Monday August 15, 2022 - Joy of Singing 

Since our show this week is part two of songs about music and singing, I thought I would write about the joy I find in singing. There is just something about vocalizing alone or with others that is so joyful. It’s something that comes physically from the deepest part of your core that then comes out in a melodious (hopefully) sound that expresses your individuality and feelings. And many of the songs written about music and singing reflect this joy. And yes, there is also pain and every other emotion expressed in singing, but I guess it’s just the purest way of making music that I can think of, and so I find joy even in singing painful songs. It’s an all-engaging full-body activity! I think that’s why people tune in to watch my online shows. It’s joyful to watch someone feeling that amazing flow of music coming through them. I hope you can enjoy it too! 

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What have I been up to? 

I had 8 senior facilities last week, and there were some really nice moments at all of them. 

Tuesday was my online theme show about music and singing, and it was so much fun. That’s why we’re doing it again! 

Wednesday was the dance I played with Dennis Mills at the Cuchara Community Center. It was a blast with so many great folks coming out to dance and support us. 

Thursday was the last Yellow Pine barbecue for the summer, and it was sad as always to end the summer series, but it was also a great evening. We will have one more event up there for the public on September 8th. That’s our AA (Appetizers and Alcohol) evening that we always do the the first Thursday after Labor Day. That’s a bring-your-own event where everyone shares appetizers as a final farewell to summer. I’ll write more about that on the week it occurs. 

Friday I played poolside at the Pueblo Country Club and had a very nice group of mostly families listening to my music as they swam and relaxed. I had some very nice comments. 

Sunday I played the final Cuchara Chapel service of the summer which was outside for COVID reasons, and it was very nice. Hopefully they can do indoor services next summer, but I’ll help them make a way to broadcast the sound to the outdoors for people in case there are still COVID concerns. 

Sunday evening was my online show of requests and favorites, and even though several regulars couldn’t make the show we still had a very nice group of folks with some great requests. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 11 senior facilities this week, and I’m looking forward to all of them. Hopefully we won’t have any serious COVID outbreaks. 

My Wednesday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the second show of songs about music and singing that I wrote about above. There are so many great songs that fit this theme. Come on out and join in with the group in listening, commenting, and watching! 

Thursday I’m playing an event for the wonderful Hermosa group in Cuchara that I have played for many times. I’m writing about it in case any of my Hermosa friends are reading this blog. I’d love to see you! 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests that I always love to play for our Munch Bunch Group. Come on out! 

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That’s it for this week. I honestly thought I’d be more worn out after last week was so busy, but I guess I have a few more good years of doing so much music. I hope I never stop! 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing a second online concert of songs about songs and singing 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, August 17, 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, August 21, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, August 8, 2022 - Clutter 

Jen and I watched a TED Talk on clutter a day or so ago, and it has me thinking more about clutter. Some of the points in the video were revealing about why we have clutter in our lives - from unexpected events leading to taking in stuff or breaking our routine of organizing and getting rid of stuff. But there is more to it for me. Often I have clutter because I don’t have the time to deal with stuff or the place to put stuff. Every project of going through things that have stacked up on a desk or accumulated on a shelf takes a block of time that is often hard to find. I’ve always liked the idea that you can just do a few minutes of going through stuff, but often it means spreading stuff out and stacking it in piles to take the next step. If you take time for that then often you don’t have time to finish and have to leave some of those piles out, and I can point to several of those piles over the years that lasted for weeks or months. And for me the organizing of my stuff has also made a map in my brain that corresponds to where everything is in my office or whatever space I’m going through. As I age those maps become fuzzier as my brain gets fuzzier. I’ve definitely gone to buy something I needed and then realized I already had one on the shelf I bought a couple years ago. My space is actually pretty well-organized at present where I mainly work, but I confess that there is storage and drawers that I could go through. I’ve heard several friends mention in discussions about this topic that a good fire would cure their woes. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone though. I have made rules at some points of my life to help me - like: 1) If I haven’t used it in 5 years, then out it goes, or 2) If it doesn’t fit in this keepsake box then it goes to charity. Sometimes those help, but not always. Such a struggle! So how about you? How do you deal with clutter? 

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What have I been up to? 

I had 7 senior facilities last week, and only one was affected by COVID. At that facility I had to play in the halls because they couldn’t gather residents together for an event. I enjoy playing for and interacting with these folks so much! 

My Wednesday show about campfire songs was really fun. We even sang “Kumbaya” if you can believe that - and enjoyed it! There is just something about gathering around the campfire (I had one on the screen behind me.) 

Thursday at the Yellow Pine barbecue was a great group of folks, and it was good to see them all!  

My Sunday show doing favorites and requests was wonderful as well. We settle into such a nice rhythm of give and take in our group that it is a joy to just be a part of. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 8 senior facilities this week, and I only had one cancel for COVID. I hope everyone at that facility does okay and recovers quickly. 

Tuesday will be my online show 7-8:30 mountain time with the theme of songs about songs and singing. My good friend Deann came up with this theme idea, and there are a lot of good songs to be sung. Come on out and see what we come up with! 

Wednesday 7-9 I’ll be playing another free dance at the Cuchara Community Center with my friend Dennis Mills on bass for the community. These dances are always fun, and hopefully we won’t have a rain storm just before the dance that scares away the dancers this time. If you’re in the area please come out and enjoy the evening with us! 

Thursday 6:30-8 will be the final barbecue of the summer at the Yellow Pine. I’m always sad to wrap these up, but I know we’ll do a special potluck and BYOB night the first Thursday after Labor Day at the Yellow Pine, so I’ll get to be there one more time even if it’s not the regular barbecue. I’d love to have you come out if you can so we can make the last night a gangbuster event! Call for reservations ASAP at 719-742-3528 if you’d like to come. 

Friday 5-7 I’m playing poolside at the Pueblo Country Club, so if you’re a member or member’s guest please come on out and enjoy the evening with some music. 

Sunday 11-12 Im playing outdoors for the Cuchara Chapel in the park next to the chapel. The chapel has struggled with many members getting COVID this summer, and so they’ve had hardly any services. This one will be outdoors so at least we can get one service in before the season ends. Please come out for this special memorial service in you’re in the area. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I cherish these evenings of interaction with my wonderful friends and followers. Come on out if you have if you can. 

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That’s it for this week. I’m looking at the clutter on my desk and contemplating whether I have time today to deal with any of it!  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs about songs and singing 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Tuesday, August 9, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What:  playing for a free dance put on by the Cuchara Valley Recreation Program 
Where:  Cuchara Community Center, Cuchara 
When:  Wednesday, August 10, 7-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara. 719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, August 11, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for the Cuchara Chapel virtual service 
Where:  In the park next to Cuchara Chapel, Cuchara 
When:  Sunday, August 14, 11 am - 12 pm 

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, August 14, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, August 1, 2022 - August 

It’s August 1st, and that makes me reflect on summers gone by and what August always means. Nowadays it means that school is about to start for many, but that wasn’t the case when I was growing up. Most of us had the full month to enjoy unless we had to go back early for sports or marching band. But beyond those memories long ago it means different things outdoors. The weeds and flowers are heading towards Fall already, and even with it being really hot today the morning started out with a different tinge that presages Fall. There is just something in the air that July is the heart of summer, and August is starting to head down the other side of the hill. In the mountains the berries have already come and gone in early to mid-July, and the monsoons are starting to dry up. I’m sure we have a few more storms and hot days left as always, but it feels different now. The sun is coming up a half hour later, and there is a different shade to the light before the sun rises. I have had some pretty big adventures in August, but it always seemed like I was rushing to get them in before the door closed somehow. And that’s as it should be. I’m just amazed when I reflect that every month feels different within each season. Hope your August is good! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went well last week. At least there were no COVID closures although they are still just as vigilant - especially with some reports of increasing virus. 

I did my theme show on Tuesday so I could do a senior facility luau on Wednesday, and the theme was names again. It turned out to be a really fun show with great requests. 

