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Monday, April 16, 2018 - Pain Is Interesting 

I’ve had an interesting last week or so. I’ve had a series of medical procedures and a fall on the ice that have made me remember what it’s like to deal with weird pain. We all go through pain in our own way - it’s just part of growing older. What always amazes me is the different and new ways it comes on. When I was a kid I found pain fascinating - sometimes pinching myself just to see what it was like. Then the first time I had to go to the doctor there was that question of what kind of pain it was - “a stabbing pain, a throbbing pain, an aching pain,” etc.? And “On a scale of 1 to 10, how much does it hurt?” I learned over time to just tolerate pain. We all have it, and no one likes to hear someone else complain. But this week I got an interesting pain.  During a leg vein procedure (I have venous insufficiency) the doctor literally struck a nerve. I said “Ouch!” and kicked him reflexively. It made part of my ankle go numb (not the first part of me to do this) and caused a weird tingly zing that I get whenever that nerve is activated now. It’s very exquisite and unlike other sensations I’ve had. I’m not worried about it too much, and it’ll probably go away over time. It’s just another thread in the tapestry of my experience in this life that is pretty cool even if it’s painful now. So many colors and textures in this life! 

What have I been up to? 

My online concert a couple Sundays ago was great fun! So many folks tuned in for an eclectic mix of songs. I really enjoyed it.  

The private party the day before was a blast too. Happy Birthday to the birthday gal! 

What am I up to this week? 

Saturday 7-11 I’m playing for some old friends at their new venue. A decade or more ago I got to play many times for the Guidry family at ST's Pourhouse in Pueblo West. ST was a little guy back then, and now he’s all grown up. The new venue is a block away and is called Cat's Pourhouse. It’s a cool place where the vibe is very friendly and energized. It’s going to be a fun night. Come on out! 

That’s it for this week. I’ve been laying low and working on some new tunes while getting ready for summer. Hope you are doing well, and I hope to see you soon.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Cat's Pourhouse, 147 Tiffany Drive, Pueblo West, 719-647-0270 
When:  Saturday, April 21, 7-11 pm

Monday, March 26, 2018 - Having the Touch 

I posted a bit of a guitar melody on Facebook yesterday I was working on, and one of the comments that a friend of mine made was that I seemed to have the right touch. I’ve been thinking of that and how it applies to so many things in our lives. In this life we move about - physically and spiritually - through space and time in a way that interacts with the things and people in our lives. These interactions can be bold and soft, bruising and soothing. It can definitely be heard in music where the touch on a string can express emotion in the slightest of ways, and touch can really be demonstrated in how you pet a cat. You can definitely tell when you’re doing it too rough because the cat reacts immediately. I wrote about this with one of our previous cats who would bite me if I wasn’t paying attention to petting her with all my delicate energy. It’s a cool sensitivity that we get to experience in this life with how we interact with everything in every instance of our lives - from how we feel in our body to how we feel in our clothes, how we hear, see, and feel everything all around us, and then how we react with softness or harshness. It’s one of the most interesting things in life to me.  

What am I up to this week? 

Saturday I’m playing a private party in Lamar, Colorado. I haven’t been to Lamar in more than a year, and I’m looking forward to a fun time.  

Sunday at 7:00 MDT I’m doing my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert again. It’s Easter and April Fool's Day, so I might do a really interesting mix of tunes. I’ve been thinking about it, but I don’t have a definite list yet. Tune in if you can - concertwindow.com.  

That’s it for this week. The summer is rushing headlong upon us. Each year goes faster as we grow older.  Enjoy it! 

