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Sometimes with tragedy, we are reminded of who we are, or who we want to be, and then put actions around those realizations. We experience a "moment of truth."

Cheryl went to Ohio to help out with her mother Margie, after finding that her condition had turned from serious to terminal. They had celebrated her 78th birthday in June and by July, a return visit was needed.

In tough times, you simply do what you have to do. When the situation demands, we put aside inconveniences and personal preferences and just DO. We immediately begin acting out our underlying values—ones that are perhaps not quite so apparent until those moments arise.

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Faced with trying times
Values become abundantly clear
Beneath, breaking through
Principles and beliefs appear

You know that because you are you
All the things that you do
In a moment of truth prove in the end

You have to do what you have to do
It is the only way
Knowing that you do what you have to do
Makes it easy—nothing left to say

As you know, when times are much too rough
And you have had enough
The only thing to do
The only way to make it through

When life has thrown you down
Taken you to the ground
There is a voice inside
That says, “You must do what is right.”

You know what you must do

Whatever it takes
And the sense that it makes
Within that moment to carry on

You have to do what you have to do
It is the only way
Knowing that you do what you have to do
Makes it easy—nothing left to say

In trying times
Principles and beliefs appear
Beneath, breaking through
Values are held instinctively near

You do what you have to do
What matters most becomes abundantly clear


from Moment of Truth, track released March 1, 2009
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
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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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