Monday, February 22, 2021 - Why I Share Sunrises 

I walk with Beau before sunrise every day and take pictures that I share on Instagram and Facebook. At first I was doing this for my own enjoyment - saving the moment for future reflection. The early morning is so peaceful and soulful, and sharing the time with my dog Beau is a good bonding experience for the two of us. It also charges me up for the day - giving me depth and strength that lets me remain on center through whatever trials may come during the day. Sharing these moments seems like the natural extension of the joy I get from seeing these things - hoping that the pictures inspire the same kind of peace and stability that I feel when I am there seeing the scenes. I have said before that I think giving is one of the secrets of life. It turns us into a well of strength and inspiration for others, and it taps the good flow of energy that emanates from the big mysterious power that you can call God or the universe or spirit. It seems to be where artistic intention comes from whether it’s painting or music or literature. Even in times of trouble like we’re in now we need to have these endeavors that remind us why we’re here and what we’re truly living for. So we share our gifts with others to try to help to make the world a better place. It’s worth it. 

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What have I been up to? 

I did a couple live online shows for my senior facilities last week. They went very well. I’m in hopes that once I have the vaccine I can go back into many of these facilities - with caution. 

My Thursday show doing dog and cat songs was a blast! There were so many interesting tunes that were suggested or discovered, and I think we did justice to our furry family members. I even wrote a song about my sunrise walks with Beau that I performed both Thursday and Sunday. 

My Sunday show was very enjoyable even though we were missing a lot of regulars. I know the weather had knocked several folks offline. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I just have one senior facility show to do online this week. I had hoped to do more during this isolated time, but it hasn’t worked out that way. Most facilities have limited internet access, and so it just isn’t practical to do online shows for them. That will come in time, I’m sure. 

My Thursday show online 7-8:30 mountain time this week will be the theme of car songs. There are so many great songs about our love affair with the automobile, and this will be a really fun show. Please tune in if you can. 

My Sunday show online 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests we always enjoy. My request list has gotten huge over these months because I can really only get 20 or so songs into the time allotted, and I get many more requests than we have time for. It’s a lot of fun, and I really enjoy surprising someone with a request he or she made as much as two months before that I have finally gotten to. 

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That’s it for this week. I encourage you to give when you can and see how much you actually get from the experience as you become a conduit of goodwill toward others. It’s definitely worth it - as I said above. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of car songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, February 25, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, February 28, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, February 15, 2021 - Pets 

I wanted to write about my best friends today - our devoted pets over the years. We had a dog, many guinea pigs, and several cats as kids, and we’ve had 4 dogs, 1 ferret, and 4 cats and several foster dogs over the past 35+ years on our own. They’ve all had an awareness of life and living that took me many years to accomplish myself. Some have been selfish. Some have been loving no matter what they were going through. Some have been goofy and cute. And some have been frustrating to understand. But they have all been friends and companions at a level that seems deeper than most human friendships I have had. Those of you who have had pets know of what I speak. They seem to have an innate sense of awareness that we big-brained beings have lost. They understand just being in the moment without all the baggage we attach to living. So we develop these relationships with these little beings that enrich us in ways that are hard to fathom, and when we have to say goodbye at the end of their shorter lives (unless you have a parrot) the experience is deep and affecting. So here’s to our beloved pets today. I’ll be doing songs for them and about them for my Thursday show this week. 

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What have I been up to? 

I did a live show and a few recorded shows for my senior facilities last week. It’s interesting doing shows for later viewing at my facilities. I know some of the people who will be in the audience, so I can talk to specific folks, but I also don’t know if they’ll watch in a small group or individually, so I have to keep that in mind as I sing and interact. It’s still fulfilling, and I know how it makes a difference in their week. 

My Thursday show was a love theme for Valentine’s Day week, and we really did some good love songs including some wonderful new songs that folks requested. It was pretty special. 

