I love music
It’s hard for me to convey precisely how much I enjoy music. I’d rather go without food for a few days than go without music for a day. Fortunately for me, that would never have to happen. I have music on my phone, my computer, laptop — and of course on Youtube.
Over the decades, I have curated a very large and eclectic collection that includes all kinds of music — Indian classical, Indian popular, Western pop, country, rock and roll, Western classical, world music, electronic and trance, acoustic, heavy metal, and so on.
Some of my friends do like music but no one I know loves music as much as I do. I not only love the music I like, but I can’t bear to listen to bad stuff even for a minute. Anyway, I consider it one of my greatest blessings that so much great music is available to me, and that I have the time to enjoy them so much.
One of my all-time favorites in the country music genre is the lovely Dolly Parton. She’s awesome in singing and song-writing. One of her hit songs Jolene shows her writing talent. Here, listen. When introducing the song, she calls one of the women in the audience a “red-headed hussy” 😊
Her joyous attitude is infectious and her smile lights up the stage. Try this one:
Alright she’s good at what she does but so are so many other hugely talented people. What’s so special about her, you may ask. I think she’s special because she is a wonderful human. She was born poor but she dreamed big. About her dreams when she was little, she said “dreams dressed me up when I was ragged, and filled me up when I was hungry.”
Way back in 2012 when the NPR show “Talk of the Nation” was hosted by Neal Conan, Dolly was a guest. When I need a little pick-me-up, I listen to that interview. And it’s not just because I love the Tennessee accent. (I love that accent because James Buchanan was also from Tennessee.)
As she told Neal Conan, when she’d tell people that she was going to Nashville, they’d ask her if she wasn’t afraid of starving to death, she’d reply, “Well I couldn’t be any poorer than we’ve been here. And I’m not a bad-looking girl.” She sure ain’t.
She describes how she managed to get food sometimes — she would eat stuff that people would leave outside their hotel rooms from their room service orders.
Anyhow, she followed her dream to go to Nashville and be a star. People didn’t take her seriously, of course. Anyhow, listen.
Even if you don’t have the time to listen to the whole 30 minutes, listen to the first ten minutes or so. You’ll not be disappointed.
And now, please feel free to ask me anything.
Bonus track. Miley Cyrus did a Jolene cover. I must admit that she’s not half bad. Nice.