Monday, February 18, 2019 - Judging 

I’m struggling with something today that I often confront - judging others and their situations. It’s such an easy thing to do, and it’s so ugly. In my heart I believe we really are all equal and intertwined to the deepest levels of science and spirit. In that light I have understanding for all people and situations, and I know that judgement is unjustified. We all are just making our way with the level of awareness of our situation we have attained so far in our lives. But in the moment my first inclination is to think bad thoughts and say unkind things about those who think, say, and act differently than me, not to mention those who look different than me. When I find myself with these thoughts of judging others I try to rise above the moment and up into my belief that we will all one day understand how intertwined we all are down to minutest bits of science and spirit. It doesn’t have to be this way. I just have to remember my beliefs.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Saturday night at Walter's Brewery was loads of fun! When I arrived there were only about 3 people in the place, and I was worried it would be a slow night, but friends soon flocked in and made it great. Thank you, friends! I’ll be back March 29th.  

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What’s up this week? 

Sunday I’m back at Cuchara Chapel at 10:00 am to hear Eileen's great message and play some tunes. It is a real pleasure to get to participate in these services with the people of the Cuchara Valley. If you’re up for a drive come on out to see the valley in the snow and get a little spiritual recharge.  

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That’s it for this week. I’ve been back in writing mode a bit of late. I know that many of you have said I should be writing songs in the vein of what I write in these mailers. I’m trying to do just that! More on that as I move along. From today's thoughts, how about a song called “Science and Spirit” or something to that effect? 

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, February 24, 10:00 am

Monday, February 11, 2019 - Spring Cleaning in February 

My wife Jen and I spent time today going through my stuff in the closet and my dresser we call my “cowboy cabinet.” (We call it that because it has what look like cattle brands up and down its surface.)  I like to say that I don’t need much to be happy and that anything I don’t really use I get rid of, but I’m also sentimental and have trouble giving up things. That said, I’m also very “out of sight and out of mind” with most possessions once they’re gone. In fact as I age I can completely forget about things that were once important to me. But as I go through things I have all kinds of memories that surface - shirts that I remember wearing to weddings and special events, shoes and boots that I wore to a dance or favorite hike, t-shirts from places we visited or which were given to me. Then there are the things I haven’t used in years that I hold onto just in case I need them sometime. It’s crazy I tell you how we can over-rationalize the simplest things. And I know in the long run it doesn’t mean anything, and I yearn for the days when I could fit everything I owned in the back of a car. But today I made some good decisions, and it made me weigh things that trigger deep thoughts in my brain. It’s always interesting to me to watch how we work things out in this life.  

What have I been up to? 

I sent out an update mid-week last week that Cuchara Chapel rescheduled my performance to February 24th, so I just had my schedule of nursing and retirement facilities last week.  

What am I up to this week? 

Saturday night 7-10 I’m back at Walter’s Brewery Taproom for a fun evening of my music, good beer, and good friends. We had a great time last month, and I’m really looking forward to this time. I was a little too loud last time trying to ride the energy in the room, and this time I think I’ll turn down a little so it’s a little more intimate. Come on out if you can! 

What’s on the horizon? 

I scheduled my dates at the Royal Gorge Bridge for the summer. I’ll have my friend Dennis Mills from Cuchara sitting in on bass for most of the summer for a little more sound and variety, and we may add a third player a few times too. I really enjoy playing with Dennis, and I hope you can make it out sometime this summer to hear us on the south side of the bridge up the hill. The dates I’ve scheduled are: 

June 3, 10, 17, 24, 25, 28 
July 1, 3, 8, 15, 16, 19, 22, 29 
Aug 5, 12, 13, 16, 19, 26, 30 
Sept 2 

All days are 12:30-4:30.  

That’s it for this week. Be good, and I hope to see you soon. 

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Walter’s Brewery Taproom, 126 Oneida Street, Pueblo. 719-542-0766 
When:  Saturday, February 16, 7-10 pm

Monday, February 3, 2019 - What are Music and Dreams? 

