Monday, August 27, 2018 - Common Bonds 

I’m putting together a show for this Saturday with Ken Saydak, a renowned piano player and singer living in La Veta who has played all over the world. Ken and I are from different musical backgrounds, or so it would seem, but I find that as we are putting our show together we have so much in common. We both are striving toward the good stuff - the songs that say something meaningful in a genuine way with interesting musical changes and harmonies. We both have a sincere love of good music and good writing. It will be a fine show, I can tell, and I’m looking forward to it.  And it makes me realize that finding things in common with new and old friends is happening more and more every day. It’s easy to bond over common experiences, common backgrounds, common loves even though some people I meet are from different cultures and different parts of the globe. I have always believed that somewhere in our makeup of cosmic dust and energy we are all connected and that science will someday find this in a profound way. It’s gratifying when I see it in my everyday experience in such tangible ways. There is so much more going on than we see, and when we stop long enough to feel it the world is a wondrous place.  

What have I been up to? 

Monday and Tuesday at the Royal Gorge Bridge were very enjoyable days. Monday was a perfect day with kind people from all over the place. Tuesday was a bit of a mixup. I was not booked to be there, but somehow I still had taken the day off from my other gigs and had the Gorge on my calendar. So I showed up to find someone else on the stage setting up, and then I called the stage coordinator who said I must be supposed to perform on the other side of the bridge on the visitor deck. So I ran over and set up there and had some really kind folks listening as we endured through some spitting rain. A couple hours into the gig I got an email that I wasn’t scheduled to play but that they were happy I was there and would pay me anyway. It’s then that I checked the contract in the cloud and saw that indeed the day was not on the schedule. What can I say? I’m an idiot sometimes. It all worked out for the good, and I met some great folks.  

Thursday was the Yellow Pine Barbecue, and it ended up being the last one of the season as we can’t get food from the barbecue folks in Alamosa after last week. We had a stellar group of folks out for the night, and it was a fitting end to a memorable summer with the fire and all the angst and joy that was felt up and down the Cuchara valley. I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful community up there.  

Saturday was the FARmm to Table Fun Run and Dinner at the Abbey Winery in Cañon City, and what a super group of folks were there. I played for the runners and the diners while they ran and enjoyed a beautiful evening with just a couple drops of rain on the gorgeous lawn by the winery. I had some fine friends come from Pueblo West and Castle Rock to be part of the evening.  

What’s up this week? 

Monday and Tuesday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge for the final week of the season for me, and I’m truly looking forward to these two days. I forget how much I enjoy the views, the mountain air, and the new faces from all over the world at the Gorge. Come join me if you can.  

Thursday will not be the Yellow Pine Barbecue. As I said above, we can’t get food for this week, so last week will end up being the grand finale. It’s sad to wrap up the season, but we will do a last hurrah for the summer the last Thursday of September at the Yellow Pine for the locals with BYOB and BYOA (appetizer) that will be a great party.  

Saturday 7-9 is the concert with the Ken Saydak at the La Veta Mercantile in La Veta. As I wrote above this show is really coming together nicely to be a grand experience, and I’d love to have you all there. We will do some of the stuff you know each of us for,  but we are both putting our own spin on each other’s music and doing some unique music together as well. It’s going to surprise even us! I can’t wait to have you hear it.  

Sunday I won’t be doing my First-Sunday Online Concert because I’m playing a wedding reception that evening that I scheduled many, many months ago, but never fear, the online concert will occur the following night on Labor Day at the same time and place - 7:00 MDT at concertwindow.com/tommunch.  

