Il Filo della Vita

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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We decided to translate our song called “Thread of Life” into Italian. We recorded that version for little Paolo and his family. Poetic or lyrical translations are vastly different from literal translations. We asked our Italian language teacher, Barbara Bitonti to help us out. She was happy to do so, thinking it would be an interesting challenge.

After we'd written the lyrics, Barbara came to our home studio and coached us on the recording, making sure we were using all the right pronunciation and inflections. It really was a lot of fun doing that one as a team, and especially since it was our first entire song in Italian.

We then made the CD and delivered it to the Quagli family in Fiesole.

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise


La vita, tessuta dal Destino
Che ci ha legati ieri
A tutto quel che, verra’ un giorno

Da qualche parte e in questo mondo
Lo spirito arriva come un bimbo
E attraverso i suoi occhi

Vediam, dov’eravam e dove andiam
I fili della vita ben vicin

Ogni giorno, sembra che
La vita continui nei nostri sogni
E negli occhi di un bimbo

Vediam, chi siam, chi eravam
Immagina ricominciar

In qualche modo, la Vita continua
una comincia dove ne finisce un'altra
Nella vita di un bimbo


La vita, tessuta dal Destino
Che ci ha legati ieri
A tutto quel che, verra’ un giorno


from Toward the Light, track released January 1, 2008
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Barbara Bitonti - Poetic translation
Paolo Quagli - Inspiration


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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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