“The Macon Sound” is something Maconites should be proud of and celebrate. Are you proud of where you live? I have lived in Macon all my life except for my college years. Have you noticed that we as a city have a negative narrative we voice regularly about our city? I confess to participating in negative thoughts and words about Macon. For the past several years I have been challenging these thoughts. Yes, there is much work to be done. I believe our city has a bright future, but we must fight to grasp it.

I recently watched the documentary, “The Macon Sound.” I knew our city had a rich history in music. However, I was blown away when it took over an hour just to summarize the profound impact our city’s music scene had on the world. For those of us that call Macon home, we live in a really cool place. A town with a sound that helped shape culture and released new forms of music that are still impacting the world.

The film highlights the various artists that became real players on the world’s stage. Big names we all know like Otis Redding, Little Richard, and the Allman Brothers. The influence that Capricorn Records success through the hard work of Alan and Phil Walden. Specific stories that I really enjoyed included Big Mike explaining how much Europe loves the music scene and history of Macon. Also, how Chuck Leavell nearly quit the music industry to focus on forestry on the very day he was contacted by The Rolling Stones to become their keyboard layer. You read that right, the keyboardist for The Rolling Stones is not only from Macon, but after traveling the world through music, has chosen for Macon to remain his home.

Whether you take the time to watch the video or not, I want to challenge us to believe Macon can again release “a voice,” or “a sound” that the world needs to hear. Move beyond the daily news cycle of crime rate, local politics, national politics, etc. and ask the Lord to open your eyes to see. There are many beautiful people in our community. There are many great opportunities in this city. This is a great place to call home and raise a family.

I believe that God loves this city, and He is not through working on her yet. I believe our city is collectively learning to love Him in return.

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him… these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.”  (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

May we all make it our prayer to love Him and believe in Him for our city’s future.

Jason Thomley


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