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Through journaling and conversation Emerson decided to go on a pilgrimage in search of his lost “creative self.” His free-wheeling imaginative side he called "Emerson," while his business persona, he thought of as "Dale." As Emerson, he felt young, alive and energetic. So he decided to follow his intuition and return to the time and place that had inspired him 25 years earlier.

in the early 70s, a time when he felt a clear sense of freedom and creativity, he was in Barcelona studying the work of Antonio Gaudí. Following his memories and instincts, he made arrangements to return to Barcelona. He took a traveling guitar and wrote this song after several full days of following the magical trail throughout the city. It was an emotional tribute to his own essence, the architect Gaudí, and the city of Barcelona.

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise
uncommonpromise.com/story/Barcelona

And our video called "Barcelona."
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIB7kavA6-k

lyrics

Barcelona is a place I go
To make life easy and to take life slow
Where broken china rests on rich red soil
And spires soar higher than one can see
So I’m taking you there with me
I’m holding you close to me
Together we will be free
In Barcelona

I’m taking you there with me
I’m holding you close to me
Together we will be free

My home is yours
And I’ll take you where I’m going
I’ll tell you what I’m knowing too
There is a place in the box beneath the staircase
In the attic or a friends face too
In Catalonia

It took me a lifetime
To find this path back home, to me
I pieced it together
After spending time on my own

I just barely made it
In time to find the window at dawn
My soul was so hungry
It was nothing but skin and bone
My soul was so empty
It was nothing but skin and bone

Nothing but skin and bone
Spending time on my own
Finding my way back home

Barcelona is a place I go
Where I can remember all the things I know
Where broken china rests on rich red soil
And spires soar higher than one can see
So I’m taking you there with me
I’m holding you close to me
Together forever free

in Barcelona

I’m taking you there with me
I’m holding you close to me
Together forever free

in Barcelona

credits

from Never Sleep, track released January 1, 2003
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Tom Tomasello - Producer/Arranger
Jim Bruno - Vocal producer
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Inspiration - Barcelona, Spain

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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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