Monday, April 19, 2021 - Hesitancy 

We are in a strange time right now. It’s hard to know how to deal with the virus and the reopening of our communities and lives. Case numbers are going up right now, and yet many stories from credible sources are saying that once we’ve had the vaccine we can start to do more normal things again. Since I work with seniors in my facilities I tend to be more cautious since I fear that I could carry something into their buildings and cause an outbreak, but I read a good article today that said that we could see more hesitancy in our society than is merited as we get a handle on the virus. I think a little more restrictive behavior isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We’ve seen flu numbers and other disease numbers drop precipitously over this past year, so the extra hand-washing, mask-wearing and distancing has other benefits. Obviously my chosen occupation of performing music depends on people gathering in a large group to listen to me play and sing, so at some point I want to go back to what amounts to riskier behavior. I’m anxious to see the results of the concert experiments that have been done in several places in the world in the past month or so. I’ve really enjoyed doing the online concerts, and I know it has opened up a new way for people to connect without being in a large group physically. I’m thinking this through as I write, and as I’ve said before in this time, the indecision and waiting is disconcerting. I hope you’re coping with it as best you can. Time will only tell when we can be “normal”. 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went well last week although it is very difficult to see how reduced some folks have become and how hard it is to help folks with dementia maintain their distancing and wear a mask. I really hope the vaccine is effective enough that we don’t see any more outbreaks in close communities. 

My Thursday show was fun playing older folk songs from the first half of the last century. I even found a new resource just after my show in an anthology that was treated as the Bible by many folksingers of the ‘50s and ‘60s, which was released in 1952. It’s called “The Anthology of American Folk Music” by Harry Smith on Folkways Records. I didn’t know a lot of the songs on this big collection, but I’m looking forward to enjoying it. 

My Sunday show playing favorites and requests was a wonderful evening again although we were missing several regulars. We have such a great group of folks who attend that we always miss those whom we can’t check in with and wish well. It took me a while to get in the groove although I started with some favorite songs from the band Poco that were sung by Rusty Young who died this past week. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have many more senior facilities to play for this week. They are all trying to open up and bring in entertainment more, and there have been some changes at several places in staff and residents. It has and will be fun seeing the changes and getting to know folks all over again. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will feature the songs of Hank Williams. I haven’t done very much country music at my online shows although I know a lot and perform a lot of it in person usually. Hank Williams’ songs have always spoken to me with their intuitive lyrics and infectious rhythm.  Come on out if you want to hear my take on these classics. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will again feature favorites and requests. I always say how I look forward to these evenings, and as things change with the virus I mark time by how these shows feel and how everyone responds. It is such a supportive and caring group - not only to me but also to each other. 

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That’s it for this week. I appreciate you and your willingness to read my writings and cheer me on as I try to make a difference in the world with my music and thoughts. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

Monday, April 12, 2021 - Working Through Thoughts 

I’m not sure what to write about today. This is one of those Mondays that really feels like a Monday. I’m a little frazzled from trying to keep track of several things at once, and I’m not used to that since COVID slowed everything down so much. I wrote about multitasking a few weeks back, and how this year had helped me do less of that. Today is different somehow. This past year has been different like that as well. There have been several mind shifts from one structure set to another. I’m a creature of habit, and I like to get my life into a series of habits that let me take care of the mundane things in life automatically so that I can concentrate on the things that are more creative and engaging. I have found that I’ve changed habits a few times, and I suspect a lot of people have been doing that too. And in one way I’m annoyed by the frequent changes, and in another way it just reminds me that there is depth beneath all these changes that is more reliable and permanent. My undercurrent of peace and timelessness is ever a source of strength and resilience. All I have to do is slow down for a moment and remember that truth. And I guess this blog today has been more a working through of this thought process. I imagine you have a similar way to work through your thoughts and center yourself. Thanks for coming along with me on mine! 

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What have I been up to? 

I had three senior facilities to play for last week - two outside and one inside. It’s tough to keep the social-distancing and mask-wearing discipline in check. It was so good to see everyone, and it was so difficult to not give hugs and handshakes. 

