Elegy Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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We had just seen the movie “Elegy” starring Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz. An elegy is a song written for someone who has died. The story spoke to us and triggered much conversation and emotion. Penelope’s character, Consuela, said that “what she missed the most in their relationship were the things they never did.”

Early that next morning, Em sat outside playing some new music inspired by the story. Cheryl was in the upstairs bedroom listening as he played. When she came down to the studio, she went directly to the computer and started writing lyrics. The music was barely set, so we literally wrote the words and finalized the music simultaneously. Within hours, we completed the music, lyrics, and documented the harmony.

The spontaneous process spoke to us about how inspiring and intense movies can be. Magic simply happens around all of us when we are totally focused and engaged.

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



from Moonlight Serenade, track released May 27, 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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