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December 22, 2021
The tilt of the earth and seasons intrigue me. I awoke yesterday on winter solstice with an invigorated spirit. There is something about knowing that it’s the shortest day of the year and for the next six months, the light will grow. I think my excitement carries over from my Alaska years. Up there on winter solstice, the sun only rose for a handful of hours, hanging low above the horizon.
I love this quiet, cold, reflective time - walking in darkness through neighborhoods, bundled up, admiring holiday lights. It’s comforting, and I feel like a child expectantly awaiting to open a gift. In the darkness, infinite possibility awaits when daylight breaks.
Wherever you may be and whatever you celebrate during the holy-days, I wish you peace and an invigorating return of light.
“Deck the halls and make them holy,
Fill the streets with scenes of glory,
And be the peace we long to have;
Extend our hands to our neighbor,
Open our hearts to one other
And live the love we yearn to feel.” ~lyrics from “Be the Peace”
Thank you for supporting my music. I appreciate you.
Much love and light,
September 3, 2021
Hello out there!
I had a soul-filling mini-tour in South Dakota and Iowa last month. I am super grateful that after these past 18 months, I am still able to share my music and make a living doing what I love.
THANK YOU TO MY SUPPORTERS – you are AMAZING!
I am back in the desert, in awe of the abundant butterflies and new life emerging from our lush, moist desert. We’ve had so much rain that some of the cacti are blooming again this year.
Amidst all the bad news out there, I pay more attention to the tiny miracles of each day, and there are many. Keep the faith, my friends. If we are still here, we’ve got love to do.
PS - Check out my "It's Resurrection Time" interview with Judy Jennings.
July 30, 2021
After a year of drought, I am deeply grateful for the plentiful monsoons nourishing life back into our Sonoran Desert. ‘Tis a humid, beautiful and exciting season here.
I am getting ready to head to South Dakota and Iowa for shows. After months of mostly private performances, I’m looking forward to sharing music in public.
Last Spring I had an inspiring chat with Judy Jennings, a fabulous writer from Tucson. She interviewed artists regarding the impact of the pandemic on their lives. I’m honored to be included in this. You can read “IT’S RESURRECTION TIME: An Interview With Amber Norgaard” HERE . Thank you, Judy, for including my interview in your “UNPAINTED HORSES: Stories of Resilience” blog!
Many of my supporters are still unable to get out into public settings. For all of you AND for the amazing fans and friends who have pulled me through these past 15 months, HERE is a casually recorded/videoed live performance of my song “Came Here to Love” by my band at the Community Performing Arts Center (Green Valley, AZ) in April 2021.
Stay safe and healthy out there. Thank you for visiting my website!
May 19, 2021
Long before I had a career as a musical artist, I wrote a song inspired by the birth of my first niece. She entered the world less than year after 9/11, and there was much fear ruminating through hearts and minds.
Last year as I worked on my “Roots Run Deep” album, I felt this song was topically important. Personally, when I shape lyrics and melodies of comfort, I am comforted in the process. It worked that way when I was a nurse too – as I did my healing work, I was healed in the process. During the daunting beginning of the pandemic, it was a gift to record “Blessed With Life”.
Time marches on. My niece graduated this week. She will enter a new beginning in this mysterious, messy, glorious circle of life.
I leave you with lyrics from “Blessed With Life” -
May you live well
May the journey always lead you home
May you know wisdom, truth and light
May you love with all your might
May you be blessed with life
And may we always find comfort and connection in the little, everyday miracles of existence. Wishing you grace, peace and good health as we re-enter this “new” world and “new” way of being with each other.
May 7, 2021
Thank you to all who came out to our one-year-pandemically-delayed Community Performing Arts Center concerts last week in Green Valley, AZ. It was so good to be back on stage. What a gift to celebrate and perform songs off my new album “Roots Run Deep” with a live, physically distanced, in person audience. I’m looking forward to getting on the road and performing these songs in more places.
Since Mother’s Day is approaching, I’m leaving you with my song “Mama’s Eyes”. Take a listen. My mom inspires me to dig deep, be strong, compassionate and always find “the good in the mess.”
We made it through this past year. May you always prevail through the messy times with a full, compassionate heart and vibrant spirit that lights up those around you.
Thank you for following my music.
With love and gratitude,
March 19, 2021
As the world turns and we voyage around the sun, I am filled with gratitude for a new season dawning upon us. The equinox is here, and for a brief time, our little planet tilted at 23 ½ degrees dwells in equal day and night, light and dark.
The balance never ceases. Yet as I walk through this human experience, striving for balance is a daily task.
It’s been a year since life and my music business changed. We had our first case of COVID in Pima County in March 2020. Our businesses, schools and community came to a halt, and two weeks later, our first death – a mother and wife of 54 years of age. It has been a rough year on many levels and there is much to grieve. May we honor this precious life, each other's struggles and challenges, and come together to heal and rebuild a new day.
THANK YOU to my supporters. YOU have helped me get through this year in grace. I still make music and it continues to be my day (and night) job. I couldn’t do it without you.
There is nothing like a live show experience for me…sharing in that space and energy together, uplifting one another. As we slowly begin to gather creeping out like a seedling in the spring, may we lean towards the light, revere one another as precious and make our time together sacred.
Happy spring equinox to those in the northern hemisphere and autumnal equinox to those in the southern hemisphere. May we move through the light and dark in grace.
I leave you with lyrics from my song “Daylight Breaks”:
Daylight breaks, shinin’ hope on the street.
Misty mornin’ air buzzing, boundless and free.
For a moment all the pain and ache of life fade.
Breathe in the newness of today.
Step in time with me,
Peel away scars of our history.
Just below the rough,
Our masterpiece waits in glory.”
Blessings to you,