Monday, August 12, 2019 - Online Concerts Big Changes 

I have really been enjoying doing my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert series for this past two and a half years. It’s a great way to connect with friends on a regular basis who can’t be where I’m playing. I have been using Concert Window for these concerts, and it has been overall a fairly good experience although sometimes the quality has been glitchy, and some of you have had trouble logging in or getting booted off during the show. Well, Concert Window just announced that they are closing their service on September 16th, so I’ll be switching to another service. I could either switch to another service similar to Concert Window that I’ve found called StageIt or I could switch to Facebook and use Facebook Live. I do my concerts for free although some of you are very kind and throw a tip my way. StageIt takes a higher percentage of tips (approaching 40%) than Concert Window does at 30%, while with Facebook I could put a PayPal.me link in the video description that would take 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction. Both StageIt and Facebook are very good quality video and audio. StageIt is set up specifically by musicians for musicians, so there are other parts of their service that may be helpful. I may have a lot more viewers on Facebook. There are other services like YouTube Live and Twitch, but they each have their comptomises. I am open to other suggestions you might have. I did quite a bit of research on each service. So what do you prefer? My fear is that some people who like Concert Window will be opposed to using Facebook while others who are Facebook friends and have never particularly liked Concert Window will be reluctant to try a similar service in StageIt. Let me know. I so value these concerts and the opportunity to play for you all, and I want this to be a smooth transition.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Monday was a fun day at the Royal Gorge Bridge with many folks stopping by the stage to listen and interact - even a group from Korea! 

Thursday was a huge group of folks for the next-to-last barbecue at the Yellow Pine. We had to turn away a bunch of people. It was a wonderful evening.  

Friday was my concert at the Merc in La Veta with Daniel Market, and it was a heck of a night! We swapped songs and stories, and some folks said it was the best show they’d ever seen at the Merc. That’s awfully high praise, and it was a joy to be a part of.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills. We’ve really been enjoying these afternoons, and I’d love to have you there if you’re up for a fun time at the Royal Gorge.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 is the last barbecue of the season at the Yellow Pine. There will be an evening there of BYO A&W (appetizers and wine) on Thursday, September 5th that I’m also playing for, but this is the last barbecue. If you’d like to be there I’d suggest calling right now - 719-742-3528. As I said above, we had to turn away a lot of folks last week, and I’m sure this last week will be the same. I can’t wait! 

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That’s it for this week. Let me know what you think about the online concert venue choice.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, August 12, 13, and 16, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, August 15, 6:30-8:30 pm

Monday , August 5, 2019 - Heartache 

My heart aches this Sunday evening after the weekend's news. There is so much beauty and joy in the world, and yet some insist on spreading hatred and fear. Sometimes they spread it out of fear, and sometimes it’s just malicious manipulation for kicks. I don’t understand them, and yet I know that they are me and I am them. We are all connected. And then people respond with hatred and anger. And so my heart aches. I continue to spread all the love and goodwill I can, but sometimes it is discouraging. It is worth trying. It is worth continuing to love. The hardest part is not knowing what to do next. So I head to bed with a heavy heart. And now it’s Monday morning, and my mind didn’t ease overnight. It’s strange how sometimes my purpose and awareness kicks in and gives me peace. Just as I wrote last night, I don’t know what to do next. My heart says to love even more. I know that I am an endless wellspring that is part of the divine force of the universe, and letting that spring flow is the best thing I can do. Love is always the answer - no matter what the question. Someday I’ll understand. Someday we’ll all understand.  

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What have I been up to? 

Monday was a pretty day at the Royal Gorge Bridge playing music with Dennis Mills. We had some really nice folks stop by to listen and chat.  

Thursday was a wonderful night at the Yellow Pine Barbecue. There were so many good friends and new faces. It was a joy! 

Friday was really sweet night at Bistoro. The food and friends really made the evening. We may need to start having a cover charge of some sort to help costs at the restaurant. Let me know if you’re okay with that.  

Saturday was a memorial and two parties up in Cuchara with more good friends, and hugs, smiles, and tears were bountiful.  

Sunday was my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert, and I played old country tunes for memories and toe tapping. It was a blast! 

