She confirmed on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night that Dolly does, in fact, communicate via fax with everyone. Reba had mentioned it a few weeks back on a podcast with Dave Cobb, saying she had to have her people fax Dolly’s people to ask her about doing a new rendition of “Does He Love You.”
Miley and Dolly recently teamed up for a Super Bowl commercial called Do It For The Phones, but Miley noted it should’ve been called Do It For The Fax:
“Every time I coordinate and kinda communicate with Dolly, it’s still through fax. So I don’t know what she’s talkin’ about, she’s rarely on the phone.
Next time we have to do it for the fax machines.”
Although Miley usually gets the fax from Dolly’s team on her cell phone, it sounds like a helluva process to get it there:
“Well, we do use the phone, but she does a fax, and then someone scans the fax, and then they put it into a text message, and then that gets sent to me. And it’s always signed.”
Though Miley added that the idea that Dolly puts so much time and effort into doing all that means a lot more than a simple text, which I completely agree with. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get a fax from Dolly Parton?
And if you think the faxing process is extensive, it’s even more complex for Dolly to send a demo… which she still does via a cassette tape:
“She also made me a demo one time where she talks about being super high tech, but it was all through a cassette.
Which then she voice memoed onto a flip phone, which someone then put onto the iPhone, which then got sent to me.”
I freaking love everything about that.
It’s kind of the same sentiment as sending a “thank you” note, which people really don’t do much these days, either. The whole point is the effort it takes and the care that goes into it, and that means something to people.
Of course, all of those character traits are what makes Dolly such a beloved figure, and Miley agrees:
“I’ve taken a poll, I think Dolly is the most loved person on the planet, right?
She’s been so consistently caring and kind and herself, and again, she didn’t look like the standard female country music artist that was polite and wearing long dresses.
She had big hair and big boobs, and she slapped this big mark on the entire world that all of us are just trying to fill her crystalized shoes, which is never gonna happen.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Check out their whole conversation below. Somehow, it will make you love Dolly that much more… and I didn’t even think it was possible: