One of many joys of parenting is the opportunity it conveys to properly educate/brainwash children about the things you find important. In my case, the topics on which my kids actually listen to me are generally limited to liberal politics, respect for our fellow man, and music. I'm doing my best, y'all.
My high schooler was excited to tell me about Miley Cyrus' new song, 'Jolene', earlier this week. For all her eccentricities (and don't try to tell me you wouldn't be just a tad fucked up if you grew up in public), Miley's got some pipes. At least in the sense that she sings loudly and powerfully - we'll leave a discussion of nuance and emotion until she grows up a little. It's a pretty good tune, though.
After I listed to the song, I told my daughter to Google Dolly Parton's original version. As soon as the legend started singing, my daughter's eyes widened, and she said, 'holy shit, she's amazing'. (Colorful language, actually, is one other thing my daughters get from me, now that I think about it.) Ain't that the truth. Now she's been searching for other Dolly Parton tunes to see if she can learn them on the ukelele. Seeds, planted.
I mentioned this briefly on Twitter a few days ago, and a Gheorghie responded to tell me that Dolly's 'Jolene' was on his Top 10 songs list. For extra credit (and assuming you didn't see the exchange online), name that Gheorghie. And for him (or her), I'd love to see that list.
And just for fun, here are Miley and Dolly (goddaughter and godmother, as it turns out) singing the tune together in 2010.