Monday, November 29, 2021 - Into the Past 

I’m diving into the past this week to do research for my Thursday online show about Bing Crosby. I like to know a little bit about the times and situations that brought about people's careers and the songs they sang. It helps so I can get an authentic sense for the music and the delivery. Bing had a different path than you might guess. Would you think that he grew up in Spokane, Washington? That’s just one of the interesting facts about Bing’s life. I often think about what people were like in this country and what the world was like in different periods. Part of that is because I wonder what my ancestors were doing and thinking. Not all of it is pleasant, of course. One of the more enlightening things when we were going though family books and notes after my mother's death was seeing some of the prejudices and biases that were prevalent 100 years ago and more. I do think that we are improving as a species although it goes in fits and starts. So I don’t have anything bold or profound to say this week in relation to the past other than there is value in studying and learning from it. The music really helps to relate to it in a personal way, and that’s what this Thursday's show featuring Bing Crosby will be all about.  

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went well last week. Luckily none of them had to be cancelled for COVID. Music and interaction means so much to these wonderful folks.  

My online show Tuesday with songs about planes, trains, and automobiles was great fun. There were some surprises, and I think everyone had a good time. I love my audience.  

Thanksgiving went well for us. We enjoyed a quiet day at home with the pets and some good family food. I think this is the first year we didn’t watch hardly any parades or football.  

My online show Sunday was well-attended with lots of good friends and good music. There such a great depth of music and friendship we can share, and each week seems to top the one before.  

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What am I up to this week? 

Wednesday I won’t be at the Gold Dust Saloon. They have staff now, but licensing costs are making this gig more difficult for the venue. We’re going to take off the whole month of December, so there won’t be a gig on December 15th either. It’s probably for the best with COVID numbers increasing and the new variant coming. I don’t mind staying safer for my seniors.  

Thursday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing the afore-mentioned music of Bing Crosby. Bing was very prolific, and there is so much material to choose from. Of course,  we'll do at least a couple of his Christmas songs to start the holiday season, but there will be other songs from musicals and movies and so much more. For instance, did you know that Bing made a cowboy album and an Irish album? It will be a memorable evening. Come on by if you can.  

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 will be doing favorites and requests as always. I spend most of my day Sunday as well as several hours during the week preparing music and listening to songs to get ready for these shows. It’s a labor of love learning songs that mean so much to my audience. I do a lot of songs in the spur of the moment as well. Please come by if you can. 

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That’s it for this week. Don’t forget that I have a holiday concert on December 16th at the La Veta Mercantile as well as many appearances around the area even with COVID. My calendar is always up to date on my website - http://tommunch.com/calendar. Stay safe and enjoy the holiday season.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Bing Crosby songs  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Tuesday, December 2, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, December 5, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, November 22, 2021 - With a Song in Your Heart  

Hello, 

I’m quoting an old Rodger’s and Hart song, “With a Song in My Heart” today to ponder an idea. I quite often say during my senior shows that the last song I sing for them will be an earworm that they will have in their heads for the rest of the day. I sure find that this is true for myself. I’ll get a song stuck in my head that will dominate my subconscious for hours - especially if I’m taking a walk and the song has a good beat to walk to. I also find and have written about before that the first thoughts I have in the day seem to frame my whole day whether they’re angry or kind. So I’m proposing to try an experiment to put a song in your mind or heart at the beginning of the day that reflects kindness or goodwill towards others and towards ourselves and then see what happens in your morning and your day. I know that music has real power, and I believe we can harness it to create the kind of world we want to see each day. In this week of Thanksgiving it could be really helpful. How about something for today like “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash?! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior homes went very well last week although I did have one that had to cancel due to COVID. The residents are so frustrated - especially with it being so close to Thanksgiving. If they can’t lift the quarantine before Thanksgiving then they won’t get to see their families over the holiday. 

My Thursday online show doing ‘50s songs was more fun than should be allowed. There were just so many upbeat songs at the start of rock ’n roll and in that time of hopefulness after World War II.  We will definitely do them again sometime in the near future! 