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What am I up this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills in the great outdoors. We’re having a great time playing oldies and originals. Come on out if you can.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 is the penultimate (next-to-last) time for the Yellow Pine Barbecue. This has been a great summer in the barn playing for some wonderful folks. If you’ve wanted to make it there then come on out before the season is over. You need to make a reservation by Tuesday. 719-742-3528 

Friday 7-9 is a very special concert at the La Veta Mercantile swapping songs with my friend Daniel Market. Daniel is a brilliant songwriter, and I’m honored to share the stage with him. Expect an evening of laughter and reflection in the best songwriting tradition. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 at their Facebook page. We’d love to have you.  

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That’s it for this week. Today I’m going to reflect and try to show love to everyone I meet, starting with you.  

With love, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, August 5, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, August 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch and Daniel Market 
What:  playing a songwriters’ concert 
Where:  La Veta Mercantile (The Merc), 300 South Main Street, La Veta 719-742-3387 
When:  Friday, August 9, 7-9 pm

Monday, July 29, 2019 - Getting Along 

I’m approaching a more delicate topic with my usual mind-frame today - getting along.  I spent last week with lots of different people - old friends, family, and new acquaintances.  If you’ve read my thoughts in the past you’ll know that I see the world pretty plainly.  I believe that love is the most important thing and that ultimately we are all interconnected - scientifically and spiritually.  But in the world there are many mind-frames.  So when I interact with other people I look into their eyes and try to see where they are in their journey in this life.  Some are angry and distant - reflecting a world that has been unfair to them and has made them suspicious and fearful.  Some are warm and are instantly relatable - like an old friend I’ve shared many moments with over a lifetime.  No matter what the situation, I try to not be guarded, sharing the joy of living and a respect for all.  When there are disagreements I try to rise above them and see our interconnectedness.  When there is agreement I try not to talk about issues and others.  Instead I focus on the person and try to share in our lives and experiences.  In this current culture where we thrill at poking and prodding for a reaction it is more difficult to get along.  But I believe in the end we will see that it is worthwhile and that our differences make us stronger and more fulfilled.  Love is always the goal. 

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What have I been up to? 

Monday at the Royal Gorge Bridge was a beautiful day - much cooler and fun all around.  Unfortunately, one of the sound engineers we have worked with several days has had to end his summer work with a foot infection that has caused him to have his leg amputated below the knee.  We wish him the best as he heals and adapts. 

Thursday at the Yellow Pine was a really cool day too.  There were many friendly faces and even a visit from Daniel Market whom I’ll be playing a few gigs with in August and early September. 

Friday was a wonderful concert at Philmont Scout Ranch during the annual reunion where hugs were all around and music that warmed our hearts and memories was in abundance. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30  I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge with my bass-playing friend Dennis Mills.  We are having a great time learning new songs and interacting with the visitors there, and I’d love to have you if you’re up for a Royal Gorge visit. 

Thursday 6:30-8ish I’m at the Yellow Pine for the Barbecue.  I say “8ish” because the ending time is never the same - when folks are dancing and making requests we go longer.  Either way it is a great experience with good food in the great old barn accompanied by my music.  If you’d like to be a part of it call 719-742-3528 for a reservation by Tuesday. 

Friday 6-9 I’m at Bistoro for the wonderful atmosphere and food that Joette, Pellumb, and their staff put out in their lovely establishment.  It is a true pleasure to be part of their Bistoro family.  Please support them and their support of live music and artistic living and eating. 

Saturday I have two private parties in Cuchara that will have me jumping all day with great friends. 

Sunday 7-8:15 MDT is my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert.  I LOVE doing these concerts from my living room.  It is my chance to play for those who can’t make it to my gigs because of proximity or scheduling.  Some people just prefer the homey vibe and intimacy.  Either way I’d love to have you tune in from whatever screen you happen to be in front of.  Just point your browser to concertwindow.com/tommunch  at 7:00 mountain time and sit back and listen.  You can even comment on the chat window or send me an email or text if you like. 

