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Monday, November 20, 2017 - How Much is Just Right? 

I’m trying to balance my gigs so that folks don’t get too much of me and my music, and it has me thinking of how we figure how much we decide to do every little thing in our lives. For my gigs it’s figuring how much to play in a certain town or venue before I reach saturation, but in life it's figuring how much we do almost any hobby or habit. How’s that? When I was younger I used to pick up a hobby or favorite place that I would overdo - wanting to go hiking or kite-flying or you-name-it all the time. I’d also do it with food - for me it was chips and salsa or popcorn (I still love these!) Luckily I never got addicted to anything like alcohol or drugs or tobacco. (That a whole other ball of wax.) But “everything in moderation” is good advice for anything in our lives, and obsession can lead to ruin even when it’s not addiction to a substance. As I’ve grown older I find that I tire of things more quickly, and so moderation is easier to attain. But I still get on a “kick” every now and then that fills a lot of my time. And my idea has now seemed to stray in this paragraph from how many gigs to do in a certain town or venue. Welcome to my thought process!  But I think you get the gist of where I’m going. A path taken too often will eventually become a rut. It’s an obvious piece of wisdom.  

What have I been up to? 

Last Friday at PDubs was a lot of fun. I had some good neighbors and friends come out, and we even dedicated the better part of a set to Chuck Pyle songs.  

What’s up this week? 

For Thanksgiving week I have several fun gigs.  

Wednesday evening 5:30-6:30 I’ll be playing for the very first Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Pueblo Zoo. There’ll be hot cocoa, adult beverages, and more. They’re also having a Gingerbread House Contest, and the houses will be on display before and after the ceremony. Tickets are $10 which also gets you 2 tickets to see the ElectriCritters lighting display. It should be a great evening. There’s more info here - http://www.pueblozoo.org/gingerbread 

Friday night I’m back at Neon Alley Bistro 6-9. We had such a great time 2 weeks ago when I played there, and I’m hoping we'll build on that as we go. The food and wine were superb, and the friendship was flowing. Come on out! It’s best to make a reservation since seating is limited 719-299-4769 

Saturday night I’ll be playing on a float for Brookdale El Camino Assisted Living at the Pueblo Parade of Lights. I’ve never done this before, and I expect it’ll be a blast leading the singing for everyone riding on the float. If you’re there give a cheer as we glide by! 

That’s it for this week. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for the Tree Lighting Ceremony 
Where:  Pueblo Zoo 
When:  Wednesday, November 22, 5:30-6:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Neon Alley Bistro, 304 S Victoria Ave Ste D, Pueblo, 719-299-4769 
When:  Friday, November 24, 6-9 pm

Monday, November 13, 2017 - Adapting 

We’ve been ripping up our house to put in new flooring - a consequence of our little kitty and her problems related to her illnesses. That means we have a lot of bare floors and everyday things that are put away as we pack them into rooms to clear the floors of the rooms we’re reflooring in phase one. The funny thing is how quickly we adapt to the changes. I’ve found this repeatedly in my life, and I’ve grown to like change although it comes harder with age. I used to purposely change things regularly just to experience something different. I did this with guitar techniques, software programs, and how I arranged my stuff. Of course, you don’t do this when you’re under the gun to finish a project and need everything in its place, but the brain’s ability to adapt to changes amazes me and delights me. And I think it keeps us young to some extent - encouraging our brain to use its plasticity to create new pathways and connections. They say our brain can continue to grow and expand into our old age if we stimulate it. I think this is true - even with new ideas and philosophies to ponder. I find that my life is a continuous balance of habit and discovery, and I love it! 

What have I been up to? 

Last Friday was an absolute blast at Neon Alley Bistro. We had a packed house for my first time there, and I really enjoyed the people, the food, and the vibe of the place. We’re talking about doing a couple times a month there, so stay tuned! 

