I don’t care if its cool, I love Dolly Parton.
Dolly is amazing, she wrote Jolene, that should be enough, when The White Stripes amongst so many others cover you as they say it’s that amazing you know your on a winner, to prove the point even Mrs Carter the one and only Beyonce covers her on tour. But there is something more, a deeper reason why this little lady from Tennessee means so much to me.
Dolly may not have the greatest voice of all time, its pretty damn good though, she may not be the greatest lyric writer of all time, its pretty damn good though, she may not be the greatest dancer, but she has something you can;t learn, she has heart and determination.
Dolly is the great survivor, she has weathered every storm thrown at her, she has stood firm when people said she was over, she has come back from every challenge, every set back, every kick from those who doubt her. That on its own is an admirable quality. She is 4ft 11 of determination and self belief.
She pulled herself up from utter poverty, never forgot where she came from or those who helped her, and she did it all while staying true to herself and who she wanted to be. Those are the qualities we should try to bestow in ourselves.
I haven’t even mentioned the fact she wrote 9 to 5 yet, the worlds catchiest song, or that she somehow made Islands In The Stream seem cool. She wrote I will Always Love You, Whitney must have really owed her so much yet Dolly said “I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song”, and is respected enough to have made albums with such legends as Linda Rondstadt & EmmyLou Harris, country royalty. The great Jonny Cash & June Carter loved her, in fact its a surprise to everyone that she didn’t enter the Hall Of Fame until 1999 !!!
Plus and its a huge thing her foundation helping child literacy has done so much to help so man kids, or the movies, Steel Magnolias anyone? Ok you all get the point, enjoy some of those solid gold hits.