Thursday at the Yellow Pine barbecue went very well too with even a visit from a friend from high school whom I hadn’t seen since way back then.  

Friday I did a show at an amphitheater at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies at Estes Park that went really well. It had rained harder that day, but the skies were clear and beautiful for the show. Thank you to everyone who made that happen and the new folks I got to meet. I even got to go on a sunrise hike to a beautiful point above the camp the next morning, and then I did a Facebook Live video on the way down that many people tuned in to before 7:00 am. 

My Sunday request show went very well too with lots of great requests in the moment. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 7 senior facilities this week, and I’m looking forward to all of them! 

Wednesday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be campfire songs. We haven’t done a campfire show this year yet, and it’s a fitting way to spend a summer evening with friends. I heard that some friends are going to watch around their outside fire pit. Should be fun! Come on out. 

Thursday 6:30-8 I’m at the Yellow Pine barbecue again. We only have two more of these shows this summer, and this adds to the August feeling for me. It’s always such a good time with such good food. I’m even doing emcee duties this week with the owner out of town. Call for reservations ASAP at 719-742-3528 if you’d like to come. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the requests and favorites with good friends that I always look forward to. These nights are so special. I’d love to have you I the audience. 

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That’s it again for this week. I hope you are healthy and are enjoying your summer. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of campfire songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, August 3, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara. 719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, August 4, 6:30-8:00 pm 

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, August 7, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, July 25, 2022 - Friends 

I spent a couple days at a reunion in New Mexico for Philmont Scout Ranch where I worked in high school and college in the summers, and it turned out to be a larger-than-life confluence of many more people than I thought I’d ever see at one event. It was a celebration of 50 years of women rangers of whom two of my sisters were standouts in the first 5 years. Since it was such a big anniversary there were so many women and men who came back to hike and interact with each other. There were too many people to get a chance talk to everyone, and we all wished we had more time to catch up. I also got to play some good music with people I haven’t seen in years, and of course I had to go on at least one hike to get out into the backcountry. The amazing thing was that everyone has led outstanding lives. I knew that it was a group of achievers, but I had forgotten just how engaged and ambitious and yet in-the-moment these people could be. I was definitely proud and amazed that I got to be part of these folks’ lives when we were young and also now that we could get together again. So I’m writing this just to encourage you to reach out to old friends and share some uplifting times. It’s good for us! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities were all very rewarding last week although I had fewer than most weeks since I went to the reunion I mentioned above for two days. I love playing for these folks, and hopefully I make their day brighter. 

My Wednesday online show about name songs was so much fun that we decided to do it again this week. The best part was doing songs that surprised folks and brought out a different take on names. 

Thursday’s barbecue at the Yellow Pine was a good one with lots of wonderful new and old faces. There was quite a bit of dancing crammed into the end of the evening, and we need to do more of that. 

My Sunday online show was a little different since I had been gone for the better part of three days and hadn’t had time to work on requests as I usually do. But the energy I was bringing from the reunion charged the evening and made the night really special. We have such a wonderful group of friends at these concerts. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 8 senior facilities again this week since I’m playing in Estes Park on Friday and need the day to drive. I’m looking forward to every one of them! 

Tuesday my theme online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be names again. We’re switching to Tuesday this week because I have a luau for one of my senior facilities that I do annually on Wednesday. These name shows are so much fun. Tune in if you can! 

Thursday I’m doing the Yellow Pine Barbecue once again. There are only three more of these barbecues this year, so if you’d like to come you won’t regret it. The food and atmosphere are great, and it’s so good to share music in the old barn. Call for reservations ASAP at 719-742-3528.  

