Independent Reviews

Merlin Part II Score: 4 Stars! Composer, guitarist and martial arts scholar Todd Norcross accurately captures the bucolic urgency of Celtic music in this dual flute and acoustic string melody, the listener is easily transported to a green country far away. The keyboard sounds blend together nicely and the stacked counter-melodies complement each other well. True to form of the genre, each musical idea is packaged up neatly before a new thought enters with the song concluding with a lush variation of the original statement. “Merlin Part II” is a delightful sampling from Norcross’ latest album. And if the same care was placed in the remainder of the album, than it is surely to enchant fans of ancient musical folklore. - Kelly O'Neil Music Review (8/29/14)

Internet Comments about "Echoes"

"Sounds like a bit of violin in the beginning but whatever it is it sounds very peaceful. You get a sense of serenity and tranquility while listening to this music. Sounds like music they would play in the backround of a fairytale. Loud but sweet at the same time." "I like this music it kinda reminds me of something special. I like the sweet sounds that are coming out. This could be played for a infant or a child. I wish that there was a person to rap onto this pretty music." "Like the main riff. The softness of the guitar sound. Very nice. Just when I was about it write that I think it might be a little repetitive it changed so thats good. Seems like it could use some vocals maybe. Really help bring it alive. Give it a voice. I do like the sound though. I like the simplicity of it." "I like your introduction it has a good melody and I like the way you have mixed the instruments together. I like how you have lasted the harp I think it is over the top. It is very soothing and would be perfect for a chill out album. I like the fact that you keep layering different instruments to keep the melody going and make the song epic. I also like the fact that this had no vocals because vocals I feel would run the magic of this song. I love it." "I like the sound of those awesome clean guitar tones in the intro. The note choice gives the impression of a very positive emotion to the music. While I wouldn't consider this song to be a "hit" on the radio, I do like the musicality of the song. It is better than some of those that would be considered as a "hit". I would like to hear more bass in the song. I think that would definitely add to the build of the music." "The beginning is cute and happy. The instruments really relax the mind. Even though not difficult to produce this song takes the human mind to a happy place, perhaps a paradise. As the song continues the beat pick up a little bit making the song happier and more joyful." "The words that comes to mind when I think of this song is dazzling, creative and a way for imagination to grow which seem to be perfect for a scene in a movie. I hear a guitar playing in the background while another sound played along with it. i like the intro with the ukelele, there is no vocals which is alright because the song sounds great without it , all i can hear is an ukele, but the way its played is lovely so it gets a 5 , it would have got them 5 extra if there was something more to the song butt here isn't so yeah." "I appreciate the rhythmic style and overall quality of this track. It was lovely in the rhythm and harmonious in every note of the composition of musical components. I felt like it was a song that could most definitely be commercially appealing, as the arrangement was tuneful and the sound quality was better than most in production." "The picks is heavenly. I love the acoustic classical take to the into. So great draws the listeners in. I am at total zen right now as I listen to this song. Great song to just feel good to. The instruments used in the song flow so in tune with everything." "The strings, piano and guitar noises sounds great together in this track, especially when certain notes starts to raise an octave higher and gives the music more life. I also like the delay effects on certain sounds. This is a nice sounds instrumental." "The intro sounds great when you get into the song. The tempo could be faster but it sounds good how it is. The guitar sounds great with the piano and has a rich vocal to it. I would like it better if it had some singing but it is like a little relaxing song so great job." Todd's use of repetition greatly impacts the outcome of the entire song, also the backing music, is terrific it compliments the artist amazingly, I would recommend this song to a friend, and buy it myself." "I am a fan of the general uplifting feel of the instruments. This is a pretty good arrangement. I wish there were vocals on top of this track, it could sound really nice. The guitar part is really lovely and the synth sounds pretty good. Nice job! The instrumental did not have a strong developed theme. The motif consisted of basically 3 and at times 4 quarter notes played over and over. The song would then layer those 3 or 4 notes in entering at different times. Basically the song was too repetitive. The song needed to have some percussion type instrument that could break up the repetitive 3 note pattern of quarter notes. I would suggest having a more developed them." "The introduction of the song is smooth and not rough and i like that about this song, i figured this right off the bat of the song. The melody that is being created in this song sounds so warm inside. The same goes for the harmony, very strong. The tune is so catchy, very tuneful and good will to the artist for making this good tune. Todd Norcross seems really talented. "

