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The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland is an incredible invention that literally lifts boats 80 feet above from a lower waterway to another level. For us, it modeled our sense of a sea change. The term “sea change” was invented in the writings of Shakespeare, which whetted our curiosity as well.

We thought that the new millennium surely would hold dramatic change and we imagined that as a “sea-change.” Not just another transition, but rather, a fundamental movement to another level.

So we decided to write about our experience of being lifted in the Falkirk wheel as a way to describe the idea of an imminent and radical shift in world consciousness.

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise


Upon the waterway
Touching tall reeds passed along the way
Transported, while drifting
Floating gently toward a sea change

Lightly on peaceful waves
Buoyant, afloat I am without weight
Transforming while it moves me
Ever-higher still
Gently toward a sea change

While there are so many ways
Journeys have been taken
Going here to there
On the ebb and flow
Currents, undertow
Carried through locks, wheels and floodgates

Nearly silent gears ratchet
Lifting my vessel higher
Safe passage
From a lower river
Tendered, surrendered am I

Safe passage
From a lower river
Stepping ashore in some other place
Gently delivered

The arms that carried me
Turn back again where I used to be
Transporting another
Floating calmly toward a sea change


from By Invitation, track released August 1, 2009
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering
Inspiration - The Falkirk Wheel in Scotland


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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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