That’s it for this week. The last week of summer is always a little bittersweet, but I have so many fun things planned, and I can’t wait to find more things in common with folks even today at the Gorge. Have a great week, folks! 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday, and Tuesday Aug 7 and 28, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch and Ken Saydak 
What:  playing and singing a concert 
Where:  La Veta Mercantile (The Merc), 300 South Main Street, La Veta 719-742-3387 
When:  Saturday, Sept 1, 7-9 pm 

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

Monday, August 20, 2018 - WYSIWYG 

I’m thinking this morning about the games we play in life. At this stage of my life  I’m finding that I don’t want to play games anymore. When I was younger I was all about clever interactions with people and ways I could get my way through sometimes almost deviant manipulation. I know that sounds sinister, but I definitely went through a time where I functioned like that. And at some point I gave it up. It could have been an epiphany of wisdom, or it might have been just laziness since it’s so much work to keep juggling all the balls in the air of different lies and stories. Either way, I find that it’s so much more worthwhile to just give people yourself without all the baggage. I remember a conference I went to a decade ago where I met many people I knew online and had chatted with often. Meeting people in person after knowing them online is an experience where all the conceptions you’ve had about a person gets realized in the flesh. Some people are exactly who you thought they were, and some are totally different.  I remember in the aftermath that one of the folks said that I was exactly “What You See Is What You Get.” (WYSIWYG) I think that’s a great way to live. I don’t know why we ever develop all the layers of complexity in our relationships that we do, but try just being who you are - naked and unafraid - and see where it gets you. At least it’s a more peaceful way to live - and more honest.  

What have I been up to? 

Monday at the Royal Gorge Bridge was a wonderful day. Jen traveled with me, and I had some really nice folks sit down and listen and interact with me. I even did almost a whole set of Beatles music with folks singing along and cheering.  

Thursday at the Yellow Pine Barbecue was a packed house with such enthusiastic friends and beautiful people. It was a treat! 

Saturday the rain stopped just in time for a sweet concert at Deerprint  
Wine in La Veta. I had so many friends and familiar faces come out. I did a bunch o favorites and even some 60's tunes and a little Aretha Franklin to pay tribute to her. RIP, Aretha.  

What’s up this week? 

Monday and Tuesday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the south side stage. The summer is winding down up there, but I’m still having really good crowds of kind folks and music lovers. I’d love to have you up there if you’re looking for a fun day outdoors.  

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m at the Yellow Pine once again for the barbecue if we get enough reservations. Last week was such a packed house that I imagine we’ll have a bunch of folks who want to have some tasty barbecue and my music in the old barn at least one more time before the end of summer. It’s such a great tradition. Please call by Tuesday if you’d like to come - 719-742-3528.  

Saturday 5ish to 7:30 I’m playing a new event for me. Fremont Adventure Recreation is having a Farm-to-Table 5-mile fun run and dinner at the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey to showcase growers and culinary artists in Cañon City. It’s $30 for the run with dinner and wine pairings or $25 for youth or no wine. I don’t know how close it is to being sold out, so I you'd like to come I’d suggest checking it out ASAP. There’s more info on their website http://www.joinfar.org/farmm-to-table-run.html and on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/654182721590876/. It sounds like a great time! Join me if it sounds like fun to you too! 

That’s it for this week. I hope your summer has been good.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday, and Tuesday Aug 20 and 21, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, Aug 23, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing for the FARmmm to Table Fun Run and Dinner 
Where:  the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, Cañon City  
When:  Saturday, Aug 25, 5:15-7:30

Monday, August 13, 2018 - Connectedness 

I played yesterday for a couple chapel services in Cuchara where the topic of the sermon was oneness. One of the examples of oneness that was used was an aspen grove. An aspen grove is many trees that all share the same root system, so in reality they are really all one tree. This is very cool, but it goes even deeper than this example of oneness. The trees actually share a system of fungi with all the other trees and plants of the forest that make them all connected and part of each other. You can listen to a great show about this here on the show, Radiolab - wnycstudios.org/story/from-tree-to-shining-tree/ 
And it brings about another idea that I have written about before - our connectedness to each other and the world around us. We are connected through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the thoughts we share, and the energy we put out into the universe. And in turn we are connected to the earth below us and the universe all around us through  our very molecules and structure. On every level I can think of, from spirituality to quantum physics to everyday interactions, we are connected to each other in ways that affect everything we do. Give a listen to the show above when you have time (it's fun), and let your mind be opened to the enormity of our connectedness.  