Online Music Reviewers

"The Key of Life" Full Critic Review by Matthew Forss 5 stars! Ohio-based instrumentalist, composer, and musician, Todd Norcross, attempts to explain the music of married couples everywhere by creating a completely instrumental album that evokes emotions, hopes, fears, and ultimate satisfaction and love. All this is accomplished with instrumental strings, drums, guitars, sound effects, and assorted instruments. The cinematic affect is paramount, but there are elements of rock, pop, and folk with new age concoctions not far behind throughout the twenty-track release. “The Mellow Years” begins with a few shaker sounds, tapping guitar noises, and keyboard sounds with spritely strings, heady percussion, and evocative instrumental backing that are loaded with atmospheric leanings, sunny chords, and mesmerizing melodies. The catchy tune evokes a bit of upbeat folk and alternative music that is wholly instrumental and contains a steel guitar presence. This is one of the best tunes on the album, because it is catchy, musically-rich, and nothing like anything previously-heard anywhere in the genre. “The Regret” opens with a few poignant, but stark piano keys. The keys eventually lead in to a more new age set-up with a fluid melody and blended union with staccato strings indicative of Enya. There are piercing atmospheric washes, horn-like sounds, and sparkling electronic embellishments that create a magical concoction of fluid melodies, majestic sounds, and cinematic crescendos of harmonic delight. The booming drums are triumphant, cinematic, and almost militaristic. At any rate, the punchy string sounds elicit fantastic results with no regrets. “Her Burial” begins with atmospheric washes and distant, indiscriminate vocals that get louder and more haunting. The vocals are religious, but sparse. The choral sounds are reminiscent of higher church music with cinematic, atmospheric washes that signify a joyous celebration of Heaven-bound travel. “The Commitment” opens with spritely piano keys and string sounds. There is a triumphant reverie that evokes images of hope, happiness, and satisfaction. The punchy piano is very fluid and versatile. There is a nostalgic element to the piano sounds and overall melody. However, the tune is very fresh and futuristic. At any rate, Todd knows how to make music with rich feeling and indomitable staying-power. “A New Sister” begins with a few metallic or steel guitar strums that are very bright and cheery in a celebratory manner. The guitar contains a little keyboard accompaniment that plays on the guitar sounds in a very constructive way that does not diminish the overall sound. A few electronic blurbs pierce the guitar melody without compromising the sparkling sounds throughout. “The Honeymoon” contains an uppity drum beat with equally-upbeat piano keys. The revival-esque song is anything but boring. The beat is rather steady early on and the bass, drums, and piano picks up tonal intensity. The entire track is very catchy and playful without resorting to coy manipulations and overly-structured constructions. The joyous tune is instrumental, but the beat is so engaging it is difficult not to jump up and down or sing something. Todd Norcross’ latest release, The Key Of Life, is littered with good feelings and good beats. The music is inspired by the marital process of finding a spouse and everything that goes with it over the years. The music is not particularly vocal, but the piano, guitars, and percussion evoke instances of vocal confections. The varied melodies, new age infusions, and jazzy elements create a superb product that does nothing but shines. There are no disappointments here, as the musical arrangements are top-notch without any faults. Fans of instrumental music, new age, jazz, alternative, cinematic, and electronic genres will find solace in the music of Todd Norcross.

Review: "Taiken 2" is another stripe on Norcross' black belt in music. This mix or old and modern rhythm and melody is a nice hybrid of style and artistry. Norcross is at his best with simpler compositions, relying on the listener's imagination. He interprets East to West flawlessly in rhythmic form. He simply gets it!"

