As we recently shared, Norda sat down earlier this year with journalist Fiona Adams from Richmond Today magazine for a lovely interview.
In the article, they chat about many topics that include Norda’s early years growing up in the Southern portion of the United States, her motivation, goals, and everything in between.
It’s a fantastic interview and we hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
We love this quote in the article from Norda:
‘I wanted to be the best’.
We think she nailed it.
Geoff and Adrian have had some exciting guests on their award winning program over the years – John Lodge (Moody Blues) Peter Howarth (The Hollies) Colin Blunstone (The Zombies), The Eagles, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, TOTO Foreigner, Paul Carrack, Cliff Richard, Steve Cropper, Bad Company, Searchers, ABC, Howard Jones, Spandau Ballet , Chicago, Monkees, Ian Hunter, The Wrecking Crew , Midge Ure and many more.
It was a fantastic show and Norda really enjoyed chatting to them. A huge thanks to Geoff and Adrian!
Thank you again to Jon Kirkman from Classic Rock Radio UK for his great interview today with Norda.
It was a terrific chat and listeners were also treated to hearing one of the new tracks off the CD that Norda’s currently working on which will be released in 2019..
In case you missed it, here’s the link to the Classic Rock website.
As we mentioned earlier this month, Norda was recently interviewed by several of our fave radio presenters.
We’re pleased to now announce the time and date for her next chat, which will be with Terry Sullivan from Sticks Radio (sg1radio.co.uk). Terry always has some outstanding guests on his program which have included John Lodge (Moody Blues) , Gordy Marshall (GO NOW!- The Music of The Moody Blues- The Tribute), Peter Howarth (The Hollies), Mick Wilson (Known from 10 cc) and many more.
Norda will be sharing with Terry a bit about how she has been working on her exciting new CD (to be launched in 2019) , rehearsing for her upcoming solo gig on April 29th and of course gearing up to head out on tour this summer with legendary band The Moody Blues.
Terry’s program with Norda will air this Monday evening April 17th @ 8 PM UK time (3:00 PM US East Coast Time). It’s guaranteed to be a lively show!
Click the sg1radio.co.uk link to listen in. We hope you’ll join Terry and Norda then!
NORDA’S INTERVIEW WITH NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY , SPRING EDITION 2010 http://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/spring2010/feature/nordamullen.html
Recently Norda was asked to share her thoughts in an interview with the Radio Presenter Luis Guadalupe from Stereo Lima Radio http://stereolima.com/. This interview will be featured in one of Luis’ upcoming blogs.
ROYAL TRILOGY: THE NORDA MULLEN INTERVIEW
At what age did you feel this special connection with the flute for the very first time? Who were your main musical influences for playing the flute? And when did you realize you wanted to do this in your life?
I felt a connection with the flute right away. I was probably 10 years old, and I
realised I wanted to do this forever. My mother was a mandolin player and
violinist, so she was a huge influence. But, so were the great flautists, Jean
Pierre Rampal and James Galway, along with Ian Anderson, of course!
Did you have the chance to see Moody Blues in concert before you joined to
them? Were you a Moody Blues fan? And which do you consider your fave
Moody Blues song and album?
I never saw them in concert … I’m not really the concert going type, believe it
or not! My favourite songs when I was young were ‘Nights’ and ‘Isn’t Life Strange’.
When, in which circumstances, and what effect had on you, the first time you
heard the song “Nights In White Satin”?
I was mesmerized!
How did you meet The Moody Blues for the very first time? What was your
impression about the guys after meeting them in person?
I first worked with Justin Hayward on his solo tour for the album, ‘View From
the Hill’ … he got my name from a conductor in LA. Then, six years later, they
called me when Ray Thomas retired. I thought the guys were great … very
friendly and funny. I still think so!
When it was decided you were going to be the flutist of the band on stage,
what were your feelings about that new musical step in your life and how were
you received by the fans in your first performances with the band?
I didn’t really think about how I would be received, as I looked at it as just
another job, since I have done so many flute ‘gigs’ in my life …. from TV
commercial work, to playing movie soundtracks, to performing live in various
orchestras. It didn’t occur to me until my first performance with the Moodies
that I might not be so well received initially!
Which do you consider the hardest Moody Blues to play the flute? And which
Moody Blues song do you really enjoy most in concert?
I don’t find any of them difficult at all. I enjoy most ‘Nights in White
Satin’, ‘Isn’t life Strange’, ‘The Actor’, and of course, one of my all time
favourites, ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’
Tell us about Justin Hayward. How is he in person?
He’s a lovely guy. And a major talent!
In the last 10 years you have performed with some backing musicians on stage
within the band, what memories do you have of any of them? Did you have a
special friendship with any of them? Who is your kind of “soul mate” within the
They’re all ‘soul mates’ on some level or another. Again, I don’t really have
favourites … we’re all simply professionals doing a job, who happen to have a
great time together.
How did you have the chance of meeting Ray Thomas? And how was it for you?
Please, tell us about this unique meeting.
