How Shania Twain rediscovered her joy and why ‘Queen of Me’ is her ‘happy album’

For Shania Twain, the of the songs on “Queen of Me,” her latest album, was a form of music therapy to help her through the COVID-19 shutdown blues. It was during that period of pandemic isolation that she wrote this album “as a tool to hold on until it was over, if it was ever going to be over, and obviously, no one really knew that,” Twain recalls. “So I was just escaping that dark mood. And like I always do, I turn to songwriting and practice mind over matter. I've nicknamed it my happy album because it's all seeing the positive side of things.” Taylor Swift Eras Tour: 5 magic moments at State Farm Stadium that Arizonans saw first How the pandemic inspired Shania Twain to write ‘Queen of Me' and ‘Giddy Up!' The title track is about taking charge of your own frame of mind, especially when times are tough. “You're in charge of your optimism,” Twain explains. “You're in charge of if you're gonna see the glass half full or half empty. It's all about personal choice in the end, being the boss of yourself and taking charge of that.” The album's second single, “Giddy Up!,” is a contagious country stomp about putting some “up in your giddy,” a suitably giddy turn of phrase. “I was missing feeling giddy and cheerful and happy and boppy during the pandemic, right? I'm like, ‘Ugh, it's a dark time; there's a lot of, you know, doubt and fear.' So let me turn to songwriting, my therapy time, and write happy things,” Twain says. She started thinking about ways to put some spice back in her life. “I was asking, ‘Where's the joy,' right? How do I find the joy? And giddy was just part of it. How do I put some up — some positivity — back in my giddy, in my laughter, in my fun?” ‘This is what made me who I am': Dierks Bentley came home to rule Country Thunder Arizona How COVID-19 gave Shania Twain pneumonia and inspired a new song Another highlight of […]

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