My favorite li'l honoree at the Songwriters Hall of Fame last week was Loretta Lynn, the coal miner's daughter from Butcher Holler, Kentucky, who trailblazed country music while singing hard-hitting female-p.o.v. songs with lots of parentheses, like "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)." Lynn chit-chatted with me by phone before the event, adding some all-new parenthetical thoughts while proving to be as utterly down-home and charming as a quince-pie tin... More >>>