Second Chance Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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Unfinished construction projects stared us in the face. During the endless rainy days of April, we asked ourselves, "Would we do it all over, just the same way?" Or if we were magically given a second chance at life, would we take it? Seizing the opportunity, what would we do differently? We often talked about the topic during our walks. Cheryl sat in the sun as Emerson played the melody. Soon she went into her usual writing "trance." First, she came up with the line that fit perfectly at the beginning and the rest just flowed. Usually that's the indication that the song a good direction for us. If we struggle with it, we deem it headwork. If it flows, then it comes from the heart.

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


from Fireside Music, track released April 3, 2014
Written, recorded and published 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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