“All these things shall love do unto you
that you may know the secrets of your heart,
and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.”
~ On Love, The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
What can be a more wonderful thing to celebrate than love? ~ the thing which forms and breaks and breaks and forms over and over again…
So I started booking some shows again for later this year, and one booking agent I’ve always worked with in the past said, no thanks, not this time. Last time we played his show we had our one year old on the stage in the stroller and probably mentioned diapers in between songs... I have no proof of course, but a sense that the booking agent’s response has something to do with the introduction of parenthood into my music.
I do see some musicians having babies and not mentioning much about it. But for me, music is very personal, exploring the human experience from where I am, and thus motherhood inevitably enters the conversation.
So in honor of Valentine’s Day, this month’s music release is a love song, but a different kind of love song. It came to me one night while putting my son to bed. I sobbed as I wrote it, but now sing it with joy. We recorded it on a single zoom microphone in the field. The video was intended to be a single shot as well, but somehow expanded into something more elaborate and totally unplanned.
If you like what see and hear, please share it with your friends. I am releasing one new piece of music every month this year, so if you know someone who you think would appreciate my perspective on the human experience, please tell them to join my mailing list (sign up on the front page of my website, www.amandawestmusic.com) and they can get the latest releases too. This music business all depends on you, my dear listener! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Wishing you a beautiful Valentine's day filled with love. I hope you get to savor every moment.
until next month,
in love & song,
~ Hello & Goodbye ~
the new song & music video from Amanda West
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U P C O M I N G E V E N T S :
Saturday February 21st @ 5pm
Neighborhood Preschool Benefit | Westside, Santa Cruz
This will be a full set of music along with a silent auction, wine and o'deurves. Lovely!
Please send me an email if you would like to attend.
Sunday February 22nd @ 9am & 11am
San Jose Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
Inspiration for morning services. http://www.csecenter.org/
Saturday March 14th @ 3pm
Private Wedding | Canyon, California
I love it when people get married and am always honored to offer the music for it.
Ongoing Mondays @ 7pm
WOMB SONG | Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz
A community based singing circle for pregnant women, led by Amanda West & Megan Jacobsmeyer. Learn more: http://www.wombsong.com/
Private Lessons ~ Voice, Guitar & Songwriting | Home Studio, Felton, CA
Specializing in work with women and girls. More details: www.amandawestmusic.com/classes