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This music represents a new album in progress. We intend to add new music as we make it, so there could be up to ten songs here depending on where we are in the process. When complete, it will be renamed, and we will begin again, filling up the “New Music” album with the latest tunes. This way, you can track our progress real time, and even have access to one or all of them as they develop.

This album is dedicated to our little miracle—sweet Rosie June.


released January 1, 2017

Cheryl Martlage – Lyrics, Vocals and Production Emerson Martlage – Music, Guitar, Vocals and Production


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Cheryl and Emerson Martlage San Diego, California

At the age of 48, and after 25 years of marriage, we headed to a secluded town for 6 weeks, to create a new relationship and begin again.

When we arrived as if by magic, we co-wrote our first song ever— "Never Sleep," evoking the mystery and magic of the new adventure. Twenty years later, we're still making music. Join us on our musical storytelling as the adventure continues to unfold
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Track Name: Nighty-night Rosie June
Scattered among the Milky Way
All the way to the moon
Millions of twinkling stars say
Sweet dreams
Nighty-night Rosie June

When your sweet blue eyes close
No matter if night or noon
We are waiting here for you
Sweet dreams
Nighty-night Rosie June

You’ve had such a busy day
Filled with fun and love
Now it’s time to rest a bit
And dream

Floating above white fluffy clouds
Drifting with kites and balloons
You will soar on wings of sleep
Sweet dreams
Nightly-night Rosie June
Track Name: Before Eight
You swore you’d always try
Recklessly, I believed you
You looked me in the eye
But planned an escape

I pictured morning talks
Everlasting days together
You couldn’t see the same
And left before 8

We lived a simple life
I thought we both were happy
You took my hand and heart
Which got in your way

You needed something more
Than only me forever
Steady isn’t edgy enough
So you just couldn’t stay

Until then it seemed that
You were my one and only
Sparks and fire
The perfect match

Dark and brooding
To me you were my perfect catch

Then from out of nowhere
Without the slightest inkling
You became a stranger
With somewhere else to be

Today I’m sad to say
I don’t know what you’re thinking
I used to know you
But you gave us away

So then as this story ends, with memories bittersweet
Yesterday will forge tomorrow’s dream
Track Name: Dutchman's Dilemma
There is a hand, holding a sphere
Reflecting an outstretched hand, holding a sphere
There is a drawing, with pencil in hand
A sketch of a hand, drawing a pencil in hand, in 3-D
Peering even closer still, I wonder how can it be?
Beginnings without ends—mystery

There is a man, climbing the stairs
Ascending to another plane, step by step
Nearby another man makes his way
But he’s walking down, descending into depths yet unknown
Turning the page around, I wonder what do I see?
Deciding which is up or down—that’s the key

An artist’s vision leads us to see more
Showing something never seen before

An artist’s language may seem familiar
Whispering magic words

Perspective altered with the stroke of the pen
Perspective shifted again
Just with the stoke of a pen

Escher plays, as he looks at the day
Inspecting every little thing, until it moves
Birds fill the sky, taking to flight
Their tails interlace but which way do they face, in mid-air
Separate forms fill the page, yet somehow blend into one
Exchanging black for white—how is it done?

Where there were none
To worlds beyond