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That’s it for this week.  I so enjoy life and the opportunities I have to share music and friendship with so many folks.  Getting along is just the start. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, July 29, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, August 1, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-696-9672 
When:  Friday, August 2, 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, August 4, 7-8:15 pm MDT

Monday, July 22, 2019 - Looney for the Moon 

I had an interesting week in which I got completely swept up in the anniversary of the first moon landing. So what captivated me about the moon landing anniversary? Well, many things. For one it was a return to what seems like a simpler time, although I know there was a heck of a lot of turmoil in the world at the time. It was also a time of coming together for the whole world to unite and realize that humans are capable of big dreams and accomplishments far beyond our squabbles. But the biggest thing for me was how it made my heart soar for the stars - not just for adventure, but a strange longing and a knowing that we belong out there. I have flying dreams (and I know many folks do) where I zoom across the land above snow-capped mountains and up into the jet-black night dotted with stars and galaxies. I’ve said before that I think we are tied to the universe in spiritual and physical ways that we don’t understand. We are made of those stars, and somehow they are our home. The astronauts on Apollo 11 and many other missions talked of having mystical experiences and epiphanies about life and their place in the cosmos. So this last week I watched and read countless things about that first landing with a fascination that is hard to explain. Joni Mitchell said it well: “We are stardust. We are golden. We are billion-year-old carbon.” 

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What have I been up to? 

Monday, Tuesday and Friday were fun days at the Royal Gorge Bridge playing music with Dennis Mills. One day we even dedicated a whole hour to songs about the moon! 

Thursday at the Yellow Pine Barbecue was a lovely night with old friends and a cool and big family who rented out the whole ranch.  

Sunday was playing at the First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock. I really enjoyed meeting and talking to the folks and sharing my music. I sang several of the songs that I wrote for Cuchara Chapel services that I hope to include on my upcoming album.  

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What’s up this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills on the big south-side stage. The weather could get interesting today, so I know it will be an eventful day.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m at the Yellow Pine Barbecue. These nights at the Yellow Pine have been very special, and I’d love to have you if you’d like to come. Call 719-742-3528 for a reservation by Tuesday.  

Friday 8-10 I’m playing at Philmont Scout Ranch at a concert for current and former staff. I always love playing for the folks there! 

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That’s it for this week. I’ll be reveling in the moon all week.  

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, July 22, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, July 25, 6:30-8:30 pm

Monday, July 15, 2019 - What Is Real? 

I was listening to a podcast this morning on our walk that brought up the question of “What is real?” It got me thinking just how flexible the answer can be. I have written before that reality is what we choose and what we make of it. I still believe that and see it in the world. In all kinds of situations people decide what is real and then act on it. It’s what the idea of science sought to define once and for all, but it’s also what science ultimately blew apart with ideas of quantum physics and a world that doesn’t obey physical laws at the smallest levels. In some instances we see people using reality distortion - people telling us that we didn’t see or read what we thought we did, or people inspiring us to feats beyond our abilities. In the end we agree together what reality is, and that fits into the physical laws of the universe as we experience them. This agreement takes some push and pull to figure out. It can leave us feeling individually confused - asking daily what is real. For me it really doesn’t matter as long as we deal with each other in love and an awareness that we are all in this together. Love each other, and reality will work itself out.  

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What have I been up to? 

Monday was a hot day at the Royal Gorge Bridge - both weather-wise and musically. We had some nice folks roll through, and we did have to stop for rain at one point too.  

Thursday was a sweet night at the Yellow Pine. I had some old and new friends come out which made it very special.  

Saturday the book signing and dance in Cuchara was a blast. The old community center has a magic that is so much fun to tap into. Memories of dances 50 years ago spurred us into music and dancing nirvana.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday, Tuesday and Friday 12:30-4:30 I’ll be playing at Royal Gorge Bridge with my bass friend Dennis Mills on the big stage on the south side of the bridge. It should be a stellar time, and I’d love to have you visit if you’re up for an afternoon at the Royal Gorge.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m back at Yellow Pine Barbecue. These nights are so rewarding and enjoyable, and having friends there makes it even better. Call by Tuesday for a reservation if you’d like to be a part of it - 719-742-3528.  

Sunday I’m doing something different. My agent friend Terri booked me to play for two church services (8:30 and 10:00) at the First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock. The church is very music oriented, and they often feature outside musicians in their services. This will be a treat. So if you’re in the area come on out.  

