Truth, Love & Understanding

by Amanda West

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This three song EP was originally created during the summer of 2010 and released in September of the same year. The songs were written, recorded and produced in a loving collaboration between Amanda & Pete, as their wedding EP.

The textured melodies offer an exquisite blend of guitar, piano, banjo, vocals and percussion. The lyrical themes circle desire, commitment, and blissful love.

The second track, "Before I Came Along", features the brothers of the Santa Fe based folk orchestra, Round Mountain: Char Rothschild on accordion and Robby Rothschild on Kora (West African harp).

The third track "Togetherness" is inspired by Khalil Gibran's writings on marriage from his work, "The Prophet". This EP was originally printed as a limited edition, and is now available for digital download.

Enjoy with an open heart!

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FROM THE LINER NOTES...
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~ the stars have aligned ~

Created with Reverence & Gratitude
for Truth, Love & Understanding
and for One Another

by Amanda West & Pete Solomon
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released September 23, 2010

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RECORDED AT Grandview Studios, Felton, CA
and Bear Creek Studios, Bonny Doon, CA
~ Summer 2010 ~


MUSICIANS -
* AMANDA WEST - vocals, guitar, harmonies & banjo
* PETE SOLOMON - grand piano, saxophone, vocals, cajon, keys & percussion
and Special Guests: ROUND MOUNTAIN ~
* ROBBY ROTHSCHILD - kora
* CHAR ROTHSCHILD - accordion

ARTWORK BY Elizabeth Jonasson


~ May the Spirit of Music be ever present on our Journey and yours ~

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Amanda West California

~ thoughtful heart songs ~

Amanda West is an award winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, teacher, and mother. Not afraid of the big questions, she asks: Who are we? Why are we here? What does it mean to be human, and how can we most deeply live our temporary and precious lives?

She is currently working on new recordings. Please visit her website and sign the mailing list to stay in touch~
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Track Name: Sockless
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LYRICS - "SOCKLESS"
c. 2007 Amanda West Music
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I don’t want to be a temptress or a seductress
Don’t want to be your mistress or your dirty side project
But when will the stars align?
It’s such a delicate balance between location and timing
and the oceans found inside
when we open
to life
to life

And it’s knocking my socks off
‘cause we’d like to take off more
What kind of forces direct such desires?
What kind of kindling can build such fire in the heart?
…. I ask the stars

You don’t want a temptress, or a seductress
You’re not looking for a mistress or a dirty side project
But it’s so hard waiting for the stars to align
...such a delicate balance between location and timing
and the oceans found inside
when we open
to life
to life

Someday love will be easy
Someday there’ll be no more reason
for hiding
these feelings

Knocking my socks off
You’re knocking my socks off
Oh yeah
Knocking your socks off
I'm knocking your socks off
Oh yeah
Knocking our socks off
this is knocking our socks off
Oh yeah, Oh yeah
mmmm...

Oh when will the stars align?

‘Cause this is knocking our socks off
and we’d like to take off more


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Track Name: Before I Came Along
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LYRICS - "BEFORE I CAME ALONG"
c. 2010 Amanda West Music
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Sorry I wasn’t there to pull on your pigtails
Or pass you a note in the middle of math class

Sorry I couldn’t ride a bike beside you
Coasting down the lanes on our way home from school

Sorry I couldn’t meet you at the end of your shift
To lighten your spirits, take the weight off your feet

Sorry I missed your walks to the train in the morning
A chill on your fingers and that glimpse of the palace

All this happened long before I came along
All this was already all done and gone

Sorry I couldn’t watch the faces of the passers-by
As you busked in the street doing just what you love

Sorry I couldn’t see the light in your hair
The first time you sang your own songs on the stage

All this happened before I came along
All this was already all done & gone
But I’m here now and I’d like to stay
‘cause I don’t want to miss anymore of your days

(instrumental)

All this happened before I came along
All this was already all done & gone
But I’m here now and I want to stay
‘cause I want to share the rest of your days

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Track Name: Togetherness
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You shall be together
You shall be together

Let there be space
Let the winds of the heavens dance between you

Let your love be
Let your love be a sea
moving between the shores of your souls
The shores of your souls

You shall be together
You shall be together

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