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  online at https://www.concertwindow.com/ 
When:  Sunday, April 1, 7-8ish pm MDT

Monday, March 12, 2018 - Feeling Inspiration 

I think I’m back to writing songs again.  You might think that I write all the time, but that’s not true.  I really only write when I’m on a project, and that only comes when I feel inspired and moved to say something.  I’ve been feeling for a while that I need to write some songs along the lines of some of my philosophical and spiritual blog posts.  I’ve had many of you encourage me to do so.  I don’t know if what I have to say will benefit folks, but I feel compelled to try.  The old hippie in me feels that the world needs the evergreen message of love, hope, and joy.  I may throw in a little science as well since that speaks to me, but I think it will be interesting and hopefully not too woo-woo.  So I have been writing ideas into individual text files -more or less a freeform stream of consciousness that occasionally comes out in verse.  I’ll go through these and sculpt them into accessible songs.  This may take me a while - I’m not in a rush, but I’ll try not to get distracted.  This is important work to me.  I’ve felt a need to get this out for a few years.  Wish me luck! 

What have I been up to? 

My online concert a couple weeks ago was very special.  I did some Irish songs for March and St. Patrick’s Day,  but I also did some requests and some meaningful songs for my good friends in La Veta who had just experienced a great loss.  It means so much to get to express all these different emotions in song. 

What’s up this week? 

I’m back at the Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence Saturday night at 7:00 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  I absolutely love doing Irish songs, and this show will open with Celtic step dancers that I’ve enjoyed before there and end with me doing a bunch of favorite Irish songs.  I’ve even learned a couple of new tunes including one about an Irishman who goes to America to sing Irish songs in the wild west.  It will be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait.  Please come out if you love sharing a wee bit of Irish spirit.  Slainte! 

That’s it for this week.  It’s time for some corned beef and cabbage and a little Irish whiskey! 

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch 
What: playing for St. Patrick’s Day in Florence, CO 
Where: Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 East Second Street, 719-784-2038 
When: Saturday, March 17, 7-9 pm

Monday, February 26, 2018 - Spiritual Mornings 

I’m writing from the repair shop this morning as I have regular service done on my vehicle. I normally try to exercise myself and walk our dog Beau in the early morning, but I like getting car service done early so I have the rest of the day ahead of me. Alas, I have pangs of longing as I leave the house without the exercise and walk. I really treasure the early morning as the horizon brightens and then the sun rises. I find it to be a time of renewal and awakening. My body feels light as I get the blood flowing and my lungs working. Then to see the light on the prairie and mountains as the sun creeps down and across them is truly grand. I used to not like the cold of the dawn, but I find that it’s not so bad if I bundle up and get moving. Beau is so joyful and energetic, and he is so attentive to all the sights and smells as we pass chicken coops and bunnies grazing on the grass. Occasionally we hear coyotes in the distance or have one dart across the path before we reach the house with the goat and horse that we greet daily. Sometimes neighbors are out with their dogs in their yards that we chat with and run up and down the fence (that’s mostly Beau and his friends.) But mostly it is a time of solitude and deep thoughts as I feel the earth under my feet and my muscles and bones converting angles and physics to fluid movement. It is truly an inspirational and spiritual time of the day for me that I cherish. How about you? Do you have a time and place in your day that give you spiritual rejuvenation? 

What have I been up to? 

Saturday was a wonderful time playing for the spaghetti fundraiser at the First Christian Church in Cañon City. I played love songs and tried to spread the spirit of Valentines Day to all the folks. I think we raised some good funding for the community and enjoyed some food and music to boot! 

What am I up to this week? 

Sunday at 7:00 mountain time is my First-Sunday Online Concert from our living room for March. Being that it’s March you can expect a little Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day. I really love Irish music, and there are so many stunning Irish songs that cannot be denied. I’ll mix in some other songs as well. I’m sure it will go by too quickly, but that’s as it should be - life is short. Please tune if you can - concertwindow.com/tommunch.  

That’s it for this week. I’m spinning my wheels a little bit without my regular places to play. I guess I’d better get on the horn and book a couple other places before summer. I miss playing for you all! I may do a few more online shows to fill in.  

