Monday November 26, 2018 - Thanksgiving Sunrise

I posted an album of pictures on Facebook on Thanksgiving of the unbelievable sunrise I experienced that morning. You may have seen the album or a picture if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter. It really moved me. From the moment I walked out of the house with our dog Beau I could see that it would be special. We walked south on the path, and the sky was full of interesting clouds and an orange and yellow glow was already appearing on the horizon. As we got down to the end of our road on the path the clouds above me were starting to morph from grey to pink. There was a bright star or planet winking through those clouds. Then as we crossed the field to the next road the pink continued to creep across the clouds. Crossing the road and greeting the neighbor and his dogs in their yard, we marveled in the cold at how the scene just kept getting more vibrant and was changing by the minute. I remarked at how I felt drawn right up into the sky and the cosmos. I felt like my heart would burst. Then rounding the corner and heading to the east the orange and red intensified as the pink grew higher and higher into the sky above and to the sides - painting the mountains with a faint rose. As we progressed to the corner heading back south I looked to the west to see streaks of pink in the clouds like a fire lifting from the mountains. At this point I felt so energized and alive. Even Beau watched the light with wonder. As we turned south and then west the pink built and then began to fade fairly quickly to a muted grey as the sun began to wink over the horizon. We turned back north for home, and now the clouds to the east were bright white as the ball of the sun climbed through the yellow glow to make its appearance. It was quite an experience. When I got home I spent some time looking at the pictures I had taken and reliving the beauty. After a little while I picked up a guitar and tried to express what I had seen in music. The result is a new song called “Thanksgiving Sunrise.” I’ll try to play it at my online concert this Sunday. I just wanted to share the experience with you. If you want to see the album of pictures it’s at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10213414971065504&type=1&l=b37e4be1f1 

What have I been up to? 

Last Wednesday’s Tree Lighting at the Pueblo Zoo was really fun. We had a good crowd of families and friends ready to see the ElectriCriiters and check out the gingerbread house contest.  

Thanksgiving was lots of family and food with good conversation and laughter. I hope yours was too.  

Sunday playing for Cuchara Chapel was fun too. I played my new “Thanksgiving Sunrise” song with my slideshow of the pictures, and several good friends came. We even did a gospel-style “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” sing-along with suggestions from the congregation.  

What’s up this week? 

Saturday 7-9 I’m playing a very special Christmas concert at the Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence, CO. I have played several concerts at the wonderful Bell Tower, but this is the first time I’ve played for Christmas. Beings that it’s in an old church I’ll bet there are some great Christmas vibes there, and I expect it will be an amazing time. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.   The Facebook event page is here - https://www.facebook.com/events/309687999591956/?ti=ia 

Sunday 7- 8ish MDT I’m doing my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert from my brother's living room in Taos with a live audience of friends. My brother and his wife really know how to decorate a house for the holidays, and this will be a beautiful concert full of Christmas cheer. Please tune in if you can. concertwindow.com/tommunch  

That’s it for this week. I’m talking to the Pueblo Zoo about doing another concert/sing-along at the zoo the week before Christmas like we did last year. I’ll get back with details about that, and I’ll probably put it on Concert Window too. I also have several other places I’m playing in December - Littleton, La Veta, Pueblo, and Cuchara. It’s an exciting time. Hopefully there will be even more beautiful days with beautiful sunrises.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch 
What: playing a Christmas concert 
Where: Bell Tower Cultural Center, 201 East Second Street, Florence. 719-784-2038 
When: Saturday, December 1, 7-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert from Taos, NM 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Sunday, December 2, 7-8:15ish pm MDT