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When I was three years old, I insisted that my name be changed to “Dolly.” To my young self, there was nothing more glamorous than the big hair, big smile, and larger-than-life attire of Dolly Parton. In the face of all that sparkle, I felt my name could use some sprucing up, much to the amusement of my parents. Thankfully, a three-year-old doesn’t hold much sway when it comes to big decisions, and my name remained Julie, but I never lost my love and appreciation for Dolly Parton and her music.
While the record player in my childhood home was usually spinning the likes of The Pretenders or Annie Lennox, I’ve always appreciated the classic country twang of Ms. Parton. In this current era of larger-than-life pop-music acts, Parton’s persona could be perceived almost as kitsch, a quaint throw-back to Oprey-era bluegrass, but at the time of her debut in the 1960s, she was a ground-breaking act: a multi-instrumentalist, a talented songwriter (to date, she has composed over 3,000 songs), and an outspoken individual, penning feminist-leaning songs — “Just Because I’m a Woman” — that often upset her early, more traditional audience. What’s more, as an advocate for many up-and-coming acts (Emmylou Harris was one of them) Dolly didn’t just blaze a trail, she circled back and helped other female musicians navigate that trail.
With her big hair, shining smile, and seemingly endless supply of sequins and inspirational quotes, Dolly Parton, to me, is positivity incarnate. While I no longer wish to take on her moniker, she still stands as my muse for what work ethic, kindness, and a whole lot of hairspray can bring you.
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Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris via Gateway Instrument.
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Great Article! I lover her and she inspires as well. Check out my blog http://www.crystalizeyourlife.com/ and read a similar article I wrote about Dolly Parton! Have a great day!
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