NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist | March 2017
~ The Amanda West Newsletter ~
 
 
 
Dearest Ones,
 
Always, but particularly in these times, I turn to music as medicine: in my songwriting, in my teaching, in leading community singing circles, and in the privacy of my own home, I sing to keep the light alive in heart and spirit.
 
Let’s be honest: these have been some hard times lately. Here in California, we have had quite a winter this year with endless days of rain that flooded the rivers, bringing down mudslides, trees and roads. Our local storms have felt oddly parallel to the political climate of this country, which has also been profoundly tempestuous. All of it is a challenge, to hold steadfast, and continue the practice of love, hope and trust.
 
Here are a few of the things that are helping hold me up:
 
 
WORKING WITH MY PRIVATE STUDENTS....
 
      
 
We are preparing for a public recital & concert on Saturday March 25th at the Pacific Cultural Center. You are all invited of course, for an afternoon celebrating my wonderful students, and the way music connects us all through spirit and heart. 3:30-5pm, $5-$10 donation, no one turned away.
 
See more on the facebook event HERE
 
 
COMMUNITY SINGING AND WOMB SONG CIRCLES... 
 
 
We gather again for Womb Song, twice this month, tomorrow, Sunday 3/5 at 5:30-7pm at Luma Yoga in downtown Santa Cruz, and then again on Monday the Spring Equinox, March 20th 7-8:30pm at the Pacific Cultural Center. We sing medicine songs and celebrate the wonder of the human journey. Learn more HERE
 
 
 
OTHER ARTIST'S CREATIONS... 
 
   
 
Art truly feeds the soul, and I’ve been taking in some extra nourishment lately! I got some of these hand-printed prayer flags, created by Brook and Bloom, a partner of the amazing band, Round Mountain, our good friends in New Mexico. 
 
And, I recently received my first ever crowd-funded book, “The Way Between” written by River Sun. Folks, you’ve GOT to read this book. It’s Lord-of-The-Rings-esque, starring an 11 year old girl, and founded upon principals of non-violence. I’m reading it with my son (though it's really for grown ups too), and it’s amazing. “Between fight and flight lies a mysterious third path called the Way Between”…  check it out: http://www.riverasun.com/the-way-between/
 
 
AND OF COURSE, TIME IN NATURE WITH THE ONES I LOVE ... 
 
 
 
IN THE WORLD OF AMANDA WEST MUSIC... 
we continue busily working away, recording new songs and moving others out into the world. A new website is on the design table right now and with it, a re-structuring of all I have to offer. Though it  will still be a few more months until the unveiling, I'm so excited for you to see! We are also working with Concert Window to set up regular online concerts which can be viewed from anywhere in the world with internet access… Stay tuned!

We will be hitting the road again in August for a Pacific Northwest Tour. If you live anywhere between Santa Cruz and Portland and enjoy live music, or singing, consider hosting a house concert. Anyone can do it, and it’s the magical movement of independent music right now – let’s talk! :-)
 


 
Whatever you do, please keep singing, whether you do that with your voice, your hands, your mind, your home, your community or in your work… The world needs ALL of our voices, our light, and our big strong hearts.
 
Wishing you and yours a beautiful spring equinox time!
May we all find the light and balance we need,
 
 
Yours,
In peace & song,
~ Amanda
 
 
 
SOCIAL MEDIA CONNECTION LAND:
 
 
 
 
 
 
{some} U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S :

 
 
WOMB SONG 
birth center singing circles
 
1st Sundays @ Luma Yoga & Family Center
1010 Center St., Santa Cruz
5:30-7pm
{tomorrow! Sunday March 5th, 2017}
 
3rd Mondays at Pacific Cultural Center
1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz
7-8:30pm
{Monday March 20th, 2017}
Learn more: www.wombsong.com
and follow us on facebook
   
 
 
 
Saturday March 25th @ 3:30pm
Student Recitial + Amanda West in Concert
Pacific Cultural Center | 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz
 
 
 
Saturday July 29th @ 7:30pm 
Lille aeske | 13160 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA
Solo Amanda West show! I can't wait. Put it in your calender NOW!
 
 
 
Pacifc Northwest Summer Tour
* NOW BOOKING *
August 2017 
 
 
 
 
Ongoing  
Private Lessons ~ Voice, Guitar & Songwriting
Grandview Studios in Felton, and at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz
Specializing in work with girls and women. More details: www.amandawestmusic.com/classes
 
 
 
 

 
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Amanda West 
~ Grounding Connection Through Music  ~
 
PO Box 7345 | Santa Cruz CA 95061