray Stevens spent much of his youth here in Albany, Georgia.
Is southwest Georgia the center of the universe? While that remains to be seen, there is proof that you can be from our area and touch the world. Phillip Phillips matters because he is living that example for our area youth. I don’t know if there is something in the water. (Phillip did have to get a kidney stone removed during the show so he obviously has been drinking it.) I do know that southwest Georgia is full of potential. We have a sense of community that encourages dreams. I think that is our greatest secret. Remember to vote Phillip this week; but even more important, remember to encourage a young person to live up to his or her potential and follow a dream.
Written by Bill Waller. Mr. Waller is a author and contributor local blog, Southwest Georgia Politics. He enjoys writing, traveling, and researching history. He currently resides in Albany, Georgia.