She wrote the songs – let’s start big this year!

Dolly Parton.

Do I need to say any more? She’s a music legend for a reason.

Below I’ve listed some of my favourites written by her, and I’ve included some covers of her songs as well. Enjoy!

Coat of many colors


  • The White Stripes singing Jolene
  • Norah Jones singing Jolene
  • Laura Marling & Mumford & Sons singing Jolene

I Will Always Love You

Eagle When She Flies

Yellow roses

Two Doors Down 

Kentucky Gambler

Do I ever cross your mind

Two Sides to Every Story  (with Porter Wagoner)

No Reason To Hurry Home (with Porter Wagoner) 

Poor Folks Town

Nine to Five

 Jeannie’s Afraid Of The Dark (with Porter Wagoner)

I’ve Been Married Just As Long As You Have (with Porter Wagoner) 

Unlikely Angel

Somebody’s Missing You

I Will Forever Hate Roses

Marry Me!

Apple Jack

More Where That Came From (with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette)

Let Her Fly

Nickels and Dimes

Second Best

Just The Way I Am

The Bridge

Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind

Just Because I’m a Woman

The Seeker

Love Is Like a Butterfly

The Bargain Store

And check out these songs for which Dolly was the writer but not singer:







Baroque January

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time, and I’m learning as I go.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead musical discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named Early (1550–99), Middle (1600–49), and Late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some January born or baptized Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.


Antonio Maria Abbatini



Johann Hermann Schein

Christoph Bernhard

Portrait of Adam Krieger by Romstet

Johann Friedrich Alberti

Adam Krieger  

Pietro Filippo Scarlatti



Gregor Joseph Werner

William Hayes (transition) 

Christoph Graupner

Jacques Duphly (transition) 

Johann Joachim Quantz

Joseph-Hector Fiocco (transition)

Antonio Veracini  

Giuseppe Sammartini

Johann Georg Pisendel