We met through some mutual friends when I was on tour with the band, and I
had a day off in London, the day before we were to play at the Royal Albert
Hall. I believe this was in the fall of 2008. I went to his house, we had dinner,
and I found him to be a very charming, sweet, and funny man.
Tell us about your collaboration with Randy Newman. In which musical score
did you feel most proud of being part? Do you think to do this again in the
I feel proud of all of them, because anything to do with Randy Newman is an
honour and a pleasure to experience. He is a living legend, and a genius. I
would love to work with him again, but now I live in London and he’s in LA, so
it might prove to be difficult.
We really loved your CD “NORDA”, it is so relaxing and delightful. Tell us how
and when the idea of making an album came to your mind. How long did you
take to create your album before you went to the studio to record it?
I’ve been wanting to do my own project for years, as all I’ve done is work for
other people on their projects! But the actual writing of it didn’t start until I
moved to London in 2010. Then, I wrote each song as I went along, while in the
Which is your fave song from your album “NORDA”? Which one do you feel
most proud of? And please, tell us what was your inspiration in the tracks “A
Beautiful World”, “I Like It”, “Home” and “Oui Oui”?
Again, it’s never easy to pick a favourite. I like each one for different reasons. ‘
‘This Beautiful World’ was written for my father when he was suffering with
Alzheimer’s Disease. I just wanted to tell him in, my own way, that it was OK
for him to leave this world and be at peace, instead of sticking around,
worrying about his kids!
‘I Like It’ is a simple song I wrote at a time when I thought everyone around me
was being a bit tense for their different reasons. I just wanted to say that,
from where I’m standing, ‘I Like It’ … nothing is as bad as it seems … let’s all
just lighten up!
‘Home’ is a collaboration between my husband and myself. Basically, the lyrics
are about remembering where we came from … a very beautiful and simplistic
place, when life was so easy … that memory could be because I was young at
the time, or because of where I grew up, in the southern United States, in
Mississippi. We always remember our youth fondly, don’t we?
I believe my husband would say the same regarding the feeling he was
portraying in the lyrics that are his.
Have you ever thought in the future about the possibility of recording a Moody
Blues song as a cover in a new solo album? If so, which one you would like to
That has never occurred to me. I’m not sure if I would do anyone else’s songs
One of the main subjects of this blog is the British band QUEEN, my other alltime
fave band. What are your impressions about this band and about Freddie
Mercury? What do you think about the songs “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We
Are The Champions”? Do you have a favourite song from QUEEN?
I think QUEEN was a fantastic band, and the charisma of Freddy Mercury
astounds me. If ever a man were born to perform, it’s him. I would say the two
songs you mentioned are by far my favourites as well.
Which other groups and artists in music do you like most? Which is your all-time
fave song or songs?
Again, like co-workers, I’m not one really to pick favourites, as everything that
appeals to me is usually based on my mood at the time. I would say that I love
The Beatles (of course), John Lennon’s later work, Bob Dylan, Annie Lennox,
Peter Gabriel, the newer bands, Elbow, The Fleet Foxes, and on and on, really.
One of my favourite songs in my life from long ago was, and is, Layla, by Derek
and the Dominos.
Which is all-time favourite film? And your fave actor and actress?
Again, so sorry … can’t possibly narrow that down! I would say that I’m in awe
of Meryl Streep’s talent.
If you were given the chance of choosing to play the flute on the recording of a
new song from a singer or musician you admire so much, who would you choose
What are your feelings about the Peruvian panpipes? Have your heard
traditional Peruvian music played with panpipes? If so, what did you think
I have a set of Peruvian panpipes given to me by a friend whom I used to be in
a band with in Los Angeles, called Bahu Rang. We actually had a song in which I
played them, called ‘Sad Gargoyles’, but I definitely didn’t play them in any
type of Peruvian style. It was more of a haunting style, and the sound of that
instrument is quite mesmorising. I have heard traditional Peruvian music
played with panpipes, and again, I was blown away at the agility they
demonstrated when playing them. It’s not easy!
How is a normal day in Norda Mullen’s life?
Pretty great … lots of yoga, walking the dogs along the Thames River, playing
the flute, visiting with friends, and trying to cook for my family!
And finally, which are your future plans in music? Anything more you would like
to add for “ROYAL TRILOGY”?
I plan to do another solo CD in the future, sooner rather than later, as I feel I
have so many ideas in my head running around all of the time that need to be
And please define with ONE word or phrase the following names:
MOODY BLUES = icons and innovators of classic rock
Flute = heaven
Nights In White Satin = mesmorising
Justin Hayward = brilliant
John Lodge = brilliant
Graeme Edge = brilliant
Ray Thomas = brilliant
NORDA Album = brilliant … HA … kidding! … Umm … personal
A Beautiful World = My Father
I Like It = Simple
Home = Nostalgic
Randy Newman = Living Legend
QUEEN = Powerful
Bohemian Rhapsody = Powerful
Peruvian panpipes = soulful
London = historic/worldly
Norda Mullen= Sensitive
ROYAL TRILOGY = fantastic!