Dear Dad Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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A few years ago, Cheryl went to the mid-west to visit her parents, since her dad was anticipating surgery. That time was simultaneously stressful and poignant.

We wrote this song as a way to process that time. An “open letter” to her father, it reflected on their many sweet times together. The last line, “. . . the story of you and me,” helped her remember that they do share a unique story together. We recorded the song. During Cheryl’s childhood, she had created a special Valentine’s Day card for him. So we created our version and sent him a copy of the drawing. It arrived in Indiana for his 81st birthday.

He was pleased and commented that he still has the original card she made for her "big tall daddy." And so, still, their story continues.

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


from Fireside Music, track released April 29, 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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