NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist | April 2017
~ The Amanda West Newsletter ~
Dear Ones,
Happy Springtime to you! And if you are new to this mailing list, welcome!
When I was 15 years old I was in a serious car accident, and have been keeping regular journals ever since. It is such a gift to be able to read back over previous chapters of my life and observe the cycles that come with the seasons.
I recently found an entry from a springtime many years ago, when my heart was heavy with too many loves gone wrong, and I’d been seriously considering Shakespeare’s question of “to be or not to be,” when walking home one moonlight night, I smelled… spring blossoms. And I wrote:
“… I realize I have overlooked the other inevitability in life: REBIRTH. As much as there shall always be death, so too there shall be rebirth… And so it goes with my heart. The scent of those blossoms brings powerful memories… the thing I forgot about… Just as sure as the trees will lose their leaves in winter, the cherry blossoms will bloom again, come the time that is now… This is rebirth; the gift of the universe…”
This spring, I again find parts of myself being born anew. From the soil, still heavy with winter rain, come the buds of hope, pushing their way upwards... 
We have some wonderful re-birthing happening with recordings, and I am tickled pink to announce that my albums, “Life Happens” and “Truth, Love & Understanding” are FINALLY NOW available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Apple Music, and just about anywhere else online that suits your fancy! {They've been on Bandcamp for a while now}
AND, the album “More Than Anything” is at last up on Bandcamp in all its entirety for your downloading pleasure. It includes a brand new studio version of “Hello & Goodbye.”
The Womb Song album is next up for digital distribution. Meanwhile, we still have a few physical copies left, let me know if you’d like one before we run out: songs for birthing, parenting, and living.
 -- > ACTION <--
Since you’re on my mailing list you’ve probably already had all these songs for years. If so, would you be so kind as to head on over to CD Baby and write a review for any of the new albums: {}. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and helps others know about my music. Thank you so much!
If you DON’T have these songs already, well, what are you waiting for?! Pick your favorite music platform, and download away... {though, FYI, Bandcamp is most direct to me, and is most recommended by independent artists} 
I’ve had the honor of leading singing and ceremony for several baby and mama blessings these last few weeks.
I also put on my biggest music recital yet, and am SO proud of all my students! We had a sold-out house and I feel blessed to get to work with so many wonderful people of all ages.
My calendar is just bursting at the seems for the next few months.
Here are some highlights to share with you:
* Mon April 17th | Womb Song at the Pacific Cultural Center
* Tues April 18th | subbing for Mothersong at Sunshine Villa
* May 18th – 21st |  Song Village (I’ll be leading a singing circle on Friday the 19th)
* Solar Eclipse Tour 2017
Sun July 16th, San Jose, CA
Sat July 29th, Boulder Creek, CA
Sat August 12th, Ashland, OR
Tues August 15th, Portland, OR
Sun August 20th, Corvallis, OR
----> We still have room in our tour schedule for concerts (which you can host in your own living room!), so if you love live music, send me an email and let’s make something happen.
* Summer Lessons
My teaching schedule is full at the moment, but there may be openings for summer sessions in June & July. Write to me if you're interested!
I hope you too are finding new places in yourself with the opening buds of springtime,
and I hope we get to connect through music, soon!
sending songs, love & gratitude,
~ Amanda
{some} U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S :

birth center singing circles
3rd Mondays at Pacific Cultural Center
Monday April 17th, 2017
1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz | 7-8:30pm
Learn more:
and follow us on facebook
May 18th -21st, 2017
A gathering of people who love to sing 
Saturday July 29th @ 7:30pm 
Lille aeske | 13160 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA
Pacifc Northwest Summer Tour
August 2017 
Santa Cruz to Portland 
& everything in between
Private Lessons ~ Voice, Guitar & Songwriting
Summer Sessions Available!
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