Love is on the Brain and in the Heart: Dolly Parton and Jane Gentry Make it Seem Easy
At times, the world makes love seem complex and misunderstood. But luckily, there are mentors like Dolly and Jane Gentry to guide individuals during their hardships. “We climb onto the motorcycle of sleep,” and “Rockin Years” sweetly summarizes the immortality of love. Love has a talent for bringing out the best and worse sides of people, but it is also responsible for life lessons that individuals share through songs, poems, books, and films. In simpler terms, people take what they learn from love, whether romantic or not, and transform it into form capable of sharing their advice. Fortunately for the world and all lovers, Jane Gentry’s “We Climb onto the Motorcycle of Sleep” and Dolly Partner’s “Rockin years” dive into the reality of love and explain that soulmates age, but as long as commitment and affection remains true love will too.
Since the existence of time, things have aged. Nothing and no one can stay youthful, especially not in a relationship. Many individuals seek the finest specimen of men and women who possess perfect looks, only to have those fine features stolen by time. Unless she owns the fountain of youth or if he wears a green cut-out suit and lives on an island named Neverland, their looks will fade. Jane illustrates this process by describing age’s effects on her husband, who starts as a handsome free rider and shifts into a vintage Harley. She manipulates phrases like, “My man is like a Harley, a vintage model that rumbles louder with every revolution of engine and Earth” and “Why he sputters and gasps and even backfires once in a while […]. I’m tempted to adjust the choke right there in the darkness” (Gentry, Jane) to demonstrate that he has changed into something less new. Dolly does this, but with quotes like “Rockin chairs, rockin babies, Rock a bye, rock of ages.” She uses life milestones to emphasize age instead of describing what age did to her significant other. Both works expose the reality of love and show that age happens to everyone. But they also take it a step further and demonstrate the commitment that rivals age to keep their love infinite.
Their men may be getting older, but Dolly and Jane still utterly adore them, thanks to their commitment. That’s right; commitment is the ultimate rival to an aging significant other. It triumphs over other things in a relationship like cheating, natural flaws, illnesses, and disabilities which is why it is the glue that holds the love together. In simpler terms, commitment is the decision to remain dedicated to an activity, cause, or person. Dolly strongly presents her commitment with this chorus “-And yes I’ll always love you, and I’ll always be here for you, and I’ll stand by you through our Rockin years” and repeats it throughout the song to show her audience, and man, that she means it. With words like that, she is saying that no matter what happens, what he does, or how old he gets, she will always be by his side. Of course, Jenny does this as well, but instead of repeating a meaningful line, she talks about her husband’s flaws and then uses them to increase her appreciation for him. For instance, she writes, “He sputters and gasps and even backfires every once in a while[..] But then we circle back into the morning glint of day bright as chrome: those old plugs still spark, that engine still cranks, and despite the dents, pings, and misses, the ride’s still smooth.” (Gentry, Jane). These lovely ladies are drawing the world in and showing it that love is more than pretty faces and butterflies but that it is also dedication and constant changes. Luckily, they also point out that love consists of more than words and freewheeling by showing that physical affection is also present.
Indeed, there are numerous ways to extend the power of sentimentalism, but physical affection seems to be the most prominent. Hugging, handholding, and intercourse are all actions that nurse and profess love. They are not necessary to keep love alive, but it helps. With the phrase, “the ride’s still smooth as sheets on the fresh made bed before we take the night on one last thunderous spin,” Jane uses physical affection to prove that her man is still everything he used to be. In comparison, Dolly portrays acts of love as a request from her lover. She duets with Ricky Van Shelton and sings, “-and if you hold me tight when you love me, that’s all I ask of you.” In other words, the male counterpart of Dolly’s song states that he will stay in the relationship as long as he feels the love in physical contact. Both women greatly appreciate their men and love showing it. Perhaps they want to express to society that love might last longer if couples' express affection through more than just words or kindness. Overall, each artist wanted to share their way of physical affection in hopes of helping other lovestruck individuals express theirs. Dolly and Jane may not have considered all these aspects, but they did create beautiful pieces that reflect overlooked details about love.
In conclusion, both artists value their loved ones and possess the ambition to share how they do it. Those who believe love is too complex, incomprehensible, and fake may find some advice from these lovely ladies. Especially nowadays, since some individuals might feel that love is irrelevant. Perhaps a few will listen to Dolly or read Jane’s poem to discover that love can conquer all and be worthy of everyone. Love is not perfect. It consists of flaws, wrinkles, troubles, tears, happiness, laughter, and wholeness. Perhaps all those factors combined bring it close enough to perfect. However, it is essential to include that these two works alone cannot independently solve all relationship or bond issues. But maybe it helps others aspire for love life assistance, whether from experts or good ole expressionists. Whatever the case, the world is fortunate enough to have incredible people willing to share their experiences and talk with one another. Perhaps that is love as well.