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We wrote this song just before the beginning of the 2011 retreat in Tuscany, about the layering of many personalities and histories together into one event. We had people attending from different places, and of all ages from 25 to 85.The diversity adds a special magic to the gathering.

We likened it to looking out over the Tuscan hills and valleys, where we could see the different colored layers of mountains, fields, flowers, etc., all superimposed one on the other. We decided to make it the title song and create a copy for each of the retreat participants.


Underneath it all
Where no one can see
My life is made up of layers
Each one built upon the other

Hidden far from view
Barely out of reach
Memories of graceful, simple moments
Concealed, covered over

Happenings and incidents
Haphazardly arranged
Occasion upon circumstance
Ordered by each subtle change

All align and press together
Until they are countless layers deep

Gathered, stacked upon each other
Scarcely separate layers

Unbeknownst to you
Unrecognized by me
Sometimes I find that I am
Unaware of all the layers

Color everything I do
My life is made up of layers
Each one as it’s meant to be


from Layers, track released June 17, 2011
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Inspiration - In Touch In Tuscany Retreat


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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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