A ceaselessly prolific artist and business woman, Dolly Parton seems intent on not only forging ahead during COVID-19, but on helping all of us through it, too. If you’ve been saying Goodnight with Dolly, tuning in for her series of bedtime stories from the Imagination Library, you’ll know the most-buzzed-about country diva around is a more than reassuring voice in these uncertain times. She also gave $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN to support advancements toward a coronavirus cure. Even so, her generosity may be best evidenced in a new song, “When Life Is Good Again.” An emotional savant of songwriting, Parton once again holds her listeners like putty in the balm of her maternal hands. “When Life Is Good Again” looks ahead to a future beyond the current coronavirus pandemic not with blind optimism, but strengthened resolve.
In a gentle pause, before a soaring, inspirational outro, Parton speaks, “And it’s gonna be good again.” And, if for but a brief moment, we can all believe it will be true.