Music Review Critics

Tackling a literal lifetime’s worth of musical and compositional material, Todd Norcross’ newest solo album, the concept-centered and fully instrumental The Key of Life, sets out to encapsulate the cut-copy arc of a relationship seen from the borderlines, on the outside looking in from the vantage point of the listener, and perhaps from the inside sounding out in the case of the musician himself. Utilizing an ubiquitously sourced yet idiosyncratic approach that blends classic instrumental rock and pop, film and television soundtrack, muzak, and a downplayed flair for the dramatic that manages to mostly avoid coming off as overly hackneyed (if not slightly simplified), Norcross’ album might well strike a chord, covering as it does such familiar subject matter – the relationship, from inception and young love, through marriage and family, and towards the golden years and that penultimate moment when all is brought around to the beginning once again. The listener takes an audio stroll down the lanes of modern love, loss, and redemption with Norcross. Chronologically speaking, The Key of Life lets the opening credits roll as our young protagonists are engaged in the most time-honored of youthful pursuits: the courtship. From there, situations are sketched out in their time, with musical accompaniment to back them up. Stylistically, The Key of Life swings back and forth between somewhat eclectic, fully enmeshed sonic vignettes on the one hand, to a sound on the other so present in daytime television, after-school specials, and dated commercials that it’s almost eerie how right on Norcross is nailing it here. And while his sizeable back catalogue stretches through a number of genres (pop, rock, world, new age, etc), The Key of Life is surely its own entity, with its finger-picked guitar lines, swelling synth strings and piano, canned drums, and sometimes just-on-the-edge-of overbaked compositions. Needless to say, the album won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but don’t dismiss this one quite so fast, either. What really comes through is a certain earnestness to The Key of Life, an earnestness obvious through the album’s liner notes and through the compositions themselves. While The Key of Life might end up a little too tame even for some fans of Norcross’ beloved Fleetwood Mac, the evergreen subject matter coupled with the artist’s seeming emotional engagement with the material lends a human quality to the album as a whole that is endearing. At twenty tracks total, The Key of Life isn’t skimping on the soundtrack, and each piece has a slightly different flavor while giving a sense of some greater backstory. Rolling out the starting gate, “Young Pursuit” is upbeat and sing-songy up to the solo rock guitar outro, while “Driving to Her” showcases Norcross’ finger-picked guitar style (one of the album highlights) over an upright drum piece that moves the whole thing along. “The First Kiss” is sultry and chamber-poppy, “The First Night” gets all moody like an 80’s film soundtrack, and “The Commitment” lays down the ivories in a kind of victory march. From here we hit “The Proposal” (almost-cheesy soundtrack gooeyness), “Downton Abbey Wedding” (synth meets church organ), “The Honeymoon” (pop-rocks in motion), “The Birth of a Child” (mood music complete with sprinkles), and “A New Sister”, which features dueling acoustic guitars, appropriately reigned in. And we’re only ten tracks in, here. The Key of Life lacks has a distinctly wide-eyed earnestness and competently played, if somewhat simplified, arrangements, spiraling around the conceptual theme of the record. However, where The Key of Life really shines is in its somewhat inadvertent channeling of a dollop of authentic American musical kitsch by way of scads of film, television, and commercial scores, many of the ones herein sounding to date from the 70’s and 80’s. Chain this to the time-tested idea of the full concept album, and you’re off to the races. In all, The Key of Life is interesting enough to turn heads, while remaining middle-of-the-road enough to possibly land a supporting spot on an infomercial near you. Todd Norcross The Key of Life – LP Reviewer: Reed Burnam Rating: 3 1/2 Stars