My Sunday show doing favorites turned into a request-slinging good time. We had a great group of folks who were having such a fine time with each other and the music, and it was a joy to be part of. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I’m doing 7 senior facilities this week even with the holiday. Hopefully none of them will have to cancel due to COVID. I wish there were more Thanksgiving songs. 

Tuesday will be my weekly online theme show 7-8:30 mountain time since Thursday is Thanksgiving and I figured that people would have plans for Thanksgiving evening. We’ll be doing songs about “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” in honor of the Thanksgiving-themed movie of the same name from John Candy and Steve Martin. The movie is from 1987, and although it is a little dated I still enjoy the message of friendship and family that the movie hits out of the park. Come on out if you’d like to hear some good songs with good people. 

Thursday have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time will be my weekly favorites and requests show as always. This last Sunday was such a wonderful time, and you never know who will show up and what songs we’ll sing to make the night. You’re always welcome. 

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What is upcoming? 

I’m playing a couple of special events in December although I’m trying to be cautious about gigs during COVID.  

December 18 at 7:00 I’m playing a holiday concert at the La Veta Mercantile in La Veta. Tickets are $16 advance and $18 at the door. If you’re in the La Veta area or would like to take a drive I’d love to see you. I’m not sure if there are vaccination or mask restrictions although I’ve been vaccinated and will be wearing a mask when I interact with folks. I’ll be singing Christmas songs, and there’ll be a couple to sing along to as well. 

December 19 at 5:00 I’m playing a cancer fundraiser at the Green Spot in Alamosa. I don’t know all the details about this event, but it is for a good cause and I’d love to see you if you’re in the San Luis Valley. This should be a very worthwhile evening! 

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That’s it for this week. Do you have a song in your heart for today? Please try it and see if it makes a difference. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs about “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Tuesday, November 23, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, November 15, 2021 - Obsession 

I wanted to write about obsession today. I tend to be a little obsessive about things I’m working on or exploring. That’s not a bad thing when it comes to music because it lends to being a little more meticulous when it comes to learning complicated guitar and vocal parts. When I was a kid a had some obsessions that weren’t as healthy like having to repeat things I did with one hand the same with the other hand. I also got obsessed with not stepping on cracks in the sidewalk. I think that’s just the kind of things that kids get hooked on while their brain is still developing the pathways and habits that will serve them in adulthood. But as an adult I do go down rabbit holes that are not that uncommon - collecting different items like hats or guitars. My latest obsession has been with ceramic safety knives. I cut myself with my little multitool knife while setting up for a party this Fall and trying to open a pre-packaged shrimp container. This led me to looking for safer knives or openers where it wasn’t so easy to cut myself. I have now bought more ceramic safety cutters than anyone needs in my quest to find the perfect one for me. Of course this thing is encouraged through internet advertising and Amazon prompts! Anyway, it’s just another example of the obsessions that are so easy to adopt. So what’s your obsession? How do you deal with the feverish desire to collect a bunch of things? I could name a dozen I’ve been through in the last decade. 😀 

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What have I been up to? 

Unfortunately I did have one senior facility have to cancel for a COVID case again last week. It looks like I’ll have to go back to some virtual shows again for some of them. 

My Thursday online show doing historical songs was a lot of fun. I have learned so many historical songs for so many different events and places I’ve played over the years, and it was a pleasure to get to share them with the folks. I think many people were surprised at how many songs they knew and remembered the words to. 

My Sunday online show had several new songs to me and several old favorites. I love playing for the wonderful group that has assembled for these online concerts so much. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have eight senior facilities to play for this week including some that have reopened after COVID cases. They are so eager to have people come in and give them cheer and hope, and I’m happy to provide it. 

