Hello, Dolly


  Stand back ladies and gentlemen and spread out the purple carpet, the Queen of Country Music, Dolly Parton, has made her way to the Today Show.  It was epic.  With a smile as big as her………. hairdo (I bet you thought I was going to say something else.) Dolly strut her stuff live at Rockefeller Center.  The Tennessee native performed some of her old favorites and introduced a new single,” Blue Smoke.”  Of course this song told the tale of love gone wrong. This is Dolly’s latest album which happens to be her forty-seventh.

     This lady has done it all and been very successful doing it.  She is an actress, author, owns an amusement park, has a rockin’ place down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and oh yeah, she sings.  And boy, does she sing.  To borrow a phrase from another country legend, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly “was country, when country wasn’t cool.”  Can you even allow your imagination to go there? No, don’t even try to wrap your head around it.  It’s tragic, and a very dark period in our country and music.  Let’s move on.

     I have been a big fan of Dolly’s for a long time.  She is just a great gal, and I am proud that she is a Southern, country girl from the farmlands of Tennessee.  Her daddy was a tobacco farmer, and there were twelve children in her family. And, we thought the Duggars with their 19 Kids and Counting were the only ones who pushed that envelope. Dolly married in 1966, and she and her husband are still together. How awesome is that! She told Savannah Guthrie that the secret to their successful marriage was that “she was gone a lot.”  There is nothing better than a girl who shots straight.

     So, I hope you did what you had to do- Told your boss that you were more than likely going to be sick the morning of May 13th or channeled your best Forrest Gump and climbed those Smokey Mountains, swam the Atlantic Ocean, or hiked from California to New York.  If those options didn’t work, you could have been like me and set your DVR for the Today Show. That lady was certainly worth the wait.

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