In case you hadn’t noticed, I spend a lot of time pondering things philosophical and spiritual.  The greatest mysteries to me are music and dreams.  I can have all kinds of theories and beliefs about science and death and spirituality, but I can’t fathom what music really is or dreams.  Music is many things - mathematical in its relationships between notes, rhythms, and frequencies; emotional in it’s ability to move us to tears and laughter; and even spiritual when it goes beyond all understanding.  But there is magic beyond this in music that I cannot explain, and I’ve read all kinds of studies and articles trying to explain it.  I’m just thankful to be involved in it.  Dreams are kind of the same thing to me - analyzed but never truly understood.  I find dreams to be both comforting and disturbing.  I’ve even asked spiritual gurus about dreams, and they confessed to not really knowing what they are either.  Some say they are the brain working out things from our conscious lives.  Others say dreams are communication with the other side.  I don’t know if I’ll ever have an answer for myself.  So I guess I’ll just go on enjoying music and dreams.  What do you think of them? 

What have I been up to? 

Friday night last was a packed house at Bistoro with lots of wonderful folks and friends.  It was so much fun.  I went the full three hours without a break because I was enjoying it so. 

Sunday was my online concert up against the Super Bowl (or the superb owl as one person called it.)  I had a pretty good crowd, but I messed up the online setup so that it was asking everyone to purchase a $1 ticket to listen.  As such several people got booted out after a few minutes if they didn’t want to put in a credit card.  I heartily apologize if this happened to you.  I’ll make sure I double-check the setup before I start from here on out to make sure that doesn’t happen again.  I have three choices - free show, pay what you want, or ticket, and I’ve always set it for free show or pay what you want in the past.  Anyway, it was a fun show with some originals, some love songs, and some Buddy Holly songs since it was the 60th anniversary of his death with Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. 

What am I up to this week? 

Sunday I’m playing for Cuchara Chapel again 10-11.  I’ve really been enjoying playing this beautiful little chapel this winter.  Eileen’s messages are always right on target, and the songs I’m getting to play for special music are becoming favorites.  Come on out if you’re in the area and would like to see the mountains in beautiful winter splendor with a bunch of good mountain folks. 

That’s it for this week.  I’m setting dates for the Royal Gorge Bridge and several other venues now, so I’ll have lots to talk about in the future. 

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, February 10, 10:00 am

Monday, January 28, 2019 - Pushing Buttons 

I’m thinking this morning about our personal motivation and how others motivate us. In history others have used all kinds of things to motivate us, and we use these same things ourselves. I try to be my own person and unaffected by others, but it doesn’t always happen that way. We are all intertwined, and a certain amount of shared feeling is part of being in this world. But we don’t have to get wrapped up in these feelings and especially fear. It’s a trap sometimes, and it’s often the way others try to motivate us. A peaceful mind is brought by the realization that fear is usually about things that never happen. I’m often reminded of that quote from FDR at the beginning of World War II - “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Others can use this fear to manipulate us into doing things against our best interest. Everything works out in the end, I believe. I have always carried a peace inside me from deep down. There is a knowing inside us that defeats fear. It comes from love, and holding onto that when others try to push our buttons with fear will carry the day. Believe it.  

What have I been up to? 

A week ago Friday was a wonderful night at Walter’s Brewery Taproom. So many good friends came out to enjoy the evening, and although it was a little loud we all had a good time. I look forward to the next go-round there on February 16th. 

Then the following Sunday was a nice time at Cuchara Chapel for service. Reverend Eileen gave a great message on dealing with conflict, and I got to sing the Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch song, “I Can’t Wait.” 

What’s up this week? 

Friday night 6-9 I’m back at Bistoro in Pueblo. I’m meeting some new folks here as well as good friends going out for a fun night of food, company, and music.  Come on out if you can. Joette and Pellumb have some yummy new items on the menu that I really want to try! 

Sunday night 7-8ish MST is my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert.  I’m up against the Super Bowl, but I’ve heard there are quite a few folks who’d rather not watch the Patriots in the Super Bowl again, so if you’re one of them or if the game has turned sour by the time I start, then please tune in to concertwindow.com/tommunch for an hour or so of music from my home to yours. 

That’s it for this week.  I just got dates for the Royal Gorge Bridge this summer, and I also booked a house concert in Colorado Springs all the way in September of 2020 with Gabrielle Louise, so there’s always something going on in my world. 