Friday 7-8 I’m playing a concert at the Kathie Mennel Amphitheater at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies near Estes Park. This is part of their Summerfest series of concerts on Friday nights. I’m not sure of their setup for these concerts, but if you’re in the area give them a call and come on out! 970-586-3341 x1113 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests with our great online community that I’ve grown to know and love. We do a Zoom call a half hour before that you’re welcome to be a part of as well. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7759127796?pwd=MZ55WfXnEkOSi3_ztfvmMlbe2oCpoN.1 

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That’s it for this week. I hope your summer is going well and that you’re staying safe and healthy. One of the better things about the reunion last week was that everyone was very respectful about mask-wearing and keeping safe. That’s a refreshing state. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of name songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Tuesday, July 26, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara. 719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, July 28, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing a concert 
Where:  Kathie Mennel Amphitheater at the YMCA Camp of the Rockies, Estes Park. 970-586-3341 x1113 
When:  Friday, July 29, 7-8 pm 

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, July 31, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, July 18, 2022 - Names 

My show this Wednesday is about names, and I was really surprised when I searched through my song folder to come up with 243 songs that were about names. I’m even missing quite a few songs that immediately come to mind from the '50s and '60s like “Diana” and “Sherry”, and still I have so many. Names really do have importance in our lives. Most of the people I grew up with had the standard names of America, but I’ve really found that people with unique names lead different lives. They are more noticed - sometimes for the good and sometimes not so much. But there is power in a name. We romanticize the dramatic names in stories and in life. I think that’s why so many stars take interesting names. I was going to have my professional name be something different at one point. My middle name is Paul (named for my maternal grandfather), and I toyed with the name of Paul Grey at one point. It doesn’t really fit me, and I don’t know why I picked Grey. I guess I thought it sounded dignified and mysterious. Anyway, I’m sure we all had nicknames and tried out different names at times - whether it was a married name or just a fantasy. And songs with names have really captured our collective psyche. No one likes to hear the song with their name in it, but we do like name songs. So Wednesday I’ll play a bunch of them. Maybe I’ll play yours! 

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What have I been up to? 

I forgot to mention my senior facilities again last week. I think it was because I had so many other things going on. I actually had 13 facilities to play, so it was a busy week there also. A couple of them were dealing with COVID cases, so caution is always at the forefront. It was great to see them all. 

The dance in Cuchara on Monday went very well although they had a super-soaker rainstorm just before I arrived, and the road was closed and then reopened just before I got there to set up. We had to deal with some mud that had flowed into the entrance of the community center, but after we got that cleaned up the evening went really well. We did miss some folks who couldn’t get out with the little bit of flooding that occurred though. 

My Wednesday online show about hot and cold was really fun. We found some really clever songs about hot and cold, so it was kind of a playful night with a lot of folks coming out to participate. 

The Thursday barbecue at the Yellow Pine was packed with mostly one family who books the entire ranch for a reunion every summer, so it was a really fun night spending time with them. 

The Sunday Cuchara Chapel service was cancelled due to the uncertainty around COVID with so many of the chapel folks coming down with it. They have cancelled all services until August 7th. I’m scheduled to play the service on the 14th. 

My Sunday online show was really sweet with great requests and interaction in our wonderful group. Some nights just end up being extra-special. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have just 8 senior facilities to play this week as I am taking off Friday and Saturday to go to a reunion at Philmont that is celebrating 50 years of women rangers, of which two of my sisters were early pioneers. It’ll be great to hike with those two sisters, Jane and Carol, on Saturday to one of the camps and to a demonstration forest where we can learn more about wildfire mitigation. This will be a great opportunity to have a little R&R and see some old friends. 

My Wednesday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be featuring names as I wrote about above. I know it’s going to be a great time already. Come on out! 

Thursday will be the barbecue at the Yellow Pine Guest Ranch. I’d love to have you come out and enjoy some barbecue, music, dancing, and even roasting marshmallows around the fire. Call for reservations ASAP at 719-742-3528.  

