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

Monday, April 27, 2020 - Sanity of Music 

While I was playing my online concert last night I had a realization I’ve had before, but this time it hit me like a ton of bricks - music is my meditation and my sanity.  During this time of the virus (now in the 7th week for me) I haven’t been playing nearly as much as I usually do, and I realize it is starting to affect my outlook in more ways than I thought.  I’ve written before about how the little things in life are what keep me on center when I’m letting the world get to me.  Well, music is a big thing in my life that I need as much as air and water.  It turns out it really does do what the Enlightenment thinkers thought it did - it shapes the brain and tunes the mind in concrete ways.  The interplay between melody, harmony, rhythm, and syncopation is food for the brain and a workout all at once.  The coordination of fingers, mouth, and brain are an intricate flow of neurons firing and synapses linking everything together.  This is not even to mention  the spiritual and emotional content of the music and lyrics that weave with the magic of where it all comes from.  It is a sacred thing in my world that I am truly privileged to be part of, and I know it better now than I ever did.  It taps into the ancient flow of life and the divine for me.  It is an expression of love and life.  So I intend to jump in with renewed vigor as much as I can even more now as the weeks go by.  It is my spirit’s sustenance as much as meditation and contemplation. 

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What have I been up to? 

I finished the layout of my “Back to the Old Country” album over the weekend, and I’ll be submitting my order this week.  I was going to hold off on getting CD’s, but I think instead I will sign up for a run of stamps.com even though it is pricey so I can ship out CD’s as well as have the album available for streaming and download.  These songs are full of simple and heartfelt sentiment that I know is needed at this time. 

I recorded a big batch of public domain songs last week and put them up on my Tom Munch Public Domain Songs YouTube channel last week.  Feel free to give them a listen if you need some entertainment.  youtube.com/channel/UCLYdZkZ0isWlc9wv1QsKutQ/ 

My Sunday Facebook Live concert went very well.  I mostly stuck to a theme of 70s music, and it was a good release and a pleasure visiting these favorite songs from my guitar-playing youth.  We threw in some beautiful moments too.  Folks were very generous with kind comments and shared joy.  I look forward to these more than you know. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Friday 7-9 I’ll be doing an online show for my first-Friday regular appearance at Bistoro restaurant in Pueblo.  I’m not sure whether it will be on my page or on Bistoro’s page, but I’ll be posting it on Facebook and Twitter as soon as I figure it out.  Joette at Bistoro did a wonderful video last week from the restaurant in conjunction with the Pueblo Arts Alliance showing some tips about tomatoes, dressing, and salads.  She is a wonderful person who is so good on camera and so centered, and it’s a joy to be working with her and her husband Pellumb. 

Sunday 7-8:15 I’ll be doing my weekly Facebook Live concert.  I haven’t decided on a theme yet, but I’m keeping a list of requests as I go, so expect to hear some requests as people make them and attend the concert.  I’m sorry I can’t get to all of them as they are made, but there just isn’t enough time in life.  Maybe sometime I’ll do a marathon session where I do nothing but requests until we exhaust them, but I have a feeling that would go for many hours. :-) 

I hope to send my “Back to the Old Country” album to press this week as I said above. 

I also intend to record several more public domain songs. 

I also hope to do some writing this week on a reflective coronavirus song and maybe an “if I should die before I wake” kind of song.  I know that sounds kind of macabre, but I assure you it will be uplifting and peaceful. 

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That’s it for this week.  This virus time is really starting to wear on everyone, and I’m right there with you.  I don’t need to go out for anything for quite some time, and I want to make this time as meaningful and illness-free as I can. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  singing and playing a Facebook Live Concert in conjunction with Bistoro 
Where: facebook.com/TomMunchFans/ or facebook.com/BistoroPueblo/ 
When:  Friday, May 1, 7-9 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 3, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, April 20, 2020 - Online Shows and the Virus 

I wanted to write this morning about online shows and how it relates to feelings about the virus. I’ve written briefly before about how I feel, but I’ve been thinking about them more. I’ve been doing online shows for nine years, but the complexion of these has changed a lot now. In the beginning it was a novelty and a wonder of technology that I could perform over the internet to friends around the world. That wonder has not changed, but the meaning and the flow of the concerts have intensified. This is the only way I get to share my music during this time, and being able to interact with folks in a meaningful way has even more impact. It is an escape as a song envelops me. It is a confirmation that friends are still there and that I can be part of their lives in a gratifying and beneficial way. It is an affirmation that there is goodness and grace in a world that seems to need this more than ever. It is a respect for the awe and inspiration that makes this world such a wonderful place to be. I hope it is the same for you, and that you get these things in your life from other important sources as well in your daily life. It is the food our spirits need.  

