OK, you should probably just get ready to call it a day. Go ahead and pull your car keys out of your pocket and move your cursor toward the ‘shut down’ prompt on your computer screen, because this video is going to be the high point of today, if not your life: After you’ve watched Dolly Parton play “Yakety Sax” on a tiny rhinestone-encrusted saxophone, there’s literally nothing left for you to accomplish.
“I was feeling rather saxy today,” the 68-year-old singer told the massive crowd at the Glastonbury Music Festival on Sunday. “I wanted to do something to impress you.”
The oversized audience – an estimated 100,000 people – erupted in cheers before she even played the first note of the familiar theme to The Benny Hill Show. (And, if you ever watched Benny Hill, you know it’s not hard to imagine the late comic chasing Dolly around a park bench or an elaborately sculpted hedge while that frenzied instrumental plays in the background.)
Parton’s greatest-hits-packed performance reportedly drew the largest crowds of the three-day festival, but it was not without controversy. Her set was broadcast on the BBC, prompting one British news presenter to suggest that she was lip-synching during the concert.
Parton’s fans – including Boy George and Stephen Fry – immediately Tweeted in her defense, and both Parton and her spokesperson have since denied that she was ever performing anything but 100 percent live. “My boobs are fake, my hair’s fake, but what’s real is my voice and my heart,” she told The Sun.
And that’s why – after all these years – Dolly is still as “saxy” and real as it gets.