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing 

Where:  online at https://www.concertwindow.com/ 

When:  Sunday, March 4, 7-8ish pm MST

Monday, February 19, 2018 - Gumption 

I’ve been thinking about my life’s path and where I’ve gone. As I grow older I weigh things more in my mind than I used to. I don’t always “go for it” like I did when I was younger. Sometimes I think it’s just self doubt - not thinking I’m good enough, but I’ve been around long enough to know my strengths and have confidence in my abilities. Sometimes I think it’s making wise choices where I can see the missteps of my youth - hmmm, am I that wise? Sometimes I think it’s a little depression or weariness - settling my mom’s estate took a lot out of my sharpness and drive. Sometimes I think it’s just age - I have more aches and pains and don’t bounce back or stay awake like I used to be able to. But in the end it probably amounts to gumption - I just don’t have the same drive and hunger I used to have. A quiet night at home with Jen, the pets and a good movie appeals to me more than a drive and the logistics of a gig. Don’t get me wrong, I love making music and being wrapped up in the magic of creating as much as life itself. In fact, I think music makes love and life in many ways, but I’m seeing that there are choices to be made toward other aspects of life sometimes. But money and making a living is also tied up in making music, and so I can’t always not choose to make music. But music burns in me like a living fire, and so I’m always ready to jump in the musical river when I come to it. (I just need to live on the river, I guess.) Interesting thread of thought, huh? Let’s see where it leads me.  

What have I been up to? 

The Arts Center reception a couple Fridays ago was great fun with lots of friends and some fantastic art. I thoroughly enjoyed it.  

 My first-Sunday online concert was lots of fun too. I did more cowboy songs than usual because I had recently done a couple cowboy shows and had those songs on my mind.  

Now you may have wondered why I didn’t play Neon Alley Bistro or PDubs this month. Well, the Bistro had their building rented out from under them and so are moving to a new location in Central Plaza. They hope to be open in March. PDubs wanted to take a month or so off for some changes. I don’t mind the nights off, especially during the Olympics, just so long as we can pay the bills - which we can.  

What am I up to this week? 

Saturday 11-2 I’m playing for the annual Valentines spaghetti fundraising dinner at First Christian Church in Cañon City. It’s open to the public, and I’d love to see you. It’s for a good cause, and it’s another good thing to do for the community. Adults get in for $6.00, and children 12 and under get in for $3.00. All proceeds go to local non-profit. 

That’s it for this week. Be good to each other and loving toward everyone.  

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  singing and playing a Valentine’s spaghetti dinner fundraiser 
When:  Saturday, Feb 24, 11 am - 2 pm 
Where:  First Christian Church, 320 N 16th St, Cañon City 719-275-9644

Monday, January 29, 2018 - Hearing Nuance 

I’m experimenting with a new Bose speaker I got last Thursday, and it has me thinking about the limitless variables that are involved in what we hear when we listen to music - especially live.  On first glance, you’d think that something either sounds good or it doesn’t, but there’s so much involved in that.  First there’s whether the sound is crisp with clear highs or boomy with an abundance of bass.  But on top of that the music can sound squashed without a lot of variance in volume or vibrant with punchy hair-raising swells and then lulls where you just hear a whisper.  It’s all of this and more that makes music engaging and rich.  Of course you know that I always look for the nth degree of detail in what I do.  But that detail is part of the nuance that makes life meaningful and worthwhile.  So the next time you listen to music, especially live, realize that there is so much that works together to make the music enjoyable, and the nuance in the sound is a big part of that.  

What have I been up to? 

Friday night at Neon Alley Bistro was a really nice group of friends on a beautiful evening.  I so much enjoy the folks, the food, and the atmosphere of the bistro.  Can’t wait ’til next time! 

Saturday was the concert at Deerprint Wine in La Veta, and it was such a great evening!  I love playing in La Veta, and everyone who came out was so genuine and full of life.  I’m hoping to play there again next summer on their neat patio. 

What’s up this week? 

Friday 5-7 I’m playing at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center for their First Friday Opening.  I always enjoy playing amongst the art and fine patrons.  Say “Hi!” if you are there. 