My scheduled Wednesday show at the Gold Dust Saloon has been cancelled because they are closing on weekday nights due to short staffing. I’m sorry I won’t get to see my local friends as we have been able to see each other this Fall so much. With elevated COVID cases it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. We’ll determine if we can have December gigs at Gold Dust after Thanksgiving. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 will be doing ‘50s songs. We did ‘50s songs a year ago, and it was so much fun bopping along to so many great tunes. I’ll get out a couple ‘50s guitars and do this up right! I hope you’ll tune in and sing along. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 will be favorites and requests as usual. I’ve had some really good requests of late, and I’ve really enjoyed learning the new songs that my great audience is acquainting me with. I’ll hope you’ll tune in to that as well. 

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That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll do my theme show on Tuesday since Thanksgiving is the following Thursday. The theme will be “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” following the Thanksgiving-themed movie from several years ago with Steve Martin and John Candy. I’ll sing songs about, what else, planes, trains, and automobiles. Hope you are well and happy and are preparing for the holiday season. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of ‘50s songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, November 18, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, November 8, 2021 - Historical Music 

I’m going to do a show of pre-1900s historical music on Thursday, and it has me thinking of all the great songs and history in that first century and more of our nation. And it also has me thinking about my ancestors and the role that music might have played in their lives. First let me say that I am under no illusion that these songs will come across without any irony or possible offense. American history and all history is full of contradictions and pitfalls. I’ll do my best to steer clear. American history has so many periods of music and so many influences. Firstly you have to know that the music of the British Isles is the first influence on colonial music since the original states were under British rule until we established our independence, so that will have some influence on some of the songs I’ll choose. Of course there were pockets of other ethnicities especially since the French and Spanish claimed parts of what became the United States, and there were many Africans brought here as slaves, not to mention the Native Americans who were here before. As you progress through American history you come across many different work songs from miners, pioneers, cowboys, and more as well as songs about historical occurrences, so there’s a wealth of great music there to round out my setlist to 1900. As to my own ancestors, they came from the British Isles on my mother's side mostly before the Revolution, and my dad's side came mostly from Germany in the 1840s. I often wonder whether they were musical or enjoyed the music of their day. We don’t have any instruments passed down from them, and we don’t have stories of musical talent although it’s fair to assume that many folks had some musical talent since they couldn’t hear music often as we can today unless they made it themselves. But I love to imagine them cherishing the same songs that I do from their era. Music plays such a big part of my life, and I hope it delighted and lifted them too. So here’s to some great songs to sing on Thursday. Hope you enjoy them! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior shows went well last week although I had another one cancel for COVID after they had just been cleared to do shows again. I really feel for these folks. 

Wednesday’s show at Gold Dust was great fun! We had a bunch of good friends (although a few couldn’t make it), and I did another straight three hours of a huge variety of songs. I have to remember to take a break next time so folks can stretch their legs! 

Thursday was my online show with original songs, and I have to say that I was finally comfortable doing my own songs for the first time. I tend to be reticent to play my own songs - partly from embarrassment over what I perceive to be sub-standard writing, and partly from shyness since I write pretty personally - baring your soul can be a pretty scary thing. But I knew I was among friends without judgement, and I really enjoyed sharing my songs and stories. I think I might actually pull this thing off! 

Sunday was my online show of favorites and requests, and there were some good new songs as well as other favorites from the past two years. This time of learning songs for requests during the pandemic has really acquainted me with some wonderful tunes I never would have had the opportunity to learn, and I’m grateful that this is one of the good things that has come out of this turbulent time. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have five senior shows this week. I’m looking forward to seeing the folks! 

Thursday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing historical songs as I wrote about above. I’ve been learning historical songs since high school about many different eras of music in American history to play for museums, historic shows, and events. I can’t wait to dive into them and share them with you. I hope you’ll find them as entertaining and enlightening as I do. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests we have grown to love playing. I have had several people send me lists of favorite artists and songs to work on and learn at my leisure, and I really enjoy doing this and then singing them for folks when I see them at my shows. Feel free to do this if you have favorite songs you think I could do well and folks would enjoy hearing. 

