Ordinary Days Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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Paradise, Utopia, enchantment all around, beauty in everything.

Conjuring images of the life we would create, we let our imaginations run wild. We saw a peacefulness saturating each moment. The chance of a lifetime!—to mold a new life. A new way of being together, beyond the norm, beyond the typical, beyond . . . belief! At that point, our lives were shimmering with optimism, with enthusiasm.

Years of struggle later, we believe we’ve progressed toward our dream life. The path has turned when we weren’t expecting, still extraordinarily beautiful, but in fresh directions. The journey continued, and our ideas changed.

We are now sitting in the garden with hot tea and coffee. We relax and let normal rhythms and events unfold, instead of pushing this or that to happen. Enchantment was in front of us, even if we couldn’t see it at the time. We find the magic we longed for, reflected in each others’ eyes. The steam rises from the hot mugs in our hands, and the garden lies beautiful before us, like paradise.

You can find the original vocal version of this song on our site called "Uncommon Promise" at the following address:



from Moonlight Serenade, track released July 7, 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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