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That’s it for this week. I’m still thinking about what I wrote above about reality. I think someday we’ll all understand, and that not-knowing is part of what this life is supposed to be about.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, July 15, 16, and 19, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, July 18, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for two church services 
Where:  First United Methodist Church, 1200 South St, Castle Rock.  
When:  Sunday, July 21, 8:30 and 10:00

Monday, July 8, 2019 - In the Zone 

A curious thing is happening to me that happens every summer – I’m getting in the zone when I’m playing. I’ve been playing for three straight weeks at more gigs than I can count. Doing all this playing has made my fingertip calluses rock hard and my voice strong with a little edge. It also puts me into an almost dream-like state from lack of sleep and blurring together of gigs. This dream-like state makes me feel different things when I’m performing and seems to give me a weird kind of spiritual connection to the audience. It’s actually pretty cool although it’s also a bit trippy. I tend to forget that this phenomenon can and does happen. I’m sure that musiciansm who tour for long periods of time or actors who do a long run of theater shows experience this too. People working on intense projects for a period of time, or even candidates in the heat of a long political campaign probably see this as well. It lets me go on extended interconnected songs and moments of oneness with the audience that are magical and, yes, spiritual. I’m sure there is a very profound scientific and metaphysical reason for this that we’ll someday know and understand. I just enjoy being caught up in it!  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Monday and Wednesday were fun days at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills. Monday we had to stop for rain and thunder for almost half the gig, but we had great people to play to, and it was beautiful.  

Thursday for Independence Day was a huge night at the Yellow Pine Barbecue. There were so many good friends and big smiles and dancers! It was the one-year anniversary of the fire that devastated so many homes in the area and the miracle of the rain that saved the Yellow Pine and the town of Cuchara. Folks were emotional and thankful.  

Friday was a sweet night at Bistoro with good friends and new faces. Yes! Love these folks! 

Saturday was a run down to New Mexico to play at Red River Ski Area for a Music on Top concert. I ended up playing inside with rain that nixed the deck stage, and it turned into an acoustic gig when the power went out for the valley and the next one over. It was still a blast, and the difficulties made for a memorable camaraderie. I had a bunch of family out which made it extra special.  

Saturday night was a concert at Philmont Scout Ranch that was very enjoyable. I had some surprise attendees and some surprise songs with Ellyn Washburne sitting in that really made the night.  

Sunday I played Art in the Park in La Veta for a mellow, contemplative, and appreciative crowd. It was a highlight of my week. I got to do all kinds of songs that I dearly love.  

Sunday night was my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert, and it was a good one. I opened it up to requests, and the audience picked some great songs! 

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What’s up this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills. We are gelling in a very neat way in our duo that I’d love to have you hear. I’m getting to play a lot of electric guitar which is a treat.  

Thursday 6:30-8:00 I’m at the Yellow Pine Barbecue for another fun night in the old barn. We are into the heart of the summer now, and the nights there are very special. I’d love to have you there. If you want to come, please call by Tuesday to make a reservation at 719-742-3528.  

Saturday 7:00-9:00+ at the Cuchara Community Center I’m playing for a book signing for Gary Bridges and Justin Toll followed by a dance with Dennis Mills that should be a really fun night. I think it may be one of the best nights of the summer in Cuchara.  

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That’s it for this week. I’m glad to have a week that’s a little slower this week. It will be great to have a night at home with Jen and the pets. We’ll see if I can stay in the zone! 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, July 8, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, July 11, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch followed by Tom with Dennis Mills 
What:  playing a book signing and dance 
Where:  Cuchara Community Center, Cuchara 
When:  Saturday, July 13, 7:00-9:00+ pm

Monday, July 1, 2019 - Spirituality 

I have a hard topic this morning, but it’s also joyful. I write a lot about philosophical and spiritual matters. I truly believe that we are all connected at our deepest levels - both scientifically through physics and spiritually through consciousness. I believe that love is the most important thing in the universe, and  that fear is the antithesis. I believe that our culture needs love more than ever now, and that we have divisions that are driven by fear. I was reminded of this during the past week in many ways, but two instances were more direct than ever. First, I listened to parts of the  
Democratic debates. The candidate Marianne Williamson directly stated that love and fear were the two driving factors in our culture today. That jumped right up in my path. I don’t like mixing spirituality with politics, but she is talking about much of the same things as I am. The idea that spirituality could be the core of a candidate was something that didn’t occur to me somehow. Second, I had an old acquaintance who recently has been accused of wrong-doing come to me for support and music. I don’t think things happen randomly in this life, and it occurred to me that this was an opportunity for love instead of fear. We all are connected, and supporting him through music and friendship was what I chose to do. In both the debate instance and the acquaintance instance I was given demonstrations of my beliefs. That was profound for me. I am trying to live out my convictions and my truth.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was a whirlwind.  

