Today is a very monumental day for me. Well, monumental might be a bit much -- lets just say its a day of reflection. Exactly six years ago today I moved to Macon by default in search of finding my own way.
I say by default because I left my hometown of Willingboro, New Jersey, after dropping out of college to chase an internship with a major record label. My plan was to save up thousands, move to a city (Atlanta) I had only been to a few times as a kid and somehow create one of those and then I just blew up stories.
Instead, the program got cancelled and I got the call late that day on May 23 and was told not to come. Through talking to my parents -- and afraid to go back home a failure in less than 24 hours -- I drove on down to Macon to stay with my uncle and grandparents for the summer.
That summer was the first time I had been away from my immediate family most of my teenage years. Young, cocky and determined to make something of this conundrum, I rapped everywhere and for anyone I could.
Most didnt like it, but lyrically (and sometimes physically) what could they do? I began to learn things I never knew I was capable of creatively due to the many kindred spirits I encountered downtown. One thing led to another and my name was mentioned among the elite at the time as part of the new resurgence of the music scene here.
Ive met some amazing people in this six-year period. I met a beautiful woman right before Mercer Universitys graduation one year and I still think about her every time I hear a John Mayer song. Ive created some of the best material of my career and still have more to go. Ive stayed here because theres just something in the air. Even when things arent going well, this place makes you feel that if you just hold on a little longer itll happen. Whatever it is for you.
What Im trying to say is thank you to this city. Even though my time here may be up pretty soon, Ill always appreciate what youve done for me. Feel free to let me know the story of how you ended up here and why you stayed. Happy anniversary and have a good weekend!
Floco Torres is an artist/songwriter. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.