Monday, September 16, 2019 - Country Music 

I watched Part 1 of the Ken Burns documentary on country music Sunday night, and I was surprised at my reaction. The premise of the first episode was this - that country music came out of the confluence of black and white music and culture as well as the mixing of three instruments from Europe and Africa: violin (fiddle), banjo, and guitar. It was very interesting and well done. There was a lot of fine detail, and there were stories about many musicians that were fascinating. But many of the early country musicians defied classification, and that’s what I really took from the show. They may have been the musicians that modern country musicians deem as the founders of the genre, but they were playing what I would call folk, cowboy, blues, and jazz music. That made me think of the music I play. I have always called my music “southwest folk jazz,” but it’s really a combination of all of the music that has influenced me. I play all of those styles and more. It’s what speaks to me and lets me express what I hold inside. Of course, my music is heavily influenced by the capabilities and voice of the guitar, but the guitar is so full-voiced and versatile that the sky really is the limit. I’m a product of this rich heritage just like country music. I highly recommend the documentary so far. It’s airing on PBS for the next two weeks.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Thursday was a fun party for a chili cook-off with old friends that was great fun.  

Friday was a private party for friends in La Veta that went by way too fast. Part of the audience was even a couple does and their fawns! 

The weekend was a couple beautiful days in the mountains where I got some unbelievable sunrise pictures that I posted on Facebook.  

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What’s up this week! 

This week I have more private events.  

Friday is a concert for the Good Sams group. I’ve played for these folks all over Colorado, and I always love their warmth and enthusiasm.  

Saturday is a Philmont reunion in Colorado Springs that is always a good time.  

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That’s it for this week. Again I have a lot of public gigs coming up if you’re out and about. October 4th is Bistoro in Pueblo. October 5th is the Chuck Pyle tribute concert in Denver. October 6th is the concert at the Merc with Close N Counter in La Veta. October 12th is the Harvest Festival at Littleton Museum in Denver. October 13th is Cuchara Chapel and my online concert on Facebook. October 19th is the Windsor Hotel in Del Norte. October 26th is the concert at Wildwood Sounds in Del Norte. Whew! Very full schedule coming up, but I’m sure there’s always room for more.  

Best, 

Tom 

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No details this week. My gigs are both private. 

Monday, September 9, 2019 - Knowing When 

I’m switching gears as I transition from one season to the next, and this always put me a little at sea. I’m not the kind of guy who ever plans too far in the future. I have always thought that people and situations come into your life for a reason, and so I have figured it was good to have some flexibility. But knowing when to wrap something up and when to seek change needs to be part of that flexibility as well. Sometimes I can visualize what I want next, but this time I think I just need to meditate and let things simmer. I’ve been reading a lot about following our inner-guidance system. I haven’t quite learned how to do that well, but I’ll let you know what I figure out. Life is certainly interesting and engaging, and I cherish every moment. Thank you for coming along for the ride! 

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What have I been up to? 

Monday was the last day of the season at the Royal Gorge Bridge, and it was a doozy. I shared the stage and swapped songs with Daniel Market, doing mostly folk tunes and originals. It was a blast! 

Thursday was the season-closing party at the Yellow Pine, and it was wonderful. There were lots of good folks dancing, eating, drinking, and sharing friendship. It was a night to remember.  

Friday was a busy night at Bistoro with new and old friends enjoying the vibe. It was a very nice night.  

Sunday was the first service of the winter season at Cuchara Chapel, and we talked about change and did a little tribute to my friend Oleta who passed 3 weeks go. I love these Cuchara folks, and they love me right back.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Thursday is a fall chili cook-off at one of my nursing facilities, and it will be great fun because I get to play with my old friends Dennis Heid and Rich Clark.  

Friday is a family party for good friends in La Veta that will most likely turn into an old-fashioned sing-along or maybe even a hootenanny. I can’t wait! 

On the weekend I hope to get to the mountains for a little R&R.  