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What have I been up to? 

I posted a whole bunch of public domain songs on my Tom Munch Public Domain Songs YouTube site - youtube.com/channel/UCLYdZkZ0isWlc9wv1QsKutQ/. They are free to anyone to listen to, and I hope it’s helping especially my folks in the senior facilities as they look for ways to drain their worries and fill their time. I’ll be recording and posting many more of these. They are a source of playing that helps keep my calluses up, and I am happy that they may benefit someone out there.  

The YouTube page from the Generus volunteer organization that I recorded some songs for is also up and available to anyone who would like a variety of stories and entertainment - youtube.com/channel/UC2SksaQiN9Tkf0su4tmsMJA. Feel free to share it with anyone you might think could use it.  

My Facebook Live Concert on Sunday went very well. I worked hard on many new songs as requests this week, and although I’m not “owning” any of these songs yet, they weren’t half bad if I do say so myself. It’s fun to learn beautiful new songs. I’m thinking of doing some theme nights for Facebook Live soon - maybe this Sunday as well as some requests. I could do a theme night on a different night too if folks would like that since I’ve been doing requests on Sundays. Let me know what you think.  Some musicians are even doing afternoon shows if you’d like that. 
 There just isn’t enough time in life to do everything we want - even when that’s all we seem to have is time right now. It’s a gift - enjoy it.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I will be working on recording more public domain songs this week. I mentioned above that it’s good practice and a gift to anyone who likes to listen to this kind of music that I’m happy to provide.  

My “Back to the Old Country” is done and in the can. I’ll be working on the layout more this week. I may not release it as a CD right away since I don’t have any in-person shows and it is difficult to ship right now without being at risk of catching the virus. As such I would just release it as a download and stream right away. I have to do a little more research to see how this works. I’m proud of it, and there are some great classic Western songs on it.  

I have a couple other recording projects I’m working on as well.  

Sunday at 7:00 mountain time is my Facebook Live “Comfort” Concert again. I’m enjoying these so much, and I’m so appreciative of the spirit and fire that everyone contributes to make these some truly special evenings. I told you last week that I’m also streaming these on my website for anyone that isn’t on Facebook. I had at least one family member who was happy to see this. If you know anyone who might like to watch who isn’t on Facebook please share the link - tommunch.com/photos-videos. The link on Facebook is my regular profile page - facebook.com/tom.munch.  

I’m also thinking of doing some other things on YouTube.  More about that in the future. 

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That’s it for this week. Know that I am getting through the virus so far with good spirits although I am feeling a lot of anxiety too. We all are. My spiritual nature continues to calm me and help me remember who I am and why I am here, and that carries me through too. Be good to each other. Take care, and I hope to see you one day with a big hug and affection.  

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, April 26, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday, April 13, 2020 - Weary with a Long Way to Go 

I’m feeling a weariness drifting over me with the virus worries now. I could really feel it with my online Facebook concert last night. I think our society has changed so much that we no longer have the attention span for things that take a long time to play out. I sure feel that way. We just haven’t had to go through a long process like this in a while - especially one with an unknown timetable. But we know this thing is serious, and we know we have the tools to maintain the love and vigilance we need to get through it. Just take every day as it comes. Think of the things that matter, and always remember that love really is the most important thing in all the universe - even when things are going badly, and we don’t see a way out.  

By the way, I figured out how to post my Facebook concerts on my website on my Photos and Videos page (tommunch.com/photos-videos) including the live video during the concert so you don’t have to be a part of Facebook to watch it. That’s really cool! Of course, you can’t make comments, but you can always send me a text or email that I’ll check during the show. I’ll post those with the video. 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was interesting. I seem to be busy even when I’m not busy.  

I corresponded a lot with the volunteer coordinator folks at the company Generus of Cambridge, Mass., who are putting together free online videos for shut-in seniors with all kinds of entertainment. Expect to see an article about that shortly. I have several public-domain videos they are using.  

