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Monica Max West, Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter
Winner LSC Search For The Song * Runner Up Song Of The Year Contest * UK Songwriting Contest Semi-Finalist
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Strength, love, longing, interbeing, mindfulness...

Words and Music © Monica Max West

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Call Me By My True Names eue
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Inspired by 'Please Call Me By My True Names', a poem by Thich Nhat Hanh

...I am a frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.

...Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up
and the door of my heart
could be left open,
the door of compassion.


Let Courage Reign eue
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'Just when I needed more courage your song appeared. I feel inspired!' - ECM


Beauty Of You eue
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'This is so beautiful! Can you please perform this song when I get married?' - MLW


Reverence Is The Nature Of My Love eue
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'Your new song is exquisite. I love it!' - MG



Plenty (More Than Enough) r
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'Perfect as always, Max. I love your songs.' - JH


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