Loretta Lynn on Receiving Medal of Freedom, Working With Jack White
Loretta Lynn has celebrated many triumphs throughout her long career. In an interview in a recent issue of AARP the Magazine, the country legend opens up about one of the more significant honors she's won — the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"I was so excited when Barack Obama fastened the Presidential Medal of Freedom around my neck that I don’t remember if I said thank you," she confesses to the magazine. "But if you’re not thankful about something like that, you don’t deserve it."
In the issue, Lynn also discusses her relationship with musician Jack White. White produced Lynn's 2004 Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose. At the time, Lynn was 72 and White was 28.
"There’s no age in music. Me and Jack White, who produced my last record, have this thing: We always know what the other one’s fixing to say or do," she explains. "Whenever I need to hear about anything new — whether it’s rock ‘n’ roll or country — I just call Jack."
Lynn's song, "Portland, Oregon," which was a duet with White, also won a Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
One of the most unexpected portions of the article, though, comes when Lynn explains how she came to write her legendary song "Coal Miner's Daughter." The singer explains that it happened accidentally.
"During a dinner break in a Wilburn Brothers show, I took my guitar to the bathroom, sat down and strummed, ‘Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter,'" she recalls. "I didn’t really mean to write about it, but as soon as I sang that, I remember thinking to myself, 'You Know, that could be a good song!'"
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