Here to Stay Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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We were having doubts about the path we had chosen. Things didn't seen to be working the way we had imagined, and we thought it could be time to give it up and take a new direction.

That next day, we talked again about all of the things that were going as planned, and even the surprises that we hadn't even counted on. Our new perspective changed everything, as is usually the case. We concluded that we must either live this life, and create our music and stories for our own internal reasons or stop complaining about it, and go work on somebody elses dream.

This was another real turning point in terms of taming the ego that demands rewards and recognition. We wrote this song the next day stating our recommitment to “stay the course.” We would continue writing our musical stories, no matter what!

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 30, 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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