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

Monday, June 3, 2019 - Getting Better All the Time 

A Beatles lyric came into my head that made me think twice about my life “getting better all the time.”  I’ve always tried to constantly improve in my life. I’ve always thought that was a worthy goal. I’ve tried to do it in my mental sharpness, my music chops, my songwriting, my relationships, my general health, and my love and caring for the world and those around me. I won’t beat myself up and say I could do better although I always could. Age seems to help some since experience builds wisdom, and wisdom gives the patience and knowledge to better hone in on improvement. Of course, age also has me slipping as my mind and body fail me sometimes. (There are only so many mnemonic devices and bodily reps we can rely on.) Throughout it all there is a love of life that drives this desire to improve that comes from an understanding of my purpose on this earth and the talents I was given to share. We all have this purpose and talents that we bring to this life. Sometimes it’s hard to get enough perspective to see them, but they are there, and the understanding that comes from them will bring peace and harmony with all.  

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What have I been up to? 

My first-Sunday online concert last night was great fun! I did a bunch of fun songs for summer and songs I’m working up to play with Dennis Mills at the Royal Gorge Bridge. I even played some electric guitar, which was a thrill.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday (and every Monday through Labor Day) 12:30-4:30 I’m playing at the Royal Gorge Bridge with my friend Dennis Mills on bass at the big stage on the south side of the Gorge. The first day of the summer to perform at the Gorge is always exciting and challenging. It’s great to see all the folks on vacation and be in the great outdoors. Come on by if you need an outing or are visiting or showing friends and family around the area. In addition, we’ll be there some Tuesdays and Fridays this summer. Check my schedule for the full lineup - http://tommunch.com/calendar.  

Friday 6-9 I’m back at Bistoro in Pueblo. Things have been so busy that we haven’t gotten to stop by for lunch to check in on Joette and Pellumb there. I miss them and can’t wait to share their food and ambience. They and their food are the real deal. Come on out if you can. I’d recommend making reservations as the tables often sell out - 719-696-9672.  

Sunday I have a private party for good friends that I’m really looking forward to.  I can’t tell you more as there’s a surprise element involved! 

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That’s it for this week. I have a lot of fun dates this summer, and I hope I see you somewhere down the road. Enjoy the summer, and keep on getting better! 

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 3, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-696-9672 
When:  Friday, June 7, 6-9 pm

Monday, May 27, 2019 - Memorial Day Connectedness 

I’m thinking today about how we interact with each other. It’s Memorial Day as I write this, and as I think of those who have fallen and the causes for war, I think of what large forces drive disagreement and conflict. I often say that if only we people were aware of how connected we are we wouldn’t be so inconsiderate of each other. I believe this connection is down to a quantum and spiritual level, but even on the surface our actions and attitudes touch everyone around us. This comes home to me as well. For example, If I don’t maintain my awareness behind the wheel I can be a very aggressive and intolerant driver. I’m aware of those around me on the road, and I try not to be impatient, but I also have high expectations about my fellow-drivers’ awareness and courtesy. This doesn’t feel like how I’d like to be. In a connected and aware world we would give preference to each other and have understanding of what each other may be going through in our day. And it’s easy to let these intolerances bleed into many aspects of daily life. Hating is easy; loving takes work. We wouldn’t have to have Memorial Day if we knew how connected we really are. I’m mourning the fallen. 

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What have I been up to? 

I played for the early-development dancers (young children) dance recital at Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center a week ago Sunday, and it was a very sweet time. The kids are so cute as they discover movement and music in their young bodies, and it was a joy to play the music for them to dance to. I hope to do more of this next Fall.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Sunday at 7:00 MDT is my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert again. I so look forward to these evenings connecting with friends all over the country. I haven’t picked a theme yet. I tend to lean on summer favorites as the summer expectation builds. Please tune in if you can - concertwindow.com/tommunch.  

Next Monday 12:30-4:30 I’ll be playing at the Royal Gorge Bridge with Dennis Mills on bass at the big stage on the south side. I’ve never played on the big stage there, and I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing how it feels, and Dennis and I will be playing a lot of different material we haven’t done together. If you’ve never heard me play with Dennis, he played with me in the trio we formed with Trudy Howard a few years back to play at parties and events in La Veta and Cuchara. He’s a great bass played and singer with roots in the Texas rock music scene going back to the Nightcaps. Come on out if you haven’t seen the Gorge in a while and would like some sunny music! 

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That’s it for this week. Next week really starts the busy season for me. I’m not as booked up as I have been in some summers past, but I’ll be plenty busy. I’d love to see you if you’re out and about this summer. My full schedule is on my website - http://tommunch.com/calendar. I have some dates with conflicting events on there because I haven’t moved all my facilities around yet.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert from my living room 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Sunday, June 2 7-8:15 MDT 

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

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Excitement of Summer 

Just a brief note today as I rush headlong into the summer season.  I’m busy writing out music and rehearsing and recording demos for bandmates.  It’s fun to be fully engaged and moving expectantly toward the busy season.  I always find this to be an exciting time of anticipation and energy.  I hope you are feeling it too.  Sure, there’s a ton of work ahead, but it’s invigorating and fun! 

