A m a n d a W e s t M u s i c
NEWS & ADVENTURES of a Philosophical Folk Songstress Musician Mama ~ December 2013
come celebrate the new year with us!
In the darkness of winter
may you find relection in the depths of your own soul
and remember all the light & beauty
you can hold within
It is Winter. Dark days and long nights. A time for hibernation and gestation, for seeds to rest in the ground. Being human is hard, and I believe it is our most wonderful challenge to keep our hearts open through all the changes and seasons of life. Not an easy task, but one made easier with music. This is of course why I give so much of myself to music, and to sharing it through performing, recording, touring and teaching. I am still learning how to do all this AND be a mama. And a daughter, and a friend, and a wife, and a sister... Always learning. May the learning never end.
I am feeling great excitement about this coming new year. In it I see my newest project: Womb Song ~ community singing circles for pregnant women, uniting many of my passions around women's empowerment. I see continued offerings of private lessons, which are bringing me great joy and a sense that they must be teaching me as much as I am teaching them. I see a new studio project, and song seeds taking form. I see some traveling (groundwork being laid for UK/European Spring tour - please send us your contacts and suggestions!), and some home-making, and the experience of parenting a two year old. I see cups of tea, and walks in the forest, and a deeper cultivation of compassion, for myself and all beings. May this be so.
And may 2014 bring all of us all the more of whatever we seek, without and within.
Happy Holidays to you & yours! From all of us at Amanda West Music.
with Blessings & Light,
U P C O M I N G E V E N T S :
First Night Monterey Tuesday December 31st @ 3:30pm
Monterey Museum of Art | 559 Pacific St, Monterey, CA
Monterey's Community Celebration of the turning into the New Year. Purchase of the First Night Button will give you access to 9 hours of entertainment and music from around the world! Learn more: www.firstnightmonterey.org
WOMB SONG ~ begins January 2014
Womb Song is a community based singing circle for pregnant women in Santa Cruz County. Prepare for labor through vocal toning and breathing exercises, strengthen your connection to your baby through sound, and discover a deeper sense of your own voice and power. Learn beautiful, simple songs and lullabies from around the world. No musical experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome.
$12 drop in/$60 in advance for the whole session
FREE introductory class, Wed Jan 8th
WHERE: The Santa Cruz Village | 730 Mission Street, Suite 101, Santa Cruz 95060
---------- 831.216.6262 | santacruzvillage.com
WHEN: Free Introductory Class ~ Wednesday, January 8th @ 7pm
---------- 6 week session begins ~ Wednesday January 22nd. 6 Wednesdays, 7-8pm.
MORE INFO: Connect with us on facebook to hear the latest Womb Song US
Advanced registration encouraged but not required.
Register in advance through www.amandawestmusic.com/classes
Saturday February 8th 2014 @ 8pm
The Valentine Songologues
Studio 55 | 1455 East Francisco Blvd, San Rafael, CA
The Valentine Songologues were inspired by the V-Day movement, which was begun by Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against girls and women and is celebrated in February around Valentine’s Day. The Valentines Songologues brings women singer-songwriters together to share their songs & stories in celebration of women’s health, safety and empowerment. Proceeds from the eveing benefit a local women's organization. Mark your calendars now, this will be a very special evening. $13/$15 www.studio55marin.com
Sunday February 9th 2014 @ 7pm
The Valentine Songologues
Treasures Roadhouse | 2908 Freedom Blvd, Corralitos, CA
The Valentine Songologues were inspired by the V-Day movement, which was begun by Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against girls and women and is celebrated in February around Valentine’s Day. The Valentines Songologues brings women singer-songwriters together to share their songs & stories in celebration of women’s health, safety and empowerment. Proceeds from the eveing will benefit the local women's organization, Defensa De Mujeres. Mark your calendars now, this will be a very special evening. www.treasuresroadhouse.com
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