Guest Written by Rachel Rabalais
The song I would like to talk about today is “Settle Down” by Kimbra.
A lot of women my age (in their 20’s) start to think about their future as an adult and who they want to spend their time with, have children with. I’ve never heard of a song so direct, to the point. She wants to get married and have children and she’s telling him that to “Settle Down”. Usually we try to suppress this to not startle a man in his 20’s that feels like he has his whole life ahead of him as for women we feel like our time is running out.
What is the definition of Settling Down?
The definition of settling down is “to begin to live a quiet and steady life by getting a regular job, getting married, etc.” or “to become quiet, calm, or orderly” The word orderly took me by surprise, I don’t know why really. That’s why a man in his 20’s gets very alarmed because we are telling them how to live in an orderly fashion.
Why do we feel the need to rush our future?
I don’t know about you but I was always told if you don’t have children before you’re thirty, you might turn into a “crazy cat lady”. Back in the early 1900’s women were told to have children much younger than that. The song writer Kimbra was actually only 19 when she made this song. She has dolls in the background of her song. To me this is a symbol of switching from child to adult mentally. I like that Kimbra is very eccentric, she sings about things people usually avoid speaking of. She has another song called “Withdraw” and in my opinion the song is about how the relationship is affecting her, usually individuals that are song writers, write about finding love or losing love, I rarely hear about how the relationship affects them and how it’s hard to break free of it. She says in the song, “I’ve lost all my friends” “I can’t withdraw your heart from mine” she has very unique songs and that’s what I like about her.
Who is Kimbra?
Kimbra is a singer/song writer from New England, she is also a model and actress. Kimbra began writing songs at the age of 10 her career started in 2004. She is currently thirty-one years old and still thriving! She is definitely someone to idolize.