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

Monday, November 19, 2018 - Season for Caring 

Well, the holiday season is upon us.  I’m taking stock of my feelings today as I approach the season.  I usually have to pace myself and not get into the spirit too soon.  I’m still a sucker for all things Christmas even after all these years.  It probably suits me well since I love Christmas songs and love getting to sing them for people every day and watch the songs work their magic on hearts all around.  It really is a chance to show caring for others in an even bigger way than we do all year long.  This can be tough financially, but it doesn’t cost anything to let go of some meanness that may creep into your life and replace it with a caring spirit.  It really helps us all when we care for even just one more person out there.  So give it a try and see if it doesn’t help your holiday spirit and the greater world.  We all need each other, and this season is a great excuse for caring for others.  

What have I been up to? 

I haven’t been playing out as much as during the summer.  This gives me a chance to catch up on all that stuff I said I’d do when things slow down.  It also gives me time to spend with family which is always good. 

My monthly online concert was great fun as always.  I did some very different songs, I think, and it felt good to branch out a little from my usual fare. 

I didn’t play at Cuchara Chapel that week on Sunday because we had a pretty big snow storm blow through, and the roads in that direction turned to ice and packed snow in a hurry.  I did get out in it a little to have a rehearsal for a Veterans Day show in Walsenburg on Monday that went really well.  We stuck to patriotic songs this year which was a little heavy but honorable. 

What am I up to this week? 

Wednesday 5:30-6:30 I’m playing for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and Gingerbread House Contest at the Pueblo Zoo.  I did this for the first time last year, and it was a blast!  The zoo folks are such good people, and it’s really gratifying to be involved in such a happy event.  There’ll be hot cocoa, adult beverages, and more.  Come on out if you can.  Tickets are $10 which also gets you 2 tickets to see the ElectriCritters lighting display.  There’s more info on the evening here - https://www.pueblozoo.org/gingerbread. 

Thursday is family and Thanksgiving.  I’m taking the day off.  Hope you can too.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Sunday I’m playing at Cuchara Chapel service 10-11 in Cuchara.  I’m looking forward to it.  Cuchara is beautiful with the recent snowfall, and nothing will put you in the holiday spirit more than a beautiful morning in the mountains with mountain views and inspiration. 

That’s it for this week.  I have a bunch of holiday gigs coming up, and I’ve created Facebook events for many of them if you’re a Facebook person.  If not, check out my calendar - http://tommunch.com/calendar.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and start to the holiday season.  Spread the caring! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for the Tree Lighting Ceremony 
Where:  Pueblo Zoo 
When:  Wednesday, November 21, 5:30-6:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, Nov 25, 10:00 am

Monday, November 5, 2018 - Chapters 

Fall is always a wonderful time of year - the crisper days, the beautiful leaves, and the general slowdown of life is always a welcome change, but it also brings about a change of chapters that is sometimes hard to deal with. For me it slows down my work in radical ways. I’m sure if you read my regular missives you see that I don’t have as many gigs to share, and sometimes I don’t post and mail weekly at these times. Usually I see this as an opportunity to get to those things I put off during the summer, but this change of chapters sometimes puts me in a little bit of a funk too. I really enjoy seeing friends and being on the go, and my budget gets a little tighter. Life is just more fulfilling when we’re fully engaging. So I start the next chapter and adjust my activity and mindset with a little angst and a little love. And I always appease myself by trying to rise above and look at the view from 40,000 feet. That’s when I remember that we’re all in this together and my life is not that different than everyone else. If I keep creating and giving what I have to give then it will all work out. It’s just another chapter. 

What have I been up to? 

Friday at Bistoro was a really cool night of old and new faces. The food was fantastic, and I really enjoyed pulling out some musical gems. I think Bistoro will be a nice musical home.  

Saturday the St. Jude fundraiser at CaT's Pourhouse was very successful and a lot of fun. I got to feed the energy of the room with some cool old songs, and many children should be helped by our efforts.  

