Monday, November 30, 2020 - Trains 

I'm doing a deep dive on train songs in preparation for my Thursday night show of train songs, and it has me thinking of all that trains represent in our history and mythology. I have no doubt that part of the reason we have so many songs about trains is because a train rolling down the rails has an infectious rhythm that many a musician has played along to. The whistle and horns were always musical too, which added to the audible appeal. Beyond that though, the railroad represented ingenuity and drive that is unparalleled in its thundering forward progress. And it represented the romantic notion of a fresh start and the excitement of a journey to far-away places. The whistle brought sorrow to those being left behind, and hope to those boarding for opportunity. And the jouney is the most universal appeal of a train, and it spills over into all modes of travel. That's why there are so many stories about journeys going all the way back to the Odyssey. And it's really about life. We always hear that the journey is the most meaningful thing in life. I believe it's why we're here - to experience the journey. So come along with me on this train journey for the romance, the thrill, and the love of life. 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week I just had a few senior facilities, and one of them was even outside amazingly on Saturday. It was just barely warm enough for me to set up outside and play to an open door where a dozen or so residents sat with jackets and blankets enjoying the music. I love these folks, and it's so sad to see how lonely they are without all the normal interaction they've come to know. This virus can't end soon enough. 

Thursday's online Thanksgiving show was an interesting mix of Thanksgiving songs and songs about nature. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it was good to provide some family for so many friends - me included! 

Sunday's online show was an eclectic mix of songs that was so much fun. I keep thinking that these shows will not be as exciting as the virus weeks drag on, but every week seems to supersede the previous one in enthusiasm and goodwill all around. I look forward to them so much. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Christmas is starting to appear on the horizon now that Thanksgiving has passed, and I will start to do Christmas songs bit by bit until we reach full Christmas spirit by the 25th. 

I just have a couple online senior facilities this week. I'm still considering pursuing some national facilities if the opportunity arises. 

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time I'll be doing an online show of train songs as I mentioned above. This promises to be a really fun show with lots of engaging tunes. I hope you'll tune in. 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time is my online favorites and requests show. If you have any favorite tunes you'd like to hear please send them on.  

As a note, you can make comments on my website page for my online concerts now if you're tuned in there and not on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you if you're watching there. I know it's not as engaging as being part of the group on Facebook, but maybe we can change that if enough folks join in. 

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That's all for this week. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were careful. Again I say that this virus can't be over soon enough, so let's do our best to make it so. Love to everyone, and I hope your holiday season is starting out well. 

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week:  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of train songs  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, December 6, 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, December 9, 7-8:30 pm mountain

Monday, November 23, 2020 - Gratitude 

I wanted to explore the idea of gratitude this week as part of Thanksgiving. The spirit of understanding that we should respond to a gift or a blessing from someone else seems to be inherently understood - someone does something for you and in turn you feel an emotional response towards that person for thinking of you and giving to you. That seems like a transactional thankfulness - they give and you respond with thanks. The continual attitude of gratitude is a little bit different. To live in a state of gratitude seems to be dependent on your understanding of your existence and your belief that your life is a gift. Some believe that their life is a gift from God. Some believe that their life is a gift from a universal energy. Some believe that their life is a happenstance based on the development of our planet. All of these people can live in a state of gratitude with an understanding that their life is gift or at least a miracle that is worthy of thankfulness for existence. I believe that the attitude of gratitude is also the attitude of understanding our oneness with each other and the whole of the universe. It is a peace that spills out from knowing that everything is going to be okay and that we all have value in the ocean of being and love that we are all a part of. With that in mind, I am personally thankful for my family, my friends, my opportunities, my talents and gifts, and my path. It makes me want to give even more to all - especially those in need at this time of intentional thanksgiving. How about you? 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was a relatively good week considering all the angst and danger in our world. I did lose a musician friend, Tim Collver, to an illness at a young age. This year has seen too many deaths of friends I have gotten to share music with. None of them were from COVID. 

My senior facilities went well. I only am doing online shows with the virus being so bad in our area. 

