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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Jolene and Blythe Dolly...

You'd be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap!
Dolly Parton

A zillion times better and more talented than Whitney... Sorry... Here is the original, Dolly, no not the cloned sheep, Dolly Parton, from the hills and vales of rural America... From her coat of many colours, to Billy Jo's blanket on the ground, Dolly is our touchstone, our mentor...

Here is her live rendition of Jolene a few years ago, and above, Whitney's famous/now infamous 'I will always love you...'

Jolene has always moved moi... What about toi?!

I remember I used to watch a great bitter-sweet sitcom when I was growing up. It was called Butterflies and Dolly penned and sang the gorgeous theme tune, although not for the series itself.

Ma soeur, Wiki, whispered in my shell-like:

"The title of Butterflies superficially comes from Ben's lepidoptery hobby,as well as a metaphor for Ria's struggle against what feels to her as captivity. In the first episode Ria tells Leonard "we are all kids chasing butterflies, you see it, you want it, you grab it, and there it is — all squashed in your hand", though she adds "I am one of the few lucky ones, I have a pleasant house, a pleasant man and two pleasant sons...my butterfly didn't get squashed"."

I wanted to go out with one or both of the sons of the middle-aged, menopausal, housewife heroine, Ria, and share their laid back style of life...

I was young, somewhere around the teenage years, and believed then that the world might be at my feet.

There was promise in my life, and no regret. I thought I might end up in any manner of jobs. I never wanted to have a dull job in an office.

I was learning languages and loved art and was keen to either go into the RAF to teach English to Forces children in Germany, or become a Graphic Designer in a marketing agency, probably in a city. I was never talented enough as an artist, to be honest.

I dressed from market stalls and hippy shops. Still do in some respects.

I hadn't fallen in love, like Dolly and Jolene had, with the same man...



You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try.
Dolly Parton


Saz said...

yup l knew that about butterflies...you can hear her ..cant you?

luv you

saz x

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

There's so much I can relate to in this post - an enjoyment of 'Butterflies' and great respect for Dolly! I recently performed in an am-dram production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas where our Miss Mona also sang the proper version of 'I will always love you'.
Thank you for the memories this morning x

French Fancy said...

I don't like either of these songs, sorry but gotta say it. I do love her 'Islands in the Stream' though.

As for 'Butterflies' - I used to know Andy Hall who played one of the sons. He was such a lovely bloke - we weren't romantically linked (not for want of trying on my part though) and he had many girl friends and he used to say how absolutely wonderful Wendy Craig was.

slommler said...

That is the key word..."try"!! We need to quite saying I don't think I can and decide to give it a go!!
Makes all the difference in quality of life!

Derrick said...

In our youth we were often hampered by a lack of imagination (not that I'm speaking for you!). No one ever suggested I might like to be a brain surgeon or a ballet dancer. But I did grab opportunities and can't regret any of them. I think kids today have a much wider world. And you could still go into teaching!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

She's a spectacular performer...and vocalist!! Always. No matter what she does...Loved this! Thanks for the walk down memory lane with you!!! ~Janine XO

libby said...

Yay for Dolly...she is fantastic. I used to watch Butterflies and would have mixed feelings about it..their whole life was so middle class (to this council house kid)and I wondered why she was so unhappy...she had a house and all the trappings, no job, a cleaner, money.. and apart from not being able to cook, all was well....what was her problem? she struggled against a captivity that I wanted..years go by and I am not sure how I would feel about it if I saw it now...

carma said...

I love that dolly parton quote at the end -- BTW, have you seen the clip of Whitney singing "I Will Always Love You" on her recent tour -- absolutely horrendous :-( sad what she has done to herself/her voice.

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