Monday July 6, 2020 - Old Friends 

Last night I dug out two older guitars I hadn’t played in many, many years. They were each missing strings, and I’m sure it had been almost 10 years since I had played them regularly. With new strings and a good once-over (one has a pretty good crack down the face - mostly in the finish) they were ready to play. I forgot what a different sound does for one’s playing. I was instantly transformed into a world of exploration and joy. Certain tones and combinations leaped out of each guitar like brand-new rich and also muted colors. I’ve been playing Martin guitars for the past 4 years, and these ones have wonderful pickup systems and are very playable. Martin has become the standard for guitar players for their iconic tone, which is consistent across all the models I have. It is a great sound with all the range of frequency and clarity you would expect. But there are many other approaches to building a guitar, and there many other worthwhile tones to be had. The two guitars I played last night reminded me of that, and they also helped me remember the joy to be had in the wider world from experiencing new and different things. I have written before of how little details in life lead to nuance and shades of love and understanding that we often forget are there. I encourage you to pursue this in your life - especially at this time when there is so much sameness in our locked-down and cautious but necessary lives. Be creative and joyful in everything you can today.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was spent playing for many senior facilities outdoors with a little lightning and thunder thrown in for excitement. It’s so good to see this folks returning to their sweet selves after being depressed and mostly alone for a few months.  

Sunday was my Facebook Live concert again, and there was such energy in the air. It was exciting to be a part of it. There were a bunch of enthusiastic folks, and it was much different than the week before when I didn’t feel very well and ran out of steam. We did mostly requests with a couple of surprises.  

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What’s up this week? 

I have a bunch of outdoor senior gigs again this week, and I think I’m getting the hang of the battery-powered and the quick-umbrella'd setup. The mask-wearing is making my face break out in the heat, but it’s so good to see those folks and spread a little cheer and love that I don’t mind a little discomfort. Life is good.  

Sunday 7-8:15 mountain time is my Facebook Live concert again, and I have a bunch of requests as always. Please tune in if you can - facebook.com/tom.munch. I also put it on my website if you’re not a Facebook person - tommunch.com/photos-videos.  

I’m setting up some private concerts online with groups I usually play for in the summer including the Don K Guest Ranch I did a show for a couple weeks ago.  

I’m also toying with doing some themed shows as I’ve mentioned before. It looks like Thursday night is the preferred night for these. I’m not announcing one this week, but I may do one if I get the impetus. There’ll be a Facebook event for it if I do it. If you’re not on Facebook give a visit to my website at the photos and videos page Thursday at 7:00 mountain time to see if I’m on - tommunch.com/photos-videos. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you are well and as happy as can be expected in our current situation. Know that you are loved, and try to find some of that detail in life that can bring joy.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, July 12, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, June 29, 2020 - Going with the Flow 

Jen and I sat in on a church service yesterday where the lesson topic was transition. We broke out in groups to discuss the lesson, particularly what kind of difficult barriers we had met in our life and how we had gotten through them and transitioned to something new and better. When it was my turn I realized that I have never really had any big barriers in my life that I have recognized because I’ve always gone with the flow.  I figured that things and people came into my life for a reason, and that I should incorporate them somehow into my life. Of course, this is easier when you’re self employed and can take opportunities as they happen. This has carried me on my own for almost forty years, but this Spring I was pretty much stopped in my tracks as many of us have been with the virus and it’s consequences. I’ve gone with the flow a little bit - doing more music online and trying to come up with clever ways of doing music. But I can’t deny that I don’t have a real path in my mind now. Maybe that’s what going with the flow is really about. Maybe we take life and turn it into joy with love in all situations. I know my purpose is to give, and maybe that can always be done with words, music, and pictures regardless of what is happening and how it provides a livelihood. It is strange to be in the middle of it though. Do you feel it too?  

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What have I been up to? 

My private online campfire for the Don K Guest Ranch staff and guests went really well. It was so good to see familiar faces from 20+ years ago, and the music and stories were really flowing.  

My senior facilities outdoors with distancing are hitting the right spot with my residents, and I’m so happy to help the few I can.  

My Facebook concert went very well on Sunday although I felt a little lousy after not getting enough sleep and then working on our broken sprinkler system in the 100-degree weather. It was still a lot of fun, and I SO appreciate all the wonderful folks who give me a chance to cheer them and take away all our troubles with music.  

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What am I up to this week? 

During the week I have several senior facilities scheduled - performing outdoors at a safe distance. It will be a fun but relatively uneventful Independence Day. 

Sunday 7-8:15 mountain time I’m back to Facebook Live for another online concert. I enjoy these so much, and people really say that it means a lot to them. I’m happy to have a chance to play and give to some since of normalcy and comfort. I imagine I’ll do something patriotic with the Fourth of July holiday having just happened without fireworks. 

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That’s it for this week. Keep on keeping on as best you can. We’ll all get through this virus time one way or the other. Patience is a lesson we will all have to learn. Know that we all share our humanity and our love that sustains us in this world and beyond. 

All the best, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, July 5, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, June 22, 2020 - Owning a Song 

I had a good friend hire me to record a few songs for her to put on a CD. It’s something I do on occasion for folks, and sometimes involves learning a request or two. (If you ever would like this kind of thing let me know.) Sometimes it’s a challenge if a song doesn’t fall under my fingers or fit my voice very well either from pitch or technique. When I was much younger and without near as many hours performing songs I would really struggle with a song that I didn’t know very well or was awkward on the guitar or on my voice. I had a house gig at a resort hotel in Pueblo West, Colorado, where I had some long-term hotel guests who were in the area on an extended contract. One man in particular was very adept at picking up on whether a song fit me and whether I could own a song. He would give me a silent look from the bar when I nailed a song or when I floundered. It gave me incentive to work on my approach to songs in general and my details on certain songs. Owning a song takes getting inside the song to see what the meaningful phrases are, the signature melodies and licks, and the character that the singer needs to play. That's how Joni Mitchell looks at a song. She says that she is an actor who must play a part in the story that is the song. I don’t quite look at it that way, but I do condense the song down to its essence so I can approach it with an honest take on what the song is about and what rhythms it expresses. It is a challenge and it is a lot fun as well. And it’s the same kind of sensitivity that helps us get along in life - seeing every situation as new and worthy of our time and effort. You just have to love enough to give it your all.  

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What have I been up to? 

My senior performances last week were a lot of fun. I forgot to mention last week that I had two in person on Sunday before my online show as well. I’m starting to see a few more smiles than I have in previous weeks, and that’s a great relief. Some of these folks have had to be so isolated for their own safety during the virus that they are literally dying of loneliness. It’s a blessing to me to be able to make a difference for them.  

My Sunday Facebook Live concert was great fun as well. I did some songs for Father's Day and some favorites in addition to a bunch of requests. You can always watch these after the fact on my Facebook pages facebook.com/tom.munch and facebook.com/TomMunchFans/ and my website - tommunch.com/photos-videos.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Tonight I’m playing a private online campfire for previous Don K Guest Ranch staff and guests where I played campfires weekly during the summer for ten years 1989 to 1999. These online reunions are just a blast, and getting to play for these folks in a virtual campfire like we used to do under the stars will be a highlight of the summer for me. I’d like to do these for some other groups I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of over the last 40+ years as well if anyone's interested.  

I have a couple more senior facilities outdoors and socially distanced this week.  

Sunday will be my Facebook Live Concert again 7-8:15 mountain time. We’ve been stretching these to 8:30 a few times, so I may just start saying 7-8:30 so folks don’t feel pressure to be done at 8:15. Let me know if this is something you’d like. You can tune in on Facebook facebook.com/tom.munch or on my website tommunch.com/photos-videos.  

