Diversity Studies by James Carville
Leave it to me to test the argument and oppose the position that the South is homogenous. East Tennessee is nothing like Northern Mississippi. Charleston and Houston…different. Appalachia vs. The Florida Keys…I mean could two regions be any more diverse?
Each state in the South boasts its own personality, and that’s what I love about it. Let’s just look at music, for instance. Delta Blues, Atlanta Hip Hop, Kentucky Bluegrass, Carolina Beach, Alabama Country and New Orleans Jazz…the music sounds nothing alike, but each genre is able to produce one commonality. No matter the song, music in the South narrates life. It’s a virtue that Southerners are born with, the ability to be a good storyteller.
Musicians aren’t the only people who can do it. Of course, the great novelists, outdoorsmen, and just about every Southern Mama know how to spin some yarn. There’s an entertainment value to it, and it’s not all about the punch line. It’s about the art, the color commentary. I mean, we Southerners…we are first class humorists. And the masters never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
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