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What have I been up to? 

Cuchara Chapel last Sunday was a wonderful celebration of Mother’s Day.  I sang my mother’s favorite song - “Always” -  for chapel, and it was such a warm way to reflect on motherhood.  Rev Eileen gave a wonderful message as well that included “The Four Agreements” which is one of my favorite books - especially the introduction.  I highly recommend it. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Sunday I’m playing for a children’s dance recital for a good friend at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center.  I’ve known Katie and her husband Jake since well before their wedding several years ago, and Katie is now a dance instructor at the Arts Center.  It’s a pleasure to get to help out with these youngsters as they learn about body movement and stage presence.  Between learning music, rehearsals, and performance this will take up much of my week.  I’m looking forward to it! 

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That’s it for this week.  There’s so much coming up, and my summer schedule is still coming together.  Check my calendar at http://tommunch.com/calendar to see when I’ll be in your neighborhood.  There are some overlapping events you might find there as I am still moving around some of my nursing facilities to accommodate my summer gigs. 

Best always, 

Tom

Monday, May 6, 2019 - Summertime Is Coming 

We worked on getting our drip system and sprinklers up all day today (Sunday) before taking a shower and getting ready for my online concert. (I’ll reflect on the concert below after I finish.) We have a lot of drip system running all around our property to trees and shrubs, and then a decent-size front and back yard with an old sprinkler system that usually has leaks to be fixed every spring when we turn it on. It’s always a lot of work getting everything set up and then trimming trees and suckers and planting grass. In addition, all summer there are early mornings after walking Beau when I’ll chop weeds and fix road after we have big rains. And there are other things to be busying our time with getting ready for summer. I’m learning and rehearsing songs and practicing guitar to be ready for my summer duo gigs at the Royal Gorge Bridge with my friend Dennis Mills, who’ll be playing bass and singing with me Mondays and some Tuesdays and other days on the big stage on the south side. Plus there are many other gigs and things to get ready for. This is always an exciting time of year! And it seems like the years roll around more quickly as they go by. I don’t mind. It’s all part of the experience in this life. And finally this Sunday I’ll be thinking of my mom and all moms. The relationships we have with our parents are so precious, and the memories grow sweeter as time goes by even after they pass. Enjoy this beautiful time as the season ramps up to the frenetic summer.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Friday was a very nice time at Bistoro. So many folks came out to join in. So fine! 

Sunday was my first-Sunday online show. I somehow messed up so that it charged folks and kicked some off. One day I’ll figure it out. We had fun though with an interesting mix of songs.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Sunday 10-11 I’m playing for Cuchara Chapel services and Mother’s Day. I always enjoy these mornings in this beautiful and rustic chapel, and I’d love to have you if you’re up for a special morning in the mountains. The Timbers in Cuchara should be open for a yummy lunch/brunch afterwards.  

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That’s it for this week. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day, and enjoy this last breath of Spring before the summer starts.  

Best always, 

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, May 12, 10:00 am

Monday, April 29, 2019 - Music and Aliens 

One of my favorite podcasts is a sound show called “Twenty Thousand Hertz.” It features all kinds of topics around sound - from music to hearing to ad jingles to nature. The show topic for this last show was the golden records that were sent on the Voyager spaceships. These records had all kinds of info that was intended to hopefully introduce us to other life forms someday who would come upon the ships and these golden records. There was human speech included as well as pictures and sounds of nature, but the thing that fascinated me most was the inclusion of music in many varieties from all over the world - some with integral mathematical complexity and some with folksy simplicity.  You see, we don’t have any idea what kind of alien life forms will find this information, and we don’t know what they’ll understand about us. Maybe they won’t have the visual or auditory systems that we do, so maybe they won’t have eyes to see the pictures or ears to hear the melodies we sent. Maybe they will only understand the mathematics of the music in the way the notes interact with pitch and timing and not the melodic beauty of the sound. Maybe they will communicate through ESP, and so our physical way of communicating and sending info will be lost on them. It’s amazing to think about, and really makes me wonder how we perceive life on our world. I have a feeling that we would be able to communicate with them on some fundamental level, but that goes to my thoughts that we are all a part of the universe on a quantum level - a topic I’ve talked about before and will again. Do you have any thoughts about this?  I wish I was a fly on the wall when the scientists were deciding what to include on these golden records.  

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What have I been up to? 

I’ve had a couple weeks off from weekend and public gigs, but I’ve been busy still.  

Two weeks ago on Saturday I did my concert with Ken Saydak at the La Veta Mercantile. It was such a good time! We had a great group of folks come out and enjoy an evening of 1960's tunes and new originals. I will remember this night for a long time.  

The following Sunday I played a new song I wrote at the Cuchara Chapel. It was very well-received, and then they asked me to play for Easter, and I wrote another song and played for that too with my good friend, Peggy Hoobler. I love playing for these folks immensely! 

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What am I up to this week? 

Friday night 6-9 is our monthly first-Friday at Bistoro, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s become a busy place on my Fridays, so make a reservation if you plan to come - 719-696-9672.  

