Southern culture has different meanings for each sweet tea sippin' Southerner. Personally and professionally, I'm inclined to be a passionate ambassador of what I call "The Swanky South."
"The Swanky South" naturally conjures up images of Derby days, fine whiskey, cotillions, soirées, Twain, Faulkner, seersucker, magnolias and winding staircases in Antebellum mansions. The Swanky South is, of course, an old-fashioned romantic representation of we fortunate folks who reside here; however, its meaning is a deeper, more timeless notion than one might even imagine.
You see, the finer things we cherish here in our specific geographical paradise are really much more than… things. Look around our town and you’ll notice that our stuff, as charming as it is, takes a back seat to the charm found in the unique personality of Columbia’s Main Street.
Situated between the grit and soul of Memphis and the cosmopolitan twang of Nashville, our growing little town is a bit of both big cities; yet, it has a rhythm all its own. On any stretch of sidewalk on any given day, experience the variety of characteristics that define our town of Columbia: Earthy. Refined. Raw. Sacred. Sublime.
Stroll the sidewalks of the lovely, historic square where the deep roots of heritage and the extended branches of eager anticipation collaborate to create healthy new growth. The Old South and New South converge, each with a respectful nod to the other, as buildings are razed or refurbished in the shade of century old trees – a vivid image of how we’re growing and still maintaining our slice of Americana.
Indeed, "The Swanky South" experience lavished upon us here in the Antebellum Capitol of the world is not merely the thin veneer of aesthetic extravagance. Rather, it is an atmosphere of extravagant southern charm, graciousness and hospitality toward our locals and our visitors. It's real. It's honest. It's not the least bit contrived, cliquish or ostentatious. We don't have time for that nonsense. We're too busy making new friends and neighbors.
“The Swanky South”
Words and Music by Makky Kaylor
(Ol’ Lucy Brown Music/BMI)
"Here in the land of cotton, sweet magnolias blossom
and their fragrance floats like kisses on the breeze"
"Tonight the sky is shinin' - drippin' in diamonds - extravagantly Dixie"
"We've got mint juleps on ice, we're 'cool as Flannery and Twain;
'though it's hot as the Dickens, we can't complain"
we've got it made here in the shade dear... In the Swanky South."
Join Songsmith/ Writer/Author/Recording Artist/Entertainer & Southern Ambassador Makky Kaylor regularly for life “In The Swanky South” here on Off The Duck.
*Photography: Fern Greene (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"The Swanky South" is a rich, generous experience; a celebration of all that we find joyful, blissful, luxurious and, ultimately, lovable about our glorious Southland and, specifically, our much beloved Muletown.” ~ Makky Kaylor