Doing videos for Generus has inspired me to record a bunch of public-domain videos to post on YouTube so I can offer entertainment for seniors and everyone on my own. I will probably put them on my senior channel which I will probably change the name of.  Stay tuned for that. I’m doing public domain songs because YouTube flags and takes down anything that’s copyrighted. 

I wrote a song and made several videos for Cuchara Chapel to use for their virtual Easter service. The song may sound too Christian for some. I worked really hard to write a song about Jesus’ teachings of love without being controversial, but it’s a touchy topic for many on every side. I mean, it’s not “Jesus is Just Alright with Me” by the Doobies or “Put Your Hand in the Hand” by Ocean. 😃 

Sunday I did my Facebook Live “Comfort” Concert to a smaller and appreciative group of friends. That’s where I started feeling the effect of the weariness setting in.  I played more mellow and thoughtful songs that seemed to reflect the shared feelings. It was just what I and a lot of folks needed, and it was a good escape from our troubles for a while. You can watch the replay on my Facebook profile and fan page or on my website tommunch.com/photos-videos.  I’m finding these evenings a great gift to me and, I hope, others.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I’ll be working on more public domain songs to post on YouTube and doing more meditation music for my friend Eileen’s project. I may do some free-form improvisational guitar music live on YouTube or Facebook as well. It’s good practice and therapy even though the noodling will probably have a few botched notes and missteps. It’s a fun way to explore and experience music. I’ll post links if I do this. A good friend suggested this, and I like it! 

Sunday night I’ll be doing another Facebook Live “Comfort” Concert at 7:00 mountain time - facebook.com/tom.munch. I may start doing themes with these although I’m loving doing requests too. It’s just nice way to end or start the week with friends, and it gives me new songs to learn and keep my chops up. Please join me if you can. Remember that is also on my website too if you don’t want to join or sign in to Facebook - tommunch.com/photos-videos 

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I guess that’s it for this week. There’s much more to say and share with everything that’s going on, and it’s good to communicate and remember that we’re going through this together even though we’re apart. Take care and do all the things we’re supposed to do to limit the spread of the virus, and know that you are loved. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Comfort Concert from my home 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch 
When:  Sunday, April 19, 7-8:15 pm mountain time

Monday , April 6, 2020 - Confusion 

I’m working through a lot of confusion this morning. I’m sure a lot of us feel this way. With all the info and uncertainty coming towards us it’s easy to feel inundated and overwhelmed. The virus is hitting closer to home, and there’s no way of knowing how it will all turn out. I maintain my deep and abiding peace that comes from an understanding of my place in the universe, but meanwhile there’s just a blur all around me. I want to use my music to be a source of assurance and strength for those I can, and so I continue to look for places where it will benefit others. I wish I could get enough distance to write some music, and I think a little more quiet time and deep breathing would be a good plan this week. How about you? How are you faring? I hope you’re well and are taking precautions to stay that way. Do all the stuff they’re recommending - wash your hands, don’t touch your face, wear a mask in public, don’t get out unless it’s absolutely necessary, get your rest, exercise, eat right, encourage and help others, and love, love, love.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last Thursday I was able to perform for one of my senior facilities which I consider a wonderful thing since most of them haven’t been able to use me during this time. I know they are stressed and stretched beyond belief, so I offer them all the support and good wishes I can.  

Friday I played two hours on Facebook Live in conjunction with the folks at Bistoro to promote their restaurant and their curbside food and drink and Grubhub delivery. I’m really pulling for them making it through this tough time.  

Sunday was my weekly Facebook Live Comfort Concert, and it went great! I had so many friends tune in from so many places in my life, and it’s hard to describe the wave of emotion this brings to my heart. I’m cherishing these moments as much as my audience is, and I look forward to the comfort and distraction this brings every week.  

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What’s up this week? 

Weekdays I’m in hopes I can connect with at least one of my senior facilities to do some music. I think I may have at least one lined up.  

I’ll be recording a sample video for a volunteer consulting company called Generus out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, which is trying to offer short recorded videos to senior homes to be shown one-on-one with seniors for encouragement and joy. I may try to offer this to my facilities myself in my area too. I’ve been contemplating this, but I don’t have the video setup and memory storage available to do a lot right now. Live video is what I was concentrating on in the beginning.  