What have I been up to? 

Monday and Tuesday at the Royal Gorge Bridge were beautiful days with really nice folks coming out for a day of beautiful views.  

Thursday at the Yellow Pine barbecue was an evening with a huge family reunion of folks that were really enjoyable. They even got up and sang a medley of family-favorite hymns that wowed us.  

Sunday playing for chapel services in Cuchara was a very rewarding time of friendship and memories. I sang an old hymn tha my grandpa taught me called "Murmur." There's a video on YouTube of it here - youtu.be/Gn5sbd-pyds. 

What am I up to this week? 

Monday I'm at the Royal Gorge Bridge 12:30-4:30 again for what should be a beautiful day. I really enjoy these gorgeous (pun intended) days. Come on up if you can.  

Thursday is the Yellow Pine Barbecue 6:30-8:30. This may be the last barbecue of the season if we don't get enough reservations for the next two Thursdays - the 23rd and 30th. If you'd like to come this week make sure you make a reservation by Tuesday so they can order enough food, and if you'd like to come the next two Thursdays please call and make a reservation ASAP - 719-742-3528.  

Saturday 6:00-8:00 is a fun concert at Deerprint Wine in La Veta. This is a lovely venue in La Veta, and I've never gotten to play on the outdoor stage before, so I'm really looking forward to it. Tickets can be purchased at https://squareup.com/store/deerprint-wine-and-bistro. I'd love to have you there if you're up for an evening of music and wine under the shadow of the Spanish Peaks. There's more info on their website - deerprintwine.com and on their Facebook page - facebook.com/Deerprint and event page - facebook.com/events/1938692956461166/.  

That's it for this week. I'm working on a fun concert on September 1 with a Ken Saydak at the Merc in La Veta, and I have a couple other fun things coming up. I still need to book some fall and winter gigs in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Stay tuned for those. And my latest album about Love is coming together in my head although I don't have any finished songs yet. My inner hippy is speaking. ;-) 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday, Aug 13, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, Aug 16, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing 
Where:  Deerprint Wine & Bistro, 106 E. Francisco, La Veta, 719-650-2079 
When:  Saturday, August 18, 6-8ish pm

Monday, August 6, 2018 - Feeling the Earth 

When I walk Beau in the morning I get an intimate feeling for the earth around me. It is something I’ve felt throughout my life when I am in nature. As I walk I feel the hum of energy through my feet from the dirt and the grass as my foot flexes with the undulations on the ground. There is a knowing deep inside me that I am one with the earth and the stars. It’s where I came from and where I someday will return. It’s the connection I feel in music as the harmonic vibrations of the earth or the nourishment from good food from the earth and the sun. It humbles me and also makes me feel powerful as part of this amazing flow of energy. And as you might guess from my tone it’s not tied to any set of teachings, it’s just the way I have always felt. It is a timeless knowing that is revealed to me more and more every year. It’s a great benefit of growing older. And every day I work to meld this knowing with the minutiae of life that sometimes makes me forget myself.  

What have I been up to? 

Last Monday and Tuesday were wonderful days at the Royal Gorge Bridge. I forgot my mixer on Monday and had to only play instrumental guitar tunes all day. That was a little challenging, but I made it through and actually enjoyed it. 

Thursday was a beautiful night at the Yellow Pine. We had some really nice folks out early, and they all left earlier than usual too even though we had a good night. Strange, but fun. 

Friday night was the outdoor concert at Lucy’s RV Park in La Veta. It was another beautiful night under the stars (the rain cleared off) where so many good friends gathered to share a special night. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Saturday I played at the Celebrate Aguilar Festival in the morning to some fine new faces in the park after the parade. It was nice to get to know Aguilar a little bit. 

Sunday I didn’t end up playing at the Cuchara Chapel for morning services as I had sent out in an additional email, but I’ll be there this week. 

Sunday was also my online concert where I did a bunch of favorite tunes I hadn’t played yet online. I had some really great folks tune in and comment. 