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That’s all for this week. The holidays are fast approaching, and I hope you’re staying safe and well. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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

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

Monday, November 1, 2021 - Wind in the Sails 

I’m thinking about motivation today. I’m wondering where the gumption comes from that allows us to go out every day and accomplish meaningful things. I’ve usually been a pretty driven person. Until COVID hit I was always going from one place to another - racking up 30,000 miles or more on my car annually, and working seven days a week for many weeks out of the year. Sometimes the impetuous to go out was made by the need to pay the mortgage or purchase a piece of gear I needed or wanted. Sometimes the drive was to accomplish a new milestone. Sometimes it was a feeling of obligation or a desire to serve people. Sometimes I really have to frame the situation so that my approach is centered and coming from a good place. It’s interesting how much that makes a difference. It reminds me of an athlete who visualizes the movements and emotions of their sport before they actually perform it. And then there is also the need to be physically and mentally ready to take on new challenges. That makes the motivation flow much more easily. So what will motivate me today and this week? Hmmm… 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was a good one, but I had two more senior facilities have to cancel because of COVID cases in their facility - mostly from unvaccinated staff. This puts a lot of strain on the residents with isolation and uncertainty. Although vaccinations are mandatory in nursing facilities, many people are claiming a religious exemption. I wish they would see what it’s doing to those around them.  

My online Halloween show on Thursday was a blast! I did many different songs than people expected, and it was just plain fun to get a little dark and creepy! 

My online Sunday show included several more Halloween songs and a bunch of new requests that were quite good. I don’t mention it often enough that my great audience has exposed me to some wonderful new songs with their requests. My cup runneth over! 

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What am I up to this week? 

Wednesday 6-9 I’ll be back at Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo for what is turning out to be a wonderful gig. The upstairs balcony is a very cozy place to play music, and everyone is really enjoying it. There is only seating for 22 people upstairs, so get there early if you want to make sure you have a good seat. The music does spill over to the downstairs nicely though, so there really isn’t a bad seat for listening.  

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will be doing my own original songs. We haven’t done an evening of my own tunes for a while, so this will be a fun night. I need to brush up on some of my tunes that I don’t play very often, and I’m always a little self-conscious of playing my own material. People are so supportive, and I’m honored to play my own music.  

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will be favorites and requests as always. Some of these nights turn into a real happening that surprises me with old friends and acquaintances from distant places and times. It’s turning out to be many evenings that I’m honored just to be a part of.  

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That’s it for this week. I hope my thoughts on motivation help you trim your sails to pick up the wind of your life.. 

Best always 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing 
Where:  Gold Dust Saloon, 217 S Union Ave, Pueblo, 719-545-0741 
When:  Wednesday, November 3, 6-9 pm 

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, November 4, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, October 25, 2021 - Halloween and Frights 

When I was a kid Halloween was a fun night to dress up and get lots of candy. We had a ton of kids in our neighborhood, so it was always a very lively night with friends and neighbors up and down the block. Some would even ask us to come inside their houses to make us show them a “trick” like doing a somersault or standing on our heads before we got our “treat” of whatever candy they were giving out. Halloween night didn’t really scare me, but I was afraid of so many other things then. Anytime it was dark I was afraid of the closet or the basement or under the bed. When we’d go to the mountains in the summer we would always make sure we used the outhouse before it was dark - otherwise we’d have to make the run from the back porch to the outhouse in the dark with a flashlight, and we were so scared that there was no way in the outhouse that we could accomplish any “relief”.  As I grew a little older I liked scary shows and movies, but they would always really bother me and give me nightmares. I found the worst ones were the supernatural movies. They would really get under my skin. As I became a teenager I started spending much more time outdoors - especially in scouts with camping. I got rid of some of my fear then, but I can still remember one week with my troop when we came back a day or two early from a week of camping because we were convinced there was a Bigfoot in the woods where we were camping. One of the kids had claimed that he saw one outside our tents in the middle of the night, and another one said that a Bigfoot had pushed in the roof of his tent until it touched his head. We had told other supernatural stories earlier in the week, so we were primed for anything to scare us. By the time I worked in the mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in high school I was over most of my darkness jitters, and I would enjoy walking back from the evening campfires in the dark without a lantern or flashlight under the stars. Even at Philmont I think I did hear a ghost one night, but I’ll save that story for another time.  Halloween has become a fun holiday with loads of decorations. We are in a pretty rural area, so we don’t get trick-or treaters. We still enjoy watching some of the classic Halloween movies though - especially in black and white. I hope you have a Happy Halloween with no frights! 

