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

Dear Ones, 
I have been working on drafts of this newsletter for a couple weeks now, but every time I write something, everything seems to change again and I feel like I need to start over.
Reality has been unfolding at an alarming rate and I’ve been trying to figure out what I could possibly add to the conversation. My thoughts & feelings change daily... I want to honor the grief and fear and the hardships, and I also want to acknowledge the opportunities and possibilities for growth and beauty.
So in true Philosophical Folk Songstress style (that’s me!) I decided to offer my best questions for meditative contemplation.... We can do it!
Let’s take three slow, deep breaths… I’m right here with you ~

+  Who do I trust to be my AUTHORITY on knowledge, direction and action?
+ How much can I/should I CONTROL? How much can I/should I let go?
+ How do I feel about MORTALITY, in particular my own, and those I love?
+ What truly NURTURES on the deepest physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level? How can I offer this to myself and to others right now?

This is the time to sit with the questions. It is also the time to sing. (Of course!) So,

#1 I have a new song for you {see "Song of the Month" below} AND,

#2 Female-identified folks! Please join me and the incredible Heather Houston for a now ONLINE Women's New Moon Circle & Sing TONIGHT!  Online gathering is our new reality for the moment and it truly is still a powerful way to connect and uplift one another! So I do hope you'll join us. 

Sending SO MUCH LOVE TO ALL OF YOU right now!
We will find our way through.

with love & solidarity,
~ Amanda

Upcoming Events ~ 

Women's New Moon Spring Equinox
Circle & Sing
 - ONLINE!  

co-facilitated by Amanda West & Heather Houston

Monday March 23rd, 2020 | 7-9pm

Planting the seeds of new intentions, held in a safe circle of women, lifted by the power of our voices! All levels & abilities welcome.  




Song of the Month ~ 


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

This song came to me a week or so ago, 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 ~ 

SPRING 2020 --> {all in-person events are subject to change}

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.

3/23/2020 MONDAY @ 7-9pm
--> Women's New Moon Equinox Sing ~ 
co-facilitated by Heather Houston & Amanda West @ NOW ONLINE - GET YOUR TICKETS 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  

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
Here's my daily to-do list to maintain sanity, what's yours?
- walk in nature 
- talk to a friend
- meditate
- sing
- drink lots of water
- limit media input

XO Amanda
Copyright  © 2020 Amanda West Music

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