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-696-9672 (Number is now correct!) 
When:  Friday, February 1, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert from my living room 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Sunday, February 3, 7-8:15ish pm MST

Monday, January 14, 2019 - Empathy 

I was at a couple parties interacting with folks yesterday, and I was reading the room and getting to know people as I was talking to them. I was amazed at the variety of experiences people had. And then I was reading a friend’s life story this morning. The places he’d traveled and the things he’d seen were simply amazing - sorrows and joys. We never know what another person has gone through and what they know. We tend to think everyone has the same experience as us, but everyone has had their own troubles and triumphs. Taking care in knowing we’ve all had a life that has shaped us in our own ways on this journey should guide us in our every interaction. I’m fascinated to know what others have gone through in their lives. I feel a oneness with everyone ultimately, but I know they have faced their own set of circumstances to make them who they are today. I will try to keep this in mind as I go through my day. I appreciate you, my friend.  

What have I been up to? 

Cuchara Chapel had to cancel the service last Sunday because the snow was already 17” by Saturday noon with no end in sight. I think they had at least 30” by the end of it. That worked out okay because I wound up with a cold and fever that knocked me out from late Monday to part of Thursday. I also picked up an anniversary party on Sunday afternoon that would have been difficult timing if I would have had to rush back from Cuchara. It’s amazing how everything works together.  

What am I up to this week? 

Friday 7-10 I’m back at Walter’s Brewery Taproom. We had so much fun the last time I played here, and I’m really looking forward to it again! Please come out if you can.  

Sunday I’m back at Cuchara Chapel 10-11 if the weather allows this time. It’ll be great to see the valley with so much snow.  

That’s it for this week. I did book Walter’s February 16 and March 15, so in addition to first-Fridays at Bistoro and first-Sundays on Concert Window online that’ll be a good rotation for a couple months. I have some other special events like the Bell Tower in Florence on March 16 and another Crunch and Munch with Ken Saydak at The Merc in La Veta on April 13.  

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Walter’s Brewery Taproom, 126 Oneida Street, Pueblo. 719-542-0766 
When:  Friday, January 18, 7-10 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, January 20, 10:00 am

Monday, January 7, 2019 - What Causes Illness? 

I went to bed after my online concert last night feeling a little chilled and a little sniffly, and it made me think once again about what causes illness. I read and listen to a lot of different science news and studies, and so I know a bit about the mechanics of illness. But I also know from the studies that there is a component of illness that is in the mind and spirit as well. We can make ourselves sick from stress or a host of other things in our lives that make our immune systems weaker and more susceptible to whatever bug is hanging around. Our world is full of examples of those who made themselves sick and those who made themselves well. Eating well, exercising, and getting good rest are very important, and sometimes supplements seem to help too. But our outlook on life and how we deal with stress is worth bearing in mind as well. So when I feel a little puny my curiosity is always spurred to know what caused it in me this time. Just a little food for thought this morning. I wonder what the next study will add to our knowledge of this.  

What have I been up to? 

New Year’s Eve at La Plaza Inn was a wonderful time. The trip down was a little spooky with slick roads and folks in the ditch on both sides, but once I was there I was greeted by kind people who knew how to make the holidays special. The food was great, the decorations were beautiful, and the music and fun were flowing.  

Friday at Bistoro was grand as well with good food, old and new friends, and a warm feeling with the music that couldn’t be beat. I love these folks and this place! 

Sunday for my online concert I did some old country and western songs from the beginnings of country music. I didn’t know if folks would like this choice of music, but they really did. I like doing different things, and these songs are close to my heart.  

What am I up to this week? 

This week will be relatively quiet with mostly my normal nursing and retirement schedule 2 or 3 gigs a day which I thoroughly enjoy. It’s great to give back to the community.  

Sunday 10-11 I’ll be playing at the Cuchara Chapel service again. I’ve really been enjoying the folks and message at the chapel, and I’d encourage you to come up for a mountain outing and a nice uplifting message to start your week if you can.  

That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll be back at Walter's Brewery in Pueblo if you’re looking ahead. Have a good week! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, January 13, 10:00 am

Monday, December 31, 2018 - End of Year Thanks 

I’m looking back like everyone does as I approach this New Year’s Eve. This year has been fairly good. I got to see a lot of friends and family, and I got to play in some beautiful places for some wonderful folks. Of course, the fires in the forest around here put a damper on several places I would have played, and I’m so sorry to those who lost so much. Life will always keep us guessing and appreciating what he have - including each other. I had a couple health issues which made life a little interesting for a while - nothing serious, just growing older. Our pets kept us active and happy. My writing went well, and I’ll be ready for the studio this fall.  I also love writing these blogs for you all. Through it all this life continues to be an adventure of living and loving that is beyond great. Yes, there are grey moments mixed in, but I’m glad I came, and I’m glad to have you alongside for the ride.  