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What have I been up to? 

I was so busy last week. Thankfully none of my senior facilities had to be cancelled because of COVID outbreaks. 

My Wednesday show indoors at the Gold Rush Saloon in Pueblo turned out to be one of the most enjoyable nights ever. The upstairs balcony is a very cozy place to play with seating for just 22 people. The sound is good on the main floor too though, so people down there also enjoyed the show. I was having so much fun that I didn’t even think to take a break for 3 hours. 

My Thursday online show doing songs about the wind was also a blast. There are so many good songs about the wind from “Mariah” to “Summer Wind” to “Windy” and we played them all! It was great to see so many friends. 

My Friday online show doing Philmont songs was also well-attended and fun. It was pretty much an all-request show, and it felt so good to revisit such good times with good friends and music. 

The Saturday retirement party I played was also wonderful outside with beautiful weather and good folks with great musical taste. Congratulations on your retirement, Mike! 

My Sunday online show was also good although I’ll admit I was a little flustered in the beginning with a couple songs, but I eventually hit my stride and cruised through a bunch of favorites. We have such a great group of friends. 

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What am I up to this week? 

This week will be a little less busy with 7 senior facilities and only two evening shows. Unfortunately I did have another facility have to cancel this week because of a COVID outbreak. It’s usually happening because of staff who aren’t vaccinated. I wish this hadn’t become a political issue. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing Halloween songs. I know that Halloween will fall on Sunday when I’m doing another show, but I thought that a lot of folks might be busy on Halloween with possible parties and trick-or-treaters coming to the door, so I’ll do my show on Thursday with I’m sure a few more leftover songs on Halloween. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing favorites and requests as always, and I’m sure we’ll do some Halloween songs too as I mentioned above. I look forward to interacting with my wonderful online friends who are so supportive and engaging. 

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That’s it for this week. I’m putting together a list of my favorite songs I’ve learned during the pandemic for an end-of-year show that should be great fun. More on that later. Be good to each other, and I hope to see you soon. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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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 28, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, October 18, 2021 - Creativity During COVID 

Jen and I went to the SPACe Gallery, Shalawalla Gallery and Batik Studio, and The Mercantile in La Veta on Friday on a rare day out for us, and the creativity we saw that was created during COVID really inspired us. SPACe had beautiful paintings and creations, curious sculptures, and all kinds of outpourings of spirit and fire. Shalawalla had an explosion of gorgeous batik hangings and clothing, and the Merc had clever gifts and promising upcoming musical shows. Everywhere there were expressions of life and love that had come out during the darkest times of the last two years. I don’t know about you, but these last couple of years have been filled with angst and uncertainty. I’m a pretty centered person, but I still found it difficult to write during these times. I did pour out a lot of love and time into learning songs and interacting with folks as a way to deal with worry and give to others from what I have been given. But what I have witnessed in the creativity of others is astonishing. It just goes to reinforce my basic belief in our unity of spirit and being. We are connected to a goodness and purpose beyond our understanding. If we could only tap into it this world would be an even more wonderful place to be. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had half a dozen senior facilities last week. They all went fairly well except for a cancellation on Friday for COVID isolation. Hopefully everyone will be okay at that facility. That is the reason we took a day to go to La Veta. 

The Thursday online show doing ‘60s folk songs was a blast. That era of writing and performing was filled with so many artists who communicated so brilliantly that it was a joy doing those songs. 

