Word from Amber Archive

MARCH 17, 2020

Greetings out there, 

During this time of change, I am grateful for the tools of social media to connect with you. As I get calls and emails about canceled performances, I breathe in gratitude for health and breathe out a prayer of healing for those who are struggling right now. As a former community health nurse, I realize the seriousness of heeding expert recommendations. I admit, every time a show is canceled, anxiety arises. I take a moment and remind myself that this too shall pass, and that in the spectrum of human existence, this “challenge” is great, but not nearly as great as it would be if we don’t act now and make some sacrifices. 

There is always an opportunity for the human spirit to shine amidst challenge – for each of us to step up, let go of fear and do what serves the greater good. And in doing this, the path unfolds, often in more profound ways than would have been had the challenge not arisen. We can't control what life hands us, but we can control how we "take it higher." Check out the video below. 

Sending love, grace, good health and SISU* to you and your loved ones. 


*SISU - a value from Finland that means forging on despite the odds, keeping hope alive no matter how dire the circumstance, and tapping deep within the human spirit to act in the greatest good, often beyond perceived limitations..

**Thank you to the Multanen Legacy Scholarship Fund for teaching me about the Finnish value of SISU and how to "take it higher" when facing challenges. Let’s all dig deep into our inner sisu and get through this together. We have what it takes to thrive.

FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Hello from the Sonoran Desert! 

I'm in the midst of creation. It gets a bit messy as I pull lyrics, melodies, chords and themes out of the ethers into form. Eventually it comes together. I've learned to trust the process and honor the mystery. What an amazing ride it is to do this "work." 

My band and I are prepping to go into the studio in March. We've been rehearsing, arranging, and co-creating. I definitely feel that "together we are greater than the sum of our parts"...which I believe is the essence of humankind when we open and allow ourselves to work together. 

In the meantime, you are welcome to stream my music on any streaming platform or purchase it on my music page.  I welcome every listen and fraction of a penny to re-invest in this new project. 

I will keep you posted! Thank you for visiting my page. 

Wishing you peace and good health, 

PS - I'm honored to be able to perform "Unexpected Grace" again this year at Tucson Wildlife Center's annual benefit. Check out this video that Marcus De Leon created for them in 2011 with my song. It was my first "writing for film" project.

FEBRUARY 9. 2020

Greetings out there! 

Winter is my busy season in the Sonoran Desert. In addition to being booked steadily with private events, I've been carving out moments of quiet to hear the sounds from beyond...in other words, to wrap up writing my new album. I'm very excited to head into the studio with my band in March to begin recording. 

In the meantime, you are welcome to stream my music on any streaming platform or purchase it on my music page.  I welcome every listen and fraction of a penny to re-invest in this new project. 

I will keep you posted! Thank you for following my music. 

Wishing you peace, 

P.S. "I don't want to wait another season"...check out the video of my song "Be the Peace" from our Amber & Friends concert in December.

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 SpotifyPandoraAmazon Unlimited (Alexa and Echo know my name!), AppleMusicYouTube, etc; or purchase the song(s) on iTunesCDBaby 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 PandoraAmazon Unlimited (Alexa and Echo know me), AppleMusicYouTube, 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.