My Sunday show ended up being mostly love songs as well since it was Valentine’s Day, but we threw in some darker songs that had been requested too as well as a couple Mardi Gras songs for this Tuesday. My head is usually swirling with all the requests and with trying to remember all the melodies and riffs I’ve tried to master in rehearsal. It’s sometimes a jungle in there. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple online shows for my senior facilities this week over Zoom and Skype that I’m looking forward to. Some of them set up a camera so I can see who I’m singing to as well which adds to the experience. 

My Thursday show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the above-mentioned theme of dogs and cats. There are some pretty neat songs about our pets, and there are plenty that mention dogs although not as many as there are cats. It will be a time to remember and cherish these little beings who fill out our lives. 

My Sunday show 7-8:30 will be favorites and requests as always. We have such a warm and inviting group, and many have become good friends outside of the concerts - a fact which thrills me to be part of. I’d love for you to be part of it too. Come on out! 

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That’s it for this week. We’re waiting for it to warm up to at least zero degrees this morning to walk Beau who is lying on his bed next to me impatiently waiting to go. Have a wonderful week and be safe. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of dog and cat songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, February 18, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, February 21, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, February 8, 2021 - What Comes Next? 

Reflecting again this morning. One of the biggest questions everyone has seemed to be asking this past year with the coronavirus and all the challenges we’ve experienced is, “What comes next?” I’ve felt this particularly because I thought my road was fairly mapped out for the rest of my days. I figured I would keep playing music for all who would listen in whatever way was helpful until I could no longer play. I still intend to do this, but there isn’t really a map for how this is going to be done in the future. You know, will there be places where people will gather for concerts or even small groups as much in the future? Will music’s importance to our world change if it is not part of a social event? I dearly love the online concerts I’ve been able to do and the group of folks who have incorporated it into their lives, but hugging and shaking of hands and seeing the faces of those I’m connecting with is a big part of having a meaningful experience. I’m sure you’re feeling that in your work or life’s passion as well. We know we will make it through time this into a new reality if we have patience and creative thought about what comes next. But the waiting really is the hardest part, and there are those who don’t have any cushion to wait this out. I really feel for them. So I wish you well as we figure out what comes next. As long as we go into it with love for each other and respect and patience for each situation we will be fine. 

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What have I been up to? 

I only had one senior facility this last week. I rescheduled my other one to this week because they were doing COVID shots the day I was scheduled. 

My Thursday show playing blues tunes online went really well even though I was more than a little pensive about my blues skills and the setup of my electric guitars and amp. It was a lot of fun, and the folks really want to do another blues night. We’ll come back around to that, I’m sure! 

My Sunday show playing favorites and requests was a blast as always. Even though I was up against the Super Bowl there were plenty of folks who tuned in even if they had one eye on the game. It is such a great group of folks we have gathered. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I’m starting to figure out when I can go back into the senior facilities to play and how many I will play for. It will be a slow process. Many are still trying to figure out how to get by day-to-day. Once I have had both vaccinations and a little time to make sure I have antibodies I will start to go to at least a few. Until that time I’ll keep trying to make online shows work for them, and I have a couple this week. I’ll do both a live show and also a recording of that live show that they can download and use for the month. 

Thursday 7-8:30 is my weekly theme show, and this week I’ll play love songs since Valentine’s Day is coming up. There are some wonderful love songs to sing - isn’t every song a love song one way or the other!? I’d love to have you tune in. 

Sunday 7-8:30 is my weekly favorites and requests show, plus it’s Valentine’s Day so I’m sure there’ll be a few love songs. The following Tuesday is Mardi Gras, so we might have to have a couple of those tunes thrown in - especially if we end up doing a Mardi Gras theme for Thursday of that week. There are some wonderful Mardi Gras songs and a wealth of New Orleans songs and history to dive into. Good stuff! Plus I have some great requests that I haven’t gotten to yet that you will really like. Please tune in if you can. 