Independent Reviews

Veteran musician and martial artist Todd Norcross has had plenty of experience feeling the mood of a song and in turn creating the mood of a song. This method of songwriting is put to the test in his first concept album The Key of Life in which the musical atmosphere Norcross has composed is assigned to a certain idea. Being an instrumental, there is freedom of expression and interpretation on behalf of the listener. “Young Pursuit” begins the relationship when a man notices a woman he would like to meet. Her appearance is heralded with mysterious flute sounds; however the lead, which is supposedly a tenor saxophone patch sounds flatulent. Just as the strings play Peter’s theme in Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” this reedy sound is the hero’s voice on this album. Norcross is an accomplished guitarist. The musical identity of the characters takes shape once passion is introduced into the storyline. “The First Kiss” is fairly doldrums, however “The First Night” has the sexiness of a 1980’s romance. As the song progresses the instruments combine into a rolling torrent climaxing with the screaming electric guitar. The lovers are now an official couple and reflect on this brief journey thus far in “The Commitment” which is quiet, relaxed and hopeful. The piano however has a tinny effect and could benefit from more romantic echoes. “The Proposal” is rife with tingled excitement and plays out in slow motion making sure no details are missed in this carefully choreographed event, to which of course she accepts. The hint of organ in “Downton Abbey Wedding” is appropriate however the quick pace of the song gives it more of an air of a battle march. Nothing gets this happy young couple down though as the honky-tonk piano in “The Honeymoon” speeds the newlyweds along this fun romp. “The Birth of a Child” is appropriately reflectful; however the “aahing” choir at the end is a bit over the top. Norcross demonstrates nice acoustic guitar work laced with the organ in the “The Mellow Years” where life’s ups and downs occur with little fanfare. Interestingly enough, Norcross truly captures the essence of human emotion portrayed musically in “The Affair.” His whirling melody halts three times in a moment of clarity where the adulterer pauses. However, after the last hesitation the electric guitar infuses lustful desire into the lovers and seals their fate producing one of the most moving pieces on The Key of Life. At first the rapid cello eighth notes in “The Regret” are irksome however it is quickly noted that this passage represents the gnawing away at the turmoiled soul of the adulterer post affair. The timpani harbingers the weighty realization of the sinful act. Norcross does a nice job of inserting horns to embellish and add depth the melody. His guitar work in “Mid Life Crisis” builds the piece from the percussive fade in to an anguished, fevered pitch in an excellent display of dynamics. The youthful saxophone patch is recapped in “The Rekindling” and the couple makes up. Then, the flute lead in “Carry On” sounds eerily similar to the verses in Styx’s “Come Sail Away.” As the story ends “Growing Old Together” employs shimmering strings and “Laying Her to Rest” is set to a peaceful piano. More real instruments could fill out the orchestration better and would give more credibility to the times when Norcross inserts his laudable guitar work. There are several times on his twenty-eighth work that are exciting and interesting. Album Title: The Key of Life (independent) Reviewers Name: Kelly O’Neil Rating: 3 stars

