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 The Amanda West Newsletter | NEWS & ADVENTURES of a mama musician artist
Special Reminder Feb 2020

Dear Ones, 

I just got home from attending a very powerful  2-day long birth, during which I sang many Womb Songs as well as others improvised in the moment. It was an honor and... well,  I am a little lost for more words on it.

I do wish everyone could at one point be present for a whole labor, to witness what it truly takes to bring a human into the world. So much work. So much pain. So much surrender. So much love. So much determination. So much power. These lives of ours, each and every one of us, so so incredibly precious, all born from the power of LOVE!

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And on this day of Love (Valentine's Day 2020) I am writing to remind you about my Valentine's Songwriter Show TOMORROW! In the Santa Cruz Mountains, at the old Alba Schoolhouse at 6pm, a delightful evening of songs & stories for you and your Valentine (who need not be your sweetheart!). Today is your last chance for advanced tickets. Get yours HERE.

And in case you missed them earlier in the month, I'm leaving in this email all the other things I have happening... there's lots!

And please TAKE NOTE!  I've just added to the calendar a Women's New Moon Spring Equinox Singing Circle, co-facilitated by myself and Heather Houston. I don't have to tell you, you know it's going to be SO good! Tickets will go fast. GET YOURS HERE.

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Sending love to you this Valentine's Day, in all it's forms, big and small, we welcome it all. 


 
with love & song,

your mama musician, 
~ Amanda


Upcoming Events ~ 

~ Valentine's Songwriter Show ~
a co-bill with Dan & Laurel 

Saturday February 15th
6pm

Old Alba Schoolhouse | 12070 Alba Road, Ben Lomond, CA 


$15 in advance *
$20 at the door


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An evening of story & song celebrating life & love 

Please note the 6pm start time.
All ages are welcome, just keep in mind this is a listening show. 


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* Seating is limited & advanced tickets are highly recommended! *

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
 

 



Women's New Moon Spring Equinox Circle & Sing  ~

co-facilitated by Amanda West & Heather Houston


Monday March 23rd, 2020 | 7-9pm
@ Breath+Oneness Yoga in Capitola


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


LEARN MORE & GET TICKETS HERE 


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Songs from the Motherhood ~

with Amanda West, Anne Sibley & Song Nelson
songwriters-in-the-round



Sunday May 3rd, 2020 | 2pm
@ The Pacific Cultural Center in Santa Cruz


An afternoon of original songs celebrating the trials and triumphs of motherhood. SAVE THE DATE! Tickets coming soon.

Learn more about the artists here: 
www.amandawest.com
www.anneandpetesibley.com
 
www.songnelson.net 


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~ Song Village ~

A gathering of people who love to sing


May 14th - 17th 
in the Santa Cruz Mountains


This will be my 4th year participating in this beautiful community gathering. I'll be leading singing on Saturday May 16th. Other teachers & song leaders include MaMuse, Lisa Littlebird, Laurence Cole, Copperwoman, Heather Houston, Debbie Nargi Brown, and many more!

Learn more here: 
https://www.songvillage.net/


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* Registration has opened and this event
WILL SELL OUT, don't wait to register! *



REGSITER HERE
 

 



~ Summer Camps! ~

This summer I'm collaborating with the City of Santa Cruz and Kairos Learning Community to offer four different weeks of summer music camps for kids ages 7-12.

Registration opens soon, please save the dates!
Each camp is M-F, 9:30am - 12:30pm

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July 6th - 10th * Dreams Take Flight: Intro to Guitar
@ Santa Cruz location TBA

July 13th - 17th * The Art of Song
@ Kairos Learning Community, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz

July 20th - 24th * Dreams Take Flight: Intro to Guitar
@ Santa Cruz location TBA

July 27th - 31st * The Art of Song
@ Kairos Learning Community, 111 Errett Circle, Santa Cruz

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Learn more here
or write to me!
www.AmandaWest.com

 

 



~ Sisters in Harmony Summer Retreat ~

August 7th -9th
in the Santa Cruz Mountains



Immerse yourself in sacred sisterhood, song, yoga, qi gong, meditation, ritual, nature, saltwater pool, hot tubs, and saunas.  Organic, locally sourced, vegetarian, gluten-free meals, cabins, yurts and tree houses, oh my!

Learn more here: 

https://heatherhoustonmusic.com/retreats/


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* tickets are going fast! don't wait to register *

And when you sign up, make a note that I sent you! 


REGSITER HERE
 

 


Creation of the Month ~ 

 

I usually send a song here, but this month I have something else wonderful to share: I have become a published author for a second time! ... {You can read about the first time HERE}

If you've been with me since the summer and reading all my newsletters (True Fans, please raise your hand!), you will recall that in July I participated in a project of the Artist Residency in Motherhood, organized by its founder, Lenka Clayton.

For one day, July 15th, 2019, we were asked to record 24 hours of our mother artist lives. 82 women from 19 countries were selected for the final publication. The book will be debuted in Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, the inaugural exhibition of the new University Art Museum at New Mexico State University. It will open on February 28, 2020 and remain on view until May 28, 2020.

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I hold tears of gratitude and more that I cannot explain, to see that my day was chosen to be a part of this collection. This motherhood journey of mine has been SO hard. So lonely. So much work. So much struggle. So much pain from the pull between myself, my art, and my children.

To see my words, my day, my story, in here, wrapped among all the others, makes me feel I am SEEN, and that I am NOT ALONE. To feel this is so powerful. It makes sense of my own personal struggle, fitting it into a bigger picture that feels whole and held and beautiful.

My biggest thank you's to Lenka Clayton and all the other artist mothers walking this path. I am so grateful and so honored to be a part of it. 

 
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Download your digital copy HERE 
(it's free!)

read about my day on page 276-281 }

 
The Amanda West Music Calendar ~ 

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SPRING 2020 -->
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2/15/2020 SATURDAY @ 6pm
--> Valentine's Day Songwriter Show ~
With Dan & Laurel @ the Alba Schoolhouse in Ben Lomond GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

3/23/2020 MONDAY @ 7-9pm
--> Women's New Moon Equinox Sing ~ 
co-facilitated by Heather Houston & Amanda West @ Breath + Oneness Yoga, Santa Cruz GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

Feb 28th - 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


May 14th - 17th 
--> Song Village ~
a gathering of people who love to sing
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! www.songvillage.net



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SUMMER 2020 -->
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MUSIC CAMPS!

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


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BEYOND -->
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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
On a little personal note, in December we celebrated two years being a family of four! Isn't life a trip?

so much gratitude, 
XO your mama musician,
~ Amanda
Copyright  © 2020 Amanda West Music



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