The Sunday online show had a few leftover songs from the ‘60s to round out the night. It was a very special evening that everyone contributed so much to. What a sweet gathering it was! 

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What am I up to this week? 

This will be another very busy week. I have eight senior facilities to play at that I’m looking very much forward to. 

Wednesday 6-9 I’ll be at the Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo once again. I think this will be the first evening it will be too cool to be outside, so I’ll play inside on the balcony. It should be a nice setup with room enough for an intimate group upstairs of maybe 25 with spillover to the main floor for a bunch more folks that should be able to hear very well. I’m looking forward to it. If you’re in Pueblo and have the evening free then please come on out! 

Thursday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be songs about the wind. I have had an enchantment and an often frustration with wind over my life - especially since I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors. I sailed and hiked a lot when I was young as well as flying stunt kites in the wind. Then I have played music outside all over Colorado and New Mexico many times throughout my adult life. It will be fun to sing so many songs about the wind! Come on out. 

Friday 7-9 mountain time I’m doing an online show for Philmont folks. If you’re in this group then head on over to my Philmont Songs Page on Facebook or my website to join into the memories of Philmont Scout Ranch. I’ve done a few of these shows during COVID, and they have all been very rewarding with good friends and stories. 

Saturday I have a retirement party to play for some good folks I’ve known for several years in Cañon City. If you’re in that group then I may see you there. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests that my wonderful group of friends and fans have come to know. It’s such a great group that I’d love you to be part of if you’re not already. Please tune in! 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’ve found a creative way to deal with this time of isolation and unsure futures during COVID.  

I wish you all the best - always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing 
Where:  Gold Dust Saloon, 217 S Union Ave, Pueblo 
When:  Wednesday, October 20, 6-9 pm 

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

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert for Philmont folks 
Where: facebook.com/groups/1176893032692370 and tommunch.com/online-concerts 
When:  Friday, October 22, 7-9 mountain time 

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

Monday, October 11, 2021 - Comfort Zone 

I had an outstanding experience playing with the extraordinary Gordon Burt on fiddle Saturday, and it has me thinking about playing and living from our comfort zone. Musicians especially talk about being in some sort of mindset that allows us to perform at our best whether that be on stage or in our creative life. For musicians it has a lot to do with how we sound and how well we’re hearing the tone of our instrument and our voice as well as how the instrument feels under our fingers. We have to be comfortable enough to settle into a thought-free place where we can let the music flow effortlessly from our subconscious. Saturday was interesting for both Gordon and me as we settled into a musical rapport that allowed us to breathe and communicate the songs and the sounds with each other and with the audience. We did pretty well although a first shared set always is a little tentative. I think this parallels so much of what we all go through in life. Every situation requires some bending and adapting to new places and people as we try to maintain enough comfort in ourselves that we can be authentic and generous. I find it a challenge and an opportunity to be centered and mindful as I approach each situation. I don’t always do as well as I’d like, but I relish the opportunity. I do tend to stick to myself a lot. It’s all about that comfort that I carry with me. How about you? 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was definitely busy, but I made it through with my voice and fingers intact. 

I forgot to mention that I had 5 senior facilities last week although one had to cancel because of a COVID case. I have one of those this week as well. We’re definitely not out of the woods yet on this virus. I did get the Pfizer booster last week. 

Tuesday I had a private party outside La Veta that was just as special as I hoped it would be. There are some great folks in that valley, and it was a pleasure to play for them. 

Wednesday at the Gold Rush Saloon turned into kind of a private concert. This was probably the last night it will be warm enough to be outside, and it was beautiful. The folks who were there were warm and receptive for a sweet night of tunes. 

Thursday was my online show of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, and there were definitely some strong memories for all of us with both of their catalogs of tunes. I always forget how much I love some of these songs until I’m in the middle of them. It was very nice. 