Four Stars

Artist: Todd Norcross
 Title: Ancestor
 Review by Wildy Haskell Marcus Aurelius said it best: “Nowhere can mind find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” This lesson comes to mind when listening to the music of multi-instrumentalist, philosopher, meditation teacher and master martial artist Todd Ryotoshi Norcross. First and foremost a producer and composer, Norcross plays five other instruments. As a composer Norcross seems adept at finding the musical balm for the quiet place in one’s soul, regardless of the genre or style he is working in. An active martial arts teacher and practitioner, Norcross also teaches meditation. Ancestor kicks off with the mild new age rock of “Rise Of The Son”, a vibrantly mellow instrumental that would work well as television or movie incidental music. “Anthem Of Anticipation” finds Norcross experimenting with a more rock oriented sound, while maintaining an almost academic distance from the admission. The vibrant structure and build of the song is a nice effect as the sound swells into what amounts to the chorus. “Seasons And Years” sticks with the light rock arrangement, but the guitar work sounds more like something you might have heard on William Ackerman’s Windham Hill label. Norcross creates a wonderfully charged sound here. Things slow down immensely for the quiet meditation that is “Ancestor”. There is a hesitant beauty here that works to slowly to unfurl itself as the song progresses. “The Key Of Groove” brings a 1980’s David Foster inspired pop sound while maintain the mellow groove that seems to be Norcross’ trademark. “20 Arch Street Childhood” is decidedly more reserved, however, with a contemplative feel that isn’t quite melancholy, but lives in the same neighborhood. Fans of Michael Hedges will be pleased with Norcross’ gentle guitar sound. “Dancing With Her” maintains the contemplative mood, this time with a sense of reserved beauty, as of the young man who holds his breath through a dance with a beautiful girl, not quite believing he’s so lucky. Norcross brings a lighter, almost Dennis DeYoung-like feel to the keys on “Robot Love”, which plays like a romantic ballad with deep roots. Listeners are treated to a brief musical sketch in the form of “Flugelhorn in Em”, before Norcross launches into “Pianos In The Sky”, which bears some resemblance to a Ben Folds tune I can’t quite place, but with different pacing and style. “Ghosts” has a dream-like feel, inspired by the same arpeggio-driven style used in Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. Norcross finds a moment of pure musical aesthetics here in the process. “Dark Ages” turns to an interesting new age/rock sound that’s almost progressive in form. There are interesting elements here, but the song ultimately suffers an identity crisis and never really finds its true direction. Norcross works his way though “Waltzing With Ghosts”, a pretty little non-waltz that is nonetheless intriguing. “Future Forward” finds Norcross in an almost pastoral setting with dreamy elements. This sounds like incidental music from an inspirational film working its way toward the unstoppable happy ending. The penultimate “My Short Life” plays like a eulogy on piano. There is no sense of sadness but of a grateful and inquiring spirit saying thank you for the time. The end result is gorgeous, but you have to sift through the quiet undertones of the song for the slivers of beauty Todd Norcross imbues his new age/classical/pop inspired songs with sparks of ingenuity and shards and slivers of beauty on Ancestor, occasionally even reaching out and touching the sublime. Just don’t use Ancestor as dinner music unless the intent is to spend all of dinner talking about the music. Todd Norcross doesn’t sit quietly in the background and remain obsequious; at least not here. Review by Wildy Haskell Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)


Poet Bea Glacken

About Todd Norcross "My friend Todd Norcross juggles musical notes, Then sends them sailing like well-tuned boats. He plays all instruments with a natural ease, And brings forth sounds that relax and please. Like a prize winning Chef of International repute, He creates an ecstasy that none can refute. He blends and bends with a masterful touch, Almost missing genius, but not by much. I kick back with a smile and ride his wave, I'm lost - I'm gone - unable to save. But with a whimsical touch, he pulls me back to reality and life - I'm weak and I'm slack. At last his note flickers and covers me with bliss, I stretch out - fulfilled with his harmonic kiss. Thank you, dear friend - keep those notes soaring high. I'll match them with words and together we'll fly." Written by Poet Bea Glacken, Summer-2012

Radio Indy.com

Sunday, July 29, 2012 Ancestor Review From RadioIndy.com "Todd Ryotoshi Norcross releases another spectacular instrumental piano CD, "Ancestor." Norcross, who is no stranger to the music scene as he has composed several albums, skillfully performs on the piano with a fine style and grace. His songs are warming and inviting and leaves you wanting to hear more of this artist. The opening track, "Rise of the Son," draws you into the beautiful melody as Norcross plays the piano with a soulful passion. The title track, "Ancestor," has a magical tonality as it impresses with it regal style. "Ghost," is a song with mystic qualities and will seep subtly into your soul. Another song, "Peanuts Jam," has a nice walking bass line and a fun loving melody. Fans of instrumental piano music will truly take pleasure listening to the stunning melodies on the wonderful album, "Ancestor."

"I just heard the whole cd... It's exquisite and breathtaking! No wonder he is such a grounded person. Anyone who has music like that floating in his head has tranquility in his core being-and we get to benefit by hearing his inner soul coming out!" Suzan Rinn

"Taiken 3 is Todd's best sounding work in the trilogy. I would highly recommend this title to anybody." Master Kim - San Diego, CA

"Taiken 3 is a visual as well as auditory delight. Listening to Norcross' music, one can actually picture himself in the throws of ancient Japan. Great work by one of our most prolific musicians." Michael Gray - CD Reviews. Fall-2011

"Todd Norcross' "The Best of Orchestral Pieces" is proof that hard work can create beautiful things. Norcross is a master of using his craft in the most interesting if ways. ...this is a fine piece of of work." Alan Forbes

BBC Music Magazine-Foreign Reviews

"Todd Norcross certainly leads a manifestly interesting life. There should be a book written about him. He is a master ninja by day, a philosopher in the evening and a tireless musician at night. He is (pun intended) a prolifically dangerous musician."

