Sia was in a buoyant mood in May 2017. Along with her producer Greg Kurstin she was having plenty of fun recording the songs for her Everyday Is Christmas album. Sia and Kurstin remembered “laughing at the end of each day” in the studio, and it’s this unalloyed joy that shines through on her quirky, infectious modern Christmas album – and it can clearly melt your heart, even in May’s warm climate.
Listen to Sia’s ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ album here.
“I couldn’t stop writing new songs – so, I ended up with an original album by accident”
“I thought we had a bit of a shortage of good Christmas music,” Sia said in 2017, speaking just prior to the album’s release. “There’s obviously the classics and stuff, but anything new, I wasn’t vibing that much on it.” Infamous for her swiftness in writing, Sia set out to create her own take on snowmen, Santa, puppies and candy, and found the songwriting pulse just kept throbbing. “It was easy and fun. So, we did it in two weeks. And I couldn’t stop writing new songs – so, I ended up with an original album by accident.”
What’s interesting about Sia is that, while she is enigmatic about many aspects of herself, she is quite willing to demystify the songwriting process – debunking the myth that all inspiration is divine. She is prepared to expose the cogs of songwriting, as she explained in 2016. “I love the idea of how fast can we make the song, but I don’t think that I’m necessarily like a super-talented songwriter. I think I’m just really productive. One out of ten songs is a hit. So where a lot of people will spend three weeks on one song, I will write ten in three weeks.”