Who doesn’t love Dolly Parton? The poor little girl from Pidgeon Forge with big dreams and a coat of many colors. The country music legend who warbled with Porter Wagoner. Penned hundreds of songs that were hits for her and many others who celebrated 50 years on the Grand Ol’ Opry this year. Big hair, big smile, big boobs and cheerfully honest about it—“It takes a lot of money to look this trashy.” A bigger more generous heart than anyone could imagine. A loyal wife and a successful business person who met and conquered the world on her own terms leaving nary and embittered enemy.
That generosity of spirit extended to her family, shirt tail relatives, friends, and neighbors. She began giving books to school children in her home town and ended up endowing a program that has provided more than 100 million books sent monthly directly to children from toddlerhood to kindergarten around the country and the world to get them excited about reading. And this year her $1 million gift to Coronavirus research was partly used to fund Moderna’s promising Covid-19 vaccine.
Like I said, what’s not to love!Dolly loves Christmas and we love Dolly loving it.
Dolly really loves Christmas. This year she released her fourth or fifth—who’s counting—holiday album which mixes new material with old chestnuts. She is showing up on late night talk shows, day-time women’s gab fests, and at the virtual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting program this Wednesday on NBC.
Our Murfin Winter Holiday Music Festival selection today from the album, A Holly Dolly Christmas is one of her new songs features her duet with her real-life Goddaughter Miley Cyrus. Most of the Nashville Country Music establishment turned viciously on the former Hannah Montana star when she rebelliously shed her good-girl image embracing tattoos, twerking, flashing her boobs, licking a wrecking ball, and generally flipping off prudes and fuddy-duddies.Miley Cyrus celebrated her most shocking music video with a Christmas ornament in 2013.
Dolly never wavered in her love and support for Miley. The girl from a mountain Baptist upbringing has become a shining example of what Unitarian Universalists call the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. That has been shown in her embrace of feminism—she wrote the anthem 9 to 5, the Civil Rights movement, support for the LGBTQ community and marriage equality, and this year vocal support for the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd.
Miley outgrew the rougher edges of her rebellion but like Dolly stakes out her own personhood regardless of criticism.
Together Dolly and Miley are a seamless duo on What Christmas Is.