Sea Change Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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Barack Obama was elected to the US presidency. The country was in a recession, which seemed to grow deeper and more ominous with each day. Bumping along the bottom, it seemed prudent to begin laying the groundwork for a big change. We saw it as a “sea-change.” Not just another transition, but rather, a fundamental movement to another (hopefully “higher”) level of awareness. As we talked about the pending changes, we recalled the imagery of Scotland's Falkirk Wheel, which we had visited November 2008. It is an incredible invention that literally lifts boats 80 feet above one water way to another level. We thought that it modeled our interpretation/feeling of a sea change perfectly.

You can find the original vocal version of the song at our "Uncommon Promise" website:


from Fireside Music, released April 3, 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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