NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist | January 2017
~ The Amanda West Newsletter ~
Dear Ones,
I want to wish you a Happy New Year!
And I also want to be honest: I have never before found myself so resistant to the calendar turning over. It’s not so much about me personally, but the anxiety and un-knowns that so many of my friends and loved ones are experiencing as the fate of the U.S. and the world, changes hands.
Let’s take a breath.
What can we do? SING. It may sound small, but the thing I know is SONG. Singing is in fact one of the most powerful actions we can take, one that calms body and mind, lifts the spirit, and connects communities. (You will learn more about this when you read my chapter in the book “Music & Motherhood” that comes out later this year... more details TBA!)
So on a sudden wind of inspiration, I reached out to musical leaders in my community, and a few other leaders as well, and have put together an event for Friday January 20th (the evening of inauguration day), that I need as much as anyone. It’s called HOPE RISING:
I'll be there singing, and so will many others. I hope you will join us. Please see the {facebook event} for all the details and spread the word to your friends.
Womb Song, our birth-centered community singing circles for women, continues monthly. In March I’ll be holding a showcase for my students, and playing a few songs myself. In April I’m excited to be playing a solo show at the lovely, new venue in Boulder Creek called Lille aeske, and this summer we’re looking into doing another Pacific Northwest tour (so if you live between Santa Cruz and Portland and are interested in hosting a show, or would like to see/hear us, let me know!)
This is our task for now, more than ever:
to be kind, to be loving, to listen, pay attention, ask questions
and not loose hope.  
from my heart to yours,
~ Amanda
p.s. If you missed my last newsletter, I hope you'll catch our new song "More Love". Watch it {HERE}
{some} U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S :

Monday January 16th @ 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
Friday January 20th @ 7:00pm 
~ a community gathering in song
to make light in the dark
Pacific Cultural Center | 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz
Sunday March 26th, afternoon
Student Recitial + Showcase, more details TBA 
Resource Center for Nonviolence | 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
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!
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