I’m not ashamed to admit a few of my guilty pleasures. McDonald’s french fries. Out magazine. And yes, cheesy love ballads.
It’s not that I’m a fanatic Celine Dion fan or anything, but I appreciate a moving melody when I hear one. Came across this impromptu performance by Dolly Parton. She was in the audience of the new musical of her film 9 to 5 in L.A., and on opening night there was a malfunction with the set. So Dolly gets up from her seat in the audience and gives an impromptu performance of “I Will Always Love You.” Probably the hokiest love ballad ever written, I think, mostly because it was so god damned overplayed. But Dolly has a real soulfulness and beauty to her voice, and the cheesiness of Whitney Houston’s version is eradicated by Dolly’s original sound.