Cincinnati.com/Arts and Entertainment

"..Best of Classical Pieces" is not only good, it is great!"

The Strad Magazine

"...from the pizzicato of delicate strings in "Piano Concerto" to the dynamism and sapience of "Thundersteed", to the climactic cantata of "Waltzing with Gods", the compositions Norcross creates never fail to connect with the numinous thoughts in all of us. "The Best of Orchestral Pieces" is a fine piece of work."

"I know of no other modern artist who can delve into so many areas and conquer what has got to be a daunting task. He(Norcross) makes it not only work, he makes it sing!" Julian White

CD Review

"Taiken 2 is astounding in every way! A simple must for anybody who enjoys rhythm..."

Todd Ryotoshi Norcross' Taiken 2 is a heart-stirring empowering inspiration, To-Shin Do heart spirit in musical form. I urge all my friends to have this CD in their home, dojo and car!"

"Brotherhood of the Moon is a simple joy to behold. The profusely eclectic Norcross adds magic and depth to his songs and melodies. ...a real accomplishment for a real musician."

New Age CD Reviews

"BTM is beautifully produced in an unusually style mixing celtic and new age sounds...a very stunning acheivement for a very prolific writer."

"Todd Norcross pulls no punches with this consideration of what happiness is, where it comes from, and how so many people go about doing all the wrong things in hopes of finding it. This is no soft pat on the head; make room for everyone to feel OK with whatever they are doing presentation. Some people are going to squirm facing these timeless truths that Todd shares so directly here. I love it! I recommend it highly!" An-Shu Stephen Kinryu Jien Hayes-Black Belt Hall of Fame/Founder To-Shin Do Kasumi An Martial Arts

"Todd's self titled CD is truly amazing! It is written from the heart and I have listened to it at least thirty times in the past month. Each new listen brings more and more memories and enjoyment."

"Wow! The newest release Brotherhood of the Moon album is his best yet. The instrumental CD has a haunting quality that is very inviting and continues to keep you on the edge...waiting to hear what is next. Truly an awesome creation.

Guitar-man Reviews

"...possessing an inherent ability to communicate through sound, Norcross travels down many roads to places of beauty and solitude."

"I was very captivated by the rain and the subtle melodies playing throughout various instrumentation by Norcross. ...a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon with a very meaningful and poetic album."

Radio Indy. com

Sunday, July 29, 2012 Ancestor Todd Ryotoshi Norcross releases another spectacular instrumental piano CD, "Ancestor." Norcross, who is no stranger to the music scene as he has composed several albums, skillfully performs on the piano with a fine style and grace. His songs are warming and inviting and leaves you wanting to hear more of this artist. The opening track, "Rise of the Son," draws you into the beautiful melody as Norcross plays the piano with a soulful passion. The title track, "Ancestor," has a magical tonality as it impresses with it regal style. "Ghost," is a song with mystic qualities and will seep subtly into your soul. Another song, "Peanuts Jam," has a nice walking bass line and a fun loving melody. Fans of instrumental piano music will truly take pleasure listening to the stunning melodies on the wonderful album, "Ancestor."