What am I up to this week? 

Monday at 7:00 MST I’m doing my monthly online living room concert. I have a few requests, and I’m planning some other fun surprises. Please tune in if you can. More and more I’m seeing this as a wonderful way to play for friends all over the globe. It’s a pretty cool thing to be able to do this. Here’s the address - concertwindow.com/tommunch.  

Sunday 10-11 I’m playing for the Cuchara Chapel again. They had a pretty good snow at Halloween, so I’m sure it’s beautiful up there. I’m looking forward to it. If you feel like seeing the winter wonderland and beautiful mountain views with a little inspiration, come on out.  

That’s it for this week. Things coming up include playing for the Pueblo Zoo treelighting just before Thanksgiving and doing my December online concert live from Taos. Check my calendar for all my other things as well - tommunch.com/calendar.  

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  online at concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Monday, Nov 5, 7-8:15ish pm MDT 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, Nov 11, 10:00 am

Monday, October 29, 2018 - Writing 

As I sit writing this note today I’m struck with what writing does for me and my brain. This is both writing things like this note and writing songs. The writing doesn’t always come easy, but it brings an enlivenment of spirit and an alignment of my thoughts. That's a good and rewarding thing for me. Getting in touch with my core and then organizing my inklings into words and sentences is a fundamental part of our existence here on earth. Expressing it to others in words is how we make sense of our world and how we learn to understand each other. Words are often like gems that we can hold up and spin around in the light - marveling at the way they reflect and reveal beauty and truth. And of course they are just one element of the way we express ourselves. There is sound and music, sight and art, touch and sense, and all the other senses and ways we experience our world. But today I celebrate words and ideas and the way we express them in writing.  

What have I been up to? 

Friday we made a run down to Philmont Scout Ranch to hear a concert by AJ Lee, a fine young bluegrass picker and songwriter, to benefit fire relief for the summer burn areas on Philmont. It was a blast, and we had a jam session afterwards that was equally as rewarding.  

Sunday I got to play for church service at the Cuchara Chapel. I’m a little rusty on reading music from a hymnal, but I gave it my best shot, and it was so good to see some of my friends from Cuchara. They’re an exceptionally kind and generous group of folks. I’m trying to play monthly for them, and I’d love it if you’re in the area if you could join in too. Stay tuned for future dates.  

What am I up to this week? 

Friday 6-9 I’m back at Bistoro for our First-Friday monthly dinner and music. I love these folks so much, and I respect their passion and their excellent food and drink. These nights are always very special and not to be missed. Please come out for a fun evening of great folks and food and a little bit of music and sharing life.  

Saturday 1-5 I’m playing for a St. Jude fundraiser at Cat's Pourhouse in Pueblo West. This promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music and fun for a good cause helping children’s cancer research and care. There’ll be a silent auction, raffles and prizes, and lots of my music and support. Please come on out even if you don’t have much to give to support this great cause and enjoy an afternoon together.  

Then next Monday 7-8ish I’ll be doing my First-Sunday concert on Monday again for the month. I’m letting you know a week early so you’re not surprised when I talk about it next Monday. I haven’t planned a theme for it, but I’ll come up with something special.  

That’s it for this week. I hope you have something fun planned for Halloween. Hopefully the weather will be good for trick-or-treaters in your area. Think I’ll try to write some more today. :-) 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-299-4769 
When:  Friday, Nov 2, 6-9 pm 
Link:  facebook.com/BistoroPueblo/ 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for the St. Jude fundraiser 
Where:  Cat's Pourhouse, 147 Tiffany Drive, Pueblo West, 719-647-0270 
When:  Saturday, Nov 3, 1-5 pm 
Link:  catspourhouse.com 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Monday, Nov 5, 7-8:15ish pm MDT 
Link:  concertwindow.com/tommunch

