Monday, December 27, 2021 - In-Between Time

We are in that in-between time over the holidays that is always interesting. As a kid I loved this time because we were out of school with new toys and all our friends to play with and have winter adventures with - like sledding and ice skating. As a teenager it was going to movies or heading out on a ski trip. As a young adult it was a time of traveling to see friends and family. When I began working it became a time of working and re-jiggering for the new year with excitement and planning. As I age it has become a time of reflection and different planning. COVID has certainly put a spin on that as far as messing with planning, but I’m learning to live with it. Every day is a gift, and that is more evident now than ever. I am enjoying losing myself in books and movies. So in this in-between time I just finished “1491” which talks about the Native Americans and their amazing societies and advancements before white folks came here. If it wasn’t for European diseases the world would be a very different place today. Most of the food we grow and eat found its origins in the fantastic agriculture of the New World. I’m also reading a book called “Basin and Range” which talks about the geology of North America in a very engaging way. I’m also looking forward to watching the “Get Back” documentary about the making of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” album. There is much to enjoy and savor no matter what life brings us. The key is to keep putting love and joy out into our everyday lives. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had many senior facilities to play for last week. The Christmas spirit was flowing, and we exchanged many smiles (through masks) and good wishes. 

My Monday Christmas lunch show for a local Pueblo church went very well. I was a little hesitant to play out so much this last couple of weeks, but people were respectful and careful for the most part, and I just hope that very few get sick from all the getting together over the holidays. 

My Thursday online show from my brother’s went very well. Many of my family members were together (after rapid tests) to enjoy food and gifts and my concert. I had a little camera trouble, so if you watch the show you should be prepared for a blurry picture, but the Christmas vibes were so strong and genuine. 

Christmas Day was fairly quiet at home with a few pet gifts and special food and fun. 

My Sunday show was sweet as always with such good friends and a few leftover Christmas songs and other favorites. We even did some Christmas blues which was fun. 

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What am I up to this week? 

My Thursday online show is moved to Friday for New Year’s Eve 7-8:30 mountain time. It’ll be a fun night of end-of-year and party songs. Come on out and celebrate the new year with friends in the comfort and safety of your own home! 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. We have such a kind and caring group of friends at these concerts who always welcome everyone and put out such good energy that it is a joy to be a part of. Come on out and share the joy! 

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That’s it for this week. I don’t know what the new year will bring. I’m pretty sure I won’t be back at Gold Dust Saloon to start the year. I think we need to lay low until we see what the omicron variant turns out to be. I have ordered even better masks, and I’m going to try to be more cautious for myself and my senior facilities for a while. Life is still a wonderful thing, but I will do my stuff from home as much as I can for now. I hope we all have a happy and healthy new year. 

Best always, 

Tom 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of party songs for New Year’s Eve 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Friday, December 31, 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, January 2, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

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