The thought of Dolly Parton dying is not pleasant. In fact, it’s heart-wrenching.
Especially considering all the losses in 2020 in country music, as well as the world in general, losing the beacon of light that is Dolly Parton would be a devastating blow to civilization.
Of course, Dolly – being Dolly – has a solution for our unavoidable future sadness.
Dolly Parton is Prepared
It seems like the “Jolene” singer is prepared for her eventual death, however. At least, she is in the sense that she recently announced secret music that will be released after her death.
With more than 50 albums and 151 singles, it’s interesting to think about what Parton could have stowed away. She let her fans in on her legacy songs during an episode of “Dolly Parton’s America.”
The podcast is a nine-part journey that delves into the “Dollyverse.” It is hosted by Jay Abumrad. The main focus is to do a “deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons.”
The show will explore how Dolly is a feminist icon, her relationship to Porter Wagoner, her refusal to get involved with politics, the thought behind “Jolene,” as well as countless other topics.
On the podcast, Parton was there to say she has plenty of unheard-of and unreleased songs, as well as vocal-only tracks. But there’s a catch: she doesn’t want to be around for when fans get to listen to them.
“There’s enough stuff to go on forever with my music, to do compilation albums, to do, actually, new and original stuff, and I am purposely trying to put songs down for that very purpose. To have a click track and my vocals, to where any arrangement can be done. So I think ahead,” Parton said.
Leaving Behind a Continual Legacy
Dolly Parton said that she wants to leave a legacy behind that comes with careful thought and meticulous planning. Her position as one of the most influential artists already gives her a legacy. However, she wants her fans to have new things to hold onto. She said many artists often don’t think about what they want to release after their death.
“I’m one of those people that believe in being prepared. I don’t ever wanna leave my stuff in the same shape like Prince, or Aretha, or anybody that don’t plan ahead,” she said.
For reference, Prince is currently said to have left behind a huge cache of unreleased recordings. They are locked in an actual physical vault. They are estimated to be $500 million in worth, according to NBC News.
Songs like “Deliverance” were released shortly after his death. However, it’s clear that there’s a whole untapped legacy of music hiding away. His death, however, was accidental and sudden, after an overdose of fentanyl.
Dolly Parton, whether her death comes sudden or expected, wants to be prepared to release music she believes deserves to be heard.
The 73-year-old country icon has created a massive career that goes far beyond just singing and songwriting. She is a businesswoman, actress, and humanitarian.
From reading books to children to being behind Dollywood to guest-starring in TV shows, Dolly Parton has always had surprises in store for her fans.
It seems like even after death she won’t want that to stop.