My Thursday show was doing Beatles tunes, and it was a blast! Their songs have permeated my life to the point that they are truly part of me. I will do another night of Beatles songs as I know so many of their tunes - and so many people like them. 

Sunday night's show had some real high points with the great songs that folks requested. I pulled out a couple of my electric guitars to get a little different tone as well. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple senior facilities online this week. I still haven't followed up on any national senior facilities. One of my activity directors had the idea of pre-recording a monthly show for each facility instead of doing a live show. Since they have to keep their residents isolated and can't broadcast to more than a few at a time, it is a clever idea to allow them access to a show that they can stream on-demand to smaller groups or even individuals on a laptop or iPad. I guess there are some yoga instructors and other senior facility vendors that do something like this. It's a good idea, and although I've put up some concerts on DropBox that I have offered my facilities access to, it didn't occur to me that I could give them a private folder that I could post new shows to monthly just like I would normally perform them monthly online or in person. I will follow up on that. 

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time I will do an online show even though it is Thanksgiving. I asked my audience if they would like a show since it falls on a holiday, and the majority really thought it would be something special. My show will feature Thanksgiving songs and nature songs. One of my listeners had the idea of featuring nature since it gives some of the same comfort as being with family. It's a great idea, and I hope you'll tune in if you'd like a little entertainment and community that night - especially if you're isolating as the CDC is encouraging us to do. 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will feature favorites and requests as always. Some of these weeks the requests really show a variety of genres and songs, and there really is something for everyone's taste. Please tune in if you can. In addition I just realized that if you're tuning in on my website instead of Facebook you can make comments on the video. This is great! Please visit and try it out. 

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That's it for this week. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you'll be safe and experience the spirit of gratitude. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week:  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Thanksgiving and nature songs  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, November 26, 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, November 29, 7-8:30 pm mountain

Monday, November 16, 2020 - Music Is Meditation 

As COVID drags on I find that things are changing in new ways that I didn't anticipate during the summer. We kind of thought we had figured out what kind of outlook we needed to have psychologically to get through this. Turns out we need patience more than anything else. For me, I think, music has been my saving grace. I've written about this before. Everyone needs some sort of center to get through this, and music for me has been that meditative and spiritual space that I can get into that puts me at ease. I'm sure this is no surprise to you. I talked about this a little when I learned that new Jerry Jeff Walker song that I did at his tribute concert “That’s Why I Play". The line in the chorus that says it all says, "I like the feelin' I get lost in a song!" That’s what it feels like. It really is a mesmerizing feeling that you can completely get lost in as a player. I'm sure some folks feel it in the audience too. It's a wonderful release, and it somehow realigns your thought process too. Between the rhythm and the harmony it is all-engrossing. Add in the meaning to the lyrics and the interplay between all the elements, and you really have something! Anyway, what you would expect me to say?! I hope you get even one ounce of the joy I feel in the music. 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities had to be canceled or moved indoors with the cold weather. We are at level orange safe at home, so I don't think I'll be able to do any senior facilities except for online for quite some time now. 

My Thursday show doing fun ‘50s tunes was a blast! I've always loved the music of that decade, and I even played some electric guitar to get that early rock sound. That decade had some great tunes! 

My Sunday show was one of the most fun ever as I did a bunch of new requests and favorites that were upbeat and exciting. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I just have a couple online senior facilities since we have so much COVID here now. 
I'd still like to see if there are national senior facility chains that need online entertainment since our local folks don't have the equipment or have to maintain strict isolation for their residents. 

Thursday 7:00-8:30 I'll be doing the first of at least two Beatles shows. I've always loved their music, and I know enough of their songs to fill three online shows. Please tune in if you'd like hear some favorites on acoustic guitar. Heck, I may pull out the electric guitar again too. 

Sunday 7:00-8:30 mountain time is my favorites and requests show again. I have a bunch more of your requests I'm polishing up, and it's always a surprise with the gems that people ask for. I’ve learned some stellar tunes. 