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That’s it for this week. I miss seeing you and sharing hugs ands stories. Be safe and patient until we see what comes next. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of love songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, February 11, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, February 14, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, February 1, 2021 - The Blues 

I want to write a little bit about blues music since my show Thursday night is “Blues (and Some Rhythm)”. My understanding of blues and to some extent jazz is that it has its origins in the interpretation of African music on European instruments. It’s no secret that different cultures around the world have different musical structures, scales, and traditions. We tend to see music though the lens of European traditions since most popular instruments today are based on the even-tempered tuning that was invented in Europe, but other cultures based their music around what they heard and felt, and the music they created had other tones that aren’t expressed in European scales and traditions. So it was that as African Americans first picked up and played instruments created by European traditions and tunings they would play the notes that sounded closest to the music they heard and felt. Some of these notes, particularly the flatted third note of the major scale, came to be known as blue notes. I’m not sure if this was because they were closer to the minor scale and so felt more melancholy or blue or because they were just an odd note that needed a name to show their difference.  Either way, this note and others created the unique sound, harmonies, and even rhythms mixed with other influences particularly in the South around New Orleans that created the blues and jazz. I will say that there is also an element of hard times and loss in much of the blues, and that experience sometimes is the secret to playing the blues with the genuine feel and emotion that characterizes it. Just like the ancient Greeks and their cathartic plays, we tend to like to commiserate with one another, and that also helps gives the blues its appeal to so many. But blues can have really upbeat and driving rhythms that just feel good and gritty and authentic, and there are happy blues tunes too that just celebrate life. It’s really a style of music that isn’t specific to the traditional 12-bar “I woke up this mornin’” blues that some think of right away when you say the word blues. So Thursday I’ll play a bunch of blues tunes. Some will definitely be dark and dirty, but some will be upbeat and just plain fun! It took me a while to get a feel for the blues, but just like a driving two-step or an Irish jig or a four-on-the-floor rock and roll song it is so satisfying when you get the rhythm and the flow and the sound. I hope you’ll hear it and agree. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had just one senior facility to play for last week, and it went very well online. I didn’t record anything to put online although I’m thinking about it still. Just have to make time and do it as part of routine.  

My Thursday show online was really fun. The folk rock ‘70s tunes are some of the first songs I learned to play, and I lock into them right away and just fly. We had a great group of folks come out and spread the joy.  

My Sunday show had more requests than I can remember having before, and I worked really hard and felt way behind as I started the show, but it turned out just fine. I have such a supportive bunch of folks that I can always rise to their wishes! 

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What am I up to this week? 

My senior facilities are starting to talk about having folks back into their facilities like me although I think it’s realistically several months off. I have a couple of facilities to perform for online this week.  

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 will be the above-mentioned “Blues (and Some Rhythm)” tunes I mentioned above. This music is really a blast to play, and I think it will be a night to remember. Please come out if you can.  

My Sunday show online 7-8:30 will be requests and favorites as always. My request list has grown huge, and I can only knock out about 20 tunes each show, but we keep rolling and enjoying the flow and the camaraderie. It’s such a special show each week! 

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That’s it for this week. We keep on authentically living life and trying to help where we can while enjoying the little moments that make it so worthwhile. Be safe, and I hope to see you soon. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of blues (and some rhythm) songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, February 4, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, February 7, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, January 25, 2021 - The Interesting Music I Find as I Learn New Songs 