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Down the Road 

I have several things coming up I want to mention. I’m going to have to move my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert next month because I’m playing a special concert at the La Veta Mercantile from 7-9 on Sunday, October 6th. I’m uniting with the duo Close N Counter for an evening of instrumental and vocal music that should be really interesting and fun. Gordon Close and Richard Blanchard of Close N Counter play instrumental guitar versions of a lot of classic guitar tunes and old favorites. They played a concert at the Merc in the summer of 2018 that folks really enjoyed, and when they asked me if I’d like to do a show with them I said “Yes!” We plan to split the first set with me doing more of jazz and folk songs I do, and then we’ll get together after intermission to share some cool arrangements of both of our songs. You can get tickets from the La Veta Mercantile or on their Facebook page shortly.  

As a result of having the Close N Counter show on the first Sunday of October I’m going to move my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert to the second Sunday of October. We’ll be doing this as a Facebook Live event also since Concert Window has closed down. I’ll probably do a test this month to make sure Facebook will work well for these shows.  

That first weekend of October on Saturday the 5th I’ll also be playing at Swallow Hill Daniels Hall in Denver for the Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert once again. I have really enjoyed being a part of these shows the past three years since Chuck's passing in 2015, and I highly recommend them if you’re in the Denver area. Chuck’s music is really special, and the performers come together at this show to really put on a whiz-bang concert in his honor.  

Then I’m back in Littleton that next Saturday the 12th to play the Littleton Museum Harvest Festival from 11:30-1:30. I have loved playing at the museum the past couple Christmas seasons, and this should be great fun as well. Come on out if you’re in the area.  

On the 19th of October I’m trekking over to Del Norte to play at the Windsor Hotel from 6-9 on their beautiful patio. The Windsor is a classic hotel with beautiful amenities, and it would make a wonderful weekend getaway for anyone.  

Lastly the 26th of October 7-9 I’m playing a concert with my friend Daniel Market in Del Norte at Wildwood Sounds. This is a top-notch concert venue where I’ve wanted to play for many years.  

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I’d better close. This is one of the longest updates I’ve put out in years. If you made it all the way to the end I thank you. Be good to each other, and let me know your thoughts on how you know when to make changes.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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No details this week. My gigs are both private. 

Monday, September 2, 2019 - Dullness 

I’m checking in with myself this morning, and normally I feel a burning ball of light and enthusiasm at my core, but this morning this is an overwhelming dullness and heaviness. I’m not sure what I can attribute this to. Yes, I’m still a little tired from probably not getting great sleep, and yes, I am facing a very hot day of work outside which is always draining. But there’s something more. Maybe I’m psychically picking up on the combined worries about the hurricane bearing down on friends in Florida. Maybe I’m feeling the end of the summer season. As I write I can feel it beginning to change as I try to figure it out, and it seems to be waning. Yes, now it’s mostly gone. I think we all feel these things sometimes. My ever-present peace of knowing that everything will be okay buoys me up, but letting myself feel the waves of life passing under and over me is okay too. This life is always changing, and although I am an old soul at my essence, I love to feel the swirl of life around me that I can interact with. I am here to feel these things and write about them and express them in ways that others can also feel. It’s a privilege and a joy! Pretty heavy introspection, but what else would you expect from me. 😃 Have a great Labor Day! 

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What have I been up to? 

Last Monday and Friday were beautiful days playing at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Monday Dennis Mills and I played, and Friday we were joined by Daniel Market. We were also joined by the bighorn sheep herd that grazed by us most of the day. We were swapping tunes and having a generally great time.  

Sunday was my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert, and I played a mixture of originals, tribute songs to my friend Oleta, and some hippy love songs that feel right more and more each day.  

Fun week! 

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 is the last music day of the season at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Daniel Market is joining me again to swap some tunes, and I think Dennis Mills will back us up on bass again. It should be a fun Labor Day although it’s supposed to be pretty hot. Come on out if you’re up for an afternoon of music and beautiful sights.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m playing the last hurrah of the season at the Yellow Pine as we do our A&W (Appetizers and Wine) Party. It’s a free event where you bring-your-own beverage with an appetizer to share in the historic barn. I’m really looking forward to it! Come on up to the mountains if you’re looking for a relaxing evening of friends and music.  

Friday 6-9 I’m back at Bistoro for our First-Friday dinner and music evening in Pueblo. This is always a special night of good food and drink, good friends, and my music in the sweet atmosphere that Bistoro puts down. Call 719-696-9672 for reservations. It fills up fast.  