Saturday was the harvest festival at Littleton Museum with Gordon Burt sitting in on fiddle. There were hundreds of kids and families in the pumpkin patch whom we got to play for and interact with, and to say it was a blast is an understatement. I had so many good friends come out to hear us play, and it was just a perfect day. Gordon’s playing definitely drove me to new heights with his intuitive melodies and licks, and it was a joy. The only downside of the day was dealing with traffic on the way back to Pueblo, but I know many city folks deal with it all the time, so I won’t say more. 

Sunday my online show had a great group attending, and as I said before I got to do several more favorites than I usually do. The highlight of the evening was probably playing ukulele on The Who’s “Blue, Red and Grey” and on Chuck Pyle’s “Moonglow Rising”. 

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What am I up to this week? 

This week I have 6 senior facilities. I’m getting where I sound pretty normal singing through a mask now. One did have to cancel for a COVID case again. 

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will be doing ‘60s folk music. This should be a lot of fun. I’ve already gotten a ton of requests. I’m going to slant towards the music of groups like Peter, Paul and Mary, The Seekers, and the New Christy Minstrels although there will be plenty of other folk artists thrown is as well. We won’t have time to do all the great songs by a long shot. It’ll be a good time, and I’d love to have you along if you’re up to it. Remember that you can always watch later on Facebook or on my website if you can’t make the live show - facebook.com/tommunch/videos_by and tommunch.com/online-concerts.  

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests show we’ve come to know. I haven’t had as many requests lately, so I’ve been doing more of my favorites. It’s been a good mix, and again I’d love to have you onboard with our wonderful group of friends if you’d like to come along. 

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That’s it for this week. It’s about time to drain the sprinkler and drip systems, and to fire up the heater. I even put on the merino wool long underwear to walk Beau this morning. It feels like Fall. Time to feel a little bit of that comfort I talked about above. 

Best always,  

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of ’60s folk tunes 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, October 14, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

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

Monday, October 4, 2021 - Passing It On 

Two of my siblings and I spent the weekend closing our rustic mountain cabins, and this time we had some of the nieces and nephews with us to learn all the ins and outs of draining plumbing, shuttering, and buttoning down things for the winter. It was a teaching and sharing process that was really refreshing, and it was great to spend time with nieces and nephews getting to know them better. We also looked at pictures of the building of the simple cabins two generations ago, and tried to pass along some of the stories and lore of the family. It’s something I don’t think of very often since Jen and I don’t have kids, but spreading insights and continuity as we go along with others is such a valuable and worthwhile thing to do. Our relative ages as we go through this life have so much to do with our thoughts and our approach to life. It’s something I forget as I go through my day. It’s just one of the curious facets of our existence here. I love it! 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was a good one. I had six senior facilities. They were very fulfilling. 

My Thursday online show doing songs about food was just crazy fun. There are so many interesting songs about food, and it was really enjoyable having a night of frivolous music and friendship. 

My Sunday online show of favorites and requests was also a great time. Our group really embraces each other and the music, and we had requests from all over the spectrum. 

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What am I up to this week? 

This is a super busy week. I guess I’m not a very good planner. That’s okay. I enjoy the wild ride still. 

Tuesday evening I have a private party near La Veta for some very nice folks. It has been such a great time playing for all the folks I have met in the Cuchara Valley. I have many cherished friendships. 

Wednesday 6-9 I’ll be playing at the Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo. Hopefully it will be warm enough to be on the patio. It will be fun evening regardless of where we set up. Come on out! 

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will be doing the music of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens. I have wanted to feature the music of both of these musicians for some time, and I think their music will make a nice combination. Please tune in to our welcoming group and listen in. 

Saturday 11:30-1:30 I’ll be in the Denver area at the Littleton Museum for their Harvest Days event. They have me playing in the pumpkin patch behind the museum by the lake. It should be beautiful, and as an added bonus I’ll have the incomparable Gordon Burt sitting in on fiddle and backup vocals. Gordon played with Chuck Pyle for most of his Colorado career, and I can’t say enough about Gordon’s beautiful and intuitive fiddle playing. He finds just the right complement to any song he plays on. It will be a treat! Please come out if you’re in the Denver area. It’s a free day at the museum. 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time I’ll be doing my weekly favorites and requests show. We have such a good time sharing songs and friendship. Come on out if you can on Facebook or my website. 

