My Cottage Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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Finding inner peace is the process of a lifetime.

The old door creaks and clicks closed behind me. I sigh with relief and turn toward the massive country fireplace, built with stone pulled from the ground of this deep-woods retreat.

I cross the sagging floor to the hearth, kneel on the cupped stone, and lean into the dark to light a fire. Sparks flicker to smoke and slowly start a blaze. Drawing closer to the flames, I warm myself.

This modest rustic haven fills me with satisfaction and awe. Its earthy timeless simplicity, its dusty splintered walls, washed in a glow as soft light filters through old rippled window glass. I want to settle in and stay. This cabin feels like home. Its personality matches mine—the decades have worn us both to a satin patina. This place holds my secrets and memories—a sanctuary known only to me, where my soul is nourished. In a hidden clearing near the edge of the woods stands my humble cottage of logs, rock, and hand-forged steel, reminding me there is much work to do in silence. Here I shall begin.


from Sunset Suite, released May 1, 2015


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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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