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That's it for this week. I hope you're well and don't know too many people who are suffering with the virus. I continue to hope for the best, and I fill myself with music and the hope that someday we will all understand. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Beatles songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, November 19, 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, November 22, 7-8:30 pm mountain

Monday, November 9, 2020 - Community Online 

I wanted to write about the wonderful group of folks who have become a part of my concert world every week online. When this virus started and my musical playing world sort of vanished I had no idea what to expect going forward. I knew there would be at least a couple months off of my concerts and night gigs, and I figured that my senior facilities might have to stop everything for up to a year. So I reached out to those facilities to set up online and outdoor shows for my seniors, and I scheduled a weekly online show on Sundays on Facebook in addition to my monthly online shows for the rest of my audience. This weekly online show spawned a second weekly themed online show on Thursdays a couple months later. The interesting thing about the weekly shows is the diverse and widespread group of friends it has brought together from different times and aspects of my life and how they’ve befriended each other. From childhood to high school to college to Philmont Scout Ranch to musicians to audience members at bars, concerts, and guest ranches to friends-of-friends to family members of seniors to God-knows-who. The way all of these folks interact and share joy in the music is a testament to friendship and love itself. I'm mightily gratified and humbled. It has gotten to the point where every week is a lesson in kindness and unexpected elation. And I see these friends befriend each other and interact independent of my shows, and I am even more thrilled. I hope it only gets better, and I have a feeling that we have created something with a life far beyond the virus. It has become important enough to many folks that they want to do a Thanksgiving show because they consider our little online group to be family. I couldn’t ask for more. So we will do a Thanksgiving evening show, and everyone is welcome! 

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What have I been up to? 

I was able to do a couple senior facilities outside with the warm weather we had. They were very enjoyable.  

My Thursday show was a tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker who just recently passed, and it was a good 'un. He wrote so many fun and meaningful songs. A lot of folks wanted to honor his memory and hear his songs played.  

My Sunday show had a lot of new faces, and it was a huge variety of songs. It never ceases to amaze me how diverse my audience and their favorites are. I work really hard to learn these tunes, and it’s wonderful when folks come out and listen and enjoy each other and the music.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple of outdoor senior facilities scheduled that will either have to be moved online or else cancelled. It will only be in the 50s all week here - which is appropriate considering my Thursday show is fun 1950s music.  

Thursday 7-8:30 my online show will feature fun 1950s music for a little break from the tension we’ve all felt recently. I was in a ‘50s band for a few years and have always loved this era of music. I may even break out a ‘50s guitar. Come on out! 

Sunday 7-8:30 is my online favorites and requests show. As I wrote above, I really enjoy how much people share their joy of life and music at my shows, and I’m so grateful to have such a wonderful audience. I’d love to have you along for the ride if you’ve never been.  

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That’s it for this week. Our virus numbers are getting worse. I wish we could get this under control. I honestly haven’t left the house except for walks, groceries, a couple doctor appointments, and my outdoor senior facility shows since March, and I’m hoping people will do what’s necessary to get over this spread and conquer this virus. We need to be able to meet in person again with a hug or a handshake - well they say maybe not the handshake.  

Anyway, 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert of fun 1950s songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, November 12, 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, November 15, 7-8:30 pm mountain

Monday, November 2, 2020 - Hopeful Tough Week 

We are heading into a tough week no matter how you look at it. Everyone is on edge, and it has been hard to focus even with the best of mental states - not that I can usually maintain one of those states although I sure try - and music helps. I don’t know how we got here, and I’m not one to throw blame around. In my heart I know that we are all one even though we can’t see it. In the “other” I see myself, and although I can muster some self-loathing, I know that the love that flows through me from whatever spiritual source I am connected to is for everyone and everything. The magic that unforcedly comes out in my music and the oneness I feel in nature is part of something that is much bigger than the day-to-day disagreements and struggles I and everyone go through. We can get along without the fear and uncertainty that we sometimes feel is necessary to get by in our world. There can be a trust and a knowing that can permeate our lives and help us be better to ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. I really believe it. My wish would be that this attitude can flood the world as we go through this time of unrest over disease and disagreement. Be safe and caring, my friends. We can get through anything together.  

