NEWS & ADVENTURES of a thoughtful heart songstress mama | August 2016
~ The Amanda West Music Newsletter ~
Hello Dear Ones,
August is flying by so I thought I'd send out a little note. I am deeply savoring summer right now... Just harvested my lavender and hung it up to dry, and am now enjoying some homemade cobbler (my 4 year old is quite handy in the kitchen!) from hand-picked blackberries & apples. Mmmm.
Coming up in another week is our monthly Womb Song community singing circle here in Santa Cruz, then I'm playing at several spiritual services - here in Santa Cruz, and in San Jose, the next few Sundays... Details on events are below. 
This weekend I head up to Mendocino for a women's guitar camp (YES: Mendocino + women + guitars = heaven I think!) I have been so appreciating lately the experience of both teaching and learning. They are so inextricably intertwined... The more I teach, the more I learn, and the more I learn, the more I have to teach. It's not just about the details, the information, but rather, a question of HOW to learn... Really sinking down into the tiny fragments that make up the profound experience of one's physical and mental ability changing. How to allow that change.... It's a beautiful and ever-expanding spiral.

As I write this, Pete is down in the studio mixing our live Womb Song album, due out in September. I'm so excited to be birthing this one into the world! Work and creativity continues flowing around here (just wrote another new song last night), and more is always on the way to you.

I am excited to announce we'll be returning the UK the first half of November! Please let us know if you have suggestions for great venues to play or lovely musicians we should connect with there. And if YOU live in the UK, you might consider hosting a house concert. All you need is a living room and a few friends. We'll bring the music and make a magical evening for you, in your HOME! Just hit "reply" to this email and we'll get it all set up. 

I'm still thinking a lot about Concert Window, and if you're a fan of live music, I suggest you check it out ~ live concerts all around the world, all happening on your computer...
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Thank You! I love you!
in song & gratitude,
~ Amanda
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U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S :

Monday August 15th @ 7pm 
 (Ongoing 3rd Mondays of the month)
August WOMB SONG Circle
 Pacific Cultural Center | 1307 Seabright Ave. Santa Cruz
A community based singing circle for mothers & mothers-to-be, led by
Amanda West & Megan Jacobsmeyer. Learn more:
and follow us on facebook
Sunday August 21st, @ 10am  
Musical Inspiration for Morning Services 
  Center for Spiritual Enlightenment |  1146 University Ave., San Jose, CA

Sunday August 28th, @ 9am  
Musical Inspiration for Morning Services 
  Center for Spiritual Living |  1818 Felt St., Santa Cruz, CA
Womb Song album release 
September & Beyond  
working away on the new studio album
+ cooking up more ways to share music 
Private Lessons ~ Voice, Guitar & Songwriting
Grandview Studios in Felton, and at Sylvan Music in Santa Cruz
Specializing in work with girls and women. More details:

Amanda West Music
~ Songs for Thoughtful Hearts ~

PO Box 7345 | Santa Cruz CA 95061