Monday, October 03, 2005

Nutmeg and I saw Dolly Parton today! She was playing for free at the Bluegrass Festival in the park. We were way far away so I could just barely see her big hair and her sparkling dress. Yes, of course I cried when she sang "Coat of Many Colors." Growing up this was a song that meant a lot to me. Dolly sings about how all the kids made fun of her for what she was wearing, but she got through it. I had a similar experience all through school. I saw Dolly on Oprah last summer, and she talked about how that song was a true story. "It hurt," when the kids teased her, she said. "But you know, Oprah, when that record went gold, that hurt left me."
I love Dolly!
As we were first approaching the open-air concert, Dolly was already on stage chatting with the audience. After singing "Jolene," she said, "I smell something, and I think it's marijuana!" And then that perky little girlish laugh, coming from a 60-year-old woman. It was so funny. She also did a couple of anti-war numbers, which I didn't expect. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Imagine." Dolly's cooler than even I had imagined.
Nutmeg enjoyed shouting "Dolly Parton, yay!" while the crowd cheered. But while we were sitting there she started sniffling and sneezing, and now it looks like she's having a miserable night since she just called for me in her sleep. Guess we have to get out the blue snot bulb.

2 comments:

Kori said...

I love Dolly Parton and am so jealous! Don't even get me started with Coat of Many Colors---it makes me cry every time! I remember her Oprah appearance, too---she's a spunky one, isn't she?

Sorry the nut isn't feeling well. Here's hoping the crud is short-lived.

Notta Wallflower said...

I missed Dolly Parton?!? I love her!!! Jeez... if only I wasn't a working woman. /sigh