We've all been singing with Dolly Parton for decades. But if you want to know the truth about it, know this: it works much more than 9h-17h. Even with half a century of music behind her, the glamorous glamorous queen of country glamor is still present 24/7, always writing her one song at a time.
"It's my therapy, my little guitar is my friend," she told Tony Dokoupil. "And when I'm in this area – I call it my" area of God "- I love this moment."
So please, do not even mention the word-R to this 73 year old woman. "Yes, people always say," Why are not you retiring? "I say, 'And what's that?' I mean, what does that mean?"
"Do you sit on your pile of money and rewards?"
"I could never do that, I'm just plugging in. I always count my blessings, more than my money, I do not work for money, I have never worked. Was art, it was work, I loved the work, and I did well, and I'm grateful for it. "
Friday, the music industry told him "thank you", celebrating Parton, who is the MusiCares Grammys' personality of the year in 2019, in tribute to his charity work, such as Parton's. Imagination LibraryShe launched a literacy program that sends millions of free books to children under five every month. "We thought it could be good in our county, and maybe a few more counties," she said. "But now, we're all over the world and we've given 100 million pounds – I'm as proud of that as anything I've ever done."
And she is also proud of her unparalleled wardrobe at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. "I like to be showy," she said about her branded costumes. "I like to show a few parts of myself for which I became famous, and I try to do it with the best taste possible!"
Dolly is open on almost everything, including her cosmetic surgery. But as she sings in her song "Backwoods Barbie" ("I'm only a wooden beard in a push-up bra and hell"), do not be fooled into thinking that the goods are only not all there.
She told Dokoupil: "It's true that I'm artificial, but I believe that I'm totally real.My look is really based on the idea of a peasant's glam." I n & # 39; 39 was not naturally pretty, so I'm enjoying everything I've got. "
"Wait a second: you were not naturally pretty?" asked Dokoupil.
"I tell you, I'm not."
"I saw the pictures, Dolly, I'm sorry, I do not agree with that."
Dokoupil asked, "Do you ever mind that people think that's the Whitney Houston song?"
"No," she replied. "I always say, she can have credit, as long as I get my money!"
It's a good line, and Parton is full of it, like "it costs a lot to watch it cheap."
Or, "How do you want people to remember you in 100 years?"
"I want them to say:" My God, she does not look great for her age! " She laughs.
The humor was a help where Parton grew up, the fourth of 12 children in the Tennessee countryside. "I wrote a few years ago a song called" In the good old days when the weather was bad "and that said:" No amount of money could buy me the mementos that I Then have it. But no money could pay me go back and live again. & # 39; "
The music made everything a little brighter.
"When I started writing these songs, my mother was really impressed by the way I could write, write those songs at such a young age," she said. And she said, "Oh darling, go get that guitar, I want you to sing it." And she was telling people, "I want you to hear that song that this little thing has written." And then I thought, ooh, I get a lot of attention now! So, I think that encouraged him.
"But also, I loved the sound of this music, I liked the sound of the instruments, I loved being able to create something, and it gave me a little space and a little world." to me in which I could live, and be creative. "
Dokoupil asked, "How long have you realized that this was more than a dream, it was going to be my job, it's a job?"
"I imagine that I was about ten years old, the first time my uncle brought me to sing in front of an audience.And that's when they continued to clap and applaud after finishing my song, which I thought I knew, I felt something, I was scared, I was nervous, I am a small peasant.But when I had these applause and what feeling, that's when I thought that's what I think I'm going to do. "
She moved to Nashville and soon she sang in front of a national audience in "The Porter Wagoner Show". One evening after the show, she met a young fan: "I remember that little red-haired girl with green eyes, the prettiest thing, and I said," What's your name? "And she said:" Jolene. "I said:" I like that name. "All the way back to the bus I'm sure of. was [singing]& # 39; Jolene, Jolene, Jolene & # 39 ;, so that I don? T forget the name. "
She gave the name to another redhead she knew – a bank teller flirting with her husband, Carl:
The song helped launch Parton's solo career. (And do not worry, she's still married and happy.)
But while she was jumping from one country to another in Hollywood, the couple had never had children. Is this a regret? "No, absolutely not," she says. "This was not supposed to be – and I do not regret it – I have never regretted it – I mean, it was a choice." So, you make your choice , you make your sacrifices, and I have never looked back, I knew At the beginning, I was going to walk on that road until God told me stop and I'm still walking, and he has not told me to leave now! "
In fact, she claims more, including a sequel to her 1980 classic film, "9 to 5". His character, Doralee, had the best of an abusive male boss and became, in the eyes of some, a feminist hero.
Dokoupil asked, "Is it a feminist word that you apply to yourself?"
"Well, I guess I am, but I do not think about it like they do, I'm just, I'm a girl, I'm a hard-working girl, I think we should all be treated with respect. if we do a good job, we should be paid to do it, so I'm for that. "
Dolly Parton has written over 3,000 songs, and she says her favorite is "A Multiple Color Coat", the story of a poor kid from the Great Smoky Mountains who learned very early on what really matters .
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Story produced by Reid Orvedahl.