Last Saturday was a really cool show at the Veterans home in Walsenburg. The TV themes and commercials were so much fun to reminisce on, and the audience contributed mightily to the trivia and memories.  

What’s up this week? 

Friday 6-9 I’m back at PDub Brewing Company in Pueblo West. I’m really enjoying my nights at PDubs, and I’m loving the beer and sandwiches. Hopefully I’ll have Brad sit in this week. Please come out and join in the fun if you can! 

That’s it for this week. I hope you have wonderful plans for Thanksgiving. I’m playing for the tree lighting at the Pueblo Zoo the night before Thanksgiving, and then I’m on a float at the Parade of Lights that Saturday, so I’m going to make the most of Thanksgiving myself.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch 

What: singing and playing 

Where: PDub Brewing Company Taproom, 181 S Purcell Blvd, Pueblo West, 719-647-8864 

When: Friday, November 17, 6-9 pm

Monday, November 6, 2017 - Experimentation 

I wanted to write a little bit about experimentation this week.  I’ve found in my life that I’ve always loved experimenting with just about every aspect of my existence - from how I walk to what computer programs and mobile apps I use.  I think I’m kind of an amateur scientist in this respect.  I like looking at the nth degree and tiniest detail of how something is done and then tweaking it slightly to see how it changes.  It’s part of the amazement and wonder I see in this world - how there is beauty and meticulous interaction in every little part of our world.  And beyond the fascination there is often a benefit to slightly adjusting things because it makes our life better.  I see this experimentation in everything I do, but I particularly see it in my guitar playing.  There are an infinite number of ways you can make sound with a string from different attack, different material to pluck with, and playing with the rhythm in minute ways.  It’s mind boggling and so much fun!  How about you?  Do you like to experiment? 

What have I been up to?  

Last night’s first-Sunday online concert was just a blast!  I had so many of you fine folks tuning in and sending me messages.  I hope you liked the songs I played.  Can’t wait for next month’s show.  I said I might do random shows some months, and I might just do that sometime soon.  I have a hankering to do some themed shows like cowboy and standards. 

What’s up this week? 

Saturday 2-3 I’m playing a show at the Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center in Walsenburg with my friends, Ken Saydak, Sherri Kraxberger, Joe Camacho, and Sherry Pacheco.  I love playing these shows for the vets, and we’ve come up with a really fun one this year - we’re doing old television show themes and commercials and a few old songs including a tribute to Fats Domino.  It has been a gas putting together this show, and I hope the vets get as much fun out of the performance as we have had putting it together.  Thank you for your service, veterans! 

What’s beyond? 

I’m talking to a few new places to play, and I’m excited about the prospects.  I’ll let you know when I have concrete dates.   

I have more details about my Denver gig December 10.  I’m playing at the Littleton Museum 5:30-8 for their “A Holiday Evening at the Littleton Museum” event. I’ll be performing at the 1890's farm at the entrance to the barn.  I’ll be in a tent with heaters, and there’ll be hot cider and goodies, so if you’re in Denver come on out for a fun evening of Christmas celebration.  There should be more info at their website soon.  https://www.littletongov.org/city-services/city-departments/museum 

That’s it for this week.  Time to go out and experiment! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Update - Gig this Friday 6-9 at Neon Alley Bistro 

I just booked a gig Friday that I’m excited about and want to share with you all. I’m playing at a new venue called Neon Alley Bistro in Pueblo 6-9. Neon Alley is a wonderful room with great acoustics, a nice stage, wonderful folks, and very interesting and tasty food. Pellumb and Joette, the folks who are running it, love making good food and providing an inviting atmosphere. The location is where La Luna and the Songbird were previously. Check out their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/NeonAlleyBistro/ This could be the start of a beautiful friendship! 

Details: 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing 

Where:  Neon Alley Bistro, 304 S Victoria Ave Ste D, Pueblo, 719-299-4769 

When:  Friday, November 10, 6-9 pm

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