Kristen Rae Bowden’s “Marry Me Once” is a captivating indie rock ballad that delivers a message of self-love and personal growth. With her soulful vocals and skillful piano playing, Bowden takes the listener on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.
The song’s lyrics are introspective and poignant as Bowden shares her own struggles with emotional dependence and the importance of learning to love oneself. “I know I’m conflicted / but at least I know what I can do / I’m in the wave swimming with it / And you’ve gotta swim on your own too,” she sings in a powerful and emotive chorus.
“This song is about carrying your own emotional burden and not asking others to do the tough work for you of getting to really know yourself and love yourself,” Kristen shares. “When I wrote this song I’d been noticing how common it is for people to covertly expect their partners to do this work for them. I’ve been that person myself, and it’s bad for everyone involved. You can’t fill your own emotional void with someone else’s love. That won’t get you through.”
Bowden’s musical style is reminiscent of artists like Regina Spektor and Kate Bush, with a touch of HAIM and MARINA. Her piano playing is dynamic and expressive, with a sense of urgency that reflects the emotional weight of the song’s message. Meanwhile, her vocals are rich and textured, ranging from gritty and raw to delicate and angelic.
“Marry Me Once” is a beautifully crafted ballad that truly highlights Kristen Rae Bowden’s talent as a songwriter and musician. The song’s message of self-love and empowerment is both timely and important, and Bowden delivers it with passion and conviction.
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