"Coat of Many Colors", a TV movie based on the hit song by Dolly Parton is being filmed in Newton county this week. (Newton is the next county over from the county where I live, Rockdale.) Jennifer Nettles (singer from Sugarland, a Georgia native!) will play the part of Dolly's mother. And the little girl that has been chosen to play Dolly looks very much like the childhood photo of Dolly that is on her album, Coat of Many Colors. (I think that is the title, I will correct this if it is wrong!)
UPDATE: The movie was shown on TV the first week of December 2015 and I must say that for me, it was disappointing. This sweet remembrance from Dolly's youth was drawn out into a LONG two hour movie!
I made sure that my Dad knew this was on TV and he didn't like it either. "Why, I kept waiting for her to grow up and go to the Grand Old Opry!", is what he told me when I asked him what he thought of it. Yes, I know the story was only meant to be about this one thing from her childhood. It's just that my Dad and I both loved the film about Loretta Lynn so very much (Coal Miner's Daughter) that we both think that someone else should think about doing a movie along the same vein as that one about Dolly Parton. Are you listening, Michael Apted? (The British director of "Coal Miner's Daughter).
Do you know the song? Dolly Parton wrote the song as a remembrance of her childhood. She grew up poor in the hills of Tennessee and her mother made her a coat from scraps of different colored cloths. Of course, the kids at school made fun of her. Dolly Parton grew up and turned it into a hit song! And as I have just told you, they are now filming the story. Dolly Parton has the actual coat on display in her museum and it is really quite beautiful. Dolly has said that song is her favorite of all the songs that she has written. She remembers her mother telling her the biblical story of Joseph and his coat of many colors as she stitched this coat for Dolly...
You might remember that Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote a musical of Joseph also. It was titled "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.". I have mentioned in a post before how much I enjoyed the show on British TV...you might remember it, where the audience voted on the best "Joseph" by his singing voice, and the winner would be the one to play Joseph in the musical? At the end of it, the singer who was voted off would sing "Close Every Door"...I really liked that. I found a video for you!
The story of Joseph is found in the Book of Genesis, beginning in Chapter 37. If you have never read it or if you have not read it in a while, you should. It is a story of great love and forgiveness.
North Georgia is not too far from Tennessee!