NEWS & ADVENTURES of a Philosophical Folk Songstress                                              ~ July/August 2013
Dearest Friends,
If I could steal a few more hours from somewhere each day, week or even month, I would write a blog about the incredible ups and downs of working to keep a music career going WHILE beginning the career of parenthood. Each day these paths are my greatest challenge, and greatest joy.
In This Letter:
Here's the truth: there is not time to do everything I want to do. But, we must celebrate the things that do happen. And so, I am over the moon, beyond thrilled, so excited I can't tell you, to announce the release of our first official music video: "The Summer You Were Born", from the new EP, "Life Happens." It was made by Seattle filmmaker, Nick Tobin, and we filmed it in Seattle, during our Onesie Tour in June. You can see it here, and perhaps this says it all:
I want you to know that this video is infinitely personal and memorable for me. It was filmed the day before my babe's first birthday, and in it we inadvertently captured his first tottering steps...
Touring with a one year old was definitely more challenging than touring without a baby. But we did it! And he listened, harmonized and napped on our backs through every show we played. So... we're doing a little more. THIS weekend we embark on a mini "Onesie-Tour Part 2." We'll be down in the SLO area, playing a few events including Steve Key's Songwriter's Showcase (Sunday afternoon in Paso Robles), as well as Sonnie Brown's "Songtown" show on KCBX Radio in San Luis Obispo. For those of you not in the area, you can listen in to our live radio show at - 3pm on Saturday.
A few more local things coming up in the fall, so keep your eye on the calendar and/or "like" Amanda West Music on facebook if you haven't already (and while I have mixed feelings about facebook, booking agents love those likes!)
We are now taking mail orders for the "Life Happens" EP. I am afraid it is NOT yet up online... that is still coming! But if you can't wait any longer, and can't make it to any of our shows, send a check for $10 to Amanda West Music, PO Box 7345, Santa Cruz, CA 95061, and we'll get you a copy ASAP!
Thank you deeply and profoundly to all of you who've joined this mailing list and our musical community. We are grateful to you for being open to receiving what it is we have to give, and for all your support and belief in us.
with dedication and song,
 ~ Amanda (& the family/band)
U P C O M I N G    E V E N T S :

Saturday August 24th @ 3pm
@ KCBX Radio | 90FM, San Luis Obispo, CA
Special guest on "Songtown" with Sonnie Brown. Listen live:

Saturday August 24th @ 6pm
Private Party | Cambria, CA

Sunday August 25th @ 10:00am
Center for Creative Thought | 555 South 13th St., Suite G, Arroyo Grande, CA
Musical inspiration for morning services.

Sunday August 25th @ 1:30pm
Sculpterra Winery | 5015 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA
The featured act in Steve Key's Songwriter's At Play showcase! Always a wonderful line-up and a good time. Bring a picnic to enjoy with your wine among the sculptures and the beautiful grounds.

Saturday September 21st
Private Party | Aptos, CA
I love weddings!

Saturday September 28th @ 12:15pm
Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival | Downtown Boulder Creek, CA
A full day of music, food, artists and the celebration of sustainable living. Learn more:
Saturday October 12th
Livemore Artwalk | Bankhead Theater, Livemore, CA
The 12th annual festival, bringing art to the streets of downtown Livemore. Family fun for all ~ times & details TBA.

Sunday October 27th @ 12pm
Pescadero Country Store | Pescadero, CA
The last show of the season! ~ Bring your family for a sweet Sunday afternoon picnic on the lawn, and pick up your pumpkin on the way.
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 still shot from "The Summer You Were Born" music video
by Seattle Flimmaker, Nick Tobin
p.s. If you are receiving this email it means you are on my general list where I love to share all upcoming show information and general thoughts. If you ONLY want to receive updates about shows in you area, please let me know.
Amanda West Music
Philosophical Folk Songstress

PO Box 7345 | Santa Cruz CA 95061