What have I been up to? 

Christmas was a wonderful time with family and good food and drink. (Thanks, Jim and Karen!) I hope yours was too.  

Saturday was a private 85th birthday party with several model railroaders, so I got to dive into some of my favorite train songs. Happy Birthday, Charlie! 

What am I up this week? 

Tonight (Monday) 6-9 I’ll be playing at La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg for New Year’s Eve dinner. The weather looks like it will be a challenge down south, so I’m in hopes that everyone’s travel will be safe. If you’d like to come please call 719-738-5700 for a reservation. It’s sounds like a wonderful evening.  

Friday 6-9 I’m at Bistoro in Pueblo for first-Friday dinner. I’m looking forward to starting the new year with good food and good friends. Please come out and enjoy the energy of the new year. Call 719-299-4769 for reservations.  

Sunday 7-8ish I’ll be doing my first-Friday online living room concert once again. I’ll be starting the year with favorites that I hope everyone loves. Please tune in to concertwindow.com/tommunch if you can.  

That’s it for this week. I hope you had a good year and are looking forward to ringing in the new with excitement and joy.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for New Year’s Eve dinner 
Where:  La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th Street, Walsenburg 719-738-5700 
When:  Monday, December 31, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-299-4769 
When:  Friday, January 4 7, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert from my living room 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Sunday, January 6, 7-8:15ish pm MDT

Monday, December 24, 2018 - Christmas Reflections 

This Christmas season has me reflecting more than normal. I find myself awash in all kinds of memories as I perform at different places. I share stories with the songs, and I find myself in so many déjà vu moments until I don’t know what’s current and what’s a memory. It’s confusing and yet intoxicating all at the same time. It’s a really unique frame of mind. The familiarity with the songs after performing them thousands of times is almost like playing in a dream as I watch my fingers follow the familiar patterns, and I find myself floating down a river of song. It’s really quite amazing to experience. On top of this I feel such a joy in these songs and sharing them with others who also know them so well. I can’t think of another phenomenon in our world that’s quite the same. So as I reflect on this season I extend a “Merry Christmas!” to you wherever you may be. May you find peace and joy in your heart at this most special time.  

What have I been up to? 

I had private parties the week before last on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I really enjoyed all of these. It’s a gift to spread Christmas cheer.  

Then that Friday was my Christmas concert at the Merc in La Veta. This was a very special evening with friends old and new. It was just a stellar night all around. Thank you to everyone who made it such a success.  

Finally, that Sunday was the Cuchara Chapel service that I learned a couple wonderful Christmas songs for - “Love Came Down at Christmas” and “Stables.” They’re having Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve services that will be sweet too.  

What am I up to this week? 

Saturday I have a private party for some nice folks that should be fun. They’ve picked out a great selection of songs.  

Next Monday 6-9 for New Year’s Eve I’ll be playing for dinner at La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg. This is a beautiful historic inn where they really decorate beautifully for the holidays. The menu looks scrumptious, and this will be a night to remember. I’d love to have you there! Seating is limited, so call right away 719-738-5700 for reservations.  

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

Best always, 

Tom 

Details: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for New Year’s Eve dinner 
Where:  La Plaza Inn, 118 W. 6th Street, Walsenburg 719-738-5700 
When:  Monday, December 31, 6-9 pm

Monday, December 10, 2018 - The Good Stuff 

I’m thinking about choices this morning. When I was playing my Christmas show at Littleton Museum last night I started thinking about what songs I was choosing and what stories I was telling. I also thought of conversations I had during the day. I’m the kind of person who believes in going with the flow. I’ve always thought that people come into your day for a reason, and flowing with the variables of each day is part of the interwoven web of life that we each participate in. While this is true, my choices within these moments are my own, and they are an expression of who I am at my essence and what I value in life. Often I have to stop and remember that I value love and caring in this life, and this makes me choose the good stuff - the stuff that uplifts others and makes the world a better place. It only takes an instant in the choosing, but it can mean a lifetime in the differences it makes as it plays out in the world. So as I choose songs and tell stories onstage and in my day I will always try to pick the good stuff. This is my vow.  