My Thursday online show playing my own original songs was great fun. I even did some songs I haven’t played in 30 years or more - had to relearn them, in fact. It was a wonderful night, and it’s so gratifying to have folks be so supportive of my writing. 

My Sunday online show included several new-to-me tunes that I really enjoyed. Our group of friends and fans is so genuine and caring that is always a lift for everyone. You’re always welcome if you’d like to join in. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have three senior facilities this week, and I’m looking forward to seeing several folks I haven’t seen in a year or more. I know we lost some people at a few places, and I’m apprehensive about seeing some absent as well. This has been a tough year, but we keep supporting each other and staying the course. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will feature older folk songs from the likes of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Burl Ives. There is a wealth of great folk songs from this genre that most everyone knows, and I’m really looking forward to sharing these with everyone. Come on out if this kind of evening appeals to you. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will feature favorites and requests as always. I have a few stored up that are really special, so I hope to have a wonderful night. Come on out if you can. 

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That’s it for this week. Please be safe and caring for each other. Let me know how you are doing with the many changes over this past year and the habits you’ve created or given up. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

Monday, April 5, 2021 - What Is Normal? 

I’m thinking a lot of what normal will be after the virus is under control and what it was before. How do we ever settle on what normal is in the first place? Many things we do in our society are very different than what other societies accept and practice. It goes to how we create norms in our societies in general. Most are based on some sense of fairness and morality. I’m fascinated with Greek city-states who experimented with different forms of philosophy and laws. Some were pretty wild in their practices, and many of our ideas are based on one or other of the experiences and relative successes they had. In my mind we base our norms upon some sort of common respect we build around what we want for ourselves. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a pretty concise statement of what most have wanted since humanity set out. Love your neighbor as yourself seems to be a pretty good guide too. Basic awareness of who we are and why we are here seems to help general morality. And this deep dive I just made is all pointing back to where we will find normal after the virus is over. If we proceed with a new-found respect and awareness of our situation and our interdependence I think we can hope for something slightly better than what we went into the virus with. We have a pretty short memory though, and I suppose it is just as logical that we will drift into complacency and myopia. I will continue to spread as much joy and love in hopes that our new normal will be more beneficial to humanity and our condition together. I hope you do too. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had a couple senior shows indoors last week. Even with a good mask it still feels odd being back in these facilities. Still it is so good to see some of these folks whom I haven’t seen for a year. Of course we have lost several folks over the year too, and thats saddening to have their faces absent. 

My Thursday show was doing rain and Spring songs, and it was wonderful singing about all of joys of Spring and rebirth. We have such a good group of celebratory folks. 

My Sunday show doing favorites had several new songs and some old favorites. It was a more mellow show than I usually do, and it was gratifying to see that people were okay with doing some slower songs with deep meaning since I gravitate towards those myself. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have three senior gigs this week, and one of the facilities I haven’t seen the folks since last summer. It will be so good to see their faces again. 

My Thursday show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing my own original songs. I haven’t done a show of my own songs for a few months, and I have a couple new songs that I’m anxious to play again. I had hoped that this COVID year would have inspired me to write more, but like everyone I have had more angst and less of the mindset I need to write songs from. It will be a fun evening of songs, and I’d love to have you along if you’re free. 

My Sunday show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing favorites and requests as always. Some of the songs that people have been pointing me towards lately have been really special, and I look forward to the gems that I’ll find every week. I haven’t had time to seek out much new music although it seeps thorough the cracks occasionally. Come on out if you can. 

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What’s on the horizon? 

I have several gigs on the calendar for this summer, and there are several who are trying to set up events for this summer that I’d love to play. Hopefully we won’t have any surges in cases that will slow down the recovery. This time is a real test in patience and responsibility. My calendar is always online if you’re interested in what’s coming - http://tommunch.com/calendar. 