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What have I been up to? 

My online senior shows went pretty well last week. It’s still not that easy to get a setup where several people can see and the speeds and hookups to a TV are good enough though. I think I need to come up with a common solution I can recommend to all my facilities. There are a lot of options out there.  

My online Halloween show on Thursday was great fun! There are so many songs for Halloween - both fun and creepy, and we did a bunch.  

Friday was a show of songs from Philmont Scout Ranch with a passel of good friends that was so fine. It’s just a stellar group of folks with such good energy.  

Sunday’s favorites show was a great set of tunes from all over the spectrum. I struggle with some requests for folks, but I love the diverse backgrounds and music that people want to hear. Luckily I can mold to the songs enough to connect to the feel and the spirit of each song. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple senior facilities this week that wonder-of-wonders look like I'm getting to play for outside. After last week's heavy snow I thought the outdoor playing was over.  

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will feature Jerry Jeff Walker songs. Jerry Jeff passed on October 23rd, and I really love his music, so I’ll be doing some of my favorite songs he did. Jerry Jeff had some pretty rowdy songs, but also some very poignant and heartfelt tunes that I dearly love. Please join me if you can for a wonderful evening. If the country is in turmoil from the election this may be a good respite.  

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time as always is my favorites and requests show. Amazingly, I hardly got any new requests this week during the show. I think folks have finally realized that I do better with a little lead time to prepare their requests rather than merely covering them in the spur of the moment. I don’t mind doing them on the spot, but sometimes I fail rather spectacularly. Maybe that’s fun for the audience and I’m missing out on some opportunity, but I know I don’t enjoy hearing a fellow musician cover a song badly in the moment. I’d rather hear them doing well on one in their own style. Let me know if you’d rather have the spontaneity.  

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That’s it for this week. I really hope we are headed toward some sort of time of peace and reconciliation and not a time of more unrest and division. There is no one I fear or hate. We really are one in the end.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Jerry Jeff Walker songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, November 5, 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, November 8, 7-8:30 pm mountain 

Monday, October 26, 2020 - Music is Sweet Relief 

Things are getting kind of dismal with winter approaching and no end in sight to the virus. I have told you over the months in my newsletters some of the things I do to keep me centered and in a good frame of mind. The one that never fails for me and always surprises me is music. Music is so engaging, and it is endlessly stimulating in unexpected ways - from the infectious beat to the clever wordplay to the mystical emotional impact it can have on me. On the nights when I do shows I often start a song and then completely lose my sense of self and time as the song wraps me in a magic cocoon of timing and melody and flow. It’s just amazing! I’m so lucky to be involved in it, and to be able to share it with folks. Come join me in the adventure sometime. It really is a sweet relief.  

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What have I been up to? 

The weather worked out just right with one reschedule to do my senior care facilities last week. It was a little sad telling folks that I probably wouldn’t be able to see them again except online for a while - especially now as I watch the snow out the window this morning. It’s been a decent run during the warmer weather.  

My Thursday show doing moon songs was really fun! I don’t know if I’ve ever been more relaxed and more tuned into a group of songs or people. You can see it on my Facebook page or my website if you’d like - facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts.  

My Sunday show doing favorites was just plain crazy. We had so many great folks come out and throw their energy into the evening. The snow outside added a certain zing that was palpable to everyone.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple senior care facilities online this week, and I’m trying to set up some more online as we're forced to stop doing outside shows. I’ve even joined a Facebook group that is promoting shows for senior facilities all over the country. We will see how that goes.  

Thursday 7-8:30 I’m doing an online show of Halloween songs. I really enjoy these songs although they can be both spooky to goofy. It will be a lot of fun. Please tune in if you can.  
tommunch.com/online-concerts  
facebook.com/tom.munch  

Friday I’m doing an online show of songs for Philmont folks in a Facebook group I created just for them. It’s the second one we’ve done, and it should be a great time.  