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will feature requests and favorites as always. We have such a supportive and ever-growing group of friends and music fans, and I’d love to have you in the audience as well. Come on out. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope your summer is going well, and that you’re staying safe. COVID continues to be something we deal with daily, and it has been hard to live with it hanging over our heads, but somehow with love and care and perseverance we are getting through. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of name songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, July 20, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara. 719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, July 21, 6:30-8:00 pm 

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, July 24, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, July 11, 2022 - Hot and Cold 

I’m doing my online show about hot and cold on Wednesday, and it has me thinking of how I’ve dealt with hot days and cold days in my life. I loved the heat as a kid. In the summer I liked to sit outside in front of the air conditioner when it was blowing hot air. I liked sitting in the hot sun too as long as I wasn’t getting sunburnt. Nowadays I don’t mind the heat, but it does wear me out quickly. I seem to be okay as long as I have a breeze moving past me outside or from a fan indoors. I used to not mind the winter cold that much either, but now I live in wool long underwear all winter long and get chilled easily. Strangely it doesn’t bother me to do my early morning walks with Beau in the cold, but I think it’s because I know how to dress warmly. And we all know what hot and cold weather does to our psyche. Some get depressed, and some revel in it. So Wednesday I’ll do songs about hot and cold. It should be fun! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities last week all went very well. Some had extra COVID precautions. I love playing for these folks! 

My Wednesday online show doing songs by Canadian musicians went very well. Canada has a wealth of great writers and performers, and it was so much fun doing their songs. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. 

The Yellow Pine barbecue on Tuesday was a packed house. The barbecue was tasty (I love the beans especially), and Steve told me his technique for barbecue which is steeped in his family traditions and uses aspen for smoking because it’s less carcinogenic. Fascinating and yummy! 

The chapel service Sunday in Cuchara was a little different than we expected. The minister tested positive for COVID that morning, so we had a short online service where I sang three songs, and they awarded scholarships to four worthy students. 

My Sunday online show that night was wonderful - with lots of great friends and music. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Monday (tonight) 7-9 I’ll be playing a dance at the Cuchara Community Center with my friend Dennis Mills on bass for whoever would like to come and do some dancing in the mountains. These evenings are usually a great time. The admission is free, but donations are accepted. Come on out! 

Wednesday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will feature songs about hot and cold as I wrote above. This should be a fun exploration of hot and cold with a few surprises. 

Thursday 6:30-8 I’ll be back at the Yellow Pine barbecue. I always say how much fun this is and how good the food is, and I ain’t lyin’! I’d love to have you in the audience. Call for reservations ASAP at 719-742-3528.  

Sunday 11-12 I’ll be playing for the Cuchara Chapel again to fill in for my friend Peggy Hoobler. I’m pretty sure we’re doing a virtual show on Facebook again, but the details aren’t nailed down yet. Go to the Cuchara Chapel Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cucharachapel or the website cucharachapel.org for details as they decide. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I love these evening even when I can’t keep up with the requests. We have such a giving and caring group! Please join us! 

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That’s all for this week. I hope you are staying healthy. COVID is rising in some places, and I’m sure at least I’m not being as careful as I could. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch and Dennis Mills 
What:  playing for a free dance put on by the Cuchara Valley Recreation Program 
Where:  Cuchara Community Center, Cuchara 
When:  Monday, July 11, 7-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of hot and cold songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, July 13, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara. 719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, July 14, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for the Cuchara Chapel virtual service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, Cuchara 
When:  Sunday, July 17, 11 am - 12 pm 

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, July 17, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, July 4, 2022 - Independence Day 