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That’s it for this week. I’m still thinking about doing some theme nights with different groups and genres. I love so many styles of music, and I’m really getting a hankering to play more of late. If there is a particular night you’d prefer for this please let me know.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, June 28, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, June 15, 2020 - Love 

I’m trying to write a song about the protests and the state of our world. I believe that we’ve never been through a more trying time. I tend to beat the drum for love pretty regularly, but the reason is that I think that love is the defining force in our life. What else matters at the end our lives other than that we loved and had the love of family and friends in our lives? And that is what I think we’re ultimately doing with all these protests. When you have love in your heart and mind you treat others with respect. When you love others as you love yourself then you prefer them in every instance. This also carries over to our pets, to our things, and ultimately to everything in the world. Love is an attitude, a force, and a way of seeing every interaction in our lives. But it doesn’t have to mean we sacrifice ourselves. Love is for ourselves too as members of the human race and the universe. I subscribe to the idea that love is the one force in the universe that flows to all of us from whatever divine presence you believe in. Opening ourselves to this love causes it to flow more freely to all we encounter. It doesn’t deplete us, it just makes us overflow with love even more. Having this idea helps us to understand why we should love others of different ethnicity or gender or beliefs. We all are part of this love that flows throughout the universe, and the idea that we are separate is just the illusion that we feel as an individual in this life. If we can see and understand this then we have no reason for fear or judgement or hatred. This life is an adventure in sharing and understanding this love while we are here. If we treat it this way then we will not have all the anger and angst and pain we now know.  

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facility gigs went well last week. One was outdoors on Tuesday which was cold and breezy while my audience was socially distanced inside with windows open. It was so good to see folks I haven’t seen in three months! The other one was a Friday Zoom call with 50 or so folks. We had some difficulty getting the muting and unmuting working right, but everyone had a good time.  

Sunday was my Facebook Live show with a lot of folks tuning in. I did all requests that tended toward mellower love songs. I cherish these performances so much. I love being in the flow of a song and sharing that flow with friends. It helps everyone retune their brains to the peace in the music.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple online senior facilities this week and one in person outdoors with social distancing. I’m trying to set more of these up as facilities decide they can do them safely.  

Sunday is my Facebook Live concert at 7:00 mountain time again. I mentioned at last week's concert that I didn’t know how long these would continue when I started them. I’m happy to do them as a service to myself and others. Please join in if you can whether on Facebook at facebook.com/tom.munch or on my website at tommunch.com/photos-videos.  

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That’s it for this week. I know my writing got a little bit woo-woo above, but I hope you’ll indulge me for the cause of love. I really do believe it is all that matters in this life. Be safe and be well.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, June 21, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, June 8, 2020 - Anguish and Uncertainty 

On Saturday Jen and I spent the majority of the day working on the yard, the weeds, and the trees on our property. We were driven inside a couple times by storms and high wind. After the first storm we noticed that there were broken eggs beneath the big cottonwood tree behind our house where the two red-tailed hawks have nested since February. We had some really strong gusts, and evidently one of these had actually scooped eggs out of their nest and dashed them to the ground. We soon noticed one of the hawks frantically flying back and forth from tree to tree and letting out a panicky repeated cry of anguish. She kept this up for most of the afternoon even through another storm. Sunday we heard her again, and even this morning I took a video of her as we left for our sunrise walk at 5:00 still telling the world of her pain. I can only imagine what she is going through. In a way we are all going through loss and uncertainty with the virus and the anguish over the mistreatment of our fellow humans that has resulted in protest and unrest. It’s comforting to share pain with another creature on our earth and the knowing that life is worth it even when everything suddenly crashes around us. We have it in us to be better, and with love comes wisdom and understanding that gives us perspective to deal with the angst and questions. Keep love in your heart always as we live through these uncertain times.  

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities last week were interesting. I hope that I am being safe and smart playing for them. I would never want to cause any sickness by something I might bring into a facility. Most of these are set up so I don’t need to get anywhere near any of the folks or do more than set up outside at a distance from them. The joyless gazes I see are very disheartening. These folks are so dejected by the isolation and solitude that has been necessary to protect them over the last three months. There is no easy answer, and even with all the joy and good spirit I could share through my music I felt like I barely made a dent. One of my facilities even had to cancel a remote show because they’ve had an outbreak and have to do regular deep cleaning and isolation. This virus is just so dangerous. Please keep them in your thoughts.  