What am I up to this week? 

Monday and Tuesday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge. They’re predicting rain, so it could be a couple of interesting days. I usually really enjoy the rainy days up there as well, but the stage setup is different this year, so I may be really scrambling to stay dry. Come watch the fun! 

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m back at the Yellow Pine Barbecue. I keep telling you how special these evenings are, and I mean it. I wish you all could experience the barbecue, music, and friendship in the old barn. If you’re interested, call 719-742-3528 by Tuesday to make a reservation for Thursday. 

Sunday morning I’ll be playing music before and during the 9:30 and 11:00 services at the Cuchara Chapel in Cuchara. I really like playing gospel and spiritual songs, and I’m honored to get to play for these nice folks in Cuchara. 

That’s it for this week. The summer is starting to coast to the end, and kids are starting to head back to school. Summers seem so short anymore. Enjoy it, my friends, and keep your feet in the earth. 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday and Tuesday, Aug 6 and 7, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, Aug 9, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for chapel services 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel - on the east side of the highway just past main street in Cuchara  
When:  Sunday, Aug 12, 9:30 and 11:00 am

Monday, July 30, 2018 - Limbo 

Last week was the first week I’ve played back in the Cuchara Valley since the tremendous fire that swept through the area a month ago.  To say it was surreal is an understatement.  Anyone who has been through a cataclysmic event knows the realities of having your life upended and rearranged.  Folks were in limbo for a couple weeks there - not knowing if they would have to evacuate and whether they would have a home when it was all over.  It resets your priorities, and it makes you feel at sea for a long time.  And it gives you abandon to truly enjoy the little and big things of life.  All the events I played had folks feeling joyous and free like I seldom see.  They were so thankful and so united - and they danced and laughed.  It was very heartening, and I felt blessed to be a part of the celebration.  Truly this is the stuff of life - enjoying our time here without fear or worry.  I saw it personally at Philmont and in New Mexico after the fire the month before.  I saw it personally at the Royal Gorge Bridge when the fire swept through there several years ago, and we saw it globally after 9/11.  These events that stop us and put us in limbo are gifts that help us see how life can be lived every day.  Enjoy life, my friend.  It’s why we’re here. 

What have I been up to? 

Monday at the Royal Gorge Bridge was a lot of fun although it was a little hectic dealing with rain most of the day.  It never really rained hard, but it kept sprinkling off and on, and I tried to set up tarps for protection without much luck.  In the future I’ll just be ready to pack up and go when it rains. 

Thursday was a wonderful evening at the Yellow Pine barbecue.  It was good to see the folks and share memories.  I love this place! 

Friday was a party played with my friend Dennis Mills on bass and vocals at a house in Cuchara where we partied like there was no tomorrow.  Everyone was so joyous after the fire.  Happy Birthday, Danette! 

Saturday was DJ’ing for the La Veta Fire Auxiliary folks.  It was great to see the volunteer firefighters and thank them for there heroic efforts during the fire.  Everyone was in high spirits and full of emotion as we watched the slides of the firefighting and then danced ’til the wee hours. 

Sunday was the Feed Store concert in Westcliffe which was really well attended.  I was a little beat up after several busy days and late nights, but I had a great list of songs that carried right up to the end of the show when rain forced us to back into the amphitheater and sing the last song acoustically with great harmonies from the audience gathered ‘round.  Magical! 

What’s up this week? 

Monday and Tuesday 12:30-4:30  I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge for two afternoons of fun.  I really get to stretch out and do some cool and unexpected tunes as I interact with the tourists rolling through.  Come on out if you’re in the area. 

Thursday 6:30-8:30 I’m back at the Yellow Pine Barbecue.  I still haven’t seen all my friends from Cuchara, and I aspect this week will bring even more out to celebrate and enjoy great barbecue in the old barn.  As always call 719-742-3528 for reservations by Tuesday if you want to come. 