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That’s it for this week. Every day is interesting in this life. Waking up with beauty inside and outside makes it all worthwhile. It’s fun to decide what normal is for each of us. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

Monday, March 29, 2021 - What Is Music? 

I had an interesting conversation with my friend Shaun McGill from England last week about music for his podcast “McGST”. It was the third conversation we’ve had covering a bunch of questions about what music really is and how it affects us. I have been so blessed to be involved in music for my whole life. I know that it is a gift that is meant to be shared and used to give joy and meaning to the world. I have read many books about music theory and physical relationships with the world as well as its affect on the brain and our moods, and even with all I’ve read I know that its true substance and significance eludes us. It is a magical and spiritual force in our world that is wrapped up in mathematics and physics and emotion and creativity in ways that is truly astounding. It just shows me that our world and universe is such an interesting place, and I think all our problems would be ended if we just realized it and lived in awe of what it and we are. Here are links to all three conversations I’ve had with Shaun about music. You can also find them on most podcast apps if you search for “McGST”.  

Most recent:  
https://mcgst.com/2021/03/29/mcgst-podcast-episode-57-what-is-music-part-3-with-tom-munch/ 

Previous two: 
https://mcgst.com/2020/12/12/mcgst-podcast-episode-38-what-is-music-to-different-people-with-tom-munch/ 

https://mcgst.com/2020/12/22/mcgst-podcast-episode-40-what-is-music-part-two-with-tom-munch/ 

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What have I been up to? 

I had one senior show last week that had to be online instead of outside because of inclement weather. I did a bunch of spring songs and western tunes. 

My Thursday show online was 60’s Motown songs, and it was one of the most fun shows I’ve ever done. All of the music is so danceable and engaging, and you wouldn’t think that they would sound good on one guitar and one voice, but somehow they come to life even with a sparse arrangement. I was dancing to many tunes throughout the evening as I played and sang. 

My Sunday show was a huge variety of songs as always with such a wonderful group of folks. I can’t say enough about how sweet it is to have such good folks and energy to support and be a part of. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple senior shows to do this week, and I think one will be indoors with full masks. I ordered new masks made especially for singers that should protect me and my audience better. The masks offer better coverage that allows more jaw movement and harder breathing that are both needed for singing. Here’s an article about them if you’re interested in learning more - https://makermask.org/constructing-masks-for-singers/. 

My Thursday show online 7-8:30 mountain time will be rain and Spring songs and it should be a fitting way to start April. I’ll try to keep it to songs of rebirth and growth since some of the rain songs can be little somber and damp. ;-) It should be a great time! 

My Sunday show online 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests that I’ve enjoyed learning and performing this past year. I always have a new supply of songs that I’m working on and arranging for guitar and voice, and the fine folks who come out to join in always make for exceptional evenings. Come on out! 

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That’s it for this week. I don’t know how much longer things will be shut down in general. I know that a lot of folks are trying to resume normal lives, but I’m still playing it a little more cautious even though I’ve had the vaccine. I know we’ll have to continue wearing masks for much of this year, and I fear if we get any sort of surge that much of the summer schedule will vanish for me since singing and gathering a crowd for music don’t really fit in with a viral world. I’ll continue to do online concerts as long as folks continue to come out and join in with the love and support they’ve shown so much over this last year. You give and you get more, right? 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Rain and Spring songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, April 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, April 4, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, March 22, 2021 - Theme Shows 