Sunday was my album release party on Facebook Live for my new “Back to the Old Country” album. I had a wonderful group of folks, and I think the songs from the album were comforting in their familiarity. Hopefully a lot of folks will find continuing joy in the recordings. You can hear the album on all the download and streaming services, and you can purchase one on my website for $15 plus $3 shipping at tommunch.com/albums.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple senior facilities this week - one in person with social distancing and one online. I’m hoping they’ll be a help to those who are there.  

Sunday at 7:00 mountain time is my Facebook Live concert again. I’ll be back to doing requests although I may do a little bit of a theme for part of it. Sometimes these Sunday nights are my saving grace after some dimmer days. I live for spreading joy through music.  

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That’s it for this week. I’ve been spending some days in a daze and trying to write through the worries all around. You know that I’m always grounded, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some ponderings now and then.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, June 14, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, June 1, 2020 - Are We Awakening? 

I am at a loss of what to write today. Even after an enjoyable show last night on Facebook I am left with a gnawing in my heart over all the angst in our society and the violence in our country. The virus is taking a heavy toll on our spirits and our livelihoods, and the added stress of our lashing out at each other shows how close we are to breaking. I know the dark night can’t last forever. I witness and share it in the sunrise every day. And I have taken to listening to nature sounds and doing quiet meditation to try to bring more peace and meaning into my own life. My hope is that we are awakening to something better. We need each other, and yet we are forced to be apart by an invisible virus tornado that destroys things without our consciousness of its presence. I say it over and over to myself and to you: we are all part of each other in so many ways - from the tiniest particle to the broad swath of our existence on this planet to the spirit that infuses our bodies. We just can’t see it. I have dedicated myself to trying to spread peace and understanding, and I hope you know your purpose too. 

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What have I been up to? 

Last Monday was an unbelievable day - 8 hours straight of music to benefit Feeding America. I can’t believe I made it through and was even stronger towards the end. To top it off there were no breaks. It felt so good to know I was connecting with so many friends and contributing to a swell of love and giving to help so many. I can’t know for sure how much was raised because the money that came in from my website concert feed wasn’t tracked, but on Facebook we raised just under $3000. I put in 8 hours of time which at my standard concert rate would be $900, and I estimate that on my website we must have raised at least another $500+. So I’m going to say we raised $4500 to help those who are going hungry across this country. I hope it was much, much more. I’m tempted to do it again just for the sheer joy of giving and playing so much, but I was so exhausted after the show and the next morning that I don’t know if I could for a time. Maybe the next holiday? 

During the week I recorded several more shows of many genres to share with my senior facilities. I don’t know if they’re getting a lot of play, but at least I’m putting them out there, and its keeping my chops up a bit. 

Sunday night was my Facebook Live concert, and it was a blast as always! I had a bunch of friends tune in, and the variety of requests was pretty broad and included a few healing songs as well to help ease the angst we all felt as a result of the dark week with the injustices, protests, and riots we all saw and some participated in. It is so gratifying to know that the music that comes through me can help others feel better, and many are so gracious with their thanks and sharing. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I am going to try to play for several senior facilities either outside on the lawn or in a parking lot while they gather with masks and social distancing outside or from their room windows. I’m not ready to go back to any regular venues I play in the summer, but I think it’s safe enough to play for my seniors if they can listen in a way that is safe for them. It’s not too extreme to say that some folks are dying of loneliness during this virus, and if I can help in any way then I will. 

Friday I won’t be doing a First-Friday Facebook Live show for Bistoro. They are closed to reconfigure and do some construction with a well-deserved grant they’ve been working on getting for some time.  I’m very happy for them and look froward to celebrating when they reopen! 

