We at Sports & Entertainment Nashville are lucky to have the opportunities we do that allow us to meet and speak with some incredibly interesting people. In an effort to take you the readers into where we get to go, we are looking inside the interview and what we as writers took away from the interview.
Dolly Parton is not JUST a recording artist, not JUST a superstar and not JUST a great, well-dressed businesswoman. She is intelligent, caring and a true friend to those around her. She has a rapport with her fans that is unmatched and if you ever get to see her in concert, you will see the real meaning of that statement. And here’s just a tip. If you do go see her in concert – don’t plan it to be a short one. The woman has more energy than a four-year old child on a play date and ends the show with as much energy and enthusiasm as she starts it with. Not to worry, there are about a ten or fifteen minute intermission in the middle of the three-hour event. And yes, it is truly an “event.” So plan to make a night of it.
At the age when many artists have found their careers dwindling, Dolly Parton’s career is still lighting up the scene like fireworks light up the skies on the 4th of July. She is as feisty and fearless as anyone you’d hope to meet. But all of her focus and feistiness is directed in a very good way. She stands up for herself and stands up for what she believes in. She takes care of herself and does so in such a way that she can perform multiple dates on end – around the world – end up selling over 100 million records, take interviews, do photo shoots, tape television shows, and still have time and energy to catch up with family and friends along the way.
Dolly values her “Meet & Greets” and treats her fans as if they were family. Some of them she’s seen quite often, so they are almost like family. One of the greatest things about Dolly is her kind, directed focus when she is having a conversation with you. It is an honor to sit before anyone who is listening to your every word and having a warm conversation with you – but it’s even better when that person happens to be Dolly Parton.
If you’re around her for five minutes – or even just attend one of her concerts – you’ll hear Dolly talk about her fondness for her family. She also has a fondness for children, though she has none of her own. She does have lots of nieces and nephews she adores and she is very committed to her family. And when you have eleven siblings that is quite a commitment.
And you can’t think of Dolly Parton without thinking of talent. Great talent coupled with great big dreams. (Uh, Uh, Uh – don’t be thinking that way ;-). And if you’ve ever read her book “Dream More,” you will learn even more about Dolly and her down-to-earth character. It hasn’t all been easy and it hasn’t all been glamorous. But she has enjoyed her journey thus far and has tried to keep a good thought – usually a spiritual one – throughout the tough times. Dolly Parton has always dreamed big – and then took charge of her dreams. She pursued them and made them happen. One doesn’t get too far on wishing – but dreams can be pursued, caught and brought to fruition – sometimes to the benefit and enjoyment of the whole world. And no one has proven that better than Dolly Parton.
You can read our cover story on Dolly Parton here.