I thought I’d write on what doing musical themes has meant to me over these past few months. I started doing these theme shows as a way to introduce some variety and fun into the weeks as COVID stretched on. It gave me and my audience something to look forward to each week, and it gave me an opportunity to dive into some of the musical groupings I’ve always had. I cross-catalog all my music on the laptop I use for a songbook in many ways from genre to era to writer to general and specific themes. This allows me to do a theme at the drop of a hat, which I have always done for my senior facilities. I ask them where they want to go at the beginning of a show, and then I pick songs to fit the theme for the hour. I’ve done shows for holidays and events the same way over the years. It’s fun and it lets me tailor a show to fit almost any audience. But for the theme shows I’ve been doing online during COVID I’ve carried this to new levels. I do an intense study of each theme for at least two days - listening and learning and polishing and finding facts for each song as well as the general theme. It lets me see into a whole world in a way that is so enlightening. I get to be on the train with the person feeling the rhythm of the swaying train and smelling the cinders. I can be on a stage with a group of performers who have a camaraderie that is felt in the music with intensity. It lets me visit a place or a writer’s life in a way that helps me understand and relate to the music in new ways. It’s a privilege, and I have so enjoyed doing it. So this Thursday is Motown music of the 1960s, and all that wonderful beat and excitement will be thrilling! 

What have I been up to? 

I had one online senior show and one outdoors which was great! The weather actually cooperated very nicely.  

My Thursday show doing music of the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots on the old archtop guitar was so much fun. The group remembered more songs than they thought they would, and the old guitar really rang out. I feel inspired to do another oldies show of some sort again very soon. 

My Sunday show of favorites was a blast too - going far afield to some really sweet and crazy tunes. We have such a wonderful group of folks who have embraced each other and my music in such a meaningful way. It’s just what we need. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I only have one senior show this week, and it will probably have to be online since we have another storm moving through this week.  

My Thursday show 7-8:30 will be the aforementioned ‘60s Motown songs. These are such fun songs, and I’m sure this evening will be a hoot! Listen in if you can. 

My Sunday show 7-8:30 will be favorites and requests as always, and I look forward to what songs will be requested and how I’ll put together the show for this week. I never really know what I will do until I put it together on Saturday and Sunday. Come on out for that too. You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and entertained with all I can give. 

Quick note - I’ve been using PayPal and Venmo for tips this past year, and a friend recently turned me on to Zelle as well. It’s a free service provided by most banks that lets people send money to each other with no fee. You just log into your bank account and do a search to find where to enable the Zelle service. Then you use the phone number or the email address of the person you want to send money to and enter the amount. It transfers directly from one bank to another with no middleman and much less risk of fraud. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a little bit about my world, and I hope you are safe and healthy. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of ‘60s Motown songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, March 25, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, March 15, 2021 - Multitasking During COVOD 

One of the more interesting things to me from this last year of dealing with COVID has been the way it has made my life more deliberate. Although I have been working really hard to learn songs and prepare for my online shows as well as recording videos and doing a few outside gigs, I have ceased a lot of the multitasking I used to do. My days used to be listening to books and podcasts in my AirPods while I drove to gigs and did the myriad of promotional and business dealings I had with booking and performing 10-15 gigs a week. When COVID hit that whole apparatus shut down for me like it did for a lot of us. I spun my wheels while I tried to figure out what I was going to do with all the inertia I had built up for so long. I settled on doing online concerts and recordings and the few senior facilities I can do safely from outdoors and online, and that’s all been good, but the amazing thing is that I’ve learned to do just one thing at a time now. Because I’m learning songs and staying home I’m not driving while listening to a book or podcast. I tend to focus on the task at hand and let everything else go until I reach a natural stopping point. I’m developing new habits and routines that center around concentrating on one thing at a time and giving that one thing the attention to do it well and thoroughly. I still get distracted, but I feel less stress, and I think I am more centered and peaceful. These are all good things, and I wouldn’t have thought my life would change like this. I’m now wondering if I can ever go back to the way I was before. I don’t even feel as much angst when I drive now. I talk to the other drivers with thoughts like, “What’s the hurry? We could lose a whole year, so what’s a few minutes?” The moments are now what really matters. 

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What have I been up to? 

I got to do one senior facility outdoors last week, and it was strange setting up and playing for the first time in several months, but it was also the proverbial “riding a bicycle” that happened with no thought. I couldn’t see the folks through the window very well, but it was so good knowing they were right there within earshot. Some have had COVID and have compromised bodies or thought processes now as result, but it was still good to share their presence. 