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That’s it for this week. I had such a good time with family over the weekend, and I hope you get to enjoy your family too as we pass it on. 

Best, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing 
Where:  Gold Dust Saloon, 217 S Union Ave, Pueblo, 719-545-0741 
When:  Wednesday, October 6, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Jim Croce and Cat Stevens tunes 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, October 7, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch with Gordon Burt sitting in 
What:  playing and singing for the Littleton Museum Harvest Festival 
Where:  Littleton Museum, 6028 S Gallup St, Littleton, CO, 303-795-3950 
When:  Saturday, October 9, 11:30-1:30 pm 

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

Monday, September 27, 2021 - Groups and Community 

I’m struggling today to write about groups and community. I have very mixed emotions about being in groups. I’ve always seen myself as kind of a lone wolf - especially since I mainly play music solo. Generally, when you’re in a group there are always dynamics that play into how you feel and how you interact. In a concert or theater setting as an audience member it can be very rewarding to experience the rush of emotion when everyone is feeling the same energy and you react together. As a performer on a stage it is an amazing feeling when you feel the audience transcend from individuals to one entity in reaction to your performance. In group settings like a party or gathering at a reunion or memorial there are all kinds of dynamics that come into play, and some people are gregarious and effusive while others are quiet observers. Some of this is learned and some is innate. I have to push myself to interact with other people in a group setting. I write a lot about how much we need each other, but when it comes to being in a group I’m most comfortable when I’m helping with the setup and logistics of the gathering instead of conversing with people in the group. It’s a funny thing how it all works out. The older I get the more I tend to pull into my shell. And this all relates to my online concert group too. I’ve cultivated a great group of folks that have become a community almost without any direction from me. All I’ve done is to try to put out good energy that benefits people, and that has attracted people who appreciate that and want to know the kind of people who like my music and presence. I hope this all makes sense. Like I said, I struggle to be in groups even when they are there for me. 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was a good one. The weather is still plenty hot although we had a couple cooler days. As result I had to have all my senior shows indoors. Hopefully we can keep the virus under control enough that we can continue indoors. I’m comfortable performing in a mask, so I feel fairly safe indoors. 

My Fall show online Thursday went very well. There are so many really good songs for Fall, and we didn’t even get to them all. I had a great group of friends and fans come out and join in. There’s that community thing again! 

My Saturday show for the Good Sam’s RV’ers went very well. I did mostly old country songs for them to feature my “Back to the Old Country” album, and it was right up their alley. I love playing for these folks. 

My Sunday favorites show online was another full group of friends with great participation although Facebook changed their app just enough that comments were being hidden for everyone on devices other than a computer. That didn’t stop the group from finding a way to join in and support me and each other though. It was very fulfilling. We actually did more impromptu requests this time than we’ve ever done before. 

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What am I up to this week? 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be playing songs about food. My online show comes right after or during dinnertime for some folks, and food is a frequent topic of conversation in the chat. So why not do a show about food?! This will be a lot of fun, and Jen and I have already had a blast finding and putting together songs for this show. Come on out and join in the fun! I recommend you eat before the show so you’re not dying of hunger as the food talk builds. 🤪 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing favorites and requests as always. I’m very pleased at the way these shows have morphed over the months. Everyone is so comfortable with each other and the music and flow that we truly reach some very sweet and alternately boisterous moments. It’s something to experience. Hope to see you this week! 

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That’s it for this week. Next week on Saturday, Oct. 9,  I have a show in Littleton at the Littleton Museum from 12-3 as part of their Fall Festival. If you’re in the Denver area I’d love to see you! Take care and enjoy being part of groups. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

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

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

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