Sunday 7-8ish MDT is my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert at concertwindow.com/tommunch.  I love doing these concerts from my home.  Please tune in and log in so you can comment and join in the fun. 

That’s it for this week.  I do have some news.  I just confirmed with the Royal Gorge Bridge that I’ll playing Monday and Tuesday afternoons at the Bridge 12:30-4:30 June through August.  I haven’t played regularly at the Bridge for many years, and I’m looking forward to being in the great outdoors and seeing people from all over the world.  So be good to each other and I hope to see you soon! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo 719-295-7200 
When:  Friday, February 2, 5-7 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  online at https://www.concertwindow.com/ 
When:  Sunday, February 4, 7-8ish pm MST

Monday, January 22, 2018 - In Limbo 

Jen and I have been in the process of changing our flooring since October now, and having things out of place and feeling like we're living almost out of a suitcase really can mess with your psyche. When you can’t find your clothes or your equipment or a file you need it really can be disconcerting. It can also be freeing with a little time to make sure you’re not rushing and being late to commitments. I tend to depend on where my mind has things mapped in my world. I’ve always been that kind of a person, and it’s usually served me well. But it’s also a shot in the arm to change the maps and challenge myself. Yes, it can be frustrating, but change often is just a matter of how we look at things. In the grand picture I know that the little details don’t really affect things, and so I try to enjoy that moment of being ”at sea” and unsure. It’s kind of a leap of faith, and sometimes that reminds me that I’m alive and part of a dynamic and exciting existence. It’s like jumping off the diving board into the deep end that first time.  

What have I been up to? 

Last Friday was a really nice group of folks at PDubs. I’m so fortunate to have such good friends who love getting together of an evening for some stories, songs, and camaraderie.  

Saturday night was an impromptu show of old cowboy songs and stories at the Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence that really hit the spot. I forget how much I love the old songs until I’m in the middle of a set of them - just soaking in the history and shared memories. It was a grand night! 

What am I up to this week? 

Friday night I’m back at Neon Alley Bistro for what should be a wonderful evening. I had to miss being there two weeks ago when I was sick, so I’m really looking forward to making up for it this week. Come on out for some great food, friendship, and music.  

Saturday night I’m at Deerprint Wine and Bistro in La Veta for our rescheduled concert in this lovely establishment. I’ve really been looking forward to spending an evening with these good folks in La Veta, and it feels like it will be really special. It was sold out before when we had to cancel, so hopefully everyone has switched the date on their calendars and is planning on coming out. Update - it’s sold out! 

That’s it for this week. I hope everyone is doing okay this winter. We’re getting a little snow today (Sunday), and we’re pleased to have the moisture. Take care of yourself and hope to see you soon,   

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week; 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Neon Alley Bistro, 304 S Victoria Ave Ste D, Pueblo, 719-299-4769 
When:  Friday, January 26, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Deerprint Wine & Bistro, 106 E. Francisco, La Veta, 719-650-2079 
When:  Saturday, January 27, 6-8ish pm

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Feeling Puny 

I’m getting over having the flu last week and marveling at how puny I feel. I have forgotten how quickly we can be transformed from strong and robust to weak and infirmed. When I did my mid-life health kick 7 or more years ago I was starting from a very active but non-exercising overweight body that certainly didn’t have as much drive as I have had in recent years. It took me a couple months to really get into it and start to feel great, but it was relatively easy in retrospect. People noticed very quickly that I looked younger and seemed more engaged in life, and in fact I was. That was part of the point. I needed and wanted to become more healthy and enjoy my life at 50. This illness has reminded me that health can very quickly go away and reduce us to a feeble shadow of the selves we envision in our minds. I’ll get better and work at getting my robustness back ASAP, but meanwhile this weak condition is a good reminder at how easy it is to become less than who I want to be. It’s all good, but I love to feel alive and vibrant, and having good health is part of that for me. I don’t think I’ve understood this in quite this way before.  

