NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist | Dec. 2016
~ The Amanda West Newsletter ~
Dear Friends,
This will be my last newsletter of 2016. I do my best to write monthly, and if you’ve just joined us, or feel you may have missed some letters, I encourage you to see the archives {HERE}
I am delighted and grateful to be sending out a {GIFT} to you for these dark days of winter. This is a song I wrote the day after the American election, and in many days recently, arranging and recording it has felt like the only thing that keeps my spirit lifted. There are so many reasons to weep in these days, and, it is more important than ever that we look for and offer our love, in every way, in any way, big or small. What we focus on grows bigger, so {THIS} is where I turn my gaze.
This live music video features my partner, Pete, on percussion, piano & harmonies, and our son, Solas (whose name means light!), on the shruti box. It is a gift of love and light from our family to you and yours. Watch it {HERE}
We hope you will share it freely, and sing along!
When the weight is on your heart
When everything falls apart
Life your voice & sing
More Love, More Love
This is what will bring
More Love, More Love
Looking back on 2016, here are some highlights I am celebrating in my musical world…
  • Premiere of the “Habit” video, with a wonderful release part {watch it HERE}
  • Offering one of my new songs into the NPR Tiny Desk Contest {watch it HERE}
  • Recording & release of a new album for {WOMB SONG} album online soon!) 
  • Recording guitar & vocal tracks for a new studio album of my original songs
  • Putting music further into practice as a healing art form, singing for ceremonies & celebrations, spiritual services, for meetings that bring awareness to environmental issues, and for gatherings that build, strengthen and uplift community
  • Expanding my private teaching in voice, guitar and songwriting. A huge THANK YOU to Sylvan Music for being so supportive. If you need anything musical, go see them!
  • Completing final edits on my chapter “The Benefits of Singing Through Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum” which will be published in “Music & Motherhood”, a book by Demeter Press due out in 2017
  • Continuing to gather and advocate for mother artists and musicians (if you know any, send them my way!)
  • Travelling to the UK, and meeting in Edinburgh to sing with some of the women who originally inspired the first Womb Song in London
  • Continuing to walk the path of the mama musician artist
My deepest thanks to each and every one of you for continuing with me on this journey. No one knows what lies ahead, but I do know that if we continue to turn towards the light, offering our love into the world in every way we can, we have plenty of reason to be hopeful.
Let's lift our voices and sing, MORE LOVE!
See you in the New Year,
with love & light & song,
~ Amanda
P.S. that beautiful photo at the top is of the Horsehead Nebula, and was taken my wonderful father, Carter Mehl
{some} U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S :

Saturday April 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!
Monday January 15th @ 7pm 
 (Ongoing 3rd Mondays of the month)
January WOMB SONG New Year Circle
 Pacific Cultural Center | 1307 Seabright Ave. Santa Cruz
A community based singing circle for mothers & mothers-to-be, led by
Amanda West & Megan Jacobsmeyer. Learn more:
and follow us on facebook
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:

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