Measure of a Life Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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It was one of those lucky days when we met the artist Joan Fullerton. Lunch at Lamole in Chianti was our first encounter with her. We seemed to share common interests and so we kept in touch over the following months. At the time, she was living and painting in Taos, New Mexico and selling much of her beautiful creations on her website. While looking through her site one day, we found a piece of art that really spoke to where we were at the time on our own journey. We decided to buy it and made the necessary arrangements.

The painting is called "Measuring a Life," and on our next trip to Italy, we placed it at the heart of our beloved studio, over the fireplace. It was so inspiring to have her art in our creative space, that our conversation generated a song soon after. We began wondering about how we gauge our own lives and contributions to the world. It was great to relate to Joan in that special way and it cemented a relationship to last a lifetime—perhaps one of the ways that we have come to measure our own lives.

You can find all of Joan's beautiful art on her site at the following address:

You can also find the original vocal version of the song on our site called "Uncommon Promise," by clicking the following link:


from Fireside Music, track released May 15, 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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