What have I been up to? 

I lost a week due to the flu that I felt coming on Monday evening. I just felt like I couldn’t catch my breath. That spread to chills, and each morning I hoped to be better but had to cancel my gigs for each day. Unfortunately it lasted through all my gigs for the week, so other than forcing myself to do a Tuesday afternoon gig where they were depending on me for some video footage, I had to take off the whole week and stay in bed as much as possible. So I’d love to say how cool the gigs were, but they didn’t happen.  

What am I up to this week? 

Friday I’m back at PDub Brewing 6-9 in Pueblo West for some fun. Being pent up for a week I’m sure I’ll have some good song energy.  Come on out for a brew, a sandwich, and some music.  

Saturday night 7-9 I’m back at the Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence to do a concert amongst the great local art. I’ve loved getting to know the folks who run this place out of a love for art and culture. It’s really cool. If you’d like to see me play in a truly great listening room, come on out! 

That’s it for this week. We’ve rescheduled my appearance at Deerprint Wine in La Veta to January 27th, and it was sold out for the 13th, so if all those people are in for the new date then it’s still sold out. I’m blessed to have such a fine interest in the show. We'll make it great! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch 
What: singing and playing 
Where: PDub Brewing Company Taproom, 181 S Purcell Blvd, Pueblo West, 719-647-8864 
When: Friday, January 19, 6-9 pm 

Who: Tom Munch 
What: playing and singing 
Where: Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 East Second Street, 719-784-2038 
When: Saturday, January 20, 7-9 pm

Monday, January 8, 2018 - How We Look at Life 

I’m being observant and reflective  this fine Monday morning. I’m fascinated by the way each of us looks at life. I’ve been hearing so many different views of our world - from the Golden Globes to Mark Maron to Bob Lefsetz to Donald  
Trump to fellow musicians to pundits. Some are very fearful and some are very peaceful. Some are Christian and some Atheist. Some are seeking love and some are fed up with love. Some are in pain and searching and some are joyful and caring. Some are givers and some are takers. Everyone sees their world from their own perspective. I’ve told you before how I see it - I am the long view that tries not to get rattled with the latest storms and battles. Each person seems to make their own heaven or hell every day with the way they face life. Every morning when I walk I marvel at the beauty of the sunrise and the world around me - taking note of the excitement my dog has at sniffing each blade of grass and noticing each movement on the horizon. Life is a wonderful thing, my friends, with joy available at every turn if we are open to it. Don’t let the world tarnish it.  

What have I been up to? 

Wednesday was the farewell send off to Bonnie Hearne in Santa Fe, and it was so good to see old friends and give comfort to Bill and the Hearne family as we grieve together for the loss of such a fine person. I performed “Georgetown” almost every day this week in honor of Bonnie.  

My first-Sunday online concert went really well last night. It was a fairly eclectic set of favorites with some oldies, cowboy, and mountain songs for good measure. I enjoy so much getting to share music with friends all over the world.  

What’s up this week? 

Friday I’m back at Neon Alley Bistro 6-9 for some great food, good friends, and sweet music. This is such a nice place with good people running it and sharing their best efforts that it’s truly a pleasure to just be there. Please come out and experience it for yourself. It’s best to call for reservations. 719-299-4769 

Saturday I’m in La Veta 6-8ish at the Deerprint Wine and Bistro. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this place and am anxious to spend an evening getting to make music in their space. Their food and wine sound fantastic! There’s a $10 cover charge. You can get tickets at https://squareup.com/store/deerprint-wine-and-bistro/. I can’t wait! 

