Since Memphians say it best, when it comes to describing “Why Memphis Rocks,” we have had fun sharing your responses over the last few weeks. This week, as we wrap up the series, let us elaborate with a few more:
Ann Gilbert: “I think Memphis Rocks because of its wonderful people. Having just moved to the area I can attest to the hospitality, kindness, generosity and caring of the people! The beautiful scenery and soulful nature of the city create a vibrant feel that is rare among larger cities. The increase of business activity and availability of entertainment will help Memphis be recognized as the world class city she is.”
Jessie Biggs: “I think Memphis Rocks because you get the best of both city and country life. It is an amazing city with a small town feel where music echoes throughout and good old southern cooking fills the air. You can dance your blues away on Beale Street or run down the banks of the Mighty Mississippi like Huck Finn. Memphis is home for many but it makes an impact on all that pass through.”
Erika Adair: “I’m a native Memphian and no matter how many times I move away, I always find myself moving back. Memphis represents: finger licking good BBQ, music, culture, heritage, giving back and paying it forward. All of these things are what Memphis means but most important to me: home sweet home.”
Anita Hollis: “Memphis Rocks because even if you are not from the south, everyone makes you feel welcome. Who would not want to live here? You have great food, great venues and a great place to raise your family. My husband and I were both born and raised in Memphis and we love supporting our Memphis TIGERS!! My husband says, ‘Once a Tiger fan, always a Tiger fan – Never a fair weather fan!’ We love supporting all our sports in Memphis because that is what we grew up doing. From the U of M Tigers to the Grizzles to the Redbirds; and no matter which one you go to, you can always get some of that great tasting Rendezvous BBQ!”
Carla Denton: “Memphis rocks because it floats ‘high up on a ridge, just a half a mile from the Mississippi Bridge’ (Chuck Berry) and because ‘That’s where the people smile, smile on you all the while. Hospitality, they were good to me. I couldn’t spend a dime, and had the grandest time.’ (W C Handy).”
Now, after reading so many touching testimonials, I encourage you to think about what this city and its people mean to you. Then, make it a point to share your special moments, so that our days will be defined by a full 24-hour span versus what typically leads in a 30-minute newscast.
Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter (@lpbreakfastclub) and Facebook (facebook.com/lpbreakfastclub).