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 The Amanda West Newsletter | NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist
| April 2020

Dear Ones, 
How are you holding up?

This global pandemic has me re-thinking everything.

Humanity is moving through a portal. There is no going back to where we were, and the future is so hard to see. For now we are in between, in what anthropologists call the liminal phase - the middle place in a rite of passage. This stage is often filled with disorientation and ambiguity... It is also a necessary and important part of transformation.
Some things in my life have felt appropriate or necessary to reschedule or move into the online realm so that they may continue: My private music lessons are one of these, and thank goodness for the internet, for our human abilities to be flexible and learn new skills!
But some other things, like certain concerts and events, it feels right to let them go and to mourn. Still others, I simply do not yet know. There is a lot of waiting, and there are many question marks.

We must allow space and time for this sacred
unknowing of the in-between.

In this place we can listen, and turn inward to our dreams. Now more than ever before we need dreams – of what can be, of the next “normal” we want to create, together.
Did you know this coming Wednesday is Earth Day? It also happens to be a new moon. I could not resist this convergence of events to offer something to my community (YOU!) and the world. So I invite you to join me for an...

Online Earth Day New Moon Community Ritual & Sing
led by Amanda West

Of course it’s better when we’re face to face, touching shoulder to shoulder, but this is what we have right now, and I know that we can still create magic together.

Bring your intentions, bring your heart, your family, your quiet wonderings, your tender voice. I will guide us in simple ritual, song, meditation and sharing. More details & registration link below (pre-registration IS required).
You are also welcome to register simply by replying to this email and letting me know you’d like to come. Cost is by donation, free if you need it.
None of us know exactly what comes next, but I do know, whatever it is, it will be better if we arrive with our hearts intact. Hang in there my friends!

sending you love & patience & strength.... 

XO your mama musician
~ Amanda

Upcoming Events ~ 

Earth Day New Moon Community
Ritual & Sing
 with Amanda Wes~


An invitation to tune into your personal relationship with
Mother Earth and nourish your dreams & intentions
for our collective future together 

THIS Wednesday
April 22nd, 2020 | 7:30-9pm


This online gathering will be a Zoom call formatted with ~

  • Opening meditation & guided vocal toning
  • Simple songs to inspire and nurture your relationship with the earth, taught call & response style
  • Sharing and listening to our collective visions
  • All held within a safe, contemplative and uplifting space

and households are encouraged to attend together if you want to!

* This event will have interactive components to it, however, you are also welcome to join and simply listen (you won’t be able to hear the others singing, just Amanda), and there is no requirement to participate in the group sharing if you would rather let the evening be an internal experience for you.

* Cost is by donation, $0-$50, for whatever amount feels possible and appropriate for you at this time: I want to honor and include all those facing extreme financial hardship right now, and I am also grateful for contributions you are able to offer to help support my own family. What goes around comes around, we all need each other more than ever right now!

* Please write me with ANY questions. I am so looking forward to creating this sacred time and space with you ~


NOTE: You will be emailed the zoom link 15 minutes before the event. Please download the zoom app to your computer, phone or tablet before that time.



Song of the Month ~ (in case you missed it last time)


As I tell my students, most of making music is about listening. 

This song came to me at the beginning of our "shelter-in-place" time, one night while I was putting my little ones to bed. It came like a little whisper from the universe, and it's been going around and around in my head ever since. Songwriters say we write the songs we need to hear, and these words are definitely ones I need to hear and hold onto these days. 

I didn't have time or space to put together the level of audio & video I'd like, but I decided sharing this with you now was more important. These days call for a spirit of community and offering to help each other as best we can.

So here's my gift to you.  

Learn it, sing it, share it, know it.

When the road is dark, and you cannot see
hold your heart, and think of me
And I'll be there, to guide your way
reminding you, you're always safe


The Amanda West Music Calendar ~ 

* All in-person events are currently pending Shelter-in-Place regulations *

SPRING 2020 --> 

HAPPENING NOW Weekday afternoons 
--> Online music lessons with Amanda ~ 
This could be your big chance to learn the guitar, ukulele, songwriting or more about singing. Write to me for details & to schedule.

4/22/2020 WEDNESDAY @ 7:30-9pm
--> Earth Day New Moon Community Ritual & Sing ~ 
led by Amanda West, all are welcome! This is an online virtual zoom meeting and an invitation to dream.
Details & registration HERE 

Feb28th - May 28th
Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020  ~ inaugural exhibition of the new University Art Museum at New Mexico State University. Featuring "Mother's Days", An Artist in Residency in Motherhood Project, which includes writing by Amanda Mehl West and 81 other mother artists. Learn more HERE  

CANCELLED 5/3/2020 SUNDAY @ 2pm
--> Songs from The Motherhood ~
an afternoon of original songs with Amanda West,  Anne Sibley and Song Nelson @ The Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz

5/13/2020 WEDNESDAY @ 7-9pm
--> Song Village Sampler ~
a community sing led by a collection of Song Village Song Leaders 
details & tickets coming soon

May 14th - 17th 
--> Song Village ~
a gathering of people who love to sing
SOLD OUT! Join the waitlist.

SUMMER 2020 -->


July 6th - 10th, 9:30 - 12:30pm each day
--> Dreams Take Flight: Intro to Guitar ~ A summer music camp for kids ages 7-12 

July 13th - 17th, 9:30 - 12:30pm each day
--> The Art of Song ~ A summer music camp for kids ages 7-12 

July 20th - 24th, 9:30 - 12:30pm each day
--> Dreams Take Flight: Intro to Guitar ~ A summer music camp for kids ages 7-12 

July 27th - 31st, 9:30 - 12:30pm each day
--> The Art of Song ~ A summer music camp for kids ages 7-12 

August 7th - 9th
--> Sisters in Harmony Summer Retreat ~
a weekend of song, yoga, saunas and nature in the Santa Cruz Mountains with Amanda West, Heather Houston, Debbie Nargi Brown, MaMuse, Kaitie Ty and Becky Reardon!  REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Registration HERE


September 2020 
-->Release of the album"Truth, Love & Understanding Remixed"  ~
celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the release of this original album, with the songs remixed for the 2020's! Stay tuned for details...

12/20/2020 SATURDAY @ 4-6pm
-->Women's Winter Solstice Circle ~
with Debbie Nargi Brown
@ The Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz

ONGOING --> private lessons in voice, guitar & songwriting
And I thought I'd throw in a few images from our shelter-in-place life  ~ The backdrop of this wild spring beauty ~ The full intensity of the two little growing humans in my care ~ The rare ventures out into the bigger world...

Do the pieces of your life feel as incongruous these days as mine do?
We're in the portal... we'll find our way.... let's keep envisioning what comes next!

xo Amanda
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