That’s it for this week. Be good to each other, and find time for joy in every day.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Neon Alley Bistro, 304 S Victoria Ave Ste D, Pueblo, 719-299-4769 
When:  Friday, January 12, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Deerprint Wine & Bistro, 106 E. Francisco, La Veta, 719-650-2079 
When:  Saturday, January 13, 6-8ish pm

Monday, January 1, 2018 - Getting That New Year Frame of Mind 

I’m feeling like this year the new year has snuck up on me. I’m usually thinking of plans for the new year during the week between Christmas and New Years or even before, but this year I’ve put them off for some reason. I’ve even had to-do items to contact yearly gigs that I’ve put off. I can’t explain it. Maybe it’s just old-brain syndrome. Either way it’s time to get into the new year with my frame of mind. My friend, Don Richmond, posted on Facebook that it’s nice to have these lines in time that spur us to shift our brains into renewal. I’d have to agree. We get to put the old year to bed and start the new year with a clean slate, and that’s very refreshing. I usually take stock of my abilities and my position in life, and then I look at possibilities and commitments to make my plans. This year I’m feeling good about my health, and I’m feeling good about my guitar and vocal abilities. I’m in contact with a new agent, and I’m confident that she will help me mold my direction this year in a way that will be great for us both. I’m still not ready to travel a bunch or tour, but I’d like to do some higher profile gigs. I don’t think I was ready for them before, but I’ve matured on stage in the last couple years and am finally really comfortable in my own skin in front of an audience. You’d think I’d have gotten there before my 56th year, but there you have it - I’m a late bloomer. I’d like to write more songs this year. I usually do that more as they relate to a new project or album, but I’d like to get in the habit of writing more regularly - just like I do with these blog posts and mailers. I’m not sure what the best way is to release them. It seems that we’re getting to the point where people aren’t buying CD's much anymore, and they’re also not downloading tracks as much. That means I have to figure out what makes people listen on streaming services to a certain artist, and I need to get on more playlists. That’s a new paradigm for an older musician, but I think I’m up to it. Things are a little tighter financially, but I’m not going to let that worry me. I had thought about signing up for a patron site like Patreon, but I’m not comfortable asking for folks' money unless I’m churning out something of value to them. Maybe if I start a podcast or something I’ll think of doing a patron situation. Just had a brainstorm - maybe I could do a songwriting podcast where I actually write a song on the podcast. I wouldn’t necessarily finish a song on each podcast, but I could share a peek into the process. I’d enjoy that if there was a podcast I could listen to like that. Of course it would be listening to me talk aloud which might be a little weird. Hmmm, I’m going to think on this more. I’m rambling now, and this session of writing to you has really led to something exciting! Let me know what you think of this.  

What have I been up to? 

The show at the Pueblo Zoo the Wednesday before Christmas was great fun, and not as cold as I thought it would be. We had lots of families come out and see the lights and sing Christmas songs. Both indoors and outdoors it was really a blast! Several folks tuned in online on Concert Window and shared in the festivities. I’ll think we’ll do it again. 

Friday night at Neon Alley Bistro was a little more subdued with folks not going out so much so close to Christmas, but we still had a nice crowd of friends and Christmas revelers. The food was to-die-for.  

What’s up this week? 

Sunday night at 7:00 MST starts the new year of public performing for me with my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert. We have our new flooring in, so I think it’ll sound a little different with hard floors instead of carpet. I haven’t chosen what songs I’ll be doing, but I’m sure there’ll be some winter songs in there. It’s been cold here, and I’m in the mood for some winter reflecting a bit. Tune in on whatever screen you’re in front of at 7:00 mountain time to concertwindow.com/tommunch.  

That’s it for this week. I have two concerts in different places in addition to my regular gigs this month. The 13th I’ll be playing a concert at Deerprint Wine in La Veta 6-8ish. It sounds like a great place. There’s a $10 cover charge, and you can get tickets at https://squareup.com/store/deerprint-wine-and-bistro/. I’m also playing a concert on the 20th at 7:00 at the Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence. I always enjoy playing in this beautiful venue and seeing the marvelous artwork on display.  

Best, 

Tom 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  online at https://www.concertwindow.com/ 
When:  Sunday, January 7, 7-8ish pm MST

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