Thursday, June 22, 2006

An Eagle When She Flies

Dolly Parton is a national treasure who reminds us of how easy life can be, and how our greatest resource in America is actually our people, most of the time the people we overlook. Would this amazingly gifted songwriter have even been noticed if it were not for her bodacious endowment? Perhaps not. But in order to make it, and in order to show the world that she had the brains behind the bod, she used what she could, what she had, and perhaps what she acquired along the way.

How can you not love this woman?? She's direct, and despite her appearance, extremely real and honest. When she sings "I will always love you", I believe her every time. And she's at her funniest when her humour is self-deprecating. For example:

I was the first woman to burn my bra - it took the fire department four days to put it out.


I look just like the girl next door...if you happen to live next to an amusement park.

I'm not offended by dumb blonde jokes because I know that I'm not dumb. I also know I'm not blonde.

You better believe that if it's saggin', baggin', or draggin', I'm a-gonna have it sucked, plucked or tucked.


I personally think she was robbed at this year's Academy Awards, losing the award for Best Original Song for the movie Transamerica, but she remains one of the country's most prolific songwriters, and is arguably one of America's greatest treasures. She's loved by fans of country music for her roots; by women for her songs about empowerment; by straight men because of her flirtatious nature (and her rack); and by gay men because ... well she's just fabulous. She crosses age groups, cultures, genders and races. If music really does make the people come together, then Dolly is the best DJ there is.