One of the more interesting things about what I’m doing musically during COVID is all the requests I’m learning and the process of learning them. I’m a solo guitarist and singer for the most part, and that’s how I approach a song - seeing what the structure of the song is and what the signature licks are that I can express on one guitar and with one voice. It’s sometimes a challenge when a song has a full band and even an orchestra. The rhythms can be tricky, and the vocal parts can be challenging figuring out on some songs what is the melody and the harmony. My favorite place to listen is on YouTube because there is not only the original recorded version (usually from the studio) but also various live versions by the original artist and also many covers both studio and live from people all over the world. That’s where it gets interesting - the rest of the world. There are pockets of the world where learning and recording cover versions of songs must be a favorite pastime because I’m finding especially Asian and Filipino versions of some popular songs that are amazing performances. I know that American culture is popular all over the world, but it’s phenomenal when you find performers who barely speak any English who can sing an English song better than the original singer. So sometimes I use these versions to hear and see a great arrangement or better interpretation of a song that I can base my version on. At the very least I can see the chords they are playing and the position on the guitar so I can figure out what the original player was doing. The talent and ingenuity of folks all over the world is just inspiring and sometimes humbling. So I’ll find one of these performances that I can use the lyrics and chords that I find on the internet to map out my own version of a song. There are even many, many people who give lessons on YouTube who show you how to play the main licks in a song. I’ve used those a few times as well. I should also say that I sometimes start from scratch and learn a song completely from just listening to the original recording. That’s how I used to learn all my songs - playing them from the 45 or LP while I scratched out the lyrics and chords on a piece of paper. But I’m more modern now. Once I have it on my laptop and formatted so I can see the whole song on one screen I can determine if there are better chords than the ones I’ve found online or better voicing to pick up some of the other licks by the group as I hear it. Then I have to listen to the song to get it in my head and make notes on the lyrics with chords on my screen so that I can perform it. Sometimes I have to listen to a song 20 times before all the nuances sink into my head so I can remember them. I don’t write out sheet music although I’m considering it since I sometimes am learning 20 songs a week. I’m not very fast with music notation although I have apps even on my iPad that make it easier and quicker to do. With notation I could at least capture the melody better although there are some things you can’t really capture in notation such as the feel of the rhythm or some of the quick syncopations. Lastly, I have to transpose the song and the licks into a key that’s in my vocal range, and then I rehearse it a few times or many times depending on the complexity of the song. I’m a pretty quick study, but some songs take a lot of work, and then I still mess them up when I perform them with the nerves from having an audience. Then before I do a show I pull all of the requests into one folder where I can sort them by who requested them so I’m ready to perform when I see the person on my concert. The worst part is that I hope these songs will stick with me, but I’m finding that when I try to revisit a song I had just learned a couple months before I often draw a complete blank when I look at my music as to the tempo or melody of the song. Then I have to go back and listen to the song a few times to get it back in my head. With 4000 songs in my main list on my laptop I guess I should expect to not be able to remember a lot of them. I like the challenge though. Most of the songs I learn I never get a fully-polished version, but at least I can get them to an acceptable level where I have the right feel of a song and the character of the performance. The rest is usually chalked up to artistic license, and I forgive myself for not getting it to the level I’d really like since I have a bunch more to learn and I know I won’t retain the song for long. It’s fun going through the process, and I’m thankful for the opportunity. So do you have any requests for my shows this week? 😃 

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What have I been up to? 

I was able to do a couple live shows online for my senior facilities last week. I finally figured out how to do good shows from my old computer so I can record them as I perform them and make them available for the facility to use for residents who couldn’t be a part of the live performance either because of social distancing rules or because of logistics. This will make my music more accessible and valuable to my facilities, and that’s a good thing.  

My Thursday show doing old cowboy music was really fun, and I think my audience liked it more than they thought they might. I didn’t do a lot of the sadder songs about dying cowboys and tragedies on the cattle drives - there are a lot of those. We still have a lot of cowboy songs I didn’t get to, so we will definitely do another cowboy song night in the future.  

My Sunday favorites show was really enjoyable as always. I continue to enjoy the camaraderie of my audience and their genuine affection for each other and the music. There are always new people along with so many old and new friends, and it becomes a happening every week! You should join us sometime if you haven’t.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I only have one senior show to do this week live. I’d like to record a few more things to put up on Facebook and YouTube. I think I said before that I’d like to have good recordings of some of these songs I’m learning in case I never go back to them. My live recordings are usually limited by the streaming quality, and I often don’t have the polish on them I’d have on a focused version of the song. I may just be making more work for myself though.  

