Word from Amber Archive
December 2, 2019
Greetings out there!
I'm excited to release A New Beginning, the song commission that my band and I created for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) New Beginnings Canine program. The program partners with Department of Corrections (DOC) and their crew members to train dogs that require special behavioral attention to help make them more adoptable. Not only do the four-legged ones receive the care and attention they need to help with socialization, but fellow DOC members become more deeply rooted in purpose and community by taking part in this meaningful partnership.
The song features production and engineering by Steven Lee Tracy, myself on keys and vocals, Doug Floyd on electric guitar, Jay Trapp on bass, Ralph Gilmore on drums, and mastering by Adam Boose (Cauliflower Audio Mastering).
Thank you to the generous donors who made this program and song possible, and thank you to HSSA for their amazing work making our world a better, more compassionate place. Proceeds from this song will benefit the HSSA New Beginnings Canine Program. If you'd like to donate directly to HSSA, click HERE.
You can stream this song and my other music on Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Unlimited (Alexa and Echo know my name!), AppleMusic, YouTube, etc; or purchase the song(s) on iTunes, CDBaby or through my website.
Thank you deeply for supporting my music and projects!
August 9, 2019
Greetings out there!
The science nerd in me feels like a crazy scientist up all hours of the night brewing new songs and ideas in my laboratory of creation. They soon will be coming your way. We plan to record in early 2020 (yes, that means there will be a NEW Amber LP for you to spin...or stream).
In the meantime, if you need a little Amber tune-age via satellite, please follow me on Spotify, stream me through Pandora, Amazon Unlimited (Alexa and Echo know me), AppleMusic, YouTube, etc. Every fraction of a penny helps make this new album.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for visiting my page; and to those who keep coming back, thank you from the very depths of my heart's apex :-).
June 27, 2019
There is an alchemical process that happens when we come together. As attributed to Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Together, we are so much greater than the sum of our parts. We are wired to be communal, in partnership with one another and with Mother Nature. When we fulfill our role in this sacred partnership, we can do great things.
It has been a gift and privilege to create a song for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s (HSSAZ’s) New Beginnings Canine program – a program where Department of Corrections (DOC) crew members train dogs that need special behavioral attention to help make them more adoptable. Not only do the 4-legged ones receive the care and attention they need to help with socialization, but our fellow DOC community members become more deeply rooted in purpose and humanity by taking part in this sacred partnership.
Come join me on July 13th for the HSSAZ’s 75th Anniversary Banquet Dinner where our song “A New Beginning” will make its video premiere.
Thank you to the generous donors who have made this program and song possible.
With profound gratitude,
June 6, 2019
Greetings out there! We’ve had a beautiful spring in the desert, and the garden is flourishing.
The almost-summer temperatures descended upon us this week, and we’ll be breaking 100 degrees Fahrenheit soon. And then, the gardening will change...just like life, changing with the seasons. Every moment is precious and sacred if we intend it to be.
The last couple months, I have been busy creating. I’ve had the privilege of writing songs for a couple commission projects and am in the process of recording them. I’ll share more info about that soon.
My band and I have a special show coming up at Unity in the Valley on summer solstice. We’d love if you would join us. We’ll be debuting some new songs, and it’ll be all around a fantastic evening. And…if you’re up for a solstice adventure in the heat, there is a labyrinth that you can walk right outside the venue. You can get tickets here: https://ambernorgaard.com/event/2619432/490982737/unity-concert-featuring-amber-s-band
I’m taking time this summer to write for a new album and won't be touring. However, next summer will be a different story, so stay tuned.
Onward we go. Peace and grace to you as we continue through the seasons of change.
February 8, 2019
A BIG thank you to Stubby’s House of Christmas for reviewing my “Be the Peace” album. Check it out here: http://www.stubbyschristmas.com/home/dont-you-forget-about-these
I recently wrapped up a song collaboration with artist Diana Madaras and filmmaker Sandra Levine in honor of the Madaras Gallery 20th Anniversary Celebration. Diana awoke to her calling later in life – a story with which I resonate becoming a musician after having a nursing career. It was interesting to lyrically weave in the theme of following one's call with the imagery of Diana's paintings. The song serves as a soundscape to a video produced by Sandra Levine that features Diana's vibrant artwork. You can check out the “Poetry of Light” song and video below (or in the next column depending on your browser).
