Monday, April 4, 2022 - Perspective

I’m not sure what to write about today. Each day I try to assess where I am personally in relation to my home and my community and the world. Every day we make choices of when to look inward and when to look outward. I’ve written about this before, but our approach changes over time as our situation and our personal philosophy morphs. I try not to let others tell me what to think or how to feel. I’ve always felt an inner stillness and knowing that I try to listen to. There’s also a lot of joy there that buoys me up. Getting some space around my thoughts helps. There are lots of rabbit holes I can go down with projects and interests, but that doesn’t make me present to those around me. Getting lost in music is certainly helpful - especially when I’m entertaining and encouraging others. I know that’s one of the best uses of time in the world - giving to others. Often it’s the best way to get out of yourself. Balancing that with self-care can’t be overlooked either. But I’m just rambling now. I guess my message today is to give yourself some space and some time to find peace and perspective. We’re here for such a short time, and finding yourself in each moment really is what matters. 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went very well without any cancellations last week. I still haven’t gotten back in the swing of bookkeeping and scheduling that I need to do to keep all of these facilities on track. It’s hopefully getting smoother though. I love these folks and the opportunity to be of service to them. 

My Thursday online show of one hit wonders from the ‘60s was certainly fun. You forget how many memories are wrapped up in these familiar songs. 

My Sunday online show of favorites was also a good time although I stressed myself out over all the requests I was trying to learn, and then I couldn’t keep up with everyone on the chat during the show. Sometimes it just happens that way. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have eight senior facilities this week, and I’m looking forward to each one. One of them I haven’t been to since before COVID, so I’m really anxious to see everyone. Even though I form limited relationships with these folks they all seem like family. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be Spring songs. There are so many wonderful songs about the springtime, and I’ve already had some great requests that weren’t on my Spring list. Come on out and celebrate the season with us! 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I’m not finding as much time to work on requests as I did before during the pandemic, so I’m trying to find new ways to keep up with all the requests I’m getting. I try to make a playlist I can listen to of all the requests so at least I can be imprinting the melodies and rhythms in my head during the week since I don’t write out the physical notes for each song. (I normally only have the words and chords with a few notations for specific licks and chords.) I may have to reduce the number of songs I’m trying to learn. I just don’t find that I can remember them as well as I need to perform them well. It’s embarrassing to have a train wreck in a song when I forget the melody or changes. I know my audience finds that entertaining to see, but it’s unsettling for me when it happens. It’s like trying to drive a car with the seat back too far. It’s all good though, and I love the opportunity to share with everyone at these shows! 

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That’s it for this week. Forgive my rambling, and I hope you got something out of it. Sometimes we need that too! 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of one hit wonders from the 1960s 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, April 7, 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

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