I will always love you.

Back in the 1960s, country music produced some “boy-girl” duets who went on to make some really great music. Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton had a good run.

For whatever reason, Porter decided that he wanted to do more solo music. He broke up with Dolly.

For all her outlandish presence, Dolly Parton is an authentic genius composer of the American Standard Song. She wrote “I Will Always Love You” as her farewell to Porter Wagoner.

If you watch the first performance of this song on Porter’s television show, it has a very sweet, affecting quality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS-F4rfU4ns

Porter is lucky to have someone so talented and heart felt on his side.

I particularly love the origins of this song. Then, of course, Whitney Houston performed it in her film, “The Bodyguard.”

It became this big ballad. It became “Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.” And it is a good big ballad.

I particularly like the Glee versions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAlkk6EjW6k

Then there’s the Vietnam Voice version, that has some nice straight tones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6aBfdEqhwg

However, I think young Laura from the Xfactor Netherlands, who accompanies herself with guitar, has a genuine understanding of the original song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvInphasnWg

Get to know Dolly. For us liberal intelligentsia, she’s so obviously a cartoon creation. But she’s not. She’s a gifted artist who has an authenticity we should all aspire to.

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