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Dolly’s Country Music Cover Plus Tears For Whitney

Dolly comments on Whitney Houston’s Death: Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, “Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.” My heart is with Whitney and her family as they lay her to rest. I did not know Whitney nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and success with our song “I Will Always Love You”. Rest in peace, Whitney. – Dolly Parton

I Will Always Love You” is a song by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. The country track was released on June 6, 1974 as the second single from Parton’s thirteenth solo studio album, Jolene (1974). Recorded on June 13, 1973, the singer wrote the song for her one-time partner and mentor Porter Wagoner, from whom she was professionally splitting at the time. “I Will Always Love You” received positive comments from critics and attained commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart two times. With the accomplishment, Parton became the first artist ever to earn a number one record twice with the same song as a singer, and three times as a writer. “I Will Always Love You” is the second song ever to reach the top three on the Billboard Hot 100 in separate chart runs.[3]

Singer Whitney Houston recorded a hugely successful version of the song for the 1992 film The Bodyguard.

Dolly Graces Cover of Country Weekly

Dolly Parton on the May 11, 2009 issue of Country Weekly magazineDolly is the featured cover story of this week’s issue of Country Weekly, available on newsstands now. In the article, Dolly discusses her close personal relationships with husband Carl Dean and best friend Judy Ogle saying “I believe with all of my heart that God puts people together for whatever his reasons are. And I’m just thankful for it. I believe it and I’m gonna believe it from now on.” Dolly also talks about her new 9 To 5 Broadway musical and the world’s current economic troubles saying “This show really is uplifting and it’s a perfect show for the times. Because people are always gonna be workin’, they’re gonna always despise their boss, no matter who it is. And so there’s always going to be that element.” Read the full online version of the article on the Country Weekly website and get the full issue on newsstands now.

Small Business Ideas: When Should I Close

 

Introducing Peter Carruthers to the Independent Artists Online  Music World: Peter has lived off the Web since 2000. He has lived in Australia, England, and South Africa, and since 2009 he has lived in Norway. He is the author of South Africa’s best selling book on surviving business closure: CrashProof your Business. (It’s also the only book on the subject published in SA!) Peter has published PetesWeekly most weeks since 2000. Peter will now supply us with his free column every week for those maybe interested in reading about money matters. We are publishing this just to give you another perspective on how to  deal with matters concerning your small business and related matters. The suggestions published here may not work for you in your part of the world but there will be many similarities that may help you one way or another. 

 
The articles about the fallout from closure have led to one key question being asked: When should I close?
 
Before we look at the road signs that you should notice, like the one that says, “Road Flooded”, lets look at the issue of quitting. Quitting is a bad, bad thing. Quitting implies that you are a yellow-bellied, chicken-livered coward who does not have what it takes for the job. Contrast quitting, just giving up, with making an informed decision to shelve this project in the light of new information, robust experience, and strong economic indicators showing imminent collapse. That’s not quitting, that’s plain common sense, if only we knew how to voice it.That’s what explorers do when they do not find gold in them thar hills. They stop drilling there, because they have proved that no gold is to be found there using their current tools, and so they move on to a new location to try again.
Not us SMEs. Having told the world that this is what we plan to do, we think that our friends regard our words equal to the carvings that Moses brought down the hill. (Your friends don’t care because they’re too busy trying to eke out their own daily crust.)
 
Stopping is to quitting what braking is to crashing. Stopping is intelligent.
 
Mentioning road signs reminds me that I once found myself driving through an awful storm outside Humansdorp. It was so bad, and I was feeling so guilty driving a nice car, that after fuelling up I collected a couple of indigent families at the roadside, intending to drive them home. (Just a few miles up this road, they said…)
 
This road was the one which said ‘Road Flooded’. To which they said “Nee Oom, there is no floods on this road, hey.” Anyway, a few miles turned out to be about 20, and I covered the last 10 very, very fast. Eventually, one of the families told me we had reached their stop, so we stopped. I assumed, wrongly, that this was for both. Not so. Just a few more miles, the second team told me. As I turned forward to start, I saw rushing water across the road, 30 metres ahead. I still have nightmares about it. Hint 1: Read the signs
 
I took the second family back to Wimpy, where I discovered that my blood sugar was way too low to be driving in the first place. Hint 2: Always carry chocolate. 
 
The issue of when to close is simple and clear when you read the signs. It’s never easy to do, because in closing we have to bury that set of dreams. I no longer think of my business as a ‘business’, but rather as a project. it reminds me that there will always be another one.
 
The key determinant, in my humble opinion, is when you have to lend more money to the business to keep it afloat. We’re not talking about emergency bridging finance, but rather about a downturn that needs you to keep funding the business until it upticks again.
 
It is usually that funding that ‘forces’ you to borrow against your home, and forces you to sign the unlimited surety that is part of every business overdraft. I have lost count of the number of folk I have counselled who borrowed heavily during their last few months, using the funds to pay staff, and themselves, without realising that the ONLY reason for the firm continuing was the funding they were feeding in.
 
I am a great believer in Kahlil Gibran’s words. I paraphrase: “If you love your staff, set them free…” No matter what happens, no matter how Herculean your efforts, they will hate you when you have to fire them. They don’t care that you will have lost your home paying them for the next year. I mention this because it is one of the key reasons we borrow so much in the last few months. So do them a favour and help them on their way early.
 
This is also, for what it is worth, why I am so devoted to running a very, very lean business. Running online costs so little that my Norwegian accountant is convinced that whatever I am doing must be illegal. No business of substance has costs this low, he feels. It is also why the Internet is a fine answer for anyone who has just closed a business. It is as close to a free startup as is possible. But more about that later.
 
Regards
Peter Carruthers

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