Monday, January 11, 2021 - Heart's Truth

I’ve been pondering what happened last week in America and trying to make sense of it. How do we decide for ourselves what is true and what we should believe? There are so many competing ideas vying for our attention. Ultimately it comes down to what we believe in our own hearts and minds. We try to believe in what is rational and provable, but we also want to believe in what is unknowable and somewhat magical. I don’t think anyone is immune to going down a rabbit hole of ideas. I can’t tell you how much fun it is to read stories with different bizarre ideas or watch TV shows and movies that explore different possibilities. I was a big fan of “The X-Files” and so many other shows including science fiction that explored different conspiracies and theories. So how do we decide which of these is true and what we will base our actions on? Going back to the Enlightenment it seems that we have tried to define truth in more concrete ways that are based on observable facts and mathematical reasoning. Most of our world is based on this today, and scientific ideas have led to the development of engineering marvels and the digital age that so dominates our world. Still we want to believe in religion, spiritual, and magical ideas that cannot be proven with scientific tests yet. So how do we balance this? Logically it seems we must educate ourselves enough to understand a good amount of everything so we can make an honest decision on how to lead our lives. That is in theory what our modern education system is based on. Still it seems we have trouble discerning what is important and worth our time - at least I do. So I guess I’m not giving any answers. I believe in most science although I see holes in it sometimes. I’m no scientist although I do read and listen to a lot of it on a weekly basis. I’m not a spiritualist either although I read and listen to a lot of religious and metaphysical content every week. I believe there are some magical things in our lives - music, art, love - that are not explained or understood adequately by anything I’ve read or studied. I hope as we evolve as humans we will find ways that it all fits together. Maybe then we can have more concrete truth that we can all agree on. All I know is that I will continue to give and spread love and joy in the hope that it can make a difference. If we start there then maybe we’ll have the patience with each other to learn and grow together in peace and harmony instead of this strife and division. That is the truth that my heart tells me. 

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What have I been up to? 

I recorded a bunch of shows for my senior facilities last week. It looks like this is what I’ll be doing for them for a while until they can gather their residents in groups to watch and listen to a live show. This virus is presenting a continuous challenge. 

My Thursday show online was full of hopeful songs, and I think it did some good for my listeners. I know it did a lot of good for me. 

My Sunday show online was another wonderful warm fire of friends enjoying each other and the music. I can’t believe how sweet these concerts have become. I say it every week, but I am blessed to have such good friends and followers. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple recorded shows to do for my senior facilities, and I’d like to do a couple more songs just to post on YouTube. I’m learning so many songs for my Thursday and Sunday concerts, and I should probably save a version on my YouTube page for posterity so I can prove I could actually play these tunes that I’m mostly forgetting once I’ve learned them and performed them. 

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time is my online theme show. This week we’ll do Jimmy Buffet songs since I’m sure we could all use a little break from thoughts of winter. Jimmy really has a sweet flow to his music that really puts folks at ease. Come on out it if you’re a “parrot head” or want to see what his music is all about. 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time is my favorites and requests show, and I won’t mention again how special these evenings have been. Give a listen if you can. I’d love to see you! 

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That’s it for this week. I so want to just wrap everybody in an embrace and hold them until all this division and hatred passes. It’s so hard to see such turmoil and strife. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Jimmy Buffet songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, January 14, 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, January 17, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

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