My Thursday show 7-8:30 this week will be folk rock songs from the ‘70s. I have featured different artists from this period already, but I have plenty of other songs by people I haven’t gotten to yet in my shows. This will be fun to put together, and it should be a really good show of favorites. Please join me if you can. We are also looking at some really fun themes in the future including Bruce Cockburn, Neil Diamond, ‘60s tunes, folk tunes, more standards, and many more.  

My Sunday show 7-8:30 will be the favorites and requests we have come to love. I can’t believe the variety of songs I have built up for these shows that I still haven’t performed, and I always have at least a dozen new requests each week. Feel free to throw some more at me. And then come to the show to hear them!  

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That’s it for this week. LIfe is sure different lately, but at least I have a focus and am feeling like I’m helping and adding to life and others around me. What more is there? 

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of folk rock ‘70s songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, January 28, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, January 31, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, January 18, 2021 - Aging and COVID 

I wanted to write about how the COVID pandemic is affecting me individually as it relates to aging. My whole career I have been the person who continuously just goes. I have always felt the pressure of what’s next and what’s on my calendar and to-do list. My schedule has been booked for every day for a long time, and I never turn down a gig or an opportunity if I can fit it in. That all changed when COVID came just as I know it did for many of my friends - probably you too. I tried to keep really busy finding new ways to do my job for quite a while - going online as much as I could, and trying to stay connected. But as the months have gone by I’ve realized that things will not be the same when the virus is gone. This year that has been lost has changed my perspective and my approach to the rest of my life. My friend Eileen who is a minister and spiritual teacher has also been teaching a section on growing older, and that has me pondering more than usual as I have been writing song thoughts about the grace and wisdom of age. The older you get the more old age doesn’t seem so old. I’m sure there will come a time when I am reduced physically enough that I’ll need help and will truly feel my age, but for now I am relatively young, and I am at the stage where my experience and life-skills and job-skills have value for the world. I’m settling into a good stage of giving back - seeing where I can help without caring about reciprocal gain. I can wait an extra second for reflection before I jump in, and that makes the helping much more helpful. I can think of others before I think of myself because I am comfortable in who I am and what my purpose is. All these things come with age, and COVID has slowed me down and helped me see this. I’m not quite retired, but my thought is slipping towards it. I’ll always make music, and I love the community that has gathered around me - especially online, but I can see that the driven time of trying to accumulate things and money is passing for me. That’s a good thing. It’s funny how time makes that much more apparent. I’m rambling, but the virus has helped make things clearer in many ways at my age, and I’m thankful for that. How about you? Has it changed your perspective on aging? 

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What have I been up to? 

My Thursday show online doing Jimmy Buffett songs was great fun! He puts so much energy and spirit in his songs, and it was a real pleasure to share that energy with folks. If you missed it you can catch it on my website or on Facebook - tommunch.com/online-concerts and facebook.com/tom.munch.  

My Sunday online show was a good one too with a whole new mix of songs including some blues and quite a few ‘70s tunes. Again this online community is a treasure and a blessing.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I need to make at least one recording for my senior facilities, and one of my facilities has been able to lift their lockdown enough to have small groups that I can sing to live online again. I bought a good webcam so I can finally make videos that are easier to record and upload to the cloud as well as stream. That will help.  

My Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time theme show this week will feature old cowboy songs. I have a real history with these songs going back to when I studied them in college to sing for historical events at museums and at Philmont. I have been told by ranchers that I do them faithfully, and like a good piece of historical fiction there is real value in plugging into someone’s life in another time and place that helps us understand our own lives better. On top of that there are the fun movie-cowboy songs that romanticized the cowboy life, and I’ll do a few of those too. Come on out! 

