Norm Hacking's debut spoken word CD I Am the Night
includes 33 original poetry and prose selections from this Toronto-based
independent songwriter, poet, columnist and performer. For more
than 30 years, he has been winning loyal fans and critical acclaim
for his beautifully crafted songs, with their moving and often humorous
insights into life, love, songwriting - and cats! Recently his performances
have incorporated more spoken word. Phil Ball of Toronto's Iridescent
Music invited Norm to his studio to record some of these works.
Norm chose some of his favourites - ranging from inspiring to humourous
reflections on a variety of subjects, from full length columns to
very short - poetry, prose and three song lyrics as spoken word.
It was Norm's favoured style of recording, as the studio time was
brief - most was done in one long day! Then he carefully considered
the order for the tracks. And multi-talented Phil quickly designed
the graphics and organized adding the CD to Iridescent Music's fine
catalogue of indie CDs.
As fans who attend Norm's concerts know, his readings are expressive
and engaging, reflecting his acting experience (but never over-acting).
As with his songs, his spoken word pieces are worth hearing many
times. Norm left his guitar at home, and no instrumental backgrounds
were added - so these tracks are just as you hear them in his concert
The CD release was marked with a concert Monday December 19, 2005
at the Renaissance Cafe (1938 Danforth, just west of the Woodbine
subway in Toronto), roots-friendly site of many of Norm's concerts.
Launch details are are archived on Norm's past
events of 2005 page.
In the list below, direct links are given to works posted on this
website. The two longer pieces (tracks 4 and 13) are prose first
published in Taxi News as monthly "Race Track
Hack" columns, which Norm has written since February 1992.
Tracks 6, 15 and 33 are readings of song lyrics. To sample more
writings, go to the list of Norm's lyrics
and prose on this website.