Wanna Play?

by Sunshine Collective

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Wanna Play? the debut release of Sunshine Collective, is the pairing of singer/songwriter Stephanie Richards and composer/songwriter/producer Brian Arbuckle. Unapologetically upbeat, feel-good and fresh, the music skips through a vocabulary from romantic classical arrangements, the charms and craft of American Song, and the pop sounds of the 60's and 70's - all wrapped up into a top down, "head sunward", 12-track road trip.

The 'Collective' part of the Sunshine features a bevy of outstanding musicians including multi-instrumentalist Dan Weinstein, who deftly moves from seductive summertime violin on Love Makes Life So Sweet (track 3) to tipsy trumpets and trombones of Dixieland on Mad About You, (track 10); Gin Blossoms' Jesse Valenzuela co-writes and jams in an acoustic four-on-the-floor This Day (track 8); and "Legs" Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Band narrates Love Makes Life So Sweet's reprise (track 12).

Prior to Sunshine Collective, Brian and Stephanie had an R&R CHR Pop Top 40 hit with Stephanie's debut single, Get Used To It, and have had songs placed in independent films, HBO, and most recently CBS Televisions' The Doctors. Brian's orchestral compositions can be heard on trailers and promos for the biggest networks and studios, including trailers for Benchwarmers, Catwoman, and Spider, as well as network promos for shows such as Cold Case, Big Band Theory and 60 Minutes.

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released 23 February 2010

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Track Name: I Just Wanna Play
I JUST WANNA PLAY
(Richards/Arbuckle)

CH
Oo oo oo
I just wanna play
Oo oo oo
I just wanna play

Verse 1
Baffled by simplicity
Waltzing through complexity
Finding that it’s fun to be
With you
Ooo, ooo

Open eyes to mystery
No loneliness, no misery
Nothing’s what’s supposed to be
Anyway
I just wanna

Chorus

Verse 2
Living lost in levity
I found it in a memory
Like an old friend
That’s true
Ooo, ooo

No love, no empathy
For time the only enemy
Oh, we’ll meet again
How about today
I just wanna

Chorus

I just wanna play
I just wanna play
I just wanna play

Bridge
Holding hands two happy kids
Dandelions make a wish
Close your eyes a perfect day
Come with me we'll fly away

Repeat Chorus

Wanna play?

© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: Love Makes Life So Sweet
LOVE MAKES LIFE SO SWEET
(Richards/Arbuckle)


VERSE 1

Come on over to my kitchen
I’ve got some lemonade for sippin’
The breeze is blowin’ and time is slowin’
And it would be such a shame if we didn’t

Make the most of the afternoon
I got something that we can do
While the bluebirds serenade Shubert
We can try our hands at chemistry

Give me a…

CHORUS 1
Half a cup of sugar
That’s all we’ll need
And just a touch of ginger
To turn up the heat

I see your smile
My favorite treat
Love makes life so sweet

VERSE 2
We don’t need to read a recipe
A pinch of this and that and we can see
What we get when we get together
The secret ingredient you can’t measure

Lick our fingers for a little taste
Mmm-mmm-mmm...anticipate
How good it’ll be when it’s fin’ly ready
Worth the wait and all the gettin’ hot and messy

CHORUS 2
Half a cup of sugar
Is all we’ll need
And just a touch of ginger
To turn up the heat

I see your smile
My world is complete
Love makes life so sweet

©2008 Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: You Know
YOU KNOW
(Richards/Arbuckle)

Verse 1
Bumped and clumped the morning subway
It’s a drag and it’s not even Monday
8:00 a.m.
All over again
On the edge of desperation

The Stones, your ringtone
I get your new text
Satisfaction, a spring in my step
I think I blush
A little too much
Yeah, I can’t get enough

Chorus
You know
How to make me happy
That’s why
You’re my baby
Sunshine or rainy day
When you’re around
It’s all the same

Somehow
You figured me out
Now my
Heart beats out loud

You see all of the rainbows
Even when I don’t
Oh oh uh ah oh, yeah you know

Verse 2
Mixed up in all of the right ways
Mischief in your scruffly sweet face
Not the guy
My mother likes
But that one’s now in jail

Chorus

Bridge
Folk rock
Flip flops
Chocolate candy
You’re the one
Who understands me

Found your way
Through the maze
To the middle
Of my heart

Chorus

© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: LA (Beautiful Day)
LA (Beautiful Day)
(Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle)


Beautiful day
Not just the weather
We got it made
Doin’ whatever

La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la

Drinking it up
Nothing but sunshine
Can’t get enough
Havin’ a good time

La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la

Summer, Fall, Winter, or in the Spring
Any ol’ day and I just wanna sing

Beautiful day
Don’t try to save it
Cuz if you try
You’re gonna waste it

La-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la

Boys and girls in love like the movies
Living in the sun and the 70s

Feels like a dreamland
So far away
I think I am
Gonna stay

© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: Fun, Fun, Fun
FUN, FUN, FUN
(Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle)

V1

Blink and you’ll see
What it is
That could be

When you leave
All the blue
You’ve been saving

Perched on a tree
Little bird’s
Melody

Came the words
That now
I’m saying

PRE
Tick tock
Dizzy world keeps spin-ning ‘round
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