Monday, October 22, 2018 - Sunrise Inspiration 

I’ve been posting sunrise pictures on Facebook almost every day this last week, partly because they’ve been exceptionally beautiful and partly because I’ve been up and out at the right time walking our dog Beau. I’m amazed at how these sunrises have awed me and filled me with wonder and energy. As the sky brightens and I start to see the color progress from the horizon over my head into the clouds, I’m delighted and overjoyed. It’s like my spiritual gas gauge is going from ¼ to full to overflowing almost instantly. It’s almost too much to bear, but it’s so wonderful. On days where I feel a little adrift the beauty grounds me and in turn lifts me into those glorious colorful clouds where I remember my place once again as part of this astounding universe. If you’d like to see some of these photos just click on my Facebook page. Everything I post there is public. https://www.facebook.com/tommunch 

What have I been up to? 

The Goodnight Barn Dinner yesterday was really fun, and I got to sing all the old cowboy songs and favorites from the West while helping raise money to restore old Charlie Goodnight's barn on the west side of town. It’s a wonderful piece of history that Pueblo is proud to have.  

What am I up to this week? 

Friday I’m running down to Philmont to hear a great concert with AJ Lee to raise money for Philmont fire relief. I may pitch in with the sound if needed. AJ's a great young California player who’s been gaining fame all around the country.  

Sunday I’m starting to play monthly for the Cuchara Chapel services in Cuchara. I know so many of these folks and have loved playing there over the years, so I’m happy to help there this winter. Come on down if you’re in the area or would like to have a beautiful Sunday morning in the mountains with a little inspiration. Service is at 10:00.  

That’s it for this week. I have some fun things coming up. You can always check my calendar on my website http://tommunch.com/calendar.  

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, 16400 CO Hwy 12, Cuchara, CO 
When:  Sunday, Oct 27, 10:00 am

Monday, October 15, 2018 - Joy in the Moment 

It may surprise you that I am not always the most joyful person. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in whatever is going on in my head and in whatever situation I find myself. But I know better. I can see that there is something amazing in every moment. I can fret over things that distract me or I can smile and find joy in every little thing. This life is so astounding and rewarding when I let it be that way. Every tiny moment holds an infinite number of variables that I can interact with and give to. When I see life this way there is endless opportunity for joy. And joy is infectious and helps us all. So be joyful and express it, my friends.  

What have I been up to? 

My online concert on Monday a couple weeks ago was great fun. I did several Chuck Pyle songs in preparation for the tribute concert to him and several Fall songs as well to celebrate the season. Many good friends joined in from all over the country.  

Friday after that was the big grand opening for Bistoro which was packed and so much fun. It was great to see Joette and Pellumb drinking in their well-earned success.  

Saturday the Chuck Pyle tribute in Denver was grand. I can’t say enough about the fine folks I got to play with and spend time. Word is that we'll do it again next year.  

Sunday the song swap and further Chuck Pyle celebration in Fort Collins was over the top. Such wonderful musicians and such an appreciative crowd. The only downside was driving three hours home that night in the rain.  

Then just last Friday I had a surprise gig at Walter's Brewery in Pueblo. All my regular friends and folks came out for what turned out to be a sweet evening of friendship and music.  

What am I up to this week? 

Sunday 3-6 I’m playing for the Goodnight Barn Dinner at the Pueblo Union Depot. This is a fundraiser for the restoration of the Charles Goodnight barn west of Pueblo. This is the old stone barn that was built by Charles Goodnight when he lived here in the late 1800's. Charles and his partner Oliver Loving established the Goodnight Loving Trail where they drove cattle up into Colorado from Texas. You may also remember that the story of “Lonesome Dove” was based on their lives. Anyway, it’s a great cause that Pueblo should be proud of, and I’m pleased to be playing for it. If you’d like to come you can purchase tickets at https://www.goodnightbarnpueblo.org/. There’s a Facebook event page about it at https://www.facebook.com/events/2566401930251158/.  