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday were all fun days at the Royal Gorge Bridge. It got a little warm on Friday, but Dennis Mills and I had fun swapping tunes and interacting with the folks from all over the world.  

Thursday at the Yellow Pine Barbecue was another group of fine folks and fun songs.  

Saturday night the outdoor concert at Lucy’s in La Veta was a small but very intimate group. It was very enjoyable.  

Sunday turned into a house concert of sorts at the Cuchara Mountain Park opener. As it rained outside lightly we shared favorite tunes in the warmth of the day lodge. Jan Davis even brought his bass and sat in. It was a lovely evening.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday and Wednesday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills for this Independence Day week. It should be a great time.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m at the Yellow Pine Barbecue again. Since it’s July 4th and Independence Day I’ll be pulling out the patriotic spirit and doing some old and new favorites. It should be fun. If you’d like to be part of it call to make a reservation by Tuesday at 719-742-3528. 

Friday 6:00-9:00 I’m at Bistoro in Pueblo for our first-Friday monthly. I really enjoy playing in this friendly place full of friends and memories. Please come out if you can. 

Saturday 12:00-2:00 I’m playing for the Concerts on Top concert series in Red River, New Mexico, at the top of the ski area. I’ve done this for a few years every summer now, and you couldn’t pick a more beautiful spot to play music than on the deck of the ski area big above the town. It’s always magical. 

Saturday evening I’m also playing a concert at Philmont Scout Ranch outside Cimarron, New Mexico.  I love playing for the younger folks and old friends at Philmont every summer. It’s a highlight of my summer. 

Sunday 11:00-1:00 I’m at the park in La Veta for Art in the Park.  This is always a great time on July 4th weekend in La Veta, and I look forward to it! 

Sunday 7:00-8:15 I’ll be back at home for my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert. After a stellar week like I’m about to have I will be in fine form for an eclectic evening in my living room sharing tunes. This is my opportunity to play for those of you who are too far away or unable to come to one of my outings. Please tune in if you can on whatever screen device you have handy at concertwindow.com/tommunch. 

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That’s it for this week. I can’t believe all the opportunities I have to play in the summertime. I hope you are enjoying your summer, and Happy Independence Day! 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday and Wednesday, July 1 and 3, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, July 4, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-696-9672 
When:  Friday, July 5, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Concerts on Top at Red River Ski Area 
When:  Saturday, July 6, 12 pm - 2 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for Space Art in the Park 
Where:  Ryus Ave as you enter on the right - just cross the tracks in La Veta  
When:  Sunday, July 7, 11 am - 1 pm 

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

Monday, June 24, 2019 - Coincidences 

I had a cool thing happy to me yesterday that reminded me of how interconnected we are.  I was whacking weeds on our front property after I walked Beau in the morning when a couple drove by and asked if I’d seen a fluffy black dog in the neighborhood.  I had not, and so they drove on.  A few minutes later they drove by again on the adjoining road to ours, and then another couple drove by and asked if I’d seen the dog.  Over the next hour and a half I saw the second couple at least 4 more times, and then I saw the first car several times and two other cars looking as well.  The first one had said they had seen the lost dog posted on Facebook, and so I guessed it belonged to the second couple.  I was surprised that so many people were searching for the dog.  I felt for the people too.  I have lost pets in the past, and I know the angst and concern that’s felt when a pet disappears.  I got ready for my afternoon gig and had lunch.  After my gig in the afternoon I got on the road for my evening gig in La Veta, and I got an email notification from the Nextdoor service that I signed up for in my neighborhood that someone had found a black dog on a road a mile south of where we live.  I copied the posting and picture and went to the Pueblo West Lost and Found Pets group on Facebook that I follow, but I couldn’t find anything about a lost fluffy black dog.  The owner must have posted it elsewhere that people picked up and shared.  This was all kind of difficult because the interstate was pretty busy going south from Pueblo yesterday with summer traffic.  But using the text-to-speech function on my phone I was able to post the post from the other service and the picture to the lost pets group, and within a few minutes I got a private message from the woman who lost the dog.  Someone had notified her when they saw my posting.  She gave me her number and got on the road to our house, and I had to tell her that the dog wasn’t at our house, and that I was trying to private message the woman on the other site that the owner had contacted me with her number.  I didn’t hear back from the person who found the dog, so I searched for the name from that post on whitepages.com and got an address I could send the dog owner.  She went to the address, and luckily it was the right person with the dog.  Success!  I called her after she picked up the dog, and she was so happy.  It warmed my heart to be able to bring joy to someone, and it reminded me not only of the coincidences that had to happen for her to get her dog back, but also the fact that our neighborhood that seems pretty spread out and unconnected really is connected.  It’s easy to miss and forget our interconnectedness in a neighborhood and beyond.  I could give you many examples, and I’m sure you could too.  Life is pretty wonderful when we’re open to it and aware of others. 

