Dolly Parton is offering more than her “Dollyisms” this time around. She addressing the current state the United States.
Parton appeared on the TODAY Show to talk about her new album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” as well as her new musical on Netflix, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square.” However, it was more than the country music legend’s holiday spirit that was talked about on the morning show. Parton has some advice for our country that seems to be anything but united.
“I think we’ve just become so divided, ’cause people just seem to love to hate. You know? This is the Christmas season coming up,” Parton said. “But we need to carry that Christmas spirit of peace on Earth, and loving one another. We need to carry that into the new year.”
Parton also has feelings about this year’s turmoil. She adds, “And Lord knows, I hope next year is better than this one.”
It’s been 30 years since the country superstar recorded a Christmas album. The holiday record’s name is inspired by Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”
Parton mentioned on TODAY that she’s been wanting to do another Christmas album and her time during quarantine allowed her to do just that. The album features original songs, as well as some holiday classics.
She said, “And grabbed a bunch of friends, and we just kind of went for it.”Leave it to Parton to try and make us all feel better in such tumultuous times.”We can’t save the world, but we can save the world we’re living in,” she said. “Maybe I’m dreaming. But I don’t think so.”
Dolly Parton Opens Up About Her Life’s Sacrifices
In addition to offering advice for a “divided” America, Dolly Parton recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey about never having children of her own.
She told the legendary talk show host that sometimes certain sacrifices are made. Parton dedicated her life to her music, performing, as well as becoming a successful businesswoman.
Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, who spends his time out of the spotlight as a choice, never had children.
“Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom,” she says. “So I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work.”
She and her husband have been comfortable living their own lives for the past 54 years.