Sunday 7-8:30 is my weekly online favorites show, and I have a good running list of songs I’m working on for folks from all over the country. It’s a lot of work learning all the songs, but it really keeps my chops up. I just hope I remember these songs going forward. My music memory is getting filled up! 
tommunch.com/online-concerts 
facebook.com/tom.munch  

The following Thursday, November 5th, I’m doing an online tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker who passed this last week. I had forgotten how much many of his songs meant to me, and this show promises to be way too much fun.  

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’re doing okay with everything that’s going on. Vote if you haven’t yet, and be safe as you go about your life in this time. Jen and I are mostly still staying at home and trying to work online and get what we need through delivery.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Halloween songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, October 29, 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, November 1, 7-8:30 pm mountain 

Monday, October 19, 2020 - Goodness 

I lost a friend last week suddenly who was a fine example of someone who exemplifies goodness. She always thought of others and strove to help and do things to build up and not tear down and to leave the world a better place. So what makes a person decide to do good in their life as a practice? I’m sure for some it’s just logical that doing good in the world is helpful to everyone and makes the world better. For some it may be that their religious beliefs encourage them to do good by Jesus' example or whomever they follow or a simple fear of God. For some it is other kinds of spirituality that see a certain oneness with all creation and a purpose to every act. For some it may just be training through being raised to always opt to do good by their parents and their friends. For some it is a humanistic morality of fairness and reciprocal treatment. For my friend and many of you I suspect it is a combination of many of these ideas. I know it is for me. I really do want to make the world a better place, and I have seen everything from spiritual teaching to brain chemistry to morality that shows me that a world of goodness is better for everyone involved. In the end our friends and family are all that matter, and those are cultivated through goodness to each other. I will miss my friend, but I know she spent her life spreading goodness that made a lot of people’s lives better, and the world and I am better for knowing her.  

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What have I been up to? 

It was warm enough that I was still able to play for several of my senior care facilities last week, but that may not last much longer. I keep saying that, but I honestly will feel the loss when I can no longer give to these folks though outside performances. I am in hopes that I can do do some more shows online for them when it is too cold to perform outside in person.  

My Thursday online show of TV show themes and commercials was a blast, and there was so much reminiscing and good feeling going on that I know really helped some folks. It was a joy to be a part of my online friends group - “Where everybody knows your name.” 

Sunday night was also fun with lots of new songs and old favorites. My poor brain is getting pretty full of music, but I was still able to load up some new tunes and deliver them. This group is so supportive and enthusiastic, and it does me such good to be able to be at the center and also look on from the outer circle at such caring and fine people. Come on out and join in! 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 4 senior care facilities barring a cold snap this week. It looks like Friday it will only be 46°, so that may knock out one facility. This virus can’t be over soon enough.  

Thursday 7-8:30 my online show will be dedicated to songs about the moon to honor the blue moon we have this month on Halloween. The moon has been such a big part of our culture and creative thoughts and writing for all of history. It will be great to dive into some of these tunes that celebrate our celestial partner.  
tommunch.com/online-concerts 
facebook.com/tom.munch  

Sunday 7-8:30 will be my online favorites and requests show. I have a continuous stream of new songs and old favorites I’m working on that dominate my weeks of late. It’s a different experience that I’ve honestly not been able to concentrate on for much of my career since I’m normally traveling to and from gigs with little time to work on new songs. It’s been fun, but my brain gets confused from one tune to the next sometimes. It’s a worthwhile challenge! Come on out and experience the camaraderie and challenge with me! 
tommunch.com/online-concerts  
facebook.com/tom.munch  

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That’s it for this week. I hope you are taking care of yourself. With all that is going on it is easy to get wrapped up in the stresses and not care for yourself and others around you. This limits our amount of energy and awareness for spreading goodness. I think it is important.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert of moon songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, October 22, 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, October 25, 7-8:30 pm mountain 