It’s Independence Day morning as I write this, and that has me thinking of how I’ve spent this holiday over the years. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some firecrackers and bottle rockets - the bigger the better. I would spend all day with my friends blowing things up in creative ways - ant hills, milkweed pods, old toys, or anything we could fit a firecracker into. Kids are pretty destructive and unaware like that. I think I grew out of that phase by my teenage years although I’m sure I still enjoyed lighting off a few pretty fireworks at night with my family. Of course we were usually at a lake or camping somewhere. My dad liked to sail his sailboat, and so as kids we accompanied him to several sailboat races around the area that frequently were held around Independence Day. One of my favorite Independence Day memories was driving back from one of these races along Interstate 80 in Nebraska as the night was setting in and seeing all the fireworks displays from each of the little towns positioned just north of the interstate as we passed them. It was a movable feast for the eyes. That’s was also around 1976 when the US celebrated our bicentennial, and I got to go on a school trip to Washington, DC in a red, white, and blue plane. When I left home I didn’t really celebrate Independence Day as much except to maybe go to a professional fireworks show somewhere. When I got my first dog when I was on my own he was deathly afraid of the noise, and he even ran away one year out of fright - digging out of the backyard and disappearing for three weeks. I also started listening to a radio show around that time called the Thomas Jefferson Hour. The host portrayed the third president on the air and answered questions and told stories and insights about early America and how our government was formed. That gave me a deeper appreciation for the serious thought that went into our independence and into the struggles it took to make our nation. I now spend Independence Day contemplating our country and it’s issues - some that our founders contemplated and that we are still dealing with more than 200 years later. I still appreciate the deep work our founders did to create something special that I benefit from every day. From the preamble - “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Happy Independence Day! 

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What have I been up to? 

I forgot to mention my senior homes last week. I had nine scheduled, and one had to cancel for COVID, and another had to change the setting so that it kept their residents safer. 

My Wednesday online show was doing the songs of James Taylor, and it was a wonderful if mellow night. James’ songs have always been favorites of mine to listen to and perform. 

The Thursday night barbecue at the Yellow Pine was cancelled due to COVID in the Cuchara community. This is usually the biggest barbecue of the summer before the 4th, so it was a tough decision to make, but it was for the best. Hopefully we can do this week. I’m going to promote it and hope we can. 

Saturday was the SPACe Art in the Park event in La Veta, and it was really fun and busy. It was so good to see so many friends, and being outdoors it was a safe way to see folks. The weather was really nice, and it held off raining for the whole time.  

My Sunday online show had some great requests, and it was just as good as ever with sweet friends and music. I’m blessed. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have seven senior facilities this week. I’m not doing any today with Independence Day, and I think I had one cancellation, so it’s fewer than I usually have. I’m hoping COVID doesn’t get any worse for them since many have active cases currently in their facilities. 

My Wednesday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing music by Canadian musicians. Canada has a rich tradition of great writers and singers, and I’m really looking forward to celebrating their music, especially since one of our favorite Munch Bunch Group members, Bob Deskin, is from Canada. 

Thursday will be the Yellow Pine Barbecue 6:30-8. It’s great barbecue in the old and rustic barn with my music and a lot of atmosphere. Call for reservations ASAP at 719-742-3528. I’m hoping they don’t have to cancel this week for COVID. 

Sunday I’ll be singing at the Cuchara Chapel 11-12 mountain time for a virtual chapel service that you can watch if you like at cucharachapel.org if everything works out. We were up in the air about this service until just a day or so ago, so hopefully it will go off without a hitch. 

Sunday night my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. We have such a fine group of folks who join together for this weekly celebration of friendship and music, and I’d love to have you join in if you can. 

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That’s it for this week. Life continues to be a rollicking time of music and adventures, and I’m happy to be with you to share them. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Canadian musician songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, July 6, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara. 719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, July 7, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing for the Cuchara Chapel virtual service 
Where:  Cuchara Chapel, Cuchara 
When:  Sunday, July 10, 11 am - 12 pm 

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, July 10, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, June 27, 2022 - Writing 

I’m getting the urge to write songs again, and I’m always curious what motivates me to write. I know that others feel that writing helps them work through issues that they’re dealing with. Some writers say they have a responsibility to put ideas out into the world to try and make a difference. Some just like to tell stories about interesting people or occurrences. I think I’ve had all those motivations before. Each listener interprets a song differently though, so sometimes the intention put into a song is not what the listener gets from it anyway. Some writers are intentionally vague in their lyrics so that their listeners can read more meaning into the song. I’m reminded of an interview with Paul Simon and Bob Costas. Bob liked the phrase in one of Paul’s songs, “The cross is in the ballpark” and envisioned several different meanings from it. Paul just said he liked the way the words fit together, and it didn’t have any specific meaning. I think I’m being motivated now to spread some sort of peaceful message of hope and love. It seems we could all use a little of that today. We’ll see if I get any completed songs from it this go round. Writing is not always easy or quick. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had 10 senior facilities last week, and one had to cancel due to a COVID outbreak. A couple others were in active outbreak status, but they were still allowing outside visitors and vendors. This COVID thing is definitely not over. Even Philmont Scout Ranch has had to tighten their restrictions due to a number of cases. 

