The thing that both musicians have in common and the reason why they are simultaneously making headlines is a COVID-19 vaccine. To each in its own way, COVID-19 vaccine has meant positive changes. Quickly after the threat of covid-19 became known to the world and quicker than more than several governments, Dolly Parton has donated a million dollars to vaccine research. This week, Dolly Parton got a dose of, literally, her own medicine by getting a first jab of Moderna vaccine. Parton, 75, documented the moment in a video posted to social media in which she encouraged eligible viewers to get the shot and broke into a modified rendition of “Jolene” to that effect.
“Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate,” she sang. “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, ’cause once you’re dead then that’s a bit too late.” On the other hand, her younger, yet similarly blonde fellow artist Miley Cyurs released a music video “Angels Like You”, which was filmed at and around the Super Bowl concert when she held a special concert as part of Super Bowl LV’s official pre-match event in Tampa Bay, Florida. Since the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year, that event was one of the first live concerts on such a scale, and it provided live performances for masked medical staff who have have already received vaccines, giving a glimpse of hope to us all. Cyrus wrote in a statement at the end of the video: “We all look forward to being together again and this can happen sooner than we may have thought with vaccines becoming more available. Each of us can help stop the pandemic by being vaccinated. Together we can make the experience of live music a reality again.” We can only agree with these incredible women and encourage you to get vaccinated, the moment you become eligible for a vaccine. Only with vaccines will we be able to go back to concerts, clubs and all the other cultural events that we are missing so very much!
“Angels Like You” appears on Cyrus’ most recent album Plastic Hearts, released past November.