Sunday is my Facebook Live concert again 7-8:15 mountain time. I always say how much I look forward to this, and this Sunday will be a special one as it will be the release of my new album, “Back to the Old Country”. I’ll tell stories about the songs on the album, and I’ll share some tidbits about the songs themselves. I’m proud of this album as it makes its way into the world with its simple songs of love and loss. I hope it makes a good impact on people. It was a labor of love. Please tune in if you can. I’m sure I’ll have some time for some requests as well after I do the songs on the album. If you want to get the album now it is available on all the download and streaming sites, and I have 1000 of the CDs to peddle as well. You can order them from my site - tommunch.com/albums. 

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That’s it for this week. Please be safe and send out prayers and positive energy to all those who help and heal and try to make the world a better place. Also send out to those who hate and fear. We’re all part of each other.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, June 7, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, May 25, 2020 - Is It Really Summer? 

Well, Memorial Day, the start of summer, is upon us, and I’m reflecting on previous summers and the excitement and energy I always felt at this time. This year will definitely be VERY different. Normally I’d have oodles of gigs with great places and folks to see while driving hundreds of miles some days. I’d drink it in and soar on the music and the friendships. This year I’ve cancelled pretty much everything, although I still think there will be some fun and energy going forward - just in a different way. It’s interesting how we deal with new situations. The hardest part is the not knowing, and yet isn’t that really the magic of life - the possibility of anything happening, and the thrill of getting to ride the challenge like a spirited horse or a raging river? I have the old adage in my head every so often, “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are made for.” And that seems to be the opposite of what’s happening this year. We really do have to stay in the harbor of our homes for our own safety and the safety of our friends and neighbors until we can sort out the safe way to be on the ocean. Such a deal! And meanwhile the summer is upon us with all the same summer feelings that we have to deal with in this new way. Dreams of the mountains and deserts and the beautiful scenes from the floating highway will have to stay in our heads while we wait and find new ways to express ourselves. I know I’m rambling. It’s part of the not-knowing. We'll get through this. Just have patience. We’ll still soar on the music and the friendships. 

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What have I been up to? 

I put up several more public domain songs during the week so that I now have over 100 up on YouTube. I have a few more to do, but I’m starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel of what I know.  

I played several senior facilities either online or outdoors at a distance this week. I was curious whether the outdoor gig would go very well, and I have to say it was very successful. My only concern is that I haven’t been able to fold my bandanas in a way that they will stay on my face while I’m singing. Once I open my jaw a dozen times to sing the mask pulls down under my nose and eventually over my mouth if I don’t reposition. It. I’ll figure it out.  

I also recorded another two stock shows to share with my senior facilities.  

Sunday was my Facebook Live Concert, and it went very well. I did mostly requests which ranged from Chuck Pyle to Michael Murphey to some of my own tunes. I enjoy all my friends and fans so much.  

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What am I up to this week? 

This afternoon for Memorial Day I’ll be doing an 8-hour marathon concert to benefit Feeding America.  This is a very worthwhile charitable organization that does so much with food banks and providing meals, and has been an essential resource during the COVID pandemic. Feeding America provides food to 1 in 7 Americans from children to seniors and from native Americans to disaster emergencies. Each hour I’ll do a different theme, and I honestly don’t know if I can make it all 8 hours. It may get pretty entertaining seeing what kind of shape I’m in during the later hours. Here’s the schedule: 

12-1:  50s 
1-2:  Cowboy 
2-3:  My Favorites 
3-4:  Standards 
4-5:  Originals 
5-6:  Country 
6-7:  70s 
7-8:  60s 

All times are mountain time. Please tune if you can and kindly give if you are able. I appreciate your support and enthusiasm. It’ll be broadcast on my Facebook page facebook.com/tom.munch and on my website tommunch.com/photos-videos.  

Sunday night I’ll be doing my regular Sunday Facebook Live Concert 7-8:15 mountain time. I always say how much I enjoy these shows, and I really do. Getting to share time even online makes life worthwhile, and I know music helps me and others deal with everything that’s going on. So tune in if you can. facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos.  