My Wednesday online show of Motown songs was great fun. It is so refreshing to do songs with infectious rhythms in them. I was dancing as I played. 

Thursday at the Yellow Pine barbecue was a little slower than last week, but I still got to see some old friends and play some great songs. I even brought out a couple more guitars for a little variety. 

My Sunday online show was a huge variety of songs from all over the spectrum. We have such a great group of folks, and the respect and care they show for each other is astounding. 

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What am I up to this week? 

My Wednesday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the songs of James Taylor. I first starting learning James’ songs in high school, and I instantly connected with his acoustic guitar riffs and easy style snd writing. This will be a sweet night, and I encourage you to tune in. 

Thursday will be the Yellow Pine barbecue again 6:30-8. There are seats open most weeks, so if good Texas barbecue in a historic western barn with my music in the mountains sounds good to you, then come on out. Reservations should be made ASAP at 719-742-3528. 

Saturday 11-2 I’ll be at the SPACe Art in the Park in La Veta, Colorado. This is a great annual event that I’ve missed with the pandemic, and this year will be the first time back in a couple years. Expect some wonderful food and art while you hear my music filling the park. It’s right there at the park on Ryus Avenue - the first right after the tracks on the north end of town. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I can’t say enough about how special these evenings are with friends and music. Come on out if you can. 

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That’s it for this week. Wish me well as I write. I hope you are enjoying your summer and that you are safe and healthy. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of James Taylor songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, June 29, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, June 30, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing for SPACe Art in the Park 
Where:  Ryus Ave as you enter on the right - just across the tracks in La Veta  
When:  Saturday, July 2, 11 am - 2 pm 

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, July 3, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, June 20, 2022 - What's Right 

I’m reading a novel that is stirring my sense of right and wrong - which is one of the things that good stories should do. They actually say that good fiction helps our empathy for each other. It always fuels my curiosity for why people don’t do what’s right. In my life it has always been obvious why it’s best to do what’s right - it benefits everyone, and it makes life more worthwhile. But some people are driven toward contrariness either from abuse they’ve suffered or a general unhappiness with life, I guess. I know that some folks see people like me as idealistic and naive, but I believe you get out of life what you put into it for the most part. Life can beat you down, but if you continue to give out of a spirit of love you will eventually find a smoother path. When you give in to fear and begin to hate and doubt others, then your life becomes a misery. You just have to believe.  

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went very well last week. There seem to be less COVID cases, and I’m hoping we’re maybe in an easier period for a while.  

My Wednesday theme show was doing the music of Michael Martin Murphey, and it was sweet reconnecting with his tunes. He was one to the first musicians whose music I learned when I first started playing. 

The Thursday barbecue at the Yellow Pine was fun and crazy - especially for the first one of the season. Everyone is really ready to get out and have a good time. It was great to see so many folks whom I haven’t seen since last summer. 

Friday night I played at the Pueblo Riverwalk as part of their summer music series, and although it was a little warm it was great playing outdoors for some of the Pueblo friends I haven’t seen in quite a while. I need to play in Pueblo more often. 

Saturday was a retirement party for a friend whom I have been playing for since my days at the Pueblo West Inn 30 years ago. It was a wonderful evening. Congratulations again, Debbie! It was a wonderful party. 

Sunday was my online favorites show, and after a full week of gigs and fun it was good to be surrounded by my online Munch Bunch. We had such a good time! 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 10 senior facilities this week, and I’m looking forward to all of them. You just have to see the faces and hear the stories. 

My Wednesday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be Motown songs again. We haven’t done Motown songs since a year ago in March, and they are so fun and danceable. This will be a blast. Come on out! 

