NEWS & ADVENTURES of a Philosophical Folk Songstress                                                          ~Jan/Feb 2012
My Dear Friend,

I hope 2012 is treating you well so far. Just a few updates, reminders and notes before this first month is over...
1. Only a week left to get your FREE download of "Habit"! Go here if you haven't yet got it: People are really enjoying it, and I hope you will too! A music teacher in San Jose is already teaching it to her classes, and here's some other sweet things folks are saying:
     - "a perfect song for the new year!"
     - "humorous and wise and completely unpretentiously entertaining"
     - "wonderful song, beautiful lyrics"
     - "a blessing to the world"
     - "inspiring...totally cool!"
2. A big heads up to folks in San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz & San Francisco... I'm coming your way soon! San Luis is THIS WEEKEND!!! Woohoo! Santa Cruz is in February & SF is in March, but it's never too early to mark your calendars. Exact dates & details below.
3. Something I didn't get to share in the last email... 
As a writer and philosopher I am generally much more interested in feelings than in numbers. However, sometimes, numbers can be fun too. We've just finished up the stats for this past year and I thought I'd share them (no wonder the year was so much fun!)

     - 51 shows, in
     - 25 cities, including
     - 7 fairs & festivals, in
     - 3 states
     - 2 tours
     - 1 awesome article/write-up (, and of course,

Thanks to everyone we encountered & connected with on all our travels! We love you!!
Thanks SO much for making 2011 another amazing musical year for me.
Looking forward to all 2012 has to bring for all of us. 
in the year of the water dragon!
~ Amanda

U P C O M I N G  S H O W S :

Friday January 27th
Songwriting Workshop at Cuesta College| San Luis Obispo, CA
Leading explorations of form & creativity for the jazz vocal improv class. Woohoo!

Friday January 27th @ 7pm
Steynberg Gallery | 1531 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA
Sharing the evening with the incredible Swedish Farm Jazz vocalist & songwriter, Inga Swearingen. | $15
Saturday January 28th @ 7pm
Gather Wine Bar | 122 E Branch Street Arroyo Grande, CA
Come Gather, eat, drink & be merry. 7-10pm | $ tips please!

Thursday February 16th @ 7pm
"Songtastings" at The Backstage Lounge | 1205 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA
I am delighted to join this new music series at this new(ish) venue in town, (hint: it's next door to the Rio Theater), offering intimate seating and a delightful assortment of delectables to enjoy. Local & traveling songwriters spin their tales for an attentive audience. On the 16th I'll be sharing the evening with Peter Weiss, "The Singing Scientist" (we've been wanting to share a show forever, and it's happening at last!) Also performing will be Mike Sugar and Jerad MacLean If you enjoy thoughtful acoustic music you won't be disappointed. Midyne ( hosts and may pull out a song or two as well if we're lucky! | $10 door

Saturday March 10th @ 7pm
Bazaar Cafe | 5927 California Street, San Francisco, CA
Heads up Bay Area & San Francisco Folks! At last I'm returning to this pillar of the San Francisco acoustic music scene. Yes, it IS a cafe BUT, here's the thing: they only use the espresso machine BETWEEN songs. While the music is happening there is no other sound but the music. There's also no sound system... just you & the musicians. So intimate, so personal. If you've never experienced it, you really must come! |
 $ tips only     

for more upcoming shows please visit: 
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THE NEW SINGLE from Amanda West Music
FREE until January 31st!

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Amanda West Music
Philosophical Folk Songstress

PO Box 7345 | Santa Cruz CA 95061