My Thursday show doing Irish tunes was a wild ride. I was in the mood for some of the fast and crazy Irish tunes, and so it was a night full of energy and pathos. Slainte! 

My Saturday night show doing Philmont songs for Philmont folks was wonderful too. I got to interact with so many friends from way back, and the memories were flowing. It was the first time I did a sponsorship, and that went great too. My Philmont friend Jason Mascitti with Thrivent partially sponsored the evening, and in return I mentioned his financial planning services several times. That was easy to do as I think financial planning is a very worthy thing to do, and Jason and his company are top notch. 

My Sunday night show was a bunch more Irish tunes in addition to several favorites and requests. I was  a little scattered I think from the time change and not enough time to learn all the requests I had, but it all worked out fine. This community we’ve created online is such a caring and genuine group of people. I love them one and all. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have several senior shows both online and outside, but with the snow and cooler weather we’ve recently had we’ll have to move to online shows or reschedule for warmer days. 

My Thursday show 7-8:30 I felt like doing something different, so I’ll be playing songs by the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. I have loved these two groups for as long as I’ve known them, and they offer such a unique and cool sound and songs. I know it will stretch a few ears, but I know it’ll be a good time. Please tune in if you can. I’ve dug out my ‘40s Gibson archtop guitar so it’ll sound authentic and be a little more fun. 

My Sunday show 7-8:30 will be the favorites and requests we’ve come to enjoy over the months.I can’t tell you what that will be until I get into the list and of requests and formulate the show, but it will be entertaining and warm as we all get together in our online community. I’d love to have you if you’re available. 

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That’s it for this week. How has this last year with COVID been for your multitasking and focus? 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert Mills Brothers and Ink Spots 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, March 18, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, March 8, 2021 - Growing Up 

I was interviewed for a podcast for Philmont Scout Ranch alumni called “Silver on the Sage” that aired today, and listening to it and reflecting on it made me think of how we grow up and change over our lives. Since Philmont was a place I worked at in high school and college I was relatively youthful and naive to the ways of the world. I said as much in the podcast, but I was struck by how much of that youthful outlook I still have today. Many of our experiences in our lives shape how we see the world, and some tarnish us and some polish us. In many ways I’m still that wide-eyed kid who saw everything with wonder and magic. One of the things Jen and I didn’t do in our lives was have children. It wasn’t necessarily a conscious choice, and I know that we missed the wisdom and shaping that having children brings. We have had grief and suffering so that we haven’t missed out on that tempering and forging of our souls. So in listening to myself on the podcast I can see how in many ways I never will grow up, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Bless the interviewer, Caitlin Lowe, the daughter of my college friend John Ficke who I made a lot of music with, for hanging in there with me and following me on a wild ride of stories and reminiscences. I really get wound up tight when I’m on a roll. You can listen to it on Apple podcasts or Spotify or on the podcast website - https://silveronthesagepod.wixsite.com/philmont/podcast/episode/4d0074f3/tom-munch. Hear for yourself if I’m still that goofy kid who saw the world as so grand. 

What have I been up to? 

I had a couple of online senior facilities last week. I really enjoy these as I have said before, but it’s hard when I don’t see faces and get to interact as much. 

My Thursday show was doing only my own favorites this week for the theme. I did this partially so I could do some old favorites I haven’t sung in a long time, and partially because I didn’t have time to work on requests due to needing the time to finish taxes. It was a fun show of a lot of mostly western folk songs that I have sung and recorded over the years that folks really seemed to enjoy. 

My Sunday show was a lot of new music by younger writers mixed in with some old favorites. I think it may have been my favorite show yet on Facebook since so many great folks joined in and the music was so rich. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I will be doing just one senior facility this week, and it will be in-person and outside if the weather holds - which it looks like it will! I haven’t seen these folks since October or November, and a couple folks have passed since then so there will be a little sadness. It’s also the first time I’ve performed outside the house since the end of November, so it’ll be a little like a first time in some ways. Wish me luck! 