CH
Fun, fun, fun
Wherever we go

Run, run, run
Nobody’s gonna know

The secret
Keep it
Leave it
To us

One, one, one
One more time again

Fun, fun, fun
Oh, it’ll never end

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

V2
What can you hear
When you’re up
In the air

Floating high
Over
The under

Nothing as clear
As the cloud‘s
Souvenier

Let it leave
And let you
Wonder

PRE
Don't stop
Till we get lost and found
Turning like a merry go round

CH
Fun, fun, fun
Wherever we go

Run, run, run
Nobody’s gonna know

The secret
Keep it
Leave it
To us

One, one, one
One more time again

Fun, fun, fun
Never has to end

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

BR
Oh-oh-oh-oh
A new thought

Oh-oh-oh-oh
Old world

(In time) I see
What is meant to be
It's you and me

REPEAT CH
Fun, fun, fun
Wherever we go

Fun, fun, fun
Nobody’s gonna know

The secret
Keep it
Leave it
To us
One, one, one
Wonderful place to be
When it is just you and me

© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: A Thousand Notable Things
© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: This Day
This Day
(Richards / Arbuckle / Valenzuela)

Verse 1
I wish God made the world more like the sky
I wish I could ask a bird how it feels to fly

I know there’s tomorrow but I don’t wanna wait

Chorus
This day where the sun is shining
This day where the whole world is smiling
Down on me, on me

Just like the whole world is at the end of my street
Just like this day was made just for me

I’ll race the sun to get to where I wanna go
I’ll ride these wheels as fast as a super hero

I know there’s tomorrow but I don’t wanna wait

Chorus
This day where the sun is shining
This day where the whole world is smiling
Down on me, on me

Bridge
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah

This day with the sun shining
This day the world is smiling
This day, yeah, yeah, yeah

Chorus
This day where the sun is shining
This day where the whole world is smiling
Down on me, smiling down on me

This day, this day, this day....
Yeah, yeah, yeah...
This day, this day, this day

© Stephanie Richards, Brian Arbuckle & Jesse Valenzuela
Track Name: Interlude
© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: Mad About You
MAD ABOUT YOU
(Richards / Arbuckle)

Intro

I lost the key to my front door
But found the one to my heart
Right in your hands left where it has been
Since I heard the music start

Verse 1

Put some salt in my coffee
Sugar on my eggs
Tripped on my hat as I put on the cat
It’s the start of just one of those days
 
The kind that are all topsy turvy 
But oh so tickety boo
Nothing looks bad even stripes with my plaid
Cause I’m mad about you

Refrain

Now I waltz instead of walk
I start to sing instead of talk
Every raindrop is a diamond

I’ll put away my suitcase
Cuz there’s not another place
Delightful the state that I’m in

Verse 2

I feel like I’m singing the birds’ song 
I hope they don’t mind if I do 
Tweetly-dee, tweetily-doo
Yes, I’m mad about you

Solo

The doc said it’s no kind of fever
So what is a girl gonna do
Tweedle-ee-dee, tweedle-ee-doo
Yes, I’m mad about you

Refrain

If I could just bottle this
I’d be a millionairess
And everyone would wear a smile

You could hear the beating hearts
Louder than the beeping cars
And X and O’s would be in style 

Verse 3

The weatherman says mostly cloudy
But I can see nothing but blue
The world's on my plate and dinner’s at 8
Oh, I’m mad about you

solo

Tweedle-ee-dee, tweedle-ee-doo
Yes, I’m mad about you

© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle
Track Name: Together
TOGETHER
(Richards / Arbuckle)

V1
“Gotta get outta my head”
She said like a flower child
Tell me your real name, Sunshine
She laughs, he loves her smile

Everybody wants their freedom
Everybody needs some love
Too good was time for leaving
But it’s too late for that she’s got something’ to say

CHORUS
It feels better this way
Together we make
What everybody wants

I see the signs of the change
Been waiting for this day
For so long

The bad’s not so bad
And the good’s even better
When we get together

V2
He finds a quarter on third street
And takes it as a sign
Someone’s been waiting for someone
To believe and make it shine

Everybody wants some freedom
Everybody needs some love
Parts the clouds and sees right through them
As he climbs to the top of the world and he sings out loud

CHORUS
It feels better this way
Together we make
What everybody wants

I see the signs of the change
Been waiting for this day
For so long

The bad’s not so bad
And the good’s even better
When we get together

BR
hand in hand
woman man
Across every land and every ocean
Yes we can

CHORUS
It feels better this way
Together we make
What everybody wants

I fee the signs of the change
Been waiting for this day
For so long

Bad’s not so bad
The good’s even better
When we get together

When we get together
When we get together
When we get together....
Track Name: Love Makes Life So Sweet Reprise
Love Makes Life So Sweet Reprise
(Richards / Arbuckle)

When your mind goes sour
Lost in thoughts of your final hour
Soon you'll awake, and soon you'll see
all the bitterness will retreat
because love makes life so sweet

© Stephanie Richards & Brian Arbuckle