That’s it for this week. We got our first snow of the season yesterday, and Beau and I had a chilly but beautiful early walk in it this morning. It was a spectacular (and joyful) time! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for the Goodnight Barn Dinner 
Where:  Pueblo Unions Depot, 132 W B St, Pueblo 
When:  Sunday, Oct 21, 3-6 pm

Monday, October 1, 2018 - How Pain Reflects 

I was playing at the Florence Veterans home Friday morning when a couple of the staff members asked my why I looked sad. This hit me out of the blue because I was having a fairly good morning and was enjoying the songs we were sharing. I thought about it for a minute, and the only reason I could think of for looking sad was that I had bit my lip a day or two before and was maybe reflecting the pain from the sore on my lip that I was feeling as I sang. I don’t think very often about how what I am feeling is reflected in my face or demeanor. A friend of mine is very aware of what people are showing on their face, and he has a funny line he likes to use - “If you’re having a good time then tell your face.” I don’t like to think of myself as unaware, but evidently I show pain in unconscious ways. So spread your joy with your face. Smile and show that flicker of love in your eyes that lights up the world.  

What have I been up to? 

Friday at the Crafty Canary Brewery Grand Opening was crazy fun. It seemed that everyone in Walsenburg came out to celebrate. I can’t wait to go back in the future.  

I didn’t have gigs Saturday and Sunday so I could join my siblings in closing up our mountain cabins for the winter. I’m feeling sore today from all the work, but it was wonderful to feel the Fall and spend some time together.  

What’s up this week? 

Monday 7-8ish is my first-Sunday online concert that I’m playing Monday instead of Sunday as I am playing in Fort Collins on Sunday - more on that in a minute. Please tune in if you can, and log in to comment or send me a text, Facebook message, or email. concertwindow.com/tommunch I love these online concerts.  

Friday 6-9 I’m playing the grand open and ribbon cutting for my good friends at Bistoro restaurant in Pueblo. I have a feeling this will be a very special night. They will be having a special menu, and I’m happy to support them and be a part of their wonderful venue. Make a reservation and come on out if you can. 719–696-9672

Saturday 7-9 I’m playing for the Chuck Pyle tribute at Swallow Hill Daniels Hall in Denver. I got to play this last year with many fine musicians and friends, and I’m so happy to be asked to play it once again. If you didn’t know Chuck's music while he was alive, you owe it to yourself to check it out and come down to the concert if you can.  

Sunday 3-6 I’m playing a second Chuck Pyle tribute and song swap at Avogadro's Number in Fort Collins. This concert will give several musicians a chance to play our own material in addition to some of Chuck's tunes. I didn’t get to play this last year, and I think it will be a blast. Come on out if you’re in the Fort Collins area on Sunday.  

That’s it for this week. Hope you have a pain-free week full of smiles.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Monday, Oct 1, 7-8:15ish pm MDT 
Link:  concertwindow.com/tommunch  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for the grand open and ribbon cutting 
Where:  Bistoro, 109 Central Plaza, Pueblo. 719-696-9672
When:  Friday, Oct 5, 6-9 pm 
Link:  https://www.facebook.com/BistoroPueblo/ 

Who:  Tom Munch and a dozen other fine musicians 
What:  playing a tribute concert to Chuck Pyle 
Where:  Swallow Hill Daniels Hall, 71 E Yale, Denver. 303-777-1003 
When:  Saturday, Oct 6, 7-9 pm 
Link:  https://connect.swallowhillmusic.org/EventTicket/EventDetail/3664/id0/an-evening-of-the-music-of-chuck-pyle-denver-2018 

Who:  Tom Munch and half dozen other fine performers 
What:  playing a tribute concert to Chuck Pyle and son swap 
Where:  Avogadro's Number, 605 S Mason, Fort Collins. 970-493-5555 
When:  Sunday, Oct 7, 3-6 pm 
Link:  http://www.avogadros.com/

