Dolly Parton Isn’t About to Tempt Fate
If anyone has good karma, it’s gotta be Dolly Parton. The country music icon not only works nine to five (or at least sings that she does, but we wouldn’t be shocked to hear that the woman puts in even more time), but has put her wealth toward many worthy causes over the years. Let’s not forget that the COVID-19 vaccination was helped along by a $1 million donation from Parton, and she gave another mil in 2022 toward pediatric infectious disease research. Employees of Dolly’s theme park empire, Dollywood, can have 100% of their tuition, fees, and books paid for by the singer, and she’s long been an advocate for children’s literacy and has gifted more than 204 million books to kids since 1995 through her Imagination Library organization.
Plus, she brought us the forever-banger “Jolene.” Dolly Parton is a candidate for sainthood.
But still, you can never be too careful, which explains why Bebe Rexha had to go back to the drawing board after one attempt to collaborate with the musician on her latest album.
In a recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Rexha told host Kelly Clarkson that she first had to overcome some communication barriers while dealing with Parton’s manager, something Clarkson had experience with.
“Y’all, she still sends faxes,” Clarkson said of Parton. “You gotta send a bird for that one, like a pigeon.”
Then, they asked for the song she was pitching on CD. Like, a shiny one that you can hold in your hand.
“I was like, ‘I don’t how to make a CD,” Rexha said.
Before they could settle on “Seasons,” which appears on Rexha’s new album, the singer sent Parton a different track.
“I had another song prior to this one, and it was a song about heaven and hell and stuff like that,” Rexha said. “She wrote me a handwritten letter telling me why she doesn’t want to sing about hell, she doesn’t want to like jinx, she doesn’t want to say—she didn’t want to go into that energy.”
Luckily for Rexha, “Seasons” is much less likely to have cosmic consequence—it’s more in the “time, isn’t it weird how it always passes” vein of things—and Parton signed on.
“She’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and she’s the funniest,” Rexha said. She not only got a duet with her idol out of the deal, but a potential new mother figure, at the ripe age of 33. “She said she would adopt me.”
Hey, that’s gotta count for some additional karma points, right? You can never be too careful.