I love Dolly Parton. She has lived her life the way she wants to live it, she's not afraid to be who she is, and she makes no apologies. One of my favorite Dolly Parton quotes is “Find out who you are and do it on purpose.” That is a lesson we could all learn -- early in our lives.
Dolly was interviewed on Larry King Live the other night, and she said that during her lifetime, since she was age seven, she has written 3,000 songs. Many of them have been recorded by other artists, so often we don't know the song has been written by Dolly Parton. “I Will Always Love You” made famous by Whitney Houston, is one of them. Dolly recorded the song as well, and her version is different from Whitney's, and quite sweet.
Dolly is an amazing person, and I think she is what most people would refer to -- in a complimentary way -- as a great broad. She never takes herself seriously, but just has fun with life. How can you not love someone who said, “I was the first woman to burn my bra - it took the fire department four days to put it out.” But she has way more going for her than the teeth-gritting, feminist “women of a certain age”, who over the past few decades have made everything so deadly-serious. I wish they could all take a page from Dolly's playbook, and lighten up.
“When I'm inspired, I get excited because I can't wait to see what I'll come up with next.” ... Dolly Parton.
Here is one of my favorite Dolly Parton songs, written -- believe it or not -- by the Bee Gees. I hope everyone finds their Islands in the Stream...