NEWS & ADVENTURES of a Philosophical Folk Songstress                                                          ~ April 2012
Dear Ones,
Who sends out an email late Friday afternoon? Apparently, that would be me.
1. URGENT! for Central Coast Folks
Sadly, the show we had scheduled in Arroyo Grande for this coming Monday (April 9th), has been CANCELLED by the venue (The Spot), who has decided to discontinue its monthly songwriter showcases. Doh!
But don't worry, we've got a NEW PLAN, because we didn't want to miss You, our wonderful Central Coast friends, this Spring. Steve Key has been kind enough to invite us to headline a different one of his showcases, so we'll be appearing at the Sculpterra Winery on Sunday May 6th in the afternoon. Apologies for the late notice!
2. A few shows coming up around the SF, Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Areas in April & May... You can see below, and, I'll send you out a reminder when the time draws closer.
3. For those in the mood for some philosophy, here are my latest musings...
The thing I have been observing recently about being human is this:
Every moment of every day we are constantly faced with making decisions about what is important, and what is more important. Choices, constant choices. To push? To pause? To step back? To cling? To let go?

I understand the appeal of a Life Guide in a Book ~
“ Questions? Confusion? Conundrums? Please see Reference Guide, appendix A, page 42”. Aha! ... Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on one's perspective I guess), I have no subscriptions to any such straight forward prescriptions.

Instead I feel I move along in an imperfect and human way, some days more or less gracefully than others, on the phone with dear friends, along paths in my local state park, through the notes of my songs…
Thank god for these things.

And while it is at last Springtime in the world, with things blooming and looking outward again, in my own life this is still an inward time, as I carry on work in the studio with the Permission Tree album project, as well as writing new material for the next album.

I continue to reflect upon the Mystery we have all been born into, giving thanks for all the beginnings, and endings, and beginnings... and every sensation in my humbled & ever-expanding heart.

with feeling & song,
~ Amanda

U P C O M I N G  S H O W S :

Saturday April 21st @ 7pm (TENTATIVE)
Nielson Arts | 1537 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA
Musical offerings for "Reflective Fragments" Artist Reception ~ Mosaics by Anitra Balzer, Paintings by Amy St. George & Noreen Linden. Hello East Bay!

Saturday April 28th @ 7pm
Plaza Linda | 9 Del Fino Place ~ Carmel Valley, CA
We return to our friends in Carmel Valley with their fantastic Gourmet Mexican Food! | $10

Saturday May 5th
Private Full Moon Party | La Selva Beach, CA
Somewhere on a beautiful 7 acre organic farm... wheee! Not officially open to the public, but if you REALLY wanted to come, drop us a note, and we might be able to bring a few guests.

Sunday May 6th @ 2pm
Sculpterra Winery| 5015 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA
Returning to headline for Steve Key's "Songwriters At Play" weekly Sunday afternoon showcase. Other artists, TBA. The full show starts at 1pm, and I'll play 2:20-3:05pm with Pete Solomon accompanying. Enjoy wine tasting, impressive sculptures decorating the gorgeous grounds, and of course, delicious and all-original music.

for more upcoming shows please visit: 

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~ images from recent times (Big Sur, CA) ~

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