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What have I been up to? 

Last Monday was a beautiful day at the Royal Gorge Bridge playing with Dennis Mills.  We had some nice folks stop by and listen, and the threatening weather never hit us. 

Wednesday was a private party in Cuchara along the river with Dennis that was beyond fun!  It’s such a pleasure and honor to get to play for so many wonderful folks. 

Thursday was a good group of new and old faces at the Yellow Pine Barbecue.  I can’t say enough about this cool place and sweet folks. 

Friday was a party with a bunch of songwriters and friends where we made some mighty fine music.  I don’t do enough of this. 

Saturday was opening for Nashville recording artist Anita Cochran at the La Veta Mercantile.  Anita knocked it out of the park, and I didn’t do too bad for my first time opening for someone. 

Sunday was another fine party for friends in La Veta that was beyond fun again.  I am so blessed to have come across such great folks in my life and music. 

The best part of all these gigs and also my nursing and retirement facilities during a week like this is that I get to do different songs at every place I play.  I’ll bet I played 200 different songs last week for all these gigs.  That is such a pleasure! 

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 12:30-4:30 I’m playing this week at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills.  We’re having such a good time playing at the Gorge, and I’d love to have you there if you’d like to visit the bridge.  We’re on the big stage on south side of the bridge where they do the big concerts. 

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m back at the Yellow Pine for the barbecue.  If you’ve never been you’re missing out on a rustic evening of barbecue, friendship, music, campfire, and s’mores.  Call to make a reservation by Tuesday at 719-742-3528. 

Saturday 7-8:30 I’m playing another favorite summer gig at I Love Lucy’s RV Park in La Veta.  This is a pass-the-hat concert at the cool little stage they have there.  Bring a lawn chair and a hunger for some fresh popcorn and music.  It’s always a special evening at Lucy’s.  I can’t wait. 

Sunday 6-8 I’m playing for the free Summer Party at Cuchara Mountain Park at the resort above Cuchara.  They’re doing activities 12-4 too like nature hikes, duck races, disc golf, and many others, as well as serving hot dogs and ice cream.  It sounds like it’ll be great time.  Come on out if you can! 

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That’s it for this week.  I’m just swimming to stay ahead of the wave in this fun summer.  I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I am, and I hope you’re staying aware of those little coincidences that are always there that show our connectedness. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, June 24, 25 and 28, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, June 27, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing an outdoor concert 
Where:  I Love Lucy's Place RV Park, 226 W. Grand Avenue, La Veta. 719-742-3252 
When:  Saturday, June 29, 7:00-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Cuchara Mountain Park at the base of the old Cuchara Ski Area 
When:  Sunday, June 30, 6-8 pm

Monday, June 17, 2019 - Be Yourself 

I had an interesting thing happen Saturday. Jen and I went down to La Veta to hear Bob Livingston play a concert. Bob is one of the great Texas folk and western players who was part of the scene in the early ‘70’s that many of my favorite players came out of - players like Michael Murphey, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gary P. Nunn, and many others. The show was great! Bob is a superb entertainer and writer. Even Murphey came out to hear Bob and sat in and did one song that knocked us out. After the show I wanted to say “Hey!” to both Bob and Michael. I’ve talked to Murph several times before, but I’m never sure he remembers me. I got a chance to talk to Bob, but it was awkward as I was nervous meeting someone I revere. I must have seemed over-anxious because he didn’t talk to me for very long. Murph was talking to other people, so I didn’t get a chance to talk to him. So, of course, I beat myself up for being a doofus, and I realized I forgot why I’m here and who I am for a while. I’m a part of the universe like everyone else - no more and no less. All I have to do is be who I am and share what I have. When I am authentic everything flows. Bob reached out to me the next day and said he hoped we could play together sometime. Maybe I was more authentic than I thought.  

