Chelsea Basham – I Make My Own Sunshine

Published in Medium, Positive Music on 1st October 2017
Chelsea Basham – I Make My Own Sunshine

About Chelsea Basham:

Chelsea Basham spent much of her childhood larking around with her two older brothers and working in her parent’s Retravision store in Wongan Hills, 182 kilometres north east of Perth, population about 1,400 and shrinking. The radio was never far away. She loved the sound of the new breed of Australian country artists. In February 2011 Chelsea cold-called producer Graham Thompson. She wanted to make an album and she wanted him to produce it.

And in between the Basham / Meadows top and tail there are two other influential figures in the evolution of the album. One is Allyssa Bonagura, the writer of I Make My Own Sunshine, the first single and title track of the album. “I Make My Own Sunshine is a pivotal song on this record”, says Chelsea. “I stumbled across Allyssa singing it in the street one day and loved it straight away. I’m not sure if I realised it at the time but Sunshine set the theme for the whole album. It showed me how I could tell my story without being maudlin or self indulgent.”In fact, there are several songs on I Make My Own Sunshine about picking yourself up and getting on with it.
lyrics:

Ooh, ooh, ooh

Everything is wonderful, everything is great
Free as a bird, singing outside my window pane
Got a fresh new start, it’s a brand new day
And I got lots of love to give away

[Chorus]
It don’t matter if it’s raining
Nothing can phase me
I make my own sunshine
And if you think you can break me
Baby, you’re crazy
I make my own sunshine
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I make my own sunshine
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I make my own sunshine

Hey, let’s make a rainbow, look for the pot of gold
I’ll show you how to keep it nice and easy
Even if a cloud starts forming on my lovely day
There’s nothing, no nothing that could stand in my way

[Chorus]
It don’t matter if it’s raining
Nothing can phase me
I make my own sunshine
And if you think you can break me
Baby, you’re crazy
I make my own sunshine
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I make my own sunshine
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I make my own sunshine

[Instrumental]

[Chorus]
It don’t matter if it’s raining
Nothing can phase me
I make my own sunshine
And if you think you can break me
Baby, you’re crazy
I make my own sunshine
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I make my own sunshine
Ooh, ooh, ooh
I make my own sunshine