On Sunday, June 29, I watched Dolly Parton perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury (well, via my TV in my Kentishtown flat). Dolly is amazing. It was otherwise a completely dreary, damp day… but Dolly was up there in her perfect white rhinestoned getup and perfectly coiffed blond hair. Flawless.
Such a pro with her stage banter and energy and gratitude, she inspires me.
I couldn’t believe how absolutely NUTS the crowd was going when she sang “9-5,” with a lot of the Glastonburiers (correct term?) in blond wigs and stuffed bras singing along to every word. Then she started talking about the Lawd and how she loved the Bon Jovi song “Lay Your Hands On Me” — so much so that she called up Jon Bon Jovi and asked if they could rewrite the lyrics a bit to make it more of a gospel tune. And then guess what: Richie Sambora joined her on stage and they performed it. Now, “Lay Your Hands On Me” has never been one of my favorite BJ tracks, but this was a very hype moment. Even after Dolly left the stage and the cameras were idly broadcasting the huge crowd from afar, you could hear them all singing “Lay Your Hands On Me.”
Another thing that was amazing: the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury. I did not actually have to be out there in the dreary, damp among 175,000 festival goers to watch this whole Dolly moment unfold. I was in a comfy chair in our flat, watching on the telly. Even more amazing, if I pushed the red button on my remote control, I could choose from any of the stages to watch live. Man, we really need to step it up in the US. This blew me away.
Since it’s #Friday, here’s your free song: Dolly Parton – “Jolene” (Kygo Edit).
Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. JoLEEEEEEEEEENE.
This is my absolute favorite Dolly song, remixed in Kygo‘s chilled out tropical house signature style.
Download it from Kygo’s Facebook page for free here.