If anyone can reinvigorate our faith in humanity, it’s the country music goddess herself, Dolly Parton. Recently, she recorded herself singing one of her many inspirational songs to lift our spirits amid the ongoing pandemic.
Parton has long since been an advocate for perseverance. At the height of the pandemic, she donated a generous one million dollars to Vanderbilt University for research into a COVID-19 vaccine. After Parton made her donation to scientific research in November, the President and CEO of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Jeff Balser, couldn’t be more thankful.
“She cares so much about helping others, and we are very grateful for her ongoing support. These funds will help us complete promising research that can benefit millions,” he said. That spirit of resilience is something Parton continues to instill in her listeners — which she exemplified in the recent recording of her song “Try.” While social distancing at her home, she decided to bring her spirit and uplifting music to her fans through the power of music.
Dolly Parton recorded a video of herself singing her 2014 song, “Try,” which is now available to watch on Netflix. Before singing, she starts with a compelling statement.
Dolly Parton Instills Love & Faith With ‘Try’
“I’m gonna do a song for you now because really, at these times who knows why this is going on, but I think everything is for a purpose,” she said. “I believe that when we’re through all this, we’re all gonna be better people. I know it’s making me look closer at myself than I ever did before. And hopefully, that’s what this is all about. Sometimes God has to smack us upside the head and make us pay attention. And I’m hoping that this is gonna pass real soon and all we can do is try to be smart, try to be safe, try to love one another.”
As for her song “Try,” Dolly Parton once described that it’s “based on the fact a lot of my relatives couldn’t read and write, and I saw how crippling that was, but also the struggles I’ve gone through as an artist and in my life,” she said. “It’s about saying you’ve just gotta get out there and try. It’s an uplifting, encouraging song. You’re not going to amount to anything unless you try.”
“Try” also serves as the theme song for Parton’s literacy program, The Imagination Library. Since its founding, she has helped give away over 60 million books worldwide.”We give children books once a month from the year they are born till they get to kindergarten so they can learn to love to read,” the singer explained.