Monday, September 24, 2018 - Heart Soaring 

I spent the weekend in the mountains by Crested Butte, Colorado, for my niece’s wedding, and I have to say that the wild places still make my heart soar just like a kid. It was almost too much! So many beautiful peaks in every direction with such rugged embattlements. It’s hard to pin down exactly why they affect me so much. Without a doubt a childhood spent exploring those wild places had a lot to do with it. I used to explore every summer at our grandparents’ cabins in the mountains. But even though I don’t explore as much nowadays, I still get an ancient thrill when I’m washed over by the beauty and timeless power of such majesty. It’s the same thrill I get when I contemplate the stars and the limitless worlds in the universe. I am part of all of this, and it is my home. Amazing! 

What have I been up to? 

Senior Safari a couple weeks ago on Wednesday was so much fun. I saw folks from almost every nursing and senior place I sing for, and although it was a very warm day, it was a beautiful time of friendship, food, music, and zoo animals.  

The Good Sam’s fall event concert was a blast that Friday in Greeley, and I saw so many old friends and familiar faces.  

Then Saturday was great friends and music at the Philmont Philtoberfest in Colorado Springs. I got to pick with some current staffers and share some great food.  

Finally, last weekend in Crested Butte for my niece Laura and her beau Josh was beautiful. Big congrats to them! I played for their Saturday night rehearsal dinner and party to a fine group of friends and family. Then Sunday was a gorgeous chair lift to the top of the mountain and a golden hike among the aspens before a wonderful wedding with spectacular views and a few tears and lots of smiles.  

What’s up this week? 

Friday 6-9 I get to be part of the grand opening of a brand new brewery in Walsenburg called the Crafty Canary. This is a very cool event with some great folks, and I’d be honored to have you there if you like fine beer and my music.  

Then my first-Sunday online concert will be moving this month again to the first Monday of October which happens to be next week on the 1st. I’m giving you a heads-up a week ahead in case you miss my reminder next week. Just point your screen to concertwindow.com/tommunch at 7:00 MDT to listen, and you can log in there to comment if you like.  

What’s on the horizon? 

October 5th 6-9 I get to play for my friends Joette and Pellumb Dhamo at their new restaurant, Bistoro. You’ll recall that they used to have the Neon Alley Bistro in Pueblo, and now they’re ready to start having music at their new location in Central Plaza.  

October 6 and 7 I get to play at 2 concerts honoring the late great Chuck Pyle. The 6th is at Swallow Hill in Denver, and the 7th is at Avogadro’s in Fort Collins. These will be beyond fun.  

That’s it for this week. Bask in the fall, my friends, and enjoy the changing if the seasons.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for a grand opening 
Where:  Crafty Canary Brewery, 105 E. 5th Street, Walsenburg, 719-890-1112 
When:  Friday, September 28, 6-9

Monday, September 10, 2018 - Crud 

Well, we missed a weekend of fun and relaxation due to the crud. It amazes me how quickly our plans have to be changed when illness steps into our path. I had a cold come and go pretty quickly, but I passed it on and it hit my wife Jen a bit harder, and so we needed to stay at home instead of going to the mountains. I seldom take time off, and it really bothered us to miss this fun weekend. So we binge-watched Matt Groening's “Enchanted” instead, and I did a bunch of yard work that needed to be done. I know that having flexibility and the willingness to do something completely different at the drop of a hat can be very fulfilling. I find that some of my best experiences have come about as a result of spontaneous changes and the way creativity allowed me to enjoy the ride. It’s just too bad it had to come about this time through the crud.  

What have I been up to? 

Monday's online concert was one of the best-attended ever. I had such a great group of folks out for Labor Day, and I did a little more mellow show than usual.  
It was very, very nice.  

Thursday was the party at the Yellow Pine, and we had some wonderful folks come out to wind up the season. It’s a good thing we rescheduled for the end of September because it was definitely chilly by the time I packed up around 9:00. I forget how short the season is in the mountains.  

What’s up this week? 

