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What a relief! Finally, we moved into the house and studio outside of Florence and had also finished the first phases of the garden. The place was beginning to look and feel like we had always imagined.

Sitting outside one day in the garden sun, looking out over the immense valley, we reflected on all that had transpired to create that moment. After all of that almost unbearable striving, it now seemed so distant and so “ordinary”—almost as if none of the turmoil had ever happened.

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Looking up from my morning coffee
And into your eyes
Is this my Garden of Eden
Is this Paradise, or real life
Ordinary days or, a dream

Simple pleasures define us
Everybody is just the same
Standing high upon the peaks
Carved out of rocky terrain

Unbridled moments of passion
Strung between the routine day to day
Sometimes troubles refine us
Changing what we see
Everything we do and say
Every little word and deed
Even who we are

Although my days may seem common
I just can’t deny
That this is my Garden of Eden
This is Paradise
My real life
Ordinary days
And a dream


from Settle Down, track released March 1, 2007
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Inspiration - The Tuscan Studio


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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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