Friday 6:30-8:00 I’m playing a free concert at I Love Lucy’s RV Park in La Veta.  This is always a very special event on the great little stage at Lucy’s.  Bring a lawn chair and something to drink, and there’ll be popcorn and good music to share! 

Saturday 10:30-12:00 I’m playing the Celebrate Aguilar Street Festival and Car Show in Aguilar.  I’ve never played this before, but my friend Sandy Dolak suggested me for this and it looks like it will be a fine event.  Come on out and enjoy the history and town of Aguilar! 

Sunday I’m playing music before and also during the services at 9:30 and 11:00 at the Cuchara Chapel.  I always enjoy getting to play spiritual songs and old hymns, and the folks in Cuchara are like family.  Come on out if you can.

Sunday 7:00-8:15ish MDT I’ll be doing my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert at concertwindow.com/tommunch.  I SO enjoy seeing everyone around the country at these online concerts.  It’s my chance to connect with so many who don’t live in the immediate area.  Please tune in if you can. 

That’s it for this week.  This is one crazy rollercoaster ride of a summer. 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday and Tuesday, July 30 and 31, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, Aug 2, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing an outdoor concert 
Where:  I Love Lucy's Place RV Park, 226 W. Grand Avenue, La Veta. 719-742-3252 
When:  Friday, Aug 3, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing at the Celebrate Aguilar Festival 
Where:  Aguilar, CO, on the street! 
When:  Saturday, Aug 4, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 

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

Monday, July 23, 2018 - Sincerity 

I just got back from a family-filled weekend at my nephew's wedding. It was a beautiful event with near-perfect weather. Throughout the whole weekend what struck me over and over was the thought of sincerity. Everyone at the wedding was so sincere and genuine in their thoughts and expressions to each other. I take this for granted usually because our family has not normally been one for emotional games, but I know this isn’t the way it is in so many places in our lives. From advertising to politics to interactions in everyday life we are always questioning motives and agendas. What a different world it would be if everyone understood that we are here to enjoy life and live it with abandon. What happiness could be had from seeing the big picture that we all are part of each other and can know more joy by helping than by hurting. We get so wrapped up in our lives that we forget who we are and why we are here. I write these words to encourage myself as well. There is more fulfillment in giving than receiving, and there is more peace in sincerity than game-playing.  

What have I been up to? 

Tuesday and Wednesday were really nice at the Royal Gorge Bridge. I meet such fine folks there, and I even had some old friends celebrating anniversaries who came up. It was marvelous! 

Friday and Saturday were wedding celebrations with family and singing and providing sound for the other wonderful musicians, Diana and Teed, who joined in the festivities. It was beautiful. Congrats, Eric and Katie! 

What am I up to this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’ll be at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Hopefully it will be fine day although we may get some rain.  

Thursday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Yellow Pine for the first barbecue since the fire. I’m SO looking forward to seeing everyone. There will be many hugs and fond greetings. Everyone is so glad to be through such a trial. Come on up of you can, but call by Tuesday for reservations. 719-742-3528 

Friday I’m playing a private party in Cuchara with my good friend and bassist, Dennis Mills. It will be a fun and crazy night for sure! 

Saturday 6-10 I’m playing and DJ'ing for the La Veta Fire Department Auxiliary fundraiser in Cuchara. It’ll be good to thank the folks who did so much to protect the place that so many love. Come on out for a great time of dancing and sharing! 

Sunday 2:00-4:30 I’m playing a free concert in Westcliffe at the Feed Store Amphitheater. I look forward to seeing the folks and playing at this amazing venue each year. If you’ve never been it’s a highlight of my year. It’s such a beautiful park and setting under the Sangre de Cristo mountains. I’d love to have you there.  

This is one crazy week. Send me some good juju to keep up my stamina. I’ll be loving it.  

I’d better run. I hope to see you soon. As Chuck Pyle said, “Always be sincere - even if you don’t mean it.” Seriously though, be sincere and genuine.  It makes life so much more loving.  

