Feel the Music

Whenever my daughter wanted to lighten the mood, she would step into the room and belt out the ‘and I’ part of this song like a mini Whitney. Whitney Houston had a set of lungs like no other, and recorded this song for her movie, The Bodyguard, but it was written by Dolly Parton.

I watched, “Here I Am“, about Dolly Parton on Netflix. I find her to be such an interesting woman. She was one of the first women to make it big in country music, and wrote a song early in her career to set the record straight called, Dumb Blonde. Dolly never cared what other people thought about her and she created a persona larger than life.

Dolly was asked to be on the Porter Wagner show and that gave her exposure because there weren’t many TV shows in the early 70’s. When Dolly was ready to leave the show and move on to other ventures, she wrote this song as her way of saying farewell to Porter. He had stopped listening to her, but knew she could get through to him in song.

This clip is from the movie The Bodyguard, which is one of my many favorite movies. This recording caused an uproar by people claiming it was Whitney’s song, but Dolly said, “It is her record. It never sounded that way when I sang it, but it’s my song.” Whitney sang this song to fill in the movie soundtrack, but it far outlived the movie.

I believe one of the kindest forms of love is when we love someone with our whole heart, but have to let them go, and do so gracefully. Your paths cross, intertwine and split, with no bitterness, only love.

My hope for every soul who crossed my path is…

“I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of
And I’m wishing you joy and happiness
But above all this, I wish you love”

Even though you’re no longer in my life…I will always love you.

Whitney Houston ~ I Will Always Love You

18 thoughts on “Feel the Music

  1. I like both versions of the song — Whitney’s and Dolly’s. I’m probably partial to Whitney’s because of hearing it more. Love Dolly’s version though. I love too that Dolly has been both a performer and song writer. She’s such a unique force. I know she’s long been famous, but glad to see her continue to get all this love and support for her many ventures.

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  2. Well, thanks for that, Barb, and the tears running down my face. I’d never seen that particular video of Whitney Houston singing. Just spectacular. I also didn’t know that Dolly Parton wrote it!
    And thanks for your loving wishes … whoever wrote, sang, or says them – they are meaningful.

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    1. You are welcome Jeanne….I think. 😂 Yes, Kevin Costner who produced and starred in The Bodyguard was adamant about Whitney starting the song acapella. The soundtrack producers fought him on it saying no radio station would play it. Well, we see how that turned out! Love you my friend. 💖

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  3. This song has power whether it’s sung by Whitney or Dolly. They each have–or had–their own distinct style that shines through. I love Dolly Parton for her honesty and comebacks, not to mention her music and the good she’s done for so many people.

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    1. Hah! Right? In her early years a woman in the audience of one of her shows asked, “Who cut your hair?” Dolly looked perplexed and said, “I don’t know darlin’, I bought it already cut like this.” Love her and you! Happy Mother’s Day lovely! 💖

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