NEWS & ADVENTURES of a Philosophical Folk Songstress                           ~ September 2011
Dear One,
Autumn is on the way and I am so excited. The tomatoe vines are heavy with fruit, the leaves just starting to turn, the sunlight deepening into that sensuous golden I so love. It is time to make Dia De Los Muertos altars, stack wood for the winter and settle into the studio for some serious mixing sessions on my album, accompanied, of course, by a nice cup of tea.
But before we do that, there are more shows happening as well as some fun news...
First, I would like to invite you to wish the "new" EP, Truth, Love & Understanding, a very Happy First Birthday! Yes, it was one year ago when that little one was released. If you don't yet have your copy, this might be a nice time to get one. The three song album and collectors item (limited edition! one run only with not many left!) features Robby & Char Rothschild of Round Mountain on African Kora and Accordion, respectively, as well as all-original gorgeously intricate artwork by Elizabeth Jonasson. The third song on the album, Togetherness is inspired by Khalil Gibran's writings on marriage, and I think you will find the entire recording to be inspiring and uplifting. All songs are written & performed by Amanda West and Pete Solomon. You can get your copy by writing to me, (just reply to this email), or by coming to one of the upcoming live shows (see below).
The other super nifty news is that Amanda West Music was recently written up in an alternative health blog called "Own Your Health." The article focuses on the underlying reason of WHY I make music - its healing powers. Check it out here: Many many thanks to Roanne Weisman for her interest, time, and the interview. I am honored!
And last but not least, we must not forget more fabulous shows on the way. I am particularly excited about next Tuesday, being the featured performer at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. I told them I'd bring lots of people, so you should come!
And then on Thursday, Pete Solomon & I will be doing our Solomon-West electronic-indie-folk-world-jazz loopdy-duo at Shivani Rajan's latest art opening, this one entitled "Erotic Vegetables". How you can miss that?!
Hope to see you at one of those or elsewhere soon. Don't forget to wish "Truth, Love & Understanding" a Happy Birthday, and please enjoy the beginnings of fall and this time of momentary balance among the celestial bodies....
with Truth, Love & Understanding,
~ Amanda

U P C O M I N G  S H O W S :

Sunday September 25th @ 12 - 2pm 
Pescadero Country Store| 251 Stage Road Pescadero, CA 
Join us again celebrating our California Indian Summer with a picnic on the lawn. Free!

Tuesday September 27th @ *9pm* *please note the time change*
Red Devil Lounge | 1695 Polk Street San Francisco, CA 
Featured Perfomer in KC Turner Presents at the Red Devil Lounge. Bay Area folks, come out & show your support for me at this highly esteemed San Francisco venue. Come share your art, song, thoughts, poems, etc. at the open mic starting at 7:30pm, then the featured guest, Yours Truly, at 9pm. See you there!

Thurs Sept 29th @ 7pm 
Art Show Opening for Shivani Rajan | The Moraga Barn, Moraga CA
Ms. Rajan unveils her latest collection of work - black & white erotic vegetables! With incredible food & wine as well, of course. Pete Solomon & Amanda West will offer the evening's soundtrack.
Friday October 7th @ 6pm
Jia Tella's Cambodian Cuisine| 18 Victor Square, Scotts Valley, CA
Our last show of the summer season at this most DELICIOUS restaurant so close to home. I highly recommend the lemongrass coconut milk soup! The music is FREE for you as you dine. Yum!
Saturday October 8th @ 12:30 and 2pm
Livermore ARTWALK + Panama Red Coffee House | Downtown Livemore, CA
I'll be playing at Panama Red Coffee House and then at the Livermore Valley Plaza. This is my second year at this lovely event for art, music & family fun. Come by for TWO free shows and a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Livermore's Artwalk... much to be inspired by.

for more upcoming shows please visit: 
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"Truth, Love & Understanding" EP ~ Released Sept 23rd 2010

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Amanda West Music
Philosophical Folk Songstress

PO Box 7345 | Santa Cruz CA 95061