NEWS & ADVENTURES of a Philosophical Folk Songstress                                                 ~ February 2013
Dear Ones,
They say January is named after Janus, the god of doors and windows, of reflection on the past, and planning for the future, and that has been my January. The power of moving through the vortex of pregnancy and birth into the realm of parenthood is indescribable. Every day I continue reaching for understanding, integrating this change into my Being. Sometimes it feels as if everything must be re-learned all over again. And, I don’t mind.
This past month has also been filled with the planting and sprouting of new seeds as I re-emerge into the public realm in a bigger way. There are three musical projects I am working on locally, here in the Santa Cruz area, and I am excited to share them with you! (And, if you only have a moment, just skip to the bottom of this email - all are listed there, or, like me on facebook and you can get it all there too)...
First is a multi-artist show booked for Feb 16th, called The Valentine Songologues. The concert is a benefit for the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, a wonderful family resource center, and is happening in conjunction with V-Day, the movement begun by Eve Ensler (creator of The Vagina Monologues) to end violence against women. Women’s safety and empowerment in the world is a HUGE passion of mine and I am so thrilled to be doing this event. I will be sharing the evening with four other amazing women singer-songwriters from Santa Cruz and across California, each of whom deserves her own spotlight. Please spread the word, tell your friends, and I hope you can be there! Tickets are available here:
I am also beginning to teach a few classes this month. One has been a longtime dream of mine – Empowerment Through Songwriting for Teen Girls. I began songwriting when I myself was a teen and it saved me, kept me going in so many ways. I am honored to be able to offer this, and hope it will make a difference in some lives. The second class came up unexpectedly and perfectly ~ I will be leading a family music circle called The Singing Hour, primarily aimed towards mamas with wee ones, but really it is open to everyone. I am having a wonderful time tracing back to my musical roots, sitting with my Rise Up Singing folk-bible-song-book, thinking about the human birthright of Song. Please spread the word about these classes to anyone you think may be interested... Thank you, thank you!
So that’s what’s happening in my world… some other sweet little shows here & there as well, you can see on the website (plus a new Classes page!). Also, after almost four years of being on facebook, I feel like I’m finally starting to get it (I hear my sister laughing at me right now, I know, I can be a bit slow sometimes), so, if we’re not friends there, maybe we should be. I’ll like you, you’ll like me, and off we’ll go into the brave new world together!
Thanks for sharing the journey. May your windows be clear and your doors be open….
with love & gratitude and song,
~ Amanda
U P C O M I N G     E V E N T S :

Saturday February 16th @ 8pm
The Valentine Songologues
~ an evening of stories & songs by women, for everyone
A Benefit Concert for the Walnut Avenue Women's Center
@ The Resource Center for Nonviolence | 612 Ocean Street Santa Cruz, CA

The Valentine Songologues were inspired by the V-Day movement, which was begun by Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against girls and women and is celebrated in February around Valentine’s Day. This year, five female songwriters from Santa Cruz and across California come together to share their songs in celebration of women’s health, safety and empowerment. Proceeds from the evening will go to the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, a community and family resource center in Santa Cruz.
$5-$25 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds
Performing artists: Mana Maddy, Lily Wilson, Marya Stark, Leah Ray Mendez and Amanda West | Learn more:|

Empowerment Through Songwriting for Girls
A unique opportunity for teen girls ages 13-18 to find and expand the creativity and power of their own voices
This class for teen girls offers a safe and supportive environment in which to explore tools and inspirations behind songwriting techniques and self-expression. Through individual and group experience we will use vocal and writing exercises to tap into the creative flow and powerful voice within each of us. Topics may include body image, self-esteem, vocal awareness, dreams, and boundaries, and will be tailored to meet student´┐Żs individual interests. An interest in music and writing is recommended, but no prior experience is necessary. Please bring a notebook.


* San Lorenzo Valley High in FEBRUARY *
THURS Feb 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th (drop-in)
From 2:30-4:30pm
@ San Lorenzo Valley High School, Rm. D6

This class is open to SLV students ONLY
Cost: FREE, courtesy of The California Arts Council and the Mountain Arts Center

* Downtown Santa Cruz in MARCH *
TUES March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (continuous)
from 3:30-5pm
@ The Louden Nelson Center, Rm. 7
301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Cost $80 (for four classes), advance registration required by Mon Feb 25th
Send a check payable to: Amanda West, PO Box 7345, Santa Cruz, CA 95061
Or write to

The Singing Hour
A family music circle for mamas, babies, and everyone
Come join in the ancient human tradition of gathering in song to strengthen heart, voice, spirit and community. This playful hour includes warm-ups, call-and-response learning, rounds, dancing and lullabies. Songs are pulled from various folk traditions, old and new, and are accessible to all.

Tuesdays in February 2013
@ South St. Center at Redwood Elementary School, 16900 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA
$5-15 sliding scale donation

** for more upcoming shows & events please visit: **
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 ~ The Valentine Songologues! Sat Feb 16th in Santa Cruz ~
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