Shania Twain’s music gave me a proper lesson on style and female empowerment, however I didn’t realize the impact she had on my childhood until recently. Specifically, her Come on Over (International Version) album greatly influenced the way I see performance now. The first song on the famous album, “You’re Still the One”, came to me at an age that I can’t remember. I was young, maybe 4 or 5?
I can see it. My living room furniture has been rearranged to optimize space. My pink velvet cowboy hat from our Halloween box is nestled neatly on my head while I clutch onto a homemade microphone. I’m not entirely sure if my parents were in the room each time I performed my routines but that wouldn’t have affected my concentration. I was a pop star/ country star whenever “You’re Still the One” came on. I loved to raise my stakes a bit and jump on the highest part of my couch, just barely standing up straight to sing. But that didn’t matter because I knew I was settled into her vocals and the beat that palpated our speakers.
Later in my childhood I received a MP3 player from Santa that could hold about 30 songs. I used to bring it to our cabin in the Quebec region and spend my afternoons swinging and singing. While my dad worked hard on the landscape of our energy-deficient cabin, I plopped myself for hours on the swing he built for his little girls. And I would sing, out loud, with the utmost confidence in my voice, “You’re Still the One” and other jams. I knew that my family and the surrounding cabins could hear me but it didn’t halt me from being outspoken. I didn’t know anything about love or “the one” but I felt so happy singing about her story. Where did that Brianna go?
As I grew up I let Shania’s songs off my radar to focus on less country-style music. I once felt so enthralled by a human’s voice, and then it slowly faded from my memory.
Most recently, I reconnected to her while watching the Grey Cup this past November. She was the half-time act, and low and behold, she re-kindled the fire I used to have. Her subtle confidence, coupled with power and femininity delivered a very Canadian and very memorable show. She’s still got it, ladies!!