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday, July 23, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and DJ'ing for the La Veta Fire Department Auxiliary fundraiser 
Where:  Cuchara Rec Hall 
When:  Saturday, July 28, 6-10 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert in the mountains 
Where:  The Feed Store Amphitheater, 116 North 2nd Street, Westcliffe.  719-783-2771 
When:  Sunday, July 29, 2-4:30 pm

Monday, July 16, 2018 - Frustration and Peace 

I’m running like a chicken with its head cut off this morning, but I’ll try to find some peace to write to you.  I often write about finding peace, and as I’m flying crazy this morning I’ll bring you along for the ride.  I got myself worked up over several things early this morning.  One was frustration with people striving and fighting and bringing chaos to their lives.  It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the minutia of everyday life and then strike out at others.  I always feel that this comes from forgetting who we are in the world and forgetting why we came here.  We are here to experience life on this planet in these bodies, and every individual moment is really all we need to concentrate on.  There is a little piece of love in every moment.  It doesn’t matter what happened a moment ago or what we think will happen in the next moment.  This moment now is amazing and full of every possibility we could ever dream of.  And our whole life is really just a moment, and all of history is really just a moment.  I don’t mean that it is short.  I mean that all of time throughout all eternity is really just a moment.  (I just read a science book called “The Order of Time” by Carlo Rovelli, so my mind is wrapped up with understanding time right now, but there’s some good wisdom here.)  At some point when we leave this world we will realize that all of time happens all at once and not as a linear series of moments as we experience now.  Our bodies can really only understand time in a linear way, but this concept helps me rise above the frustration of the day, and I get little glimpses of this understanding of time that fill me with peace.  I know this isn’t making much sense.  Maybe give a read to this book or others about time and space and maybe it will bring you a little peace too. 

What have I been up to? 

Monday was a really nice day at the Royal Gorge Bridge. I even had friends visit who had been ousted from their house by the Spring Fire but luckily didn’t get burned out. 

Tuesday was playing for the rafting Scouts who were very receptive to my music and very excited about getting to hike Colorado in lieu of hiking at Philmont this summer. 

What am I up to this week? 

Monday and Tuesday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge.  This summer has been very refreshing at the bridge with some very nice folks and some opportunities to play a wide variety of music.  Come on up if you get the chance. 

Thursday I won’t be at the Yellow Pine for the barbecue.  We’ll start the barbecue up next week (the 26th), and I’ll be so excited to see my good friends up there and give some hugs and share some stories about the fire.  I miss those folks! 

Friday and Saturday I’m spending with family celebrating my nephew Eric’s marriage to his lovely gal Katie and providing sound and playing some my own self as well.  This will be a wonderful weekend! 

That’s it for this week.  Life is good.  I’m working on my fall schedule and hoping to book things around the area so I can see more of you.  Of course, we always have my First-Sunday online concerts where I get to see you all over the ether of the internet.  I have a couple benefit concerts coming up for the fires - more next week 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm 

Monday, July 9, 2018 - Love and Loss 

My mind is swirling with all the inputs I’ve had over the last week. I’ve seen good friends and shared smiles and hugs at a reunion. I’ve watched tragedies and shed a tear for those who have loss in the fires. I’ve looked to the future and watched those starting new lives with loving joy with wedding plans for my nephew. I’ve shared time with those setting out on an adventure with young musicians just getting their feet under them. There’s just so much going on all around me at every extreme. And this is what life’s about, but this week was turned up to 11 for me. And it really charges me up when I’m feeling a little run down and am forgetting my joy for the moment. Life is so good. Reminds me of an old Cliff Richard song, “Such Is the Mystery.” 

Let the day fall all around you 

And let the breath of life surround you 

What a day. It should be a holiday 

Love your life, my friends.  

What have I been up to? 

Monday and Tuesday at the Royal Gorge Bridge last week were hot days, but I met some great people and shared some great music. It’s such a neat place to play.  

Monday night I got to spread some patriotic cheer playing a few tunes for my friend Mari’s quilting group tribute to women veterans.  