My Sunday show 7-8:30 will be the favorites and requests that I so enjoy playing for folks. It’s been a lot of work learning so many new-to-me songs, but it’s a pleasure connecting with people over a favorite song. I get to see a piece of their life and understand how a song has been a part of them. Please tune in if you can, and send me any requests you’d like me to learn for future weeks. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you are well and relatively happy. We are all learning a lesson in patience and grief as the pandemic stretches on. Someday we will all sit together and reminisce and be closer for it - although it seems so far off now. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of cowboy songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, January 21, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, January 24, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

Monday, January 11, 2021 - Heart's Truth 

I’ve been pondering what happened last week in America and trying to make sense of it. How do we decide for ourselves what is true and what we should believe? There are so many competing ideas vying for our attention. Ultimately it comes down to what we believe in our own hearts and minds. We try to believe in what is rational and provable, but we also want to believe in what is unknowable and somewhat magical. I don’t think anyone is immune to going down a rabbit hole of ideas. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to read stories with different bizarre ideas or watch TV shows and movies that explore different possibilities. I was a big fan of “The X-Files” and so many other shows including science fiction that explored different conspiracies and theories. So how do we decide which of these is true and what we will base our actions on? Going back to the Enlightenment it seems that we have tried to define truth in more concrete ways that are based on observable facts and mathematical reasoning. Most of our world is based on this today, and scientific ideas have led to the development of engineering marvels and the digital age that so dominates our world. Still we want to believe in religion, spiritual, and magical ideas that cannot be proven with scientific tests yet. So how do we balance this? Logically it seems we must educate ourselves enough to understand a good amount of everything so we can make an honest decision on how to lead our lives. That is in theory what our modern education system is based on. Still it seems we have trouble discerning what is important and worth our time - at least I do. So I guess I’m not giving any answers. I believe in most science although I see holes in it sometimes. I’m no scientist although I do read and listen to a lot of it on a weekly basis. I’m not a spiritualist either although I read and listen to a lot of religious and metaphysical content every week. I believe there are some magical things in our lives - music, art, love - that are not explained or understood adequately by anything I’ve read or studied. I hope as we evolve as humans we will find ways that it all fits together. Maybe then we can have more concrete truth that we can all agree on. All I know is that I will continue to give and spread love and joy in the hope that it can make a difference. If we start there then maybe we’ll have the patience with each other to learn and grow together in peace and harmony instead of this strife and division. That is the truth that my heart tells me. 

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What have I been up to? 

I recorded a bunch of shows for my senior facilities last week. It looks like this is what I’ll be doing for them for a while until they can gather their residents in groups to watch and listen to a live show. This virus is presenting a continuous challenge. 

My Thursday show online was full of hopeful songs, and I think it did some good for my listeners. I know it did a lot of good for me. 

My Sunday show online was another wonderful warm fire of friends enjoying each other and the music. I can’t believe how sweet these concerts have become. I say it every week, but I am blessed to have such good friends and followers. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple recorded shows to do for my senior facilities, and I’d like to do a couple more songs just to post on YouTube. I’m learning so many songs for my Thursday and Sunday concerts, and I should probably save a version on my YouTube page for posterity so I can prove I could actually play these tunes that I’m mostly forgetting once I’ve learned them and performed them. 

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time is my online theme show. This week we’ll do Jimmy Buffet songs since I’m sure we could all use a little break from thoughts of winter. Jimmy really has a sweet flow to his music that really puts folks at ease. Come on out it if you’re a “parrot head” or want to see what his music is all about. 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time is my favorites and requests show, and I won’t mention again how special these evenings have been. Give a listen if you can. I’d love to see you! 

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That’s it for this week. I so want to just wrap everybody in an embrace and hold them until all this division and hatred passes. It’s so hard to see such turmoil and strife. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Jimmy Buffet songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, January 14, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, January 17, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

Monday, January 4, 2021 - Hopeful 

I’m writing today about starting the new year with hope. As you know I try to always see the world every day with a fresh eye and a nod towards the benefit of the doubt. It’s an interesting thing whether people believe in inherent goodness or inherent  ill-will. I believe the world is what you make it even when you’re given a bad situation. I think we often justify our bad actions by believing that people will behave badly if they are given the chance. It’s an issue of trust that is based on the conscious decision to see the world with love and not with fear. I write these thoughts quite often, but I truly believe them, and it’s what I base my decisions on every day. Life is just so much better when we approach it this way - regardless of religious beliefs or stature. And so I’m approaching this year in this frame of mind, and my show Thursday will be all about songs that express this view of life.  

