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We were in many conversations with a friend about her life situation and how she was searching for something that seemed illusive, missing. She expressed a completeness with where she had been, but longed for a simpler, more secluded life.

We began talking about the idea of a special cottage tucked away in the woods and how it was a great metaphor for that part of oneself that gets covered up so easily in day-to-day life—the Essence. If we could just go there, we would find those incredibly familiar aspects of the person we truly are. We recognize ourselves, no matter how much time goes by, or how much we have neglected that “Essential Self” over the years.

We found this song to be very therapeutic for us as we wrote it. The words and the sounds seemed to come together in a sweet way that really spoke to that “retreat” within, that always awaits our arrival.

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In my cottage
Far beyond the edge of town
Where the woods begin
Is where I can be found
Safe inside, satisfied
With the fire I have built to warm my face and hands

Now as I look around
I know each and every stone
And every intimate corner
In my cottage

After many years I finally found
This private space
Filled with magic and with peace for me

Somehow in this place my days
Have more meaning
There’s a sacred, subtle thrill I feel

And as I look around
I know each and every stone
And every intimate corner in
My cottage

In my cottage
Yet to be created
Alive in words unspoken
My dream has waited
Longing to be reality
With the fire I will build to warm my face and hands

And when I look around
I’ll know each and every stone
And every intimate corner
In my cottage


from The Way to Love, track released July 1, 2006
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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