This song was written at a time when we had just started the web site for Uncommon Promise, and were trying our best to finish the details and get it “up and running,” as we had imagined for so long. What was of utmost importance to us was to get our work “out into the world” once and for all. Life got a bit frantic as we tried to resolve issues that seemed utterly resistant to resolution.
In the early days of our journey we shared our plans and ideas with Em's parents, who didn't quite understand. As he spoke, Emerson became quite agitated. Finally, his dad took both of Em’s arms in his hands, looked him straight in the eye with compassion and said, “Just relax.” It was unforgettable.
We remembered that moment, just when we seemed to sink deeper into frustration with the process. That was exactly what we needed. Rather than approaching everything as another task, or obstacle to overcome, we just had to find a way to “settle down” and relax into the world.
We decided to broaden the metaphor of “parental advice” to a story capturing similar memories of our individual childhoods. When we were young we were each told in a clear and stern parental voice to “settle down.” Of course, this happened when we seemed to be getting overly excited, anxious or out of control. We laughed as we remembered that we had done the same thing with our own children.
This story definitely helped us move through that temporary period. A little song and story here and there can go a long way to calm the frantic mind.
Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise
from Settle Down
track released March 1, 2007
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Inspiration - Harry Martlage "just relax."