Changing Ways

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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While reflecting on the changes in our life, we noted the many course-corrections that have happened when we interacted with someone else along the way—as if we had intentionally met one another at an important intersection of life.

The encounters invariably shift our perspectives, which then nudge us down a slightly different path. The people came in and out of our lives almost as messengers, with some new information that was important for us. We think of Zia, Jos, Gary and Rosemary along with many others who have changed our course, even ever so slightly.

We believe that we need all of those people who have made a difference, and helped us move along. They cause us to reevaluate changing our ways, which in turn, changes our way yet again. And again.

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise


Long ago
When I was young
Quite unaware what I’d begun

Day by day
I lived as though
There was a singular way to go

Step by step
I found my way
Taking the path that I made

Year by year
I grew to know
There are so many ways one can go
As you know

On my way
I met others
Who had begun from another place
Somewhere our ways crossed and merged
Sometimes we walked together

For some time
Content just to share someone’s company
After some time
We went separate ways
But as friends

Now I know
Which path I take
Changes with every friend that I make

Time again
My days are spent
Wondering where I’ll go
And where I have been
Long ago
Changing ways as I go
With friends at the crossroads


from After All, track released September 1, 2008
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering


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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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