I’m currently writing for my new singer/songwriter album that we’ll record this fall. I’ve got new material and am digging into my “unfinished songs” archive to give life to the “old” in a “new” way.
Isn’t that what life is? A constant re-invention of all the pieces of the past into each new day? ‘Tis a beautiful journey. I’ll keep you posted.
I am beyond grateful for the community of support that I’ve had in the last 15 years of pursuing my musical dreams.
Thank you for visiting my website.
Wishing you peace as we continue to spin into 2019.
December 17, 2018
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has been supporting my latest creation "Be the Peace"! We had a sold-out CD Release celebration, and I've had a record number of CD sales. I am beyond grateful, and honestly, amazed. When I knew that I wanted to make a Christmas album, I thought, "hmmm...how am I ever going to pay off a project like that when I only sell it once a year?" Well, you all proved my worries wrong, and my Mom right (she's the one that's been asking me to do a holiday album for years!). Thank you for buying my CDs, downloading, streaming online and helping me to make future recordings. And thank you to the stellar musicians who recorded this project with me. Such an intriguing array of sounds you brought to this music.
If you'd like to order a CD, I've got a holiday special going on. You can order CDs through my website and type in HOLIDAY for the Discount Code to get 25% off your order. You can also find this newest album digitally on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Premium Music, Spotify and CDBaby.
Thank you for visiting my website. It's an honor to communicate (and sing to you) from afar. May we raise each other up.
Wishing you peace this holiday season,
November 22, 2018
I'm excited to release my first holiday album called "Be the Peace". You're welcome to order CDs HERE. You can also find it digitally on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Premium Music, Spotify and CDBaby. I never anticipated doing a holiday/Christmas album until the last few years when my mom has been asking for one. This year, I decided, "Yes, I'm gonna do it!" As it would turn out, my mom was onto something -- I had SO MUCH fun recording these songs with my fabulous musician friends in the studio.
A BIG THANK YOU to all these folks for helping me make this creation: Steven Lee Tracy (production, percussion), Jay Trapp (bass), Ralph Gilmore (drums), Danny Krieger (electric guitar), Sabra Faulk (harmony vocals, guitar), Alex Flores (sax), Seth Murzyn (viola), Casey Hadland (vibraphone), Nick Coventry (violin, viola), Michael G. Ronstadt (cello), Joe Ferguson (ukulele, mandolin, guitar), and Celeste Goguen Tracy (harmony vocals).
I have a CD release celebration and holiday concert on November 28th, 7p at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, AZ. Click here for info & tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3738481. It’ll be a super fun show with the crew of musicians who contributed their musical genius to this new album. We'll play songs off the album, as well as a fun selection of other holiday songs that will feature everyone. For those who attend, you can get the new album for a discounted special of $10!
Wishing you peace,
October 15, 2018
Hello out there!
Happy autumn to those in the northern hemisphere and spring to those south of the equator. It’s one of my favorite times of year here in the desert as temps cool and life settles down for the winter. And...’tis the perfect time to make a holiday album!
I just finished recording 10 tracks for my new ”Be the Peace” holiday album that will be released on November 28th. I’d love for you to join me at my CD release celebration and holiday concert at Desert Hills Lutheran Church in Green Valley, AZ. Click here for info & tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3738481. It’s going to be a super fun show with many of the musicians that contributed their musical genius to this new album.
Speaking of fun, I did an interview last week with Kathy & Aspen from KXCI 91.3 Broad Perspectives show. I enjoyed chatting about my past adventures being a nurse in the Dominican Republic, Oregon and Alaska, and about my current musical adventures.
Thank you for visiting my website! If you’d like to keep track of the Amber-happenings, feel free to sign up on my mail list and follow my Facebook Page.
Wishing you peace,