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Sometimes we just observe. Our friends Gary and Rosemary have a particular way they are together. They constantly watch out for each other—spotting dangers worth a warning, anticipating what the other one needs, or just simply helping out. At times, it's hard to tell who is helping whom.

A few days after we had commented about them, we got an email from Gary saying that they were going on a picnic to the top of the hill. It was such a sweet idea, emphasizing how much in love they are, and the fun they have together.

We imagined their picnic into a song.

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She reaches for his hand
Their fingers weave into a perfect fit
Blurring which one has offered the helping hand
They make their way up, walking together
To reach the high ridge where a picnic awaits

And when they find their place
She turns around to marvel at the view
Then quietly offers a helping hand
Building a fire, laughing together
As they spread a blanket and unpack their things

Always looking out for each other
They’re partners in life
So here they are today, like every other one
Just sharing their way

Found again and again
Going along together
Just sharing their way
As the sun is setting

She reaches for his hand
He lifts a glass to offer up a toast
To “laughter, love, good friends and happiness!”
They end their picnic, talking together
Of how lucky they are to share all their days
Then. . .he reaches for her hand


from Masterpiece, track released February 1, 2010
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Inspiration - an impromptu picnic


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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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