Thursday I’m back at the Yellow Pine barbecue 6:30-8, and I’m expecting it to be just as good as last week if not better. I’d love to have you if you are in the area. As always it’s held in an 1890s barn in Cuchara, CO, with Texas barbecue and my music, and it’s best to call in a reservation ASAP - 719-742-3528. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I’m having a harder time finding the time to learn a lot of new requests, but I’m doing my darnedest during this busy season. We always have a great time, and you’re always welcome. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’ll take a deep breath and consider what’s right in every situation - keeping love and respect in your heart. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Motown songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, June 22, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8:00 pm 

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, June 26, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, June 13, 2022 - Busy 

It’s that time of year when things get very busy in a hurry. I honestly thought things would still be slower this year with virus cases on the rise. I like riding the bucking bronc of busyness, but it’s amazing how quickly your priorities change daily. All the little moments of stolen joy get replaced by big swaths of going and going with many detailed moments of fragmented thoughts. It’s pretty wild. I don’t mind, but I still need to sneak into some peaceful slow times for at least a few minutes. Luckily the busyness takes me to some beautiful summer places where I can drink in a lot of natural relief in just a brief glance. Getting lost in some peaceful spaces in our minds always helps too. I’ll keep this short since today is busy too. I hope you are well and happy. 

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What have I been up to? 

I forgot to mention my senior shows last week. I had eight of them, and they all went very well including a new one in Colorado Springs that I enjoyed. Unfortunately two of them were in outbreak status. This virus is still very much a concern. I’m seeing it every week. 

My Thursday online show doing state songs again went very well. There were some really special songs in there. The audience was up for a great time too! 

My concert Saturday with Ellyn Washburn at Philmont went a little different than planned. Ellyn got called away to help at one of the camps, so I played the show solo. It went really well all the same, and it was great to get to meet the current staff and spend time with them. I’m always inspired to see younger folks with so much gumption and life! 

The Sunday private party was blast with several Munch Bunch folks. 

My Sunday online show doing favorites was actually comical at one point. I’d had very little sleep, and so I was a little goofy. At one point I swiped the screen and dragged my image off the green-screen background so that all the audience could see was the top of my hat in one corner. It took me a minute to figure out what I had done and drag my image back up and centered. I’ll have to try that in the future for a special effect. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 11 senior facilities this week. I’m looking forward to all of them! I’m hoping for less COVID cases for all. 

We go to Wednesdays for my online theme shows until the middle of September, and this Wednesday 8-10 mountain time we will be back to one of our early theme shows - Michael Martin Murphey. I’ve loved his music ever since the first time I heard “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines”. I learned many tunes in his early career and have played them often. I guess my timing is good since he just announced that he has a new jazz album out with his son Ryan. Come on out and enjoy his music! 

Thursday 6:30-8 I’m starting the season at the Yellow Pine Barbecue. This is something I look forward to every year. I’ve talked about it often. It’s a Texas-style barbecue in an 1890s barn with my music and lots of family fun. I’d love to have you in the audience, so make your reservations early at 719-742-3528 and come on up to Cuchara for a swell evening. 

Friday 6-7:30 I’m playing at the Pueblo Riverwalk on the Flood Wall Stage. That’s the area by the boathouse between Union and Victoria. It should be a nice time, and I hope to see some Pueblo folks out. This is not where I thought I would be on the north end of the riverwalk, so take note if you plan to come. 

Saturday I have a private party that I’m looking forward to. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests that we always enjoy. I have such a stellar group of folks who come out to join in the camaraderie. Join us! 

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That’s it for this week. Today is a s busy as ever. Take care, and I hope to see you soon. 

All the best, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing an online concert of Michael Martin Murphey songs 

Where:  Tom Munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts 

When:  Wednesday, June 15, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 

Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528 

When:  Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing 

Where:  Flood Wall Stage at the Pueblo Riverwalk, Pueblo. 

When:  Friday, June 17, 6-7:30 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests 

Where:  Tom Munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts 

When:  Sunday, June 19, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

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