Finish Line Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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When we lived in Indianapolis, years ago, Emerson and his friend, Dave rode bikes on the weekends. They always had a destination, but found that the process of going there was ultimately far more important than arriving. This was the perfect storyline to help us connect to some important ideas—trusting the process, and staying in the moment.

The story spilled out effortlessly. We really liked the image of the “birds sitting on the line” watching us ride by. We even imagined ourselves as the birds, watching our own process, reflecting, with a new perspective.

Check out the vocal version on our album called "Toward the Light" on this same site.

In addition, you can find the original musical story on our site called "Uncommon Promise" at the following address:


from Moonlight Serenade, track released July 9, 2014
Music, recording and production 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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