November 2, 2023
The temps have dropped in my corner of the world, and it finally feels like autumn in the Sonoran Desert. I welcome the season of long sleeves, simmering tea and candles.
It’s strange that as our hemisphere cools and nature slows down for winter, we seem to ramp up the energy into the “holiday” season. Fall has been a VERY busy season for me. I’ve been performing 5-8 times per week (mostly private gigs), working on studio projects and directing two church music programs. I love it all and am grateful that every day I get to do THIS for a living.
A lot of heavy things are going on in the world. To me, the longer nights right now seem to reflect humanity’s dark night of the soul. Life is bigger than soundbytes, and much more complex than the social media threads we weave. All I know is that I will continue to offer my heart and song; be mindful of my thoughts, words and actions; be grateful for every moment that I'm here; and do what I can to be and reflect light in the dark.
May we be led to a new dawn where ALL humanity - regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, skin color, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, social status – are respected and valued as part of the sacred web of life; and where this planet that sustains our very being is revered and mindfully lived upon by our species.
With love and light,
PS - check out “IT’S RESURRECTION TIME: An Interview With Amber Norgaard”
AND if you need an extra infusion of love, here's a casually recorded/videoed live performance of my song “Came Here to Love” by my band
Amber and her rowdy reindeer friends - Doug Floyd (electric guitar), Seth Murzyn (violin), Joe Ferguson (guitar/vocals), Jay Trapp (bass) and Casey Hadland (drums) are excited to return to Monterey Court for a rootsy, soulful, jazzy, rockin' evening of holiday songs and Amber-originals. Dine with us under the stars (and heaters) for a festively fun, heartwarming evening of music, great food/beverages and community. $10 admission. Make your reservations here: https://www.montereycourtaz.com/reservations.html
A rootsy, soulful, rockin’, funky evening of holiday music with Amber Norgaard (vocals, keyboard, guitar) and bandmates Doug Floyd (electric guitar), Seth Murzyn (viola, violin), Joe Ferguson (vocals, mandolin, guitar), Jay Trapp (bass) and Casey Hadland (drums).
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Songs feature Amber's vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, keyboards along with stellar musicians Doug Floyd (electric guitars, acoustic guitar), Jay Trapp (bass), Ralph Gilmore (drums), Joe Ferguson (mandolin, harmony vocals), Seth Murzyn (viola, violin), Alex Flores (tenor sax), Carla Brownlee (baritone sax, tenor sax), Tyrone Williams (background vocals/arrangements), Justine Boswell (back up vocals), and Michael G. Ronstadt (cello). Recorded, engineered, and produced by Steven Lee Tracy (Saint Cecilia Studios). Mastered by Adam Boose (Cauliflower Audio Mastering).