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Friday / December 22 / 5p

Wisdom's Cafe
Tumacacori, AZ

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July 18, 2017

Monsoon season has arrived in the Sonoran Desert. Almost daily we are graced with substantial rain and passionate displays of clouds, thunder, lightening and storms. We are fortunate to have rain in the desert, and I am in awe of Mother Nature’s power and the resilience of plant and animal life here in the desert.

I’ve been in the studio working on my latest song commission “Take It Higher” for the Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund. This project has been very expanding for me. The foundation provides funding for students in financial need who have a commitment to serving others and who live the Finnish concept of “SISU”. SISU is described as tenacity and perseverance amidst difficult circumstance, and is often translated as endurance, resilience, persistence, and bravery. It is digging deep within oneself when faced with a challenge, and finding the will and empowerment from within to take the next step and be fully present to life, turning obstacles into passageways.

As I’ve been writing “Take It Higher” and learning about this concept of SISU over the past year, it feels like I’ve been “taking” my own life “higher.” SISU has deeply inspired me to more fully engage with life – both the ups and downs, to confront challenges with courage, hope, love, an open mind, and to stay the course one step at a time. Eventually the opportunity greets me – for amidst every barrier is an unexpected break that leads into light and often into a life that is beyond my expectations. As Canadian poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen once wrote, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

I feel so blessed to pursue my passion and have work that challenges me to become a more evolved being and “take” my life “higher” while I write songs along the way. Thank you, Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund, for this opportunity, and thank you to all of you out there who journey on with me in the music as we “take it higher”.


Word From Amber Archive >

Read Amber’s interview and story in Natural Awakenings magazine: “Amber Norgaard: Tucson’s Folk Rock Goddess”.

Watch the Raise Me Up video - a song Amber wrote inspired by the stories of the horses at Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary and filmed on site at the sanctuary.

Watch the Unexpected Grace video – featuring the song that Amber wrote for director/ producer Marcus De Leon and Tucson Wildlife Center.

Watch the "Your Love Is" video - Amber's Mother's Day Tribute to all the maternal figures who no longer walk in the physical.

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