Short In the Wire Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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Em had trouble controlling mood swings, and the routine of dealing with it began to try our patience. Cheryl characterized what happened to him as a “short in the wire," in which he was suddenly out of commission. Fried. Spent. Unable to connect. Motivated to write, she listened to several melody lines in various developmental states. One in particular seemed to mirror the situation. While Em played the music, Cheryl wrote a flow of ideas. It was "stream of consciousness" writing that seemed to fit the tune perfectly.

You can find the original vocal version on our CD called "Layers," available on this site.


from Fireside Music, track released April 18, 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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