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What have I been up to? 

Monday was a perfect day at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis. The weather was amazing, and the summer crowd is building with some really nice folks.  

Thursday was the first night for the Yellow Pine Barbecue, and it was a fine one with some good friends - old and new. We had such a good time! 

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge for my weekly gig with Dennis Mills on the big stage. We’re tightening up our sound and having a really good time. Come on out if you’d like to hear some fun tunes in a beautiful space. The Gorge has some great activities including “Via Terrata” - rock climbing! 

Wednesday is a fun private party in Cuchara with Dennis Mills in a beautiful cabin along the river that will be a blast! 

Thursday 6:30-8:30 is the Yellow Pine Barbecue for our second week. This is such a good time! The valley is green and beautiful - almost eye-watering - the barbecue is tasty, the vibe is warm and inviting, and my music fills the space. If that sounds good to you, then make a reservation by Tuesday at 719-742-3528. I’d love to see you there! 

Friday is a private party for a gal who I did some writing and recording for this winter with some really fine musicians that I’m looking forward to.  

Saturday at 7:00 is a big event getting to open at the La Veta Mercantile for Nashville singer Anita Cochran. I’ve never opened for someone before, and to do it for a star like this is a thrill. You can find more about this show at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Live-Music-Venue/La-Veta-Mercantile-557609451272484/. I’d love to have you there! 

Sunday is a private party in La Veta for some great friends who even play a little music themselves. They have a beautiful covered party space that is really fun. I’m looking forward to it! 

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That’s it for this week. This will be a crazy fun week, and we’ll see if I make it through to next Monday. Be yourself, and I hope to see you soon.  

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, June 17, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, June 20, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  opening for Anita Cochran 
Where:  La Veta Mercantile (The Merc), 300 South Main Street, La Veta 719-742-3387 
When:  Saturday, June 22, 7-9 pm

Monday, June 10, 2019 - Family 

I’m writing today about family. It’s such an interesting concept/institution, and every family is different. Of course, I’m part of my family composed of my siblings and my parents - both deceased for several years. Next I’m part of my wife’s family with her siblings and parents - her mother passed several years ago. Then my wife and I have our own family made of the two of us and our pets. I also consider some of the places I’ve worked and some of the groups I’ve been in as a type of family. The thing that made me want to write about family was my experience of playing for an elderly friend’s birthday party over the weekend with her extended family. The love and care we pour out for each other in a family was on display in a powerful way at the party, and I felt honored to get to be a part of it. One of my favorite explanations of life says that we choose whose lives we will be a part of before we come to this realm. In some religions they believe that we are reincarnated, and that the same people reincarnate with us repeatedly and choose different roles. I find these concepts intriguing, and it makes me appreciate those people in my life even more when I think that we chose together to be a major part of each other’s lives. It’s all a part of the wonder of this life! 

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What have I been up to? 

Last Monday was the first day of the summer at the Royal Gorge Bridge which I’m playing with my friend Dennis Mills this summer. We had a great time and are polishing our songs in the great outdoors.  

Friday was a good crowd at Bistoro of friends and new folks. I do enjoy the folks at Bistoro.  

Sunday was the afore-mentioned party for my friend Blasa where we even had some song-along fun and lots of hugs. Happy Birthday, Blasa! 

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge once again with Dennis Mills. We’re getting to know the stage, and we have a beautifully grassy lawn where folks can enjoy beer and barbecue and relax for a while.  

Thursday is the first day of the season at the Yellow Pine Barbecue in Cuchara that runs weekly through August 15th. This is one of my favorite places to play. We set up in the 100-plus-year-old barn with so many good friends, music, and barbecue. I’d love to have you come and experience it with me! If you want to come please make reservations by Tuesday each week at 719-742-3528 as they order food based on the reservations. I can’t wait! 

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That’s it for this week. I’m having a blast and ramping up to full speed. Stay tuned! 

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, June 10, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, June 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

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