At age 73, Dolly Parton realizes that there will come a point when she’ll shuffle off this mortal coil.
While nobody lives forever, she’s figured out a way to ensure that her music will.
In an interview in the latest episode of WNYC Studios’ podcast “Dolly Parton’s America”, the country-music icon revealed that she has a wealth of songs she’s written that won’t be released until after her passing.
“For me, as far as what I hope my music will be left behind, I hope that it will always live. I would like to think that I’ve left some good pieces of music. And I think as long as time lasts, people will be doing music all kinds of different ways,” Parton said.
“I am a lucky person because I’ve got hundreds, even thousands of songs — a big part of them have never even been recorded,” Parton told interviewer Jad Abumrad .
“There’s enough stuff to go on forever with my music, to do compilation albums, to do new and original stuff, and I am purposely trying to put songs down for that purpose” she continued, adding that she’s recorded bare-bones versions that can be enhanced in the studio later.
“I am a lucky person because I’ve got hundreds, hundreds, even thousands of songs and a big part of them haven’t even been recorded. There’s enough stuff to go on forever with my music: to do compilation albums, to do, actually, new and original stuff, and I am purposely trying to put songs down for that very purpose,” she added. “To have a click track and my vocals, to where any arrangement can be done. So I think ahead.”
That way, she explained, “any producer anywhere in the world, hot producer — when I’m gone — they can take my songs, just the click track of my vocal and build a complete arrangement around that — any style, anything. As you know, if you have a good click track and a vocal, anything can be done with that. So that will go on forever. I’m one of those people that believe in being prepared. I don’t want to ever leave my stuff in the same shape like Prince or Aretha [Franklin], or anybody that don’t plan ahead with that.”
You can listen to the interview in its entirety below — her comments come after the 21-minute mark: