Friday, April 22, 2011


Hi All-

I'm excited to announce that this blog has been incorporated into my new website set to officially launch on Monday, April 25!

Please set a bookmark for: (the blog is under the "News" tab).

Thanks for your interest & have a fantastic Easter weekend...

Blessings- Norm

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Live Performance from NAMM 2011

Extreme apologies for my's been a hectic season! I'll be doing some retrospective blogs soon about some cool stuff that happened over the past few months, but for the time being, just wanted to post this vid clip that was taken of a booth performance I did at the NAMM show (Gruv Gear booth) a few weeks ago. The bass clarinetist is Keith Felch and the percussionist is David Owens. Both players are hugely talented and great friends of mine, and they each performed on various tracks from both my "Pondering the Sushi" and "Tea in the Typhoon" projects.

It's a bit rough...but live as can be...absolutely no fixes!

Hope you enjoy it! Happy 2011!



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Small victories you probably wouldn't be able to tell by looking at me, but I had been exercising regularly since February. Nothing crazy, just taking along some "Perfect Push-ups" and a resistance band with me when I go on the road...trying to be consistent and hitting it every other day.

The odd thing is that I started checking my body weight every few weeks beginning around May, thinking that it would provide some motivation when I started seeing some weight gain. Want to know what's happened to my weight since May? I lost 9 pounds. Yep...I apparently was well on my way to becoming a "fat skinny man". Go figure.

Anyway, that's not the point of this rather vulnerable glimpse into my world.

It's rather that 3 weeks ago, I was feeling especially gung-ho and decided to hit the hotel weight room before heading for the airport to catch my flight home (the morning after we played at the LifeLight Festival in Sioux Falls, SD, for those of you keeping track). I proceeded to gank (yes, it's a verb) my shoulder and had to completely stop exercising for the past 3 weeks. Every time I even entertained the thought of working out, a sharp pain in my right shoulder would remind me to not be an idiot.

SO....this morning was the first time I've exercised since September 5. 'Course, not sure if it really qualifies as a "work out", as it consisted of 15 push-ups and 10 curls...but I decided that I'm too old to be injuring myself in the name of health. Seems to make much more sense to ease back into things gradually.

Not that any of the aforementioned is of consequence to you, but it reminded me that sometimes (oftentimes?) it's the small stuff. Extremely stoked that my shoulder seems to be almost back to normal, and that I can resume my feeble efforts to invest in my physical health. Reminded me to be grateful for all the things that I usually take for granted.

Have a good week! :^)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

GK Factory Tour (Part 4 of 4)!

As promised, here is the 4th and final installment of a full factory tour at Gallien-Krueger. In this episode, Bob Gallien takes us through their shipping operation (with a quick stop in his own personal office) - this is where your favorite piece of GK gear came from!

A big thank-you to Bob Gallien and all at Gallien-Krueger, both for their hospitality as well as making such amazing & inspiring equipment.

I hope you've enjoyed this behind-the-scenes tour! See you on the road...

Blessings- Norm

Thursday, May 27, 2010

GK Factory Tour...Part 3!

Thanks for your interest & patience!

Here is the 3rd installment (final one coming soon!) of a full factory tour at Gallien-Krueger. In this episode, Bob Gallien takes us down the production line for a fascinating look at the quality control and process involved in manufacturing their amazing gear.

Enjoy! :^)

Blessings- Norm

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Low Notes for Nashville

Hi Friends!

Sorry for the recent lag in posting stuff's been a hectic year! If you don't already, please subscribe to my Facebook pages and to receive my tweets (links to both are on the home page at sometimes find it easier for me to post 2-sentence blurbs there in the midst of the busy pace. But I definitely like having this blog for other extended musings!

Anyway, just wanted to post the below PSA that I shot a few days ago for a great cause - "Low Notes for Nashville" is a bunch of bassists helping out flood-stricken bassists in Nashville. I hope you'll drop by their site ( and do what you can to help.

Thanks & God bless you...Norm

Monday, April 5, 2010

GK Factory Tour...Part 2!

Hello & thanks for your patience...we encountered a few technical difficulties!

As promised, here's the next installment (part 2 of 4) of a full factory tour at Gallien-Krueger. In this episode, Bob Gallien discusses his design approach for his amps & speaker cabinets and more!

Hope you enjoy this behind-the-scenes look!

Blessings- Norm

P.S. This blog was edited by Carly, my 14-year-old daughter. Kudo's!! :^)