How Dolly Parton’s Life Has Changed Since the Pandemic

Most people have had to stay home and change their plans because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes Dolly Parton. She still has managed to keep busy, but she made a few changes from changing what she wrote about having to turn down business.

Dolly Parton wrote a song about the pandemic

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The pandemic did change things for Parton. But one thing that stayed the same is she continued songwriting, she just changed what she wrote about. She wrote the song, “When Life Is Good Again” about how she imagines she’ll change after the pandemic.

“It’s affected me in many ways,” Parton told PBS. “It affected my businesses, everything that I stand for. This whole year has taken a major toll on everybody.” 

She continued, “This is the craziest year I’ve seen in my life. I didn’t want to be crippled with fear about it. And that I had the freedom and the ability and the equipment to do something about it. So I kept trying to work.”

The music video also encourages people to wear a mask. “If wearing a mask will keep some germs off of you or somebody else, why not? Even if some people say, it’s crazy. It’s crazy not to,” she said.

Parton also wrote a poem about people staying inside. The singer then helped others by making a big donation.

She donated $1 million to coronavirus research

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The singer hasn’t just been creating art during this time. She also put her money behind an important cause.

She donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for coronavirus research, according to NPR. Some of that research was for the Moderna vaccine.

Parton later showed herself getting the Moderna vaccine and got creative. She sang “vaccine” to the tune of “Jolene” and encouraged her fans to get vaccinated. 

She closed the Dollywood theme park in 2020

Dolly Parton attends Variety and Women In Film's 2017 pre-Emmy celebration
Dolly Parton attends Variety and Women In Film’s 2017 pre-Emmy celebration | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

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The singer has mentioned the pandemic has affected her businesses. Dollywood closed despite making changes, according to Billboard.

“We came to the conclusion that COVID trends were getting too extreme,” says Craig Ross, president of the Dollywood Company, said. The park is now open for the 2021 season in May.

Parton has kept very busy during the pandemic. In the end, it looks like she’s been focused on helping other people during this time.