Toward the Light Instrumental

from by Cheryl and Emerson Martlage

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My face turns inch by inch with the sun. I respond to its warmth and follow its path. My yellow petals mimic the sun’s rays, radiating outward as we mirror-dance. In the waning light of late afternoon, I follow the sun as it falls westward, there, it sinks behind a hill and I rest, studying the ground in which I grow. In the dark of night my face turns east toward the certainty of dawn. When day breaks I stand poised. Then the sun and I dance again.

Thousands of interlaced seeds create the pattern of my face. The next generation will grow through summer. When the days shorten, I release my hold and the seeds fall onto the damp autumn soil where they root and wait. Spring will once again inspire the familiar routine, only with new dancers.

We live simply, seeking the light that gives us life and energy. Through countless, almost imperceptible silent turnings, we are nourished and grow strong.

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


from Moonlight Serenade, released May 24, 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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