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will feature Irish songs. I would wait until next week, but my Thursday show is a day after St. Patrick’s Day, and a lot folks may not still be in the mood for Irish music the day after. I have said before how much I feel my little bit of Irish blood, and I really get enthused about Irish music. I hope you’ll tune in to be part of it or else at least to see me go a little crazy over a couple jigs and pub songs. It’s good stuff! 

Saturday 7-9 mountain time I’m doing an online show for my Philmont Songs Concert Group on facebook, so if you’re part of that group I’d love to have you come out and join in. I’ll be doing a lot of Philmont favorites for mostly alumni staff. This will be partially sponsored by my Philmont friend Jason Mascitti and Thrivent. 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time my show will be our usual favorites and requests. I don’t know how we’ll top last week’s songs, but we’ll sure try. I’m sure there will be some more Irish music too since we’ll still be looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day.  

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What coming in the future? 

There hasn’t been much future to talk about in so long that it’s hard to think about it, but I do have a few things I’m scheduling this summer in hopes that the virus has been reduced enough to have concerts. I’ll most likely be doing the Westcliffe Feedstore concert on Labor Day, the Yellow Pine Barbecue on Thursdays, and hopefully the Royal Gorge Bridge on some weekdays. I’m also talking about maybe doing a little touring doing museum and community center theme shows of different types looking after the summer into next year. This is all as tentative as it can be, but if we continue to get vaccinations and keeping up precautions then this summer could be a cautious but good time. 

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That’s it for this week. I love you all and miss seeing you in person. Here’s to the Irish, and here’s to growing up in whatever way we can. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

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

Monday, March 1, 2021 - Music of Our Lives 

This Thursday I will be playing some of my favorite songs from my life, and it has me thinking about how the songs we love become the soundtrack that plays at our very core. They comfort us, make us smile, make us dance, and express who we are deep inside. They tend to be songs from our younger days when we listened to more music generally and were more impressionable, but they also include songs that accompanied important events in our lives. They also are songs that spoke to us when we needed them. For me they are also songs that fascinate me or inspire me as a musician. One of my favorite book-series is a science fiction / fantasy group of books by Robin Hobb about the Farseers. There is one character who has music as part of what amounts to his aura that is always playing in the background. I believe to some extent that our consciousness has the same kind of musical aura made up of our favorite songs that dwell somewhere in our depths. They really do recur and surface when we need them most. I hope to reach those points in me this week during my Thursday concert and share them with you. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had just one senior facility to play for online last week. It went very well! 

My Thursday show playing car and road songs was a blast. There are so many songs that express our love affair with cars and the road, and we did a bunch of them. 

My Sunday show was so much fun too with so many people tuning in and sharing of themselves. I had a bunch of new tunes as always from requests. I am so blessed to have such wonderful friends who listen and encourage. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple senior facilities this week. One of them is ready to have in-person shows again. I’ll do this month online still since I just had my second shot and need to wait a couple weeks before the vaccine is fully effective. I’m ready to see them but it will be tough still wearing a mask and not giving out hugs and handshakes all around. 

Thursday 7-8:30 my show will be themed around my most-favorite songs as I mentioned above. I need to get my taxes done, and so I need to dedicate all my time this week to getting all my data together. It is always a daunting task even though I am a very good record-taker during the year. The songs I will be playing are some of my very best with stories on many to match. I look forward to sharing them with you. 

Sunday 7-8:30 my show will be favorites and requests as always. Sunday night’s show is such a special time that I look forward to, and I will be sorry when all this is over and we no longer have the luxury of doing weekly shows with the rest of my schedule. That is still a while off though. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope the music that plays in your depths will keep you company and give you joy this week. I hope to see you soon. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of my most-favorite songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, March 4, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, February 22, 2021 - Why I Share Sunrises 

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

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What have I been up to? 

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

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

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

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What am I up to this week? 

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

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

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

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

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

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

Monday, February 15, 2021 - Pets 

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

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What have I been up to? 

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

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

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

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What am I up to this week? 

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

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

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

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

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

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

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