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What have I been up to? 

I recorded a couple shows for my senior facilities last week. Many of them are full of COVID, and it’s a very tense time trying to keep everyone healthy until they can get the vaccines distributed for the virus.  

My New Year’s Eve show last Thursday was great fun with a bunch of rock and roll songs played on electric guitar. I think we rang in the new year right! 

Sunday night’s show was a wonderful ride of songs and good friends. I say it every week, but we have really created something special that I’d love for folks to be a part of. There is so much genuine joy and good spirits between folks, and it has become a safe space for everyone.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I’m recording shows for my senior facilities as always until we get through the virus. It has been a technological scramble for many of my folks and facilities to make it all work, but it really seems to help, and I’m glad to be able to help.  

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will be the hopeful songs I mentioned above. Folks are sending me some great requests, and I think this will be a night to remember. Come on out and take part if it sounds good to you.  

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time will be my favorites and requests show as always. I said it above, but I really cherish these opportunities to share some great music and camaraderie with such a sweet group of folks. You’re always welcome. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’re faring well with the virus and all the precautions. The new strain of virus is making it even more important to stay the course and not let our guard down. Please be safe and try to keep upbeat in the face of all the turmoil. We will make it though one way or the other.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of hopeful songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, January 7, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, January 10, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

Monday, December 28, 2020 - Oneness 

When I was walking this morning with Beau before the sunrise I was overwhelmed once again by a feeling of oneness with the earth and sky and everything in it. This happens to me quite often. It’s one of the reasons I like to get up early and walk when everything is quiet and peaceful. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - I think we really are one with everything down at the quantum level, and this includes our consciousness. This is something that feels very concrete to me and not woo-woo in any way. It’s something I’ve felt over and over since I was a small child. It’s why I wasn’t afraid when I was in a house being struck by a tornado when I was a teenager. It’s why I didn’t panic when I couldn’t open my eyes for a day when I was deep in the woods and had to be guided down to a doctor who could administer anesthesia and antibiotics to my damaged eyes. It’s why I have felt comfort even when loved ones died. It’s why I feel peaceful whenever I find chaos all around me. I just feel an overwhelming oneness in a way that lets me know that when bad things happen I am ultimately okay no matter where I end up - even if it’s in death. I know it may sound crazy to you, but it’s what I’ve always felt deep in my bones. Do you ever feel this way? 

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What have I been up to? 

Thursday playing for the Christmas-Eve Cuchara Chapel service was a lot of fun. I had several folks from some of our weekly concerts join in as well. 

Saturday my show for Philmont folks was great too. It’s such a wonderful thing to get together with old friends whom you have shared meaningful experiences with. Many reunions are like this.  

Sunday my online show was an amazing experience! The energy was electric, and everyone felt warmth and friendship with the music and camaraderie. These Sunday-night events are taking on a life of their own. I played several different small guitars that don’t see much use, and each one spoke it’s little voice of truth to boost the evening.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I’ll be recording some shows for my senior facilities this week for January. I think I’ve finally settled into a new reality since I can’t see any of these folks in person - even outdoors now. I haven’t made any contacts with the national facilities yet, but I’d still like to do that as well if any of them can use my services.  

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will feature party music for New Year’s Eve. I’ll even break out the electric guitars to do some old rock and country tunes. It should be quite a night. I’d love to have you if you’d like a celebratory evening in the safety of your own home with my music.  

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time is my favorites and requests show. I haven’t looked at all the requests that came in from last night’s show, but we’ve been having some really great suggestions lately. As always I’d love to have you in my audience. We have such an accepting and genuine group of folks, and there’s always something special that happens on these evenings.  