Wednesday 10:30-2:00 is the annual Senior Safari at the Pueblo Zoo. I’ve been playing for this for many, many years now, and I always look forward to what's grown into a huge event. It’s a free day at the zoo for all seniors with my music, pizza, salad, bingo, great camaraderie, and the wonderful animals and folks at the zoo. I play from 10:30-1:00, and then bingo commences to the end.  

Friday I’m playing at a big Good Samaritan’s RV evening in Greeley for folks who I’ve played for many times before. I always love playing for these folks.  

Saturday is the annual Philmont Oktoberfest (Philtoberfest) Party at my good Philmont friends' place in Colorado Springs. This isn’t a public party, but I enjoy it so much that I have to mention it.  It’s great to see old friends, celebrate our friendship, and maybe even share a few songs and stories.  

That’s it for this week. Next week I’m helping to celebrate my niece's wedding in  
Crested Butte, so I won’t have a blog or mailer. Be good to each other, and stay away from the crud. I wish I would have.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What: playing and singing 
Where:  at the Pueblo Zoo for Senior Safari 
When:  Wednesday, Sept 12, 10:30-1

Monday, September 3, 2018 - Giving 

I played a wonderful concert and a wedding reception this past weekend, and the one thing I brought away from both events was giving. I felt myself and others giving without abandon or expectation. It was and is a magical thing. When we open the natural impetus within ourselves to give we become part of the creative flow of all life and existence that makes grass grow and winds blow. It is engaging and fulfilling. Giving makes us a part of each other and a part of the flow. I felt this as I was attempting to take a nap over the weekend, and in between waking and sleeping I fell into a meditative state where I felt myself rising as a ball of light - burning with a sense of purpose and undying energy for this life. That flow of energy makes me want to give and give and give. It’s a wonderful thing.  

What have I been up to? 

Monday and Tuesday were the last two days of the Royal Gorge Bridge for the season for me, and they were both very good. The crowds are dwindling as the summer ends, but they were such nice people, and the weather was perfect other than a bit of wind on Monday.  

Saturday the concert with Ken Saydak was simply a blast. The Merc was packed to the gills, and Ken and I delivered some surprises and some old favorites as well. There was so much love and goodwill in the room.  

Sunday evening I played a wedding reception in a Pueblo back yard for a sweet couple and their friends and family. The dancing was beautiful, and the feeling was real and genuine. Congrats, Randall and Savanna! 

What am I up to this week? 

Monday 7-8ish MDT I'm doing my monthly online living-room concert. (I know, I usually do these on Sunday.) I really love doing these, and I’d love it if you can tune in. Just point your screen to concertwindow.com/tommunch. It’s free, although you can tip if you feel so moved. If you log in you can make comments with everyone else, or if you can’t or don’t want to log in you can send me a message or email with any comments you have.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 is the party I mentioned before for the end of the summer at the Yellow Pine. They decided to move it to the beginning of the month so more folks could be there who will be gone later. Bring your own beverage and an appetizer to share. I’ll be playing music for dancing and enjoyment, and I have a feeling it will turn into a wonderful evening! 

What’s up down the road? 

I just made an agreement to play first-Fridays at Bistoro restaurant in Pueblo. These are the folks who had the Neon Alley Bistro when I played there, and I’m thrilled to get to play for them again in their new location at 109 Central Plaza.  

I’m playing two Chuck Pyle tribute concerts at the beginning of October - the 6th and 7th.  

I’ll be playing Christmas concerts at the Bell Tower in Florence December 1st and the Merc in La Veta December 15th.  

More details as we get nearer to those dates. My calendar is always up to date on my website too - http://tommunch.com.  

I’d better run for now. It’s a rainy day, and I have much to do. Give all you can, folks. It’s the stuff of life.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  online at https://concertwindow.com/tommunch 
When:  Sunday, Sept 3, 7-8:15ish pm MDT 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing for a community party  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, Sept 6, 6:30-8:30 pm

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