Monday, October 12, 2020 - Silliness and Joy 

I wanted to talk about something I think can really help us through these hard times. We have such a prevalence of dark stories in the world and in movies and TV, and I know that laughter and true joy can do so much for us during stressful times. I did several songs last night on my online concert that were pretty silly, and it really lightened the spirits of everyone involved. It reminds me of all the silly songs that came out after World War II. Those really helped people get over the pain of that terrible time. It sometimes feels guilty to laugh when there is strife all around, but it really releases stress and lifts us up. In that spirit I’ll be playing a show that I did with a few friends for the veterans at the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg a few years ago. We did a performance of old TV show themes and commercials that was really fun. I’ll tell you more about it below in the description of what I’m doing this week. It’s hard to find true joy in the midst of sorrow and strife, but a little laughter sprinkled in here and there really helps. Being silly leads to remembering that this hard time is not all there is to life. We will get through it with some weary wisdom that will help us cherish true joy when we hold it. Seek out those things that bring joy and laughter. 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities were wonderful - particularly on Saturday when I got to play for the vets in Florence whom I haven’t seen since March. One of my other facilities has a COVID outbreak, so I sang from outside closed windows all around the facility with a sound system I could set up outside their windows.  

Thursday’s online show of cowboy outlaw songs went really well. I love these old gems and stories, and I threw in a couple newer ones too that were a blast. It’s amazing to me how comforting how even the cautionary tales are.  

Sunday’s show of favorites went really well too. Our community is growing in spirit, and it's wonderful to spend time with friends.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Thursday's online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the above-mentioned TV show themes and commercials. As I said, it will mainly be the show I did with friends for the vets in Walsenburg a few years back that had trivia, fun facts, and a mixture of different TV themes and fun commercials from the ‘50s and ‘60s. I’ve had a few requests for some later shows that I’ll try to incorporate as well.  Hopefully a little levity and nostalgia will be a comfort and a welcome relief this week. Please join in if you can.  
tommunch.com/online-concerts 
facebook.com/tom.munch 

Sunday 7-8:30 online will be favorites and requests again. I explained on my show yesterday that I have a hard time keeping up with requests lately. Some songs are really challenging to map out and perform well, and I don’t like merely covering them. I’ll keep doing my best, but please know that if I don’t do a request it’s not for not caring. I know how deeply we can love a song. Please tune in if you can.  
tommunch.com/online-concerts 
facebook.com/tom.munch 

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That’s it for this week. I hope I don’t sound too disjointed this time around. The uncertainty of our situation is putting stress on everyone, and at times it’s hard to find meaningful things to say. I feel peace in my heart, and I hope you can feel it and that it makes a difference.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert of TV themes and commercials 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, October 15, 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, October 18, 7-8:30 pm mountain 

Monday, October 5, 2020 - Spreading Love 

I woke up kind of down this morning. I want so badly to contribute love to this world, and I quite often feel like it is a failing prospect. There are so many people in our world who seem bent on just confusing people and keeping them fearful and mistrusting of others. The world is what we make it, and we are really part of each other and dependent on others in obvious ways as we share the same living space on our planet as well as deeper ways as we share unseen forces between us of thought and quantum entanglement. Realizing this and working toward ways we can better ourselves and our existence on this planet is so much more worthwhile than tearing down each other for short-term perceived gain. I beat the drum for love and respect in whatever way I can - through music and beauty. I’m not looking for accolades. I am here to encourage others with the gifts that I have been graced with. How about you? 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went very well last week. The weather has cooled enough that it is just about perfect for playing outdoors for my folks. That means that the cooler temperatures are just around the corner though. Unfortunately this means that I won’t be able to play for folks much longer. I wish technology was such that I could perform online for everyone, but for folks who are isolated to their rooms for the most part that would require a robust wifi and distribution system to TVs in each room that just doesn’t exist yet. It is something to work towards, but I can’t see budgets and resources going to that for many years to come. I’ll keep working towards it where I can.  

My Thursday online show doing Eagles music went very well. It’s amazing how songs can permeate our life and consciousness so much at different parts of our lives. These songs are so comforting and familiar even when we haven’t heard them in many, many years. Some of them are very challenging to play, and I hit most of them okay.  