Saturday I got to play a concert for a mini-reunion at Philmont Scout Ranch and their dedication of a new staff association office. It was a beautiful night of music under the stars. My friend Ellyn Washburne backed me up on fiddle and vocals on several tunes to round out the evening.  

What’s up this week? 

Monday 12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the south side stage again. I talk about how much I love doing this gig, and it’s true. Please stop by if you’d like a fun afternoon.  

Tuesday I’m playing for the only group of rafting scouts I get to play for this summer. It’s sad that the Ute Park Fire affected so many of folks with the closing of Philmont to hikers this summer. I enjoy the enthusiasm and spirit these young people have.  

Thursday we won’t be doing the barbecue at the Yellow Pine this week. Cuchara is still under evacuation, and I’m sure we’ll need a week or more to get back and running once everyone is back.  

Sunday I was going to play at the Cuchara chapel a couple times for services and a memorial, but I’m sure those are delayed for now. That’s okay. There’s lots more to do to get ready for my nephew’s wedding in two weeks! 

That’s it for this week. There’s never a dull moment in our lives, and living to the fullest should be like this.  

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  

What: playing and singing  

Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 

When: Monday, July 9, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm

Monday, July 2, 2018 - Dealing with Angst 

Once again we have great angst and worry in our lives.  This time it’s again caused by fires - an all-too-common theme in the summertime West.  There’s just an abundance of dry fuel combined with hot and windy days, and one spark is all it takes.  I’ve seen all kinds of emotions in the mountain towns affected - fear, anger, empathy, love, confusion, peacefulness, vigilance.  I can relate to all of these.  The power of the unknown and the uncertainty of the future is something we live with everyday, but it isn’t quite as present as when a giant monster cloud of smoke and ash is bearing down on us.  I know everything will be okay even if it doesn’t resemble what I know now.  People will rebuild and the mountains will recover in their own beautiful ways.  That is what always drives me.  I believe that there is always more love to be shared and a better future to be found - it’s just how we choose to look at it.  We can be fearful and doubting or we can be loving and supportive of ourselves and each other.  All things will pass.  All of these forces are part of us, and that is again part of the magic and mystery of the universe and our time here. 

What have I been up to? 

Monday and Tuesday last week at the Royal Gorge Bridge were great!  Monday was one of the most beautiful days I can remember there - perfect weather and beautiful views.  Tuesday I got to interact with so many people on the visitor deck, and that was even cooler! 

Thursday was an impromptu fundraiser for the firefighters at the Yellow Pine as the fire was just getting going and no one knew that Cuchara and the Yellow Pine would be evacuated the very next day.  We couldn’t get meat from the barbecue people in Alamosa with La Veta Pass being closed temporarily and then permanently, so Lee and the staff arranged for a free sandwiches and appetizers meal with all moneys contributed going to the La Veta Fire Protection folks.  Unfortunately we didn’t get a lot of folks to come out - once again there was too much angst in the air with the approaching fire. 

Saturday was a wonderful party for my niece Laura and her fiancee Josh that was really fun.  Really looking forward to your wedding, you two! 

Sunday was a fundraiser for VFW Post 4051 arranged my RV friends Galen and Sue Steele.  I immensely enjoyed talking to these folks and sharing an afternoon with them.  We didn’t raise quite as much money as we had hoped, but it was all good. 

Sunday was also my First-Sunday Online Living Room Concert.  I definitely was more contemplative with the fire on my mind, and I picked a number of songs that fit the mood.  Many said it was just what they needed. 

What am I up to this week? 

Monday and Tuesday 12:30-4:30 I’m back at the Royal Gorge Bridge.  I’m on the south side by the bridge both days this week.  If you have family in town or are traveling through please stop by and enjoy some music. 

Monday night I’m playing a private tribute to local women veterans and active service members that should be rewarding.  I love doing these kinds of events. 

Thursday I won’t be at the Yellow Pine for the barbecue.  Please send good thoughts and energy to all those fighting the fires and displaced and affected by this ongoing situation.  The Yellow Pine is the headquarters for the firefighting operations in Cuchara with their big pastures for structural and firefighting operations and even a helipad and the pond for water supply. 