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That’s it for this week. It’s hard to believe that it’s summer this year without references. We’ll make it through.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a marathon Facebook Live Concert for Feeding America 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 12-8 pm mountain time 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, May 31, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, May 18, 2020 - Making Sense of it All by Giving 

It’s hard to believe another week has gone by in this void of the virus time. Each of us tries to make sense of it in our own way, and yet there is no real answer to the pain and the frustration and the question of why this is happening. In these times we turn to each other for comfort, and we reach out and give of ourselves and our time. I guess that’s why I want to do a marathon concert on Memorial Day. Part of it is wanting to be with you and spend time in a meaningful way even though we still have to be “alone together” in our virus-safe cocoons. Part of it is wanting to feel useful and help in whatever way I can. Getting outside of ourselves and giving helps. It makes us remember that we are all part of each other in this big universe. So in that spirit I will do a marathon concert on Memorial Day from 12-8 mountain time on Facebook and on my website. Jen picked the charity Feeding America because they are doing great work all over the country with food banks making food available to all the people who have nowhere to turn right now. They just need the simple basics of what to eat at their next meal - people just like you and me who don’t know how to make sense of all of this, but who are comforted that someone cares enough to get outside themselves and give. Please join me if you can and see if it helps you get some kind of reflection on where we are. Besides it’ll be fun to see if I can actually play for 8 hours. There’ll be plenty of Advil and caffeine and humorous eating and “little cowboy room” breaks.  

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What have I been up to? 

I recorded a bunch more public domain songs and posted them on YouTube last week. I don’t know who is really seeing these, but it’s giving me some much-needed playing time, and it’s letting me catalog a fine list of mostly-forgotten songs that I love. Give it a listen if you feel so inclined - youtube.com/channel/UCLYdZkZ0isWlc9wv1QsKutQ/ 

I'm continuing to record stock shows of different genres for my senior facilities as we try to figure out how entertainment is going to work going forward. I may end up not going back to these facilities for a year or more unless I can perform outside with distancing for them. I’ll be trying that at a couple places in the next couple weeks.  

I had a wonderful evening doing my Facebook Live concert on Sunday. I can’t say how neat it is to see friends from all over the world all gathered and sharing music and spirit. I look forward to this so much.  

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What’s up this week? 

I’m going to continue to record public domain songs until I exhaust my list of all the public domain songs I can find. I got turned on to sea shanties by my friend Dean in Virginia, so I’ll add a few of those with their fire and spirit.  

I am recording music for the online Cuchara Chapel services this summer, so I have a few songs to do this week for use in June.  

I have two senior facilities to play for today online, and then one outdoor distancing show on Saturday that should be a good test of whether that kind of show will work.  

I’ll continue to record stock shows this week as well.  

Sunday is my weekly Facebook Live show 7-8:15 mountain time from my personal page - facebook.com/tom.munch and my website - tommunch.com/photos-videos. Please tune in if you can. It’s such a joyous and relieving end (or start) to the week that is so needed at this time.  

Memorial Day 12-8 mountain time will be my Feeding America Marathon on Facebook Live at my personal page and website at the above links. Please stop by to listen and give if you can. I’m doing different themes every hour to try to catch everyone’s favorites. Here’s the schedule: 

12-1:  50s 
1-2:  Cowboy 
2-3:  My Favorites 
3-4:  Standards 
4-5:  Originals 
5-6:  Country 
6-7:  70s 
7-8:  60s 

Busy week ahead. Of course there is a grocery run and some other major doings as well.  

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That’s it for this week. I hope you are well and relatively happy - finding a way to cope with uncertainty and loss. Remember that we are all in this together in one way or another, and try to be calm and loving even when everything is falling apart around us. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, May 24, 7-8:15 pm mountain time 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a marathon Facebook Live Concert for Feeding America 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 12-8 pm mountain time