My Sunday online show went very well too. Folks are so appreciative and sincere at these shows, and it is a huge comfort to be a part of. We have created an online family that is very genuine and giving. It’s a blessing, to be sure. Some gems of songs have come out as well.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I have several senior facilities this week that will be very rewarding, and one that I haven’t gotten to play for since March that I can’t wait to reconnect with. It’s hard to express what a joy it is to see and play for these folks.  

Thursday 7-8:30 I’ll be doing outlaw songs for my online show. I have a big list of cowboy outlaw songs from many years of collecting and performing, and I can’t wait to share these. Come on out and hear some songs of dastardly characters who lived hard and died young. They’re kind of the opposite of the person I’m trying to be, but most get their just desserts. It’s an interesting genre.  

Sunday 7-8:30 I’ll be doing favorites and requests for my online show. Each of these evenings ends up with some truly magical moments with the group and with the songs that get delivered. I’d love to have you in the audience family if you’d like to come along.  

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That’s it for this week. As the weeks drag by with the coronavirus I hope you’re taking care and making time for yourself and for caring for others. This takes so much patience to get through a marathon event like this, and it’s comforting to know that there are folks working hard to come up with a vaccine and with a plan to get life back to some form of normal. Be good to each other. We will make it to the other side.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

Monday, September 28, 2020 - Pain 

I’m thinking today of how we deal with pain - both physically and emotionally. It’s a really interesting phenomenon that I think we eventually learn to live with, but how do we do that? I wrote about pain a couple years ago when I had a leg procedure that caused some exquisite new pain in a way I hadn’t felt before. I then talked about the curiosity of pain. Instead let's look at how we cope with it. Some people don’t mention it - shoving it down in their minds somehow through willpower. Some people really suffer with pain - feeling it intensely with seemingly no way to escape it. Some people medicate with prescription drugs or alcohol. Others seek holistic ways of escaping it such as meditation or awareness training. There are older medical practices such as acupuncture or massage that also work for some. Most of these solutions work for both physical and emotional pain. Personally I usually look at pain's role in my life. Is it teaching me something? Is it something I am causing myself? Is it something I can avoid with a different outlook or different approach? Is it something I can solve through diet or exercise? I’ve found that not all pain is bad. I have to be careful not to relish in pain, but living with it a little bit does season my life with a bit of excitement. It’s kind of like eating a hot pepper for me - a little pain from heat makes my tongue tingle and my endorphins fire which reminds me I’m alive and here to experience life.  It also makes me have more facets of awareness and wisdom.  

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What have I been up to? 

Last week I had a few senior facilities which were very enjoyable. It was fairly hot, so I did have to reschedule my Friday outdoor facility though. The cool down this week will be very appreciated.  

My Thursday online show featured Fall songs which was a lot of fun. These songs really make the season feel right. If you’d like to watch it the replay is on Facebook and my website. My website has a new page dedicated to my online concerts.  
facebook.com/tom.munch 
tommunch.com/online-concerts  

My Sunday online show was very enjoyable too. We were all over the board with diverse requests of rock, folk, cowboy, and original songs. The replay is up in the same two places as above if you want to see it.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I have three or four senior facilities this week. I’m starting to lose touch with some of my facilities as folks are moving around. They are going through a pretty tough time there. My heart really goes out to the residents and staff. I wish there was something more I could do to help.  

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my themed online show will feature the music of The Eagles. I’ve always loved their music, and I hope you’ll tune if you like them too. Again the link for my website is new.  
facebook.com/tom.munch 
tommunch.com/online-concerts 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time my favorites show will feature some good favorites and requests. I had some really interesting and challenging songs suggested this last week, so this show promises to be really good. Same links as above.  

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That’s it for this week. I’m mulling over other things to say about pain. I’ve always kind of masochistically liked pain in my life although I’d rather not have so much at times. I know other people live with much more pain than me, but I’m grateful for the chance to live and experience all the pain and joy that life brings.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an Online Concert of Eagles songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, October 1, 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, October 4, 7-8:30 pm mountain 

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