After All Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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Couples create their unique ways of being together, of loving each other. Cheryl's mom was diagnosed with cancer just as we were beginning to recover from the stress of her dad's surgery and radiation therapy.

Sometimes it seems as though our parents have been together forever, no matter what challenges they faced. They expressed their love for each other in quiet and “simple" ways. Maybe it was their generation, their "normal."

A few weeks later, a friend told us of her mother’s sudden death from cancer. She reminisced about her parents struggleds and how they nearly starved as they searched for a way to make a living, before they finally settled into a life of farming.

We noted the similarities in our parents' relationships. With all the struggles of Life, what if the one consistent answer is "simply love, after all."

You can find the original vocal version of this song on our site "Uncommon Promise" at:


from Fireside Music, track released May 3, 2014
Written, recorded and Produced by Cheryl and Emerson


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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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