What have I been up to? 

Last week was a whirlwind.  

My private parties Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday were all different with different folks and different opportunities to spread some Christmas cheer.  It was so good to see these folks and play some songs. 

Friday at Bistoro in Pueblo was packed and so much fun.  Joette (one of the owners) was out with a bug, but the food was great as ever, and it was so good to share the space with such good friends - old and new. 

Sunday was the holiday celebration at the Littleton Museum I mentioned above, and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the holiday songs - especially with the little ones who light up with joy and wonder at the season. 

What am I up to this week? 

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday I have more private parties at facilities and with friends.  I really enjoy these and am grateful to have them. 

Friday I’m playing a big concert at La Veta Mercantile 7-9.  This will be a blast playing holiday favorites for all my friends and fans in the La Veta area.  Tickets are available at La Veta Mercantile $15 in advance or $18 at the door.  Please come if you can.   

Sunday I’m playing for the Cuchara Chapel service again - 10:00.  I have some wonderful songs worked up for this service, and it should be a great celebration of the season.  Please come out if you’d like to see the gorgeous mountains in all their winter splendor with inspiration from the service and the music. 

That’s it for this week.  I just picked up a New Year’s Eve dinner gig at La Plaza Inn in Walsenburg 6-9.  If you’re in the area and would like an earlier evening or place to go for dinner before the party come on out.  It’s a really nice place!  I hope you’re enjoying the Christmas season.  Wish me luck getting my Christmas cards out and presents purchased. 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert 
Where:  La Veta Mercantile (The Merc), 300 South Main Street, La Veta 719-742-3387 
When:  Friday, December 14, 7-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, December 16, 10:00 am

Monday, December 3, 2018 - Sound and Space 

I played a concert in the Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence last Saturday, and it made me think about how sound works in our world. Sound affects everything it touches. On a molecular level it interacts with wood and stone and even our bodies. In an old building like the Bell Tower, which was a Baptist church, the vibrations have altered what began as an acoustic space in wonderful ways. When performing in a space like this it seems that the music I produce excites all these sonic memories and resonances in the building and creates even more sound and emotion. It’s a thrill to play in a space like this where every note is a give-and-take with the space. I play a note with gusto and wait to hear the musical response from the walls and ceiling. It's quite the experience. I know I tend to emphasize the minute details of life, but I find the essence of life in these details.  There is beauty everywhere.  

What have I been up to? 

Saturday’s concert at the Bell Tower in Florence was great fun. I wrote about it in the paragraph above. Such kind and generous folks came out for the evening, and the Christmas spirit was really flowing.  

Sunday my online concert at my brother's house in Taos was a thrill. I had a live audience of friends in the beautiful adobe room, and I think we did the season proud.  

What am I up to this week? 

This week will be the super-busy week for this Christmas season.  I have 5 events. 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday I have private Christmas parties for some wonderful folks.  I really enjoy playing at these events, and I expect there will plenty of Christmas cheer to go around.  Maybe I’ll see you at one of them. 

Friday 6-9 I am back at Bistoro for a special evening of holiday friendship and great food.  Joette and Pellumb and the staff really know how to create a festive atmosphere, and I’m looking forward to this evening.  Please come out if you can.  https://www.facebook.com/events/273092440068877/ 

Sunday 5:30-8 I’m in Littleton to play for the Littleton Museum’s Holiday Evening 2018.  If you’re in the Denver area please come out for a fun evening of apple cider, cinnamon, cookies, and hay rides on the beautiful museum grounds.  Bundle up.  I’m outdoors by one of the barns with a big bonfire and loads of holiday fun.  More details on their Facebook event page - https://www.facebook.com/events/279510556012949/ 

That’s it for this week.  Be good - Santa’s coming! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  

What:  playing and singing 

Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-299-4769 

When:  Friday, December 7, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing for Littleton Museum’s Holiday Evening 2018 

Where:  Littleton Museum, 6028 S Gallup St, Littleton, CO, 303-795-3950 

When:  Sunday, December 9, 5:30-8 pm

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