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That’s it for this week. I hope that you can send out 2020 with a bang and welcome in 2021 with anticipation and hopefulness. I sure plan to.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of party songs for New Year’s Eve 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, December 31, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, January 3, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

Monday, December 21, 2020 - Solstice and Christmas 

There is something mystical about today, the winter solstice. Many cultures planned big doings and religious events around this day. You can find all kinds of buildings and art dedicated to understanding the alignment of the sun and moon and planets. It’s no coincidence that Christmas is near the solstice. There is just something in the air and the land and the cosmos and how we relate to it. I can feel it in my bones. I tend to be more tuned into these things, and I appreciate the significance that ancient folks placed on this day. They had wisdom that we have forgotten over the years as we insulate ourselves more from the changes of the seasons and the days. I’m not going to get all woo-woo on you today, but I wanted to encourage you to tune in to what the earth is going through on this day of the changeover. Someday we will all understand how these physical forces affect us and are part of us. And that’s one of the reasons I feel Christmas in my very being. It’s tied into me in ways I don’t quite understand. I hope the spirit of rebirth and ancient wisdom pervades you and buoys your spirit into a wonderful solstice and Christmas Day this week! 

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What have I been up to? 

I recorded a few shows for my senior facilities last week, and I’ll do a few more this week. It’s a different procedure imagining what your audience will be thinking and doing when they listen to your music. I kind of have to put myself in a certain zone to make it work. I have to check in more often with the folks after-the-fact as well to make sure it’s being received in the way I’m putting it out.  

My Thursday show doing Christmas tunes was a blast and very well-received. I had a bigger than usual group, and I did a few new-to-me Christmas songs as well. 

My Sunday show was fun too with a few Christmas songs left over from Thursday and also some wonderful new tunes and old favorites. I was honored to have some wonderful musicians tune in and comment including Bill Hearne and Steve Garry. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I won’t be doing a regular live show this Thursday on Christmas Eve on Facebook and my website, but I will be doing some of the music for a virtual Zoom chapel service for Cuchara Chapel at 5:00 mountain time that you’re welcome to come and watch. Also performing will be Eldaa Royer and Peggy Hoobler. Being that it’s on Zoom you have to register on Zoom to get the link to watch. Here’s the link to register - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufumpqzwvHNLVHNN-i4D5lB77vXEKarmE. It’s a totally no-commitment show, and you won’t get any additional emails or contact after the show. There’ll be lots of music and a wonderful Christmas story read my British friend Mark Worgan. It’s worth it just to hear his wonderful baritone voice. Hope to see you there! 

Saturday 7-9 mountain time I’m doing a winter show for my Philmont friends online that promises to be a fine time as well. It’s on a group on Facebook I created just for doing these concerts, and if you’re Philmont alumni or friends you are most welcome to join in. It’s called Tom Munch Philmont Songs Concert Group, and the link is facebook.com/groups/1176893032692370. 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time I’ll be doing my regular online show of favorites and requests. This last week was so enjoyable that I don’t know if we can top it, but I’m willing to try. Come on out, and throw me some requests in a reply to this email if you’d like to hear something special.  

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Looking forward 

I’m doing a New Year’s Eve party of sorts with an online show on New Year’s Eve of party songs and favorites. It’ll be at the regular time - 7-8:30 mountain time, and I’d love to have you if you’re looking for a wonderful and safe evening of friendship and music. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoy this week of festivities and this day of solstice. This life can be a challenge, but the ride is well worth it! 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for a Christmas Eve chapel service on Zoom with other talented performers 
Where:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufumpqzwvHNLVHNN-i4D5lB77vXEKarmE 
When:  Thursday, December 24, 5-6 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert for Philmont friends and alumni 
Where:  facebook.com/groups/1176893032692370 
When:  Saturday, December 26, 7-9 pm mountain time 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, December 27, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

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