Innocent Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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The little Mediterranean restaurant, white with blue trim, surrounds us on three sides as we enjoy the autumn sun on the terrace, and waves lap the sand. We speak from time to time, a few light and breezy phrases. Mostly, we sit in happy silence, mutely confirming the choice we made so many years ago.

That’s when we walked into this small Spanish seaside town of S’Agaro, holding hands at the start of our heartfelt journey. With a brown leather bag filled with 10 years of journals, we settled into a secluded retreat to write the story that would sweep us forward, defining our next twenty years together.

Those were spacious, soulful and romantic days. We read our journals aloud, weaving narratives that we had lived but hadn’t shared. The story was born as we had hoped, as rugged as the steep coastal hills and filled with intrigue and excitement.

A decade later, sitting on the terrace of the Taverna, memories flood us with awe and sober maturity. Back at the birthplace of this life we’ve grown to love, we are amazed to look back at the twists and turns along the way. Weeks later, our conversations continue to revisit the challenges, and the times when we came closer to the edge than we could have foreseen.

Would we do it all over? In a heartbeat. Deep within, the small voice urges us forward despite good sense. There is timeless beauty and excitement for the unknown that never fades in the heart of an innocent.

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


from Moonlight Serenade, track released July 11, 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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