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

Monday, December 18, 2017 - Dreams, Part Deux 

I had a couple weird dreams last night, and so I thought I’d write about dreams - especially since they are so prominent in Christmas themes. Last night I didn’t have sugar plums dancing in my head, but I did have a weird hospital dream where strange things were happening. I won’t go into it because my dreams often shift so quickly from one thing to another that they’re very incoherent and hard to explain. I probably dreamt of a hospital because a friend is just wrapping up a hospital stay. But dreams seem to be where we work out concerns or envision utopian landscapes. I just finished a book over the weekend called “The Four Agreements” which poses that everything that happens in life is part of either our individual or collective waking dream of reality. That’s an interesting concept - thinking that each of us has a dream of what we think life should be, and we make it happen by our vision of the dream. It goes along with my idea that we make our own reality - choosing what we want our life to be every day. I see this in Christmas too. I carry a dream of what Christmas should be, and I celebrate it according to that dream or vision I have for it. And as a society we do this too. I just watched a documentary about Santa Claus that showed how he developed in history from Saint Nicholas. I had no idea that his concept had changed so much over history and that other cultures have such a different view of him and how they celebrate this season. (Call me the dumb American.) And he’s part of this whole cultural Christmas celebration dream every year - from the gifts to the music, food, shows, and traditions we share. And it brings up one of my favorite Christmas songs that looks like might be true for southern Colorado this year - “White Christmas”. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, and it looks like we’re going to have one! So dream big, my friends, and have a Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season! 

What happened last week? 

Friday night at PDubs was a great crowd, and many Christmas songs were sung. Thanks to everyone who came out and made it so much fun.  

What’s up this week? 

Wednesday night is big doin's at the Pueblo Zoo. I’ve teamed with the folks at the zoo to do a live walk-around of their ElectriCritters light display and two hour's worth of music outdoors and indoors. It all starts at 5:20 before the gates open when I’ll walk through the display for 10 minutes or so singing and broadcasting on my Concert Window channel at concertwindow.com/tommunch and the zoo folks will do the same on their Facebook page at facebook.com/pueblozoo. Then we’ll open the gates and plug into the sound system and pick up the online broadcast to sing carols and sing-along at 5:45 at the zoo outdoor stage (called the “Den”) where they’ll have hot drinks in addition to their Candy Cane Cafe where they have more hot drinks and goodies. We’ll wrap up the outdoor portion of the evening at 6:45 and move indoors to their classroom decorated for Christmas where we’ll do more singing and broadcasting in a warmer and more intimate setting. The whole thing will wrap up at 8:00 which will give folks another half hour to see the lights until they close the gates at 8:30. It will be a great celebration of Christmas, and I hope it sounds like something everyone will want to be part of. It’s supposed to get cold later that night, but hopefully it will be relatively nice after a predicted high of 57° that day. This is part of the zoo's nightly ElectriCritters display Dec 15-23 and 26-30.  

Tickets are  

Advance (bought before event hours):  
Non-member adult: $6 
Non-member child: $4 
  
Member adult: $4 
Member child: $3 

Regular (Bought during event hours):  
Non-member adult: $7 
Non-member child: $5 

Member adult: $5 
Member child: $4 

Friday night 6-9 I’m back at Neon Alley Bistro for a special night of great food, friends, and Christmas music. Being so close to Christmas it will feel extra–special being together that night, and I know the spirit and love will be flowing. Please come out for a warm night of Christmas friendship. Maybe we’ll do some sing-along there as well if folks are up to it.  

That’s it for this week. I don’t know if I’ll do a mailer next week with Christmas, so I’ll wish you all the best for a wonderful Christmas Day and a Happy and safe New Year's Eve and New Year's Day (in case I miss next week too.) 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing and broadcasting  
Where:  Pueblo Zoo, 3455 Nuckolls Ave, Pueblo, 719-561-1452 
When:  Wednesday, 5:20, 5:45-6:45, and 7-8 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Neon Alley Bistro, 304 S Victoria Ave Ste D, Pueblo, 719-299-4769 
When:  Friday, December 22, 6-9 pm

Monday, December 11, 2017 - Pacing Ourselves 

One of the more interesting things about the holiday season is how we wax and wane with our enthusiasm. I often tell my audiences at this time of the year to pace themselves with the Christmas spirit. I’m surprised that some of them really don’t want to hear Christmas music by the second week of December because they’re already burnt out on it, having heard it non-stop for weeks. That’s unfortunate, and I think we often attribute that to the over-saturation of Christmas ads and syrupy happiness we see. I see that too, but the warmth and joy of the Season is too big to just brush aside. I don’t know where the magic of the season comes from for me. Maybe it’s the memories of Christmases when I was a child or the traditions I know have been handed down for generations. Maybe it’s the giving and forgetting of our differences to try to attain peace for just a brief time. Whatever it is (and it’s all of these things) it fills me with spirit that I can’t resist. But I don’t start too early, and I don’t let myself be bombarded by ever-present advertising and pressure. I pace myself with little meaningful bits and ground myself with real stories and genuine connections. That way it stands as strong as ever, and I peak my spirit on Christmas Day.  

What have I been up to? 

Friday at Neon Alley Bistro was so much fun, and the food was so tasty. It’s always an experience and a delight to be there and drink in the atmosphere that the folks exude. If you haven’t been you’re missing out on some of the best food in Pueblo and nicest folks around. My music seems to fit right in.  

Sunday night at the Littleton Museum for their Holidays Evening was really cool (atmosphere and temperature!) they really know how to put on a Christmas party, and I was thrilled to see family and friends from the Denver area out to celebrate the season. They had bonfires and cider and great cookies as well as fun stuff like Gus, the Yule Goat! I loved it! 

What’s up this week? 

Friday night I’m back at PDub Brewing 6-9 in Pueblo West. I’m enjoying my visits there and their seasonal beers like their pumpkin beer that I wasn’t sure I’d like but really enjoyed! Come on out for a beer and a sandwich with some cool holiday music.  

What’s on the horizon? 

I set up a really neat gig with the Pueblo Zoo on Wednesday, December 20th 5:20-8 to help them celebrate their nightly 15-23 and 26-30 ElectriCritters light display. I’ll be playing outdoors and indoors as well as broadcasting live online at concertwindow.com/tommunch to ring in the Christmas season starting with a live walk-around of the light display at 5:20, then after the gates open at 5:30 I’ll do a sing-along of Christmas tunes on their outdoor stage (if the weather is nice enough) from 5:45-6:45, and finally I’ll go inside to close out the evening with a fun and sweet Christmas concert from 7-8. I’m really looking forward to this and hope it’s something everyone will want to join in on. Dress warmly and bring your Christmas spirit. Prices are:  

Advance (bought before event hours):  
Non-member adult: $6 
Non-member child: $4 
  
Member adult: $4 
Member child: $3 

Regular (Bought during event hours):  
Non-member adult: $7 
Non-member child: $5 

Member adult: $5 
Member child: $4 

You can find more details on the Zoo's Facebook page facebook.com/pueblozoo, and they’ll also broadcast the walk-around on Facebook live at 5:20 that day.  

That’s it for this week. I’m really enjoying the season, and I hope you are too. Pace yourself and it can be a season to remember.  

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, December 15, 6-9 pm

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