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 The Amanda West Newsletter | NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist
Winter 2019

Dear Ones, 

As the circle of people connected here in my newsletters spans much beyond Santa Cruz and the SF Bay Area I don't usually send out many reminders for local events...

HOWEVER, I also know it's a very busy time of the year in our society right now, despite the earth calling for us to rest most deeply now, and things get lost in the shuffle...

AND, I really don't want you to miss these two awesome events I have coming up, so I'm sending you this gentle reminder.

Plus the song of the month again, in case you missed it earlier. XO


THIS SUNDAY, last chance of the year to check out Womb Song
in the bay area, at the beautiful Oakland Birth & Wellness. Every circle here has been such a sweet one, I really hope you can join us for this community building and nurturing experience through song. All who feel called to join are welcome.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 21st, Women's Winter Solstice Circle
co-led by Amanda West and the amazing Debbie Nargi Brown. I want you to come because I want to share it with you, and I want you to come because I know you need it, because we all need it. Capitalism does a fine job of covering up our true needs with consumerism, but underneath, what we really want and need this time of year is to be reminded that we are loved, and held, and that we have the strength and resources to carry through, no matter how cold and dark the days are.  This is what gathering together in song and ritual offers as it fills the well in the deepest of ways. I do hope you will join us! This event sold out last year, so I highly encourage you to get your tickets in advance! (Plus you save a little $). It's going to be MAGIC! 

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Meanwhile, my baby turns TWO in December. I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel... I think I might have survived... Thanks for staying with me through it all!

with love & song always,

your mama musician, 
~ Amanda

Upcoming Events ~ 


--> in Oakland, CA <--
{Last one of the year!}

Introducing the power, science and magic of
singing into motherhood
through pregnancy, birth & post-partum

Sunday December 8th |10am - noon

@ Oakland Birth & Wellness | 5735 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA

This is the 4th of a four-part series I've been hosting in Oakland,  introducing the power, science and magic of singing into motherhood through pregnancy, birth and post partum. Each circle begins with a short meditation followed by simple vocal toning. Participants then learn beautiful songs and chants from around the world through call and response. No musical experience necessary. A short time is left at the end for questions and discussion.

Advanced registration strongly recommended
$30 - $20

questions or more info please write to:
or hit "reply!" and ask me directly

~ Women's Winter Solstice Circle ~
with Amanda West & Debbie Nargi Brown

Saturday December 21st

Pacific Cultural Center | 1307 Seabright Ave., Santa Cruz

$25 in advance *
$30 at the door


An afternoon celebrating the energies of the Winter Solstice

Through meditation, song and simple ritual we will drop into the deeper parts of ourselves and align with the season while nourishing our hearts and spirits

All women, women-identified, and gender non-conforming people are welcome. To help maintain the quiet and contemplative ritual space, this is for adults and babes-in-arms only.


* This event sold out last year & advanced tickets are highly encouraged! *



Song of the Month ~ 
photo by Jo Ann Manolis
from "The Way to the Water"

I want the truth
because I have never been a liar
and I’m feeling more and more like one
as time goes on
I know fewer and fewer
with the courage, or the time, or the acceptance
to hear the truth


I haven't played this song in a long time. Some of the original verses were definitely inspired by the 20-something life I was living at the time, and the details no longer hold true for me. But the essence of this song has never been more true. And as I sit here and look at these lyrics, I realize, though I wrote them from a very personal place, they could easily be extrapolated to the political these days.

It is a COMPLICATED world we live in! Being human is complicated, trying to have a global society is extremely complicated, and trying to have everyone agree on what all that means can look pretty much impossible most days. 

I think very few of us actually intentionally set out to tell lies. But truth doesn't fit well into a post, a tweet, or anything attention grabbing.  

Truth takes TIME, COURAGE, AND ACCEPTANCE.  Truth takes WORK and a big, wide, open HEART. Truth takes cups of tea, and hours, days, and years woven slowly and surely together. How do we keep on the honest path? How do we continue returning to what is true, and real, necessary, and good?

You know my answer, don't you? Always. Always. MUSIC.

What about you?
Hit reply, and let me know. I want to know! What do you think?


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The Amanda West Music Calendar ~ 
DECEMBER 2019 --->

12/8/2019 SUNDAY @ 10am
--> Womb Song Workshop

Learn the science & magic of singing into motherhood at Oakland Birth & Wellness, Oakland, CA. Please register HERE 

12/15/2019 SUNDAY @  2:30pm
-->Amanda's Fall Student Recital

A sweet afternoon featuring some of Amanda's students of voice, guitar, ukulele and songwriting. Amanda will also play a few songs. All ages are welcome, children encouraged!
@ the upstairs gallery of the Pacific Cultural Center | $5-$10 no one turned away

12/21/2019 SATURDAY @ 2pm
-->Women's Winter Solstice Circle ~
with Debbie Nargi Brown
@ The Pacific Cultural Center, Santa Cruz. GET TICKETS HERE

ONGOING --> private lessons in voice, guitar & songwriting

2020 SAVE THE DATES! --->

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

May 14th - 17th 
--> Song Village ~
a gathering of people who love to sing

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 opens in January. Stay tuned...

+ more in the works! ... Womb Song, Summer Camps, Family Music... stay tuned!

And here's Pete & I, celebrating our 9 years of Togetherness on the autumnal equinox (kids were there but not pictured here) 

Nothing fancy, we're just humans, in love, tired, grateful humans.  

THANK YOU for sharing this journey. What a ride it continues to be.

Wishing you health, courage, love and truth,
through the holidays and beyond.

May we sing together soon!

with love & song & gratitude,
your mama musician,
~ Amanda
Copyright  © 2019 Amanda West Music

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