Recently, Taylor Swift posted a TikTok recognizing Shania Twain’s personal influence on her as a woman in country music who then went pop. The video, which has garnered over 13 million views, features photos of Shania Twain on her own and with Swift, paired with the chorus of the song “Mama Said” by Lukas Graham.
Shania Twain replied with a video of her own, honoring Dolly Parton as a trailblazer and personal influence. Twain’s video has over 3.2 million views. She captioned the video, “Thank you @taylorswift I appreciate you! Paying this one forward to another trailblazer – @dollyparton #mamasaid #letsgogirls.”
Twain’s video features a clip of her and Parton from the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2003 when they performed “Coat of Many Colors” together. “This is definitely a lifelong dream of mine,” Twain told the audience before introducing Parton, “This is my hero, musical and personal hero, of all time, a beautiful person inside and out and the person I always wanted to grow up to be.”
With such a glowing review, it’s only natural that Twain continues to recognize the influence Dolly Parton had on her and her music.
Dolly Parton’s Wholesome Content
Dolly Parton is probably the most wholesome woman in country music. Maybe even on the planet; though, I’m sure if you told Dolly Parton I said that she’d wholeheartedly disagree.
Parton isn’t the type to be lauded for her achievements or just for being herself. She just wants to use her platform for good; she doesn’t even believe she’s the Queen of Country. Rather, she believes that title belongs to Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells.
When Tennessee lawmakers proposed a statue of Parton in front of the capitol building, Parton was flattered but made a statement declining the proposal. “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time,” she said. “I hope, though that somewhere down the road several years from now or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great state capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”
Parton has also donated $1 million to COVID-19 vaccine research last year, helping the Moderna vaccine get off the ground. She wrote in a post on Instagram, “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt [University Medical Center] towards that [vaccine] research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”
Dolly Parton is continuously wonderful; it’s no wonder she’s so many singers’ inspiration not only in their music but their lives as well. We should all take a page from Dolly’s book and try to use whatever means we have to leave the world better than we found it. I feel like that’s what the Queen of Country would want.