Monday, May 11, 2020 - Loss During the Virus 

I want to write about the experience of losing someone during this virus time. I don’t need to get maudlin and sad, but I want to talk about the experience a little bit if you’ll walk with me a while. My wife Jen’s dad passed on Wednesday while we were with him at his nursing facility. We hadn’t been allowed to visit for the past two months due to quarantine at all nursing facilities. We knew he would pass sometime fairly soon, but when we heard on that morning that he was not waking up and was unresponsive we were very surprised - having just talked to him the day before when he was pretty sharp. Of course, we had to take very strict precautions to enter his facility, and while we were there we needed to keep social distancing, wear masks, and have only brief interactions with staff whom we had grown to know and love. So we ended up feeling a lot of strange emotions. Of course, there was shock and grief, but because of the masks and restrictions we really couldn’t express them for fear of spreading or catching the virus. So there were no hugs or long expressions of gratitude and fondness for the staff that we were feeling.  We had to bottle them up inside us. The next day we packed up his stuff and cleared his room, and again the regular feelings had to be squelched for the most part. Then normally you’d expect to have some sort of funeral or gathering of remembrance, but because of the virus and having to limit group size we won’t be able have anything but a few people at his graveside. It just puts a damper on everything you’d like to say and feel. And beyond our family situation the virus brings up many emotions for all of us that limit our normal expressions of emotions this year, and I think this is at the heart of many angers and fears we’re seeing expressed around our country and world. We’re all frustrated by the inability to express ourselves and have our normal freedom of movement and life. Because of this people are lashing out at each other in families and in general. It is a very strange thing - like a mean-spirited ogre who stalks the land and controls our every move. Our own family death just brings it into sharper focus. Are you going through this kind of mixed emotion too in your situation? Reach out - our togetherness apart can help.  

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What have I been up to? 

I recorded a few more public domain songs for my public domain YouTube channel last week. I hope that people are listening. I’m not very good at figuring out the charts to see listenership. Here’s the address if you want to check it out - youtube.com/channel/UCLYdZkZ0isWlc9wv1QsKutQ/. 

I played a couple online shows for my facilities. I’m doing very few of these since connectivity at senior facilities is mostly non-existent.  

I recorded a fun Mother’s Day show for Cuchara Chapel as part of the service that was put online Sunday. You can view it if you’d like at cucharachapel.org. I wrote a new song for mothers for this show called “How Did You Know?” that turned out very well. I posted this song up on my Facebook pages and also on my regular YouTube channel - youtu.be/i33NmphkKdg. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Again I’m recording more public domain songs. I’ll run out at some point, but until I do I’m enjoying making these available. When I figure it out I’ll post some newer songs there as well. 

I’m also recording some mini-concerts for some of my facilities to use. These won’t be posted publicly, but I’m making them available to facilities.  

Sunday evening 7-8:15 mountain time I’ll be doing my weekly Facebook Live Concert. I’ll be concentrating on requests for the most part instead of doing a theme for this one. I’m still considering doing some theme nights in the future since everyone was interested in that. You can tune in on my Facebook page and also on my website: 

facebook.com/tom.munch 
tommunch.com/photos-videos 

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What is coming? 

I’m still thinking about a marathon concert. I didn’t do much last week since we were consumed with dealing with our loss, but I’ll get back to it this week. 

I’m still waiting on my new album to arrive. It will probably be available online before I have CD’s in hand. I’ll let you know. It’s all licensed and ready to go. I signed up for stamps.com so I can ship from the house instead of going to the post office for orders at least during the initial launch.  

I’m thinking more about theme-night concerts on Facebook, and I think these might be better done on a different night than Sundays. I have several groups of friends from Philmont and the old Don K guest ranch as well as other places that I may do special shows for. I even did a Zoom show for one of my facilities that worked really well this week, so I may utilize that service too in the future.  