Saturday I also won’t be at Art in the Park in La Veta.  They’ve had to cancel all their Independence Day weekend celebrations this year with the fire.   Again send them good energy. 

Saturday I will be doing a special concert at Philmont Scout Ranch for the staff and the folks who are down to dedicate a new building for the staff association.  I love playing for the folks at Philmont, and with no campers there until the middle of July this will be a special chance to do a show with lots of energy and camaraderie amongst the staff.  I’m really looking forward to it! 

That’s it for this week.  Remember that angst is just a reminder that we are here a short time and should enjoy it to the fullest. 

Best always, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just east of the bridge 
When: Monday and Tuesday, July 2 and 3, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm

Monday, June 25, 2018 - Beauty of Dance 

I played for a dance with my good friend Don Richmond in the afternoon last Saturday in the mountains, and then I sat and watched the dancers continue as Don and the Rifters played into the evening. I was mesmerized, and it made me remember all over again one of the beauties of our experience here on earth. The energy we pass back and forth and the togetherness that syncing in rhythm with another and others is a marvelous part of our physicality. Cultures as far back as history reaches have had dance as a major fixture. It is a joyous expression of movement and breath and grace and gravity. As I played I drove the dance, and as they danced the dancers drove me. It builds a fire of spirit and oneness that is beyond amazing.  

What have I been up to? 

The Royal Gorge last Monday and Tuesday was a lot fun. I had perfect weather and very sweet folks to play to and interact with. It’s just about perfect up there some days.  

The Yellow Pine on Thursday was great too. I got to see so many good friends, and the folks of La Veta and Cuchara are so genuine and friendly. I love it! 

The river dance on Saturday topped it off with some real magic. It was great to pick with Don, and I even got to catch up with some Philmont friends there. Wonderful! 

What’s up this week? 

Monday and Tuesday  12:30-4:30 I’m at the Royal Gorge Bridge again.  Tuesday I’m on the north Visitor Deck which was really fun last time.  If you’re in the area come on in and say “Hi!” 

Thursday 6:30-8:30  I’m back at the Yellow Pine for the barbecue.  Is SO enjoy these evenings in the old barn.  As always if you’d like to come please make a reservation by Tuesday so they can plan enough food - 719-742-3528. 

Saturday I’m playing a party for my niece Laura and her fiancee Josh.  I’m looking forward to that as well! 

Sunday 1:00 and 2:30 I’m playing two 45-minute sets for a fundraiser for VFW Post 4051 in Colorado Springs. It is an honor to help raise money for the veterans in Colorado Springs, and a couple of my RV friends from Good Sam’s are helping to put this on.  Come on out and help support veterans! 

Sunday evening 7-8:15ish I’m playing my First-Sunday Online Living Room concert at concertwindow.com/tommunch.  This is my way to connect with all of you over the miles wherever you are in the world.  I love doing these concerts, and I love interacting with you.  If you join in by logging in you make comments on the broadcast.  If you don’t want to login you can still comment by messaging me on FaceBook Messenger or texting or emailing me.  I try to keep up with all the comments.  It’s fun! 

That’s it for this week.  You’d think I could cram in a couple more gigs somewhere, huh?  Well I am playing 8 nursing and retirement facilities as well.  Not to brag, but I love to play, and as long as my body holds up I’ll keep on keepin’ on! 

Best, 

Tom 

Details this week: 

Who: Tom Munch  
What: playing and singing  
Where: South side of the Royal Gorge at the Royal Gorge Bridge on the stage just off the bridge and at the north side Visitor Deck 
When: Monday and Tuesday, June 25 and 26, 12:30 pm-4:30 pm  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing & singing at the Barbeque  
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528  
When:  Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for the VFW fundraiser 
Where:  VFW Post 4051, 430 E Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs. 
When:  Sunday, July 1, 1:00-1:45 and 2:30-3:15 pm 

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

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