Sunday 7-8ish MDT is my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert. I haven’t picked out a theme for this show yet, but trust that it will be something entertaining and enlightening. I love playing these for you. Please tune in if you can - concertwindow.com/tommunch.  

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That’s it for this week. I had a birthday last week, and we made a trip to Taos Saturday to celebrate and spend a little time in the mountains. It was grand! Be good to each other, and hopefully I’ll see you soon.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-696-9672 
When:  Friday, May 3, 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, May 5 7-8:15 MDT

Monday, April 8, 2019 - Groggy 

I’m writing today in a fog.  Our sweet dog Beau has taken to getting us up (principally me) at least once a night and sometimes more to go outside.  We know there’s nothing wrong with him, but he keeps on doing it.  I love him with all my heart, but meanwhile I’m living with dark circles under my eyes and a sleepless stupor that puts me in a weird zone thought-wise and emotionally.  I have been to many conferences and reunions over the years where I’ve had little to no sleep because of the excitement and the late hours talking or playing music combined with early mornings for meetings or sunrise walks with friends.  During these events I’ve noticed the same thing in my thoughts and emotions.  I am in a state of grogginess that is almost dreamlike in its hazy drifting in and out of dull brain-numbness combined with deep insights and waves of emotion.  It’s really fun on one hand and scary on the other as I question what I’m doing and where I am in my thoughts and in the progression of the day.  Have you ever experienced this? 

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What have I been up to? 

Last Friday was a really fun night at Bistoro.  There were so many fine friends and such a buzz all night that kept us going.  Marvelous! 

Sunday was my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert, and there more folks tuned in than ever before.  I did songs from the ’60’s combined with a new original song and a few requests from different genres.  It was very special, and it was so good to see there were folks from all over the country who I haven’t seen in years.  Technology is truly a wonderful thing sometimes. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Saturday at 7:00 is my latest “Crunch and Munch” concert with Ken Saydak at the La Veta Mercantile.  Ken and I have been working on some fun ’60’s songs for the show (which is why I did some at my online concert.) These songs have great harmonies and bring up some sweet memories of days gone by.  We’ll also do a couple original songs.  Hopefully we’ll have lots of folks come out to enjoy the vibe we’re putting down.  We’re having a blast!  Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. 

Sunday 10-11 I’m playing for Cuchara Chapel morning service for Palm Sunday.  In addition to Palm Sunday Reverend Eileen’s theme is choosing love over fear to gain peace of mind.  This is right in line with so much I’ve blogged about over the past few years, and I’m writing a new song about this idea to perform at the service.  Come on up if you’re in the mood for a beautiful mountain valley and some genuine inspiration. 

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That’s it for this week.  I didn’t do too bad considering my grogginess.  Be good to each other, and spread the love from knowing we’re all in this together. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch and Ken Saydak 
What:  playing and singing a “Crunch and Munch” concert 
Where:  La Veta Mercantile (The Merc), 300 South Main Street, La Veta 719-742-3387 
When:  Saturday, April 13, 7-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, April 14, 10:00 am

Monday, April 1, 2019 - Recordings 

I’m wondering what you prefer in recordings. Do you like them to be intimate and simple, full and produced, or live and energetic? I’ve liked a lot of different types of recordings over the years. I like very intimate recordings like the recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio from the late 1930’s and early 1940’s where you can hear every note of each instrument and Nat’s voice. The sparseness of some recordings seems magical - especially solo guitar or piano. But then I also like the fully layered and produced recordings of Dan Fogelberg from the 1970’s where there were sometimes multiple guitars, keyboards, strings, and vocals along with bass and drums. I’ve not been very fond of live recordings because the quality is sometimes not very good and the instruments and vocals are not very clear, but I have friends who adore live recordings for their energy and even mistakes, and I do admit I have some favorite recordings that are live. I’m asking out of curiosity, but also because I’d like to know what you prefer in my recordings. I’m planning to do one or two recordings this year - one live and one in the studio. Thank you in advance for your response.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Friday I played at Walter’s Brewery for a nice group of friends. I’ve been into 1960’s tunes lately as I’m working up an evening of those songs for my show with Ken Saydak on the 13th of April at the La Veta Mercantile. I played several 60’s tunes. It was fun!  We had a really close lightning strike at one point, so I unplugged and did several songs acoustically to avoid getting a shock if the lightning struck closer. That was pretty cool - the music, not the lightning.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Friday night 6-9 I’m back at Bistoro in Pueblo. I love playing for these folks in this lovely venue. I’d like to see you there, and if you come make sure you call for a reservation as it has been packed the last few times. 719-696-9672 

Sunday night 7-8:15 is my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert at concertwindow.com/tommunch. I enjoy doing these concerts so much, and hearing from folks all around the country is such a joy. Please tune in if you can.  

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That’s it for this week. Let me know what you think about recordings. To me the most important thing I can do with my music is to move you. Knowing your preference really helps.  

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-696-9672 
When:  Friday, April 5, 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, April 7, 7-8:15 MST

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