Sunday 10:30-11:30 I’m starting the non-summer season at the Cuchara Chapel. I lead the music and do special songs once a month for the chapel services with my good friend Eileen Ramsey speaking at this cute little mountain chapel. It’s an opportunity to express my spirituality, and I’ve been writing songs for these services that will be included on my upcoming Love album. I’d love to have you there if you’re looking for a beautiful spot to have a little inspiration. I’ll be doing another song in tribute to my friend Oleta who lived nearby in La Veta.  

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That’s it for this week. I’m still feeling a little groggy and apprehensive about the hurricane and the hot day ahead, but I know it will all work out. Be good to each other, and I hope to see you down the road - maybe this week! 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch and Daniel Market 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Monday, September 2, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the A&W Party  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, September 5, 6:30-8:30 pm 

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

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, September 8, 10:30 am

Monday, August 26, 2019 - Friendship 

I’m thinking about friendship and the interactions that happen over time in our relationships. I lost a good friend this last week who has been ill for several years. I’m saddened, but I’m also peaceful knowing that she’s still here in spirit although I can’t give her a big hug anymore. I’ve been going over our correspondence for the past 5+ years, and I’m taken with the kindnesses and humor that pass between people in a friendship. Little bits of wisdom and respect are offered and exchanged. There is a real comfort to having an ease of acceptance and a knowing between friends. It’s one of the wonderful things we have in this life and beyond. Just a look says it all.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Monday at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills on bass was great fun. Some great folks stopped by the stage for some music.  

My parties on Tuesday and Sunday were a blast as well - one in Cuchara and one in Pueblo. Playing for friends in intimate settings is very rewarding.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills one more time. The weather is supposed to be cooler, and I think it’ll be a great time.  

Friday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Daniel Market which should be fun. We did a concert at the Merc in La Veta a few weeks ago that was wonderful, and I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with him. Come out to the Gorge if you’d like a fun day in the great outdoors. We’ll be there on Labor Day too.  

Sunday 7:00-8:15 is my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert. This is my last one on Concert Window as they are shutting down on the 15th of September. I enjoy these so much, and I’m still deciding whether to do the next concerts on StageIt.com or Facebook Live. What’s your preference? 

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That’s it for this week. I appreciate you and your friendship.  

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, August 26, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who: Tom Munch and Daniel Market 
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the big stage 
When: Friday, August 30, 12:30-4:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert from my living room 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Sunday, September 1, 7-8:15 pm MDT

Monday, August 19, 2019 - Woodstock 

I’ve been thinking a lot about Woodstock. I’ve done several songs from the festival over the past couple weeks, and because this last weekend marked 50 years since that event I figured I should reflect on it. I grew up knowing it was a magical weekend - hearing snippets of the music and the vibe over the years. I’ve watched several shows and documentaries this past month that tried to capture the feeling of the event and the mood of the country during that time. We used to run into hippies all the time in Taos back in the late 60’s and early 70’s. My parents told us to steer clear of them, but I knew they were in touch with something worthwhile. Over the years I’ve grown to appreciate their message of peace and love. It seems we need that even more today than ever. My study of religion, philosophy, science, and spirituality has brought me full circle right back to where the hippies were on that magic weekend. Their awareness of purpose and intent for humanity cuts me to the core. Unity and caring are still the key to a happy and healthy world. Why live in a world of fear when you could live in a world of love? Woodstock was a successful experiment in that.  

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What have I been up to? 

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday I played at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills on bass. We had several friends come out, and the weather was mostly perfect.  

Thursday was the last Yellow Pine Barbecue of the season, and it was a good one. The evening was very special with some fine requests for some great songs, and there were friends and hugs all around.  

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What’s up this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills as the summer draws to a close. We’ve had fun learning new songs and meeting folks from all over the world. 

Tuesday and Sunday I have private parties for some wonderful folks in Cuchara and Pueblo. I really enjoy doing these. If you ever have a special event or other excuse for some live music then give me a yell. There’s nothing better than enjoying a space of time with good friends and music.  

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That’s it for this week. I heard back from just a few folks about the new online concert venue. I’d love to have more folks weigh in on whether I should do these on Facebook Live or StageIt.com. Let me know.  

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, August 19, 12:30-4:30 pm

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

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