Singing, “Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene…,” Dolly Parton pulls at our heartstrings with the tale of a married woman coping with jealousy over a red-haired rival. Self-made in a male-dominated industry, Parton used her first chunk of earnings from her musical career to invest in businesses that would ultimately boost her hometown’s economy. From her $1 million donation toward COVID-19 vaccine research to donations of over 100 million books to children through Imagination Library, her charitable reputation precedes her.
If you weren’t already a fan of Dolly Parton — world-renowned country music singer-songwriter, businesswoman, and philanthropist, you might be now! Though her positive impact echoes across the world today, her roots are humble. She grew up in a one-bedroom log cabin with 11 siblings in the isolated yet majestic Great Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. As poor as her family was, however, they lived with tremendous heart and soul – Dolly grew up immersed in musical instruments and the sound and feel of Appalachian folk music.
Don’t you love a good mash-up? I sure do. This T shirt makes the most sense if you are a hardcore fan of The Simpsons and recall episode 21 of season 7, entitled 22 Short Films About Springfield. It’s in this episode that Principal Skinner utters a line about “Steamed Hams” — thus the inclusion of Skinner-as-Glenn Danzig AKA Hamzig. Meta(l)!
LA-based drummer and superstar drum tech Mike Fasano and I have been friends for over 20 years. Mike is a very generous and fun person and he’s introduced me to so many other cool drummers who have then become friends. He’s always about paying it forward, which why Everyone Loves Mike Fasano! Here I am with Mike this past week, backstage at Pier 17 after his awesome band Tiger Army played a super-tight set of rockin’ tunes. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Summertime!
The occasion of his 60th Birthday (June 8th) was reason enough for me to dig through my archives from the year 2000 and whip out this memory-making photo of me throwing metal with Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes! Woo! Yes, I had a poster of his face on my wall when I was in college — no shame! You can read that interview Here!
In addition to being a prolific writer, musician and songwriter Woody Guthrie was a talented visual artist. He began working as a sign painter in Pampa, Texas, and later became a cartoonist for newspapers in Los Angeles and New York. He used a variety of mediums, including oil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, watercolor, clay, ceramics, and even his children’s crayons, to produce everything from traditional landscapes and portraits to experimental multimedia pieces. Guthrie portrayed his surroundings and the people who impressed him, whether well-known historical figures or neighborhood faces. Like his music, his artwork provides a glimpse into his daily life, as well as his thoughts and feelings about his community. The following is inscribed on the back of this artwork, In El Rancho Grande (1936); “this adobe art painted of clay, open air and sky. Imagined in front of the Santa Fe Art Museum when an old lady told me “the world is made of Adobe“ and I added “so is man.“
Photographed in the Morgan Library in New York City as par of the Exhibit, People Are The Song.