5 Questions: Dolly Parton

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5 Questions is a series by Steve Duffy –

Dolly releases her first children’s album “I Believe In You.” This project is especially for children and those young at heart. All of the proceeds will benefit her literacy program Imagination Library.

SD: Can you tell us about your first guitar?

DP: Music was always a big part of my family. My mama’s family was very musical. My Uncle had this great little Martin guitar that I loved and when he saw how serious I was about my music he gave it to me and it became my treasure.

SD: You are such a prolific songwriter. Can you tell us what spurs you creatively?

DP: My favorite thing to do is take some time off and go someplace and just write. It doesn’t happen as much as I would like it to. I can write songs anywhere. I always keep a note pad by my side, because I never know when a song is going to hit me.

SD: One song that really stood out on your new album is “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny.” What was your inspiration for it?

DP: There is too much bullying going on in this world, which I do not like at all. I remember being made in fun of as a child with my coat of many colors. We need to teach children not to be bullies.

SD: You also address pediatrics cancer on the album. Can you tell me what the background on that is?

DP: Yes, I can! When you see the CD you will see a picture of two little girls kissing me on the cheek. They are my nieces and one of them was diagnosed with leukemia at 4 years old. We almost lost her and that is when I wrote “Chemo Hero” and “Brave Little Solider” for her and about her. I hope that both song can serve as an inspiration to all children who are sick or going through something tough.

SD: The proceeds of this album are going to your foundation the Imagination Library. Why is children’s literacy an important topic for you?

DP: It’s very important. I think that all children should be able to read. I started the foundation in honor of my father who was not able to read or write. If you can learn to read then you can educate yourself and there are no limits to what you can do.


For more information on Dolly and to purchase her new children’s CD “I Believe In You,” visit www.dollyparton.com. To learn more about Dolly’s Imagination Library, visit www.imaginationlibrary.com

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