Todd Norcross had me on the opening track and didn't let go. This album is a finely crafted gem. Pop music tastefully played surround common themes of love and loss. This is fresh and unpretentious music. I miss the days when songs like these used to chart. Don't listen expecting to hear Lindsey Buckingham. That's not fair to Norcross. There are many influences here, and the album reminds me of a few different artists. I am reminded of The Lightning Seeds. The sweet exuberance on these tracks takes me back to the best of 1960's AM radio, where I fell in love with music in the first place. Todd's heart is in this music. "I get tired of brushing my teeth, with nobody to kiss" (Tired) is inspired songwriting. And it's all his own writing and performing. (Timothy Kee, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have listened to Todd Norcross' album several times and I must say its really good. His guitar work is very solid. I do hear a lot of Fleetwood Mac / Buckingham influences. I think that Todd would be a great addition to Lindsey's touring band. (Bill Yoegel) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- His music has carried me through quite possibly the lowest point in my life. It continues to give me life. This Fleetwood Mac fan will enjoy this one forever. (Kel LaClare) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Todd's ability to paint so many musical colors is truly amazing. This record is a testament to his talents as a writer, producer, engineer, and muti-faceted musician. There's surely something here for everyone within the 21 tracks of this album. I particularly enjoyed picking out the Buckingham/Wilson-esque moments but make no mistake, Todd comes accross as an innovative original artist with a sound all his own. Don't miss it! (Christopher Zerbe, Santa Barbara, California, USA)

"Todd Norcross is a multi-genre musical genius who seems create new innovative sounds with each new project..."

Mr. Norcross, The Brotherhood of the Moon album is my favorite CD ever! I play it all day long where I work...just beautiful!

Indie Reviews

"Brotherhood of the Moon will delight any new age aficionado...a near perfect aggregation of sound."

Musician/Producer

"In an era of ever declining song craftsmanship and one hit wonders whose flavor of the day sounds like 10 other of their compatriots, Todd Norcross continues to deliver his unique pop sound with the release of his latest CD. Newcomers to Todd's music will be struck instantly upon the first few notes of the opening track "Guitars". No, this is not your typical run-of-the-mill guitar player. Intertwined and beautifully intricate, this track showcases Todd's prowess, musicality, and style. From there, the album cascades into kaleidoscope of thick vocal harmonies, catchy hooks, eloquent finger-style and rock guitars – all signature production qualities of T.N. recordings. There are many sonic journeys here not to be missed. As Todd writes, engineers, produces, and plays all instruments on all tracks, what can you say but "Wow". This artist wears many hats and all of them fit to perfection. If you like what you hear now, you will not be disappointed either in Todd's previous works and I encourage you to take a moment to hear them as well. A renaissance man in the digital age, Todd Norcross is surely making his mark on the music world that will last for many years to come." Christopher Zerbe - Music Producer/Recording Artist

Composer Todd Norcross’ latest CD “Brotherhood of the Moon” is a real triumph. His exquisitely crafted music elicits peace and energy, aliveness and contemplation, purification and exhilaration, all at the same time. Brilliant work! Stephen K. Hayes Author/An-shu Founder To-Shin Do Martial Arts Member Black Belt Hall of Fame

Todd Norcross' progressive musical skills cannot be overstated. There are few alive today free from the throws of corporate machinery that can produce so many diverse sonic multitudes that can tame even the most jaded of listeners...

Mr. Norcross, your new CD has played non-stop for almost three weeks now. I keep falling more and more in love with the lyrics and music. You are a Godsend to me. Your biggest fan, Alicia

"...his stye is instantly recognizable. His melodical sense is amazing and I find myself humming his tunes days after..."

"Taiken- is the best martial arts music I have ever heard. I like it better than Kodo."

"Your songs brought me out of a very dark time when I was breaking up. Thank-You for sharing your gifts with others."

"Wonderland" is an amazing homespun album! ...it remains timeless..."

Musician Today

"Outstanding...music that fills the heart."

"Reminiscent of several seventies bands, his voice and tones change effortlessly with each track...Norcross is the real deal...this is great music!"

"Taiken" plays in my martial arts school non-stop. It is the best rhythm CD I own"

Brockton Enterprise

"Exceptional melodies...Todd Norcross is a complete package. He is the whole shebang."

Todd's music has had a profound impact on my life. I have identified with it through thick and thin. He is connected with circle of life like no other I have heard.