"Let's start a new habit of waking, walking, breathing, singing
"Thank You!" for everything..."
- from "Habit" by Amanda West
For the first time in many years, we decided not to tour this summer, and instead are focusing on recording a new album, with plans to release an "unplugged" version by the end of this calendar year. These songs are deep and raw, and I can't wait for you to hear them! I'm also working on producing a live album of chant-like songs for the Womb Song project that I co-created and co-lead. You can read learn more about that HERE, or if you are a woman in or near the Santa Cruz area, please join us for birth-centered community singing circles, the 3rd Monday of each month.
I feel the disparate pieces of my life weaving together into a clearer path of music as a healing art form. Through my teaching with private students, leading community singing circles, holding special house concerts, and offering music for spiritual services, I am again and again moved by the power of music to uplift, transform and heal. It is so simple, and yet so profound.
The news around the world has felt particularly painful lately, with one shocking tragedy after another, and fear stirring in the hearts of many. I look around and see this: Go down a level we are all completely different, no one with the same life story. Go down another level we are all so similar, just needing love and wanting approval. Go down even deeper and there is no difference, we are nothing but atoms; we are one. Music and song remind us of this. When we sing together, our heartbeats align, and we remember our unity. We need this, and we need each other.
In my current creative mind, I've got at least 5 more albums to record, 3 books to write, many many songs, a folk opera to put together, several non-profits to start… And the inspirations keep rolling in. I hope to live a good long time, as there is just so much I want to do! If you aren't on it already, please join my mailing list, to receive monthly updates on my musical happenings, with a little dose of philosophical heart musings on the side.
Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy, abundant, and life-affirming summer.