Sunday I’m performing virtually for Cuchara Chapel for Easter. I’m planning to write and record a song for a video to be inserted into the video of the service.  The theme is how one person can make a difference, and I’ll be sharing the song on Facebook and YouTube as well hopefully. 

Sunday 7-8:15 mountain time I’ll be doing another Facebook Live Comfort Concert from my home. I said above how much I’m enjoying doing these. I was pretty sloppy last week with my vocal pitch and guitar finger-skills, so I’ll be playing more this week to get my chops back to where they usually are so I can do a good job. It’s amazing what three weeks can do to tarnish your abilities. Please tune in to see if I’ve accomplished it and to get a little peace and distraction.  

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That’s it for this week. Be safe and considerate, and take heart - the sun continues to rise, and there is love everywhere you look for it.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

Monday, March 30, 2020 - OVERSLEPT! 

I overslept and almost missed the sunrise this morning! I haven’t done that even when I got to bed at 1:00 am for several years. Even Beau didn’t wake me. It was still 15 minutes before the sunrise, so I headed out the back door in my robe to see what was happening. There was a little color and many glorious light-catching clouds all around, and I knew I’d missed something wonderful. I rushed to get dressed and get outside. The clouds were occluding the light in interesting ways, and I still saw some marvelous light and color. And I still got some beautiful pictures, so I didn’t miss as much as I thought. But what’s more important is what it meant to me to oversleep. I’m usually in tune with the rhythms of the earth and sky. I don’t use an alarm, and I trust that I will wake up with my purpose and intent evident. That didn’t happen this morning, and that worried me more than missing the beauty. But as I walked and saw beauty in a different timeframe, and I knew that my inner guidance was still intact - I was just supposed to see the sunrise in a different way today. I always feel that if I listen to my oneness with nature, humanity, and the energy and divinity of the universe then I will always be at peace and have purpose. It’s a way to live smoothly and in the flow. Or maybe I just needed an extra hour of sleep today! 🤪 

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What have I been up to? 

Sunday was my Facebook Live Concert for this COVID-19 time. I’m planning to do one every week for as long as this virus is filling our minds. I’ve seen others call these Comfort Concerts, so I’m going to call it this going forward. It went really well! It was all requests - especially from the previous week - except for a couple songs for John Prine who is in critical condition with COVID-19. I really feel that music helps ease our minds and show us our purpose and humanity during this time of crisis. At least it does for me. It brings a little joy and distraction too. People were overly generous, and that’s much appreciated at this time although I know everyone is in need now.  

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What’s up this week? 

Friday 7-9 Mountain time I’m doing a special Facebook Live Concert on my Tom Munch Singer/Guitarist Facebook page (facebook.com/TomMunchFans/) in conjunction with my friends Joette and Pellumb at Bistoro where I usually play on the first Friday of each month. They are doing take-out and curbside like all the restaurants during this time. The idea is to pick up food and beverages from the restaurant to take home and eat while you are enjoying a concert from me online in your home. They are doing a great menu of alcohol “curbside,” fresh and frozen meals, e-giftcards and artful challenges. I’ll be posting the menu and details on the concert event page on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/events/229966134862555?name=Tom+Munch+Facebook+Live+First-Friday+Bistoro&event_id=229966134862555 There’s already a video I did explaining a little more about it there. Click on whether you’re “interested” or “going” and you’ll get a notification so you don’t miss it. I hope to see you there with the tastes and love of Bistoro filling your tummy! 

Sunday 7-8:15 mountain time I’ll be doing a Facebook Live Comfort Concert on my Tom Munch page (facebook.com/tom.munch). I said above how important these are to me to give something to everyone while we’re all go through this time of consternation together. Please tune in if you can. There’s a Facebook event where you can click as I said above if you’re “interested” or “going” so you get a notification and don’t miss the concert - https://facebook.com/events/s/tom-munch-facebook-live-comfor/211927976568634/?ti=icl 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you are well and taking care of yourself mentally and physically. Big hug to everyone! 

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  singing and playing a Facebook Live Concert in conjunction with Bistoro 
Where:  http://facebook.com/TomMunchFans/ 
When:  Friday, April 3, 7-9 pm mountain time 

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

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