The Valentine Songologues were inspired by V-Day, which was begun by Eve Ensler, creator of the Vagina Monologues. V-Day is a global movement to end violence against girls and women and is celebrated in February around Valentine’s Day. This evening of music brings together California-based female singers and songwriters to perform in celebration of women's health, safety and empowerment. Proceeds from the evening benefit The Center for Domestic Peace (http://www.maws.org/
), an organization based in Marin County that is committed to ending domestic violence.
The concert is the brainchild of participating artist, Amanda West, and will be the fourth one in a series of such events she has organized over the last few years. West came into her musical identity as a teenager in the late 1990’s, greatly inspired by Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair. A few years later during her cultural anthropology and feminist studies in college, Eve Enseler’s “Vagina Monologues” took off. West has always been drawn to the idea of bringing women together through music and it was a natural progression to put the pieces together. “I see music less as entertainment,” says West, “ and more as an incredibly powerful salve for healing emotional wounds, dissolving loneliness and fear, and creating a more whole and beautiful world.” Performers of the Valentine Songologues will be telling personal stories, alongside their fine-caliber songwriting, and authentic, heartfelt musicianship.