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 The Amanda West Newsletter | NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist
| October 2021
“I am inviting you to go deeper, to learn and to practice so that you become someone who has a great capacity for being solid, calm, and without fear, because our society needs people like you who have these qualities, and your children, our children, need people like you, in order to go on, in order to become solid, and calm, and without fear.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

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Hello Friends, 

Well, as Master Thich Nhat Hanh suggests, I have been practicing. Learning, aching, listening, breathing. Grieving. Celebrating. Resisting. Fighting with ancestral ghosts. Nursing sick children. Washing dishes. Holding down the fort. Taking one step at a time.

Social media has mostly felt like too much for me these days, but I want you to know I’m still here. I am going deeper, and learning and practicing, because we need us all to be solid and calm and without fear these days.

I'm taking an intensive course right now, exploring the climate crises and our current human existential crises. My life has felt full and flooded with emotions and inner and outer work. If that all sounds a bit intense, well, it is. But it is good! I appreciate all the feelings. And I look forward to being ready to share more soon and in the coming months.

Meanwhile, a few things you should know ~

1. WOMB SONG returns IN PERSON starting TOMORROW ~ Monday October 18th. This is in collaboration with a new non-profit family center here in Santa Cruz County called The Circle, with a mission to serve ALL families and offer equitable support in our community. Visit to register and for all the details. I'm so excited to sing with our community again!

2. If you've been craving some MUSICAL GUIDANCE in guitar, ukulele, singing and/or songwriting, this might be your divine timing! I've got a few rare spots open here & there for both in person and online lessons. Write me if you're interested.

3. It wouldn't be a proper newsletter without a NEW SONG for this list, and one for the season. Scroll along down and enjoy!

It's always an honor to hold a space in your inbox and a moment in your heart.  Thanks for being here with me. May all that we do not need, rest in peace.


With love & song & solidarity,

Your mama musician,

~ Amanda

Gifts of the Month ~ 


I released this song a year ago on Patreon, but thought I’d pull it out of the archives for all to enjoy this month. A seasonal inspiration to reflect on what is no longer necessary and let it “rest in peace.” The full story is in the original patreon post. Big thank-you’s to my 23 current patrons for making this and so many other new songs possible this past year.



Words from the front lines...

As I mentioned above, I am currently in an intensive program called The Game Changer Intensive, created by the Pachamama Alliance. During this course we are looking head on at the climate crises and the current state and fate of humanity. There is so much I could say, and so many friends have asked, "Please tell me what you learn!" We all want to know what to do.

The answer is complicated. But ART is such a sweet vessel of communication. This video is a collection of 5 word poems that participants wrote, inspired by what we are learning (and there are about 200 participants, so only a few are highlighted here, and yes, one of them is mine). It makes me cry every time. 

I believe I will have more to share, but I'm happy to get to share this with you now. Don't give up hope, my friends. The world, our children, and all life on earth need us present, listening, and working with open hearts.




Invitations of the Month   ~ 

Womb Song Returns!

STARTING TOMORROW! Monday October 18th @ 7pm

1st & 3rd Mondays @ The Circle Family Center
245 Sea Ridge Road, Suite C, Aptos CA 95003

Open to pregnant people, birth workers, and mothers in every stage, including trying to conceive. Simple easy to learn songs are taught call & response style, no musical experience necessary. 

Singing is a human birthright. It calms the nervous system, opens the heart and connects us to one another. Humans have always sung together, and what better way to bring a new person into the world than through song?!

Register on the website:


Could Music be in your future? 

As I mentioned above, I have a few rare openings in my teaching schedule right now - private lessons in guitar, ukulele, singing and songwriting (my favorite!) 

The world needs you and your creative soul. I would be honored to be your guide & inspiration.
Meet in person or via zoom.

Hit reply for more info or read more about it


My Inner Circle ~

Patreon is a special place where I regularly share my heart & soul ~ new songs, sketches, musings, celebrations, and insights into the world of a conscious, creative, artist parent.

For as little as $3 a month you can join my inner circle here, help a hard working mama musician and her family, and receive new musical inspiration delivered regularly to your inbox.

Thank you, I love you
Upcoming Events   ~ 

~  U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S  ~

Regular weekly releases on Patreon

OCT 18th - DEC 17th
Womb Song Prenatal Singing Circles 
1st & 3rd MONDAYS @ The Circle Family Center

OCTOBER 24th | Sunday
Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
Musical Inspiration for Morning Services
Register to attend in=person or tune in online

NOVEMBER 28th | Sunday
Center for Spiritual Enlightenment
Musical Inspiration for Morning Services
Register to attend in=person or tune in online

DECEMBER 19th | Sunday
Annual Womxn's Winter Solstice Circle & Sing 
ONLINE with Debbie Nargi Brown
ticket link coming soon!  

Private lessons 
Voice, Guitar, Ukulele & Songwriting
online + in person


Now it's your turn, tell me,
How have you been?
What are you thinking & feeling & doing these days?


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