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Both of us felt an aching need to break free. The feelings were unforgettable and intense. In fact, it was the strength of those feelings that led us to the decision to start over. We were sure that those feelings, if left unattended, would cause even more heartache in the long run. In an effort to change, and “get away,” it’s easy to leave the necessities of everyday life unattended—mail piles up, plants wither, and neighbors wonder what happened. But in those times, we do what we must.

Capturing those feelings in story and song helped us understand and accept them as part of our natural process. Looking back, we aren’t surprised to see how it played out, and feel fortunate that we were able to bring focus to our stresses before it was too late and they spun wildly out of control. It's not only essential for our health, but it's also nice to “get away” from the routines and patterns that have become debilitating—while we can still feel the joy of the ride and the magic of the wind in our hair.

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



from Dinner Music by Candlelight, track released March 1, 2004
Cheryl Martlage - Producer
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar


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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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