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That’s it for this week. I appreciate your thoughts on how you are dealing with the mixed emotions of regular life combined with the virus fears and precautions. Please take care of yourself and let me know how you are doing. I appreciate you.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, May 17, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, May 4, 2020 - Mother 

Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  With the virus going on it’s easy to lose track of time and regular holidays, so I’m wanting to especially think about Mother’s Day.  I’m even working on a mother song to record for the virtual service at Cuchara Chapel this Sunday.   I lost my mom 5 years ago after she turned 90.  You might remember because I wrote about it quite a bit.  It wasn’t as traumatic for me as I thought it might be.  The part that was bad was settling her estate.  She had accumulated a lot of stuff that took a year with my siblings to go through and distribute/get rid of.  But through it all it was an experience of thinking about her and my dad who had passed ten years earlier.  That was a good thing.  We also got to share a lot of stories of what she was like as we were growing up, and how our relationships to her had changed as we became adults and parents as well.  Mothers have intuition and loving sense that goes beyond understanding.  Even with their own personalities they become part of a phenomenon of unspoken wonder and compassion for their children and their needs.  They can feel when a child is in turmoil, and they know the right thing to say to calm little minds when things seem topsy-turvy.  With a look they can scold or encourage in a way that children instantly understand.  They can forgive a child who is acting up - knowing that knowledge and maturity will come in time, and they have patience and love even when they’re seething under their breath for a child who has done the same dumb thing over and over.  (I know that some of you mothers are laughing at me right now with my naive manly words.). But I honor my mother and all women who take the path of motherhood.  You are appreciated and loved.   

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What have I been up to? 

Last week I recorded a bunch more songs that I posted on my YouTube Tom Munch Public Domain Songs channel.  I don’t know if people are taking advantage of this channel.  Most of my comments are from people I don’t know, but I’m making an effort.  If you know anyone who would like some free entertainment with some old favorite songs, please send them my way - youtube.com/channel/UCLYdZkZ0isWlc9wv1QsKutQ/.   

Friday evening I played on my Facebook business page and the Bistoro page for a couple hours to help promote Bistoro and their wonderful food and friendship.  It was a fun night although they didn’t get as much business from it as I had hoped.  I did the show from my desktop computer which wasn’t as good a quality of sound and picture as I’m used to.  That was the only way to have it broadcast on two pages at once.   

Sunday was my Facebook Live weekly concert, and it was a blast with lots of requests and good friends from all over.  It’s so much fun to see so many friends from over my whole life all gathered and getting to know each other a bit.  I did some new tunes and old tunes, and I also took a bunch more requests for future shows.   

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What am I up to this week? 

I’m working on recording some more public domain songs like I mentioned above.  I hope to have about 150 songs posted eventually.   

I think I have one online concert for one of my senior facilities this week. 

I’ll also be recording a mini-concert for Mother’s Day to be part of this week’s Cuchara Chapel service on Sunday.  I may post this on Facebook as well although it may overlap some of the songs I’ll do on my Sunday Facebook Live show.  I figure that some of you would like to see this, and it won’t be publicly available.   

Sunday evening 7-8:15 mountain time will be my weekly Facebook Live Concert.  I haven’t picked a theme, but you know I have requests I’m always working on, and I’ll definitely do a couple songs for mothers as well.  These concerts are so comforting to me, and the folks who listen say the same thing.  If you think it’s something you’d like, please tune in - facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos.  

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What do I have coming up? 

I’m toying with the idea of doing some sort of a 6 or 8-hour marathon concert - probably as a fundraiser for Feeding America.  This feels like something I’d really like to contribute, and it would allow me to do requests for anyone tuned in without  time limit.  I have to work out some details with how to do the payment so there’s no doubt where the money is going, and I don’t want folks who are struggling to get by or who have already given to feel obligated to give more because they’re a friend listening to the concert.  More on this as I learn more.   

Also my “Back to the Old Country” album is in production now, and I think it may be ready earlier than the first estimate of May 18-25.  I’ll let you know as I know.   

I found out last week that the Yellow Pine will not be doing the weekly barbecue this summer.  It’s just too hard to set up for social distancing in the old barn, so we’ll take a year off and hope for better conditions next summer.  I know there were a lot of folks hoping to return to normal - especially after we lost much of the summer with the fires just two years ago.  

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That’s it for this week.  I know it seems like a lot, and I’m definitely not on my regular busy schedule.  Please stay safe and have patience.  One of the articles I saw recently said we are probably just in the second inning of this virus, so we have a long way to go.  Know that you are loved and missed.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos 
When:  Sunday, May 10, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

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