Saturday, August 29, 2009

What We Might Not Want To Admit About Milledgeville

Last week, through all the coverage of a certain music video that made some of us out there question what is wrong with Milledgeville, I think I, as well as some of my colleagues, glanced over the fact that there are some artists in Milledgeville who are recording an aspect of our community that most of us would rather not think about.
To illustrate my point, I present you with this:

Through this collection of images and sound, we can get a glimpse of what is going on in and around some of our neighborhoods in Baldwin County.
It's not pretty. It's gritty, but it's real.
Far from glamorizing a lifestyle that only ends well in a world of music industry-induced fantasy, Maintain shows a place where Big Beats and Big Streets can barely mask the hard-scrabble reality of growing up in a community that is long past its prime.
Yeah, those metal-flake paint jobs and chrome wheels sure shine bright on a Friday night, but they don't really change the place you'll be waking up at Saturday morning.
As the state and manufacturing jobs that once made up the back bone of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County economy continue to leave the area every time the governor or some CPA opens their mouth, how will we as a community be able to tell the next generation that a hard day's work at an honest job is still something to strive toward?
That world may not even exist anymore.
A video like this poses more questions than it does answers. But in the mean time, all we're left to do is maintain.

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