Monday, March 7, 2022 - Heart Songs

This Thursday I’m featuring favorite songs from my albums - what I used to call “heart” songs. My musical history has been interesting. I started out in the ‘60s and ‘70s listening to whatever was on the radio like most of us do, I suspect. When I started playing songs myself on the ukulele and eventually the guitar I tended towards more acoustic folksy tunes - partly because I was playing an acoustic guitar and not an electric guitar, but also because I was drawn to popular folk-rock musicians like John Denver and Michael Martin Murphey. I eventually got electric guitars and played in rock and roll bands, but I never really learned all the tricks of getting a great rock or blues tone with all the assorted amps and pedals. I was still drawn to the pure, woody sound of acoustic instruments and the music they were more associated with. By the time I got to the late ‘80s and early ‘90s I was specializing my interests as radio and the music industry was starting to develop more niches and categories of music. My draw was in the acoustic singer-songwriter vein since that was kind of literary and reflected more of how I fancied my music. I learned and eventually recorded many of these songs that I loved on the albums that I released in the late ‘90s and into the new century. I have performed these songs while promoting my albums a lot over the years, but since the pandemic started I haven’t had a chance to play them much at all, and I really miss them. So this Thursday I’ll  do a show that’s dedicated to these wonderful gems and old friends that are part of my life. Sometimes it’s fun to come home! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went very well last week. Hallelujah, I didn’t have any cancellations! Maybe we’re coming out of this long COVID tunnel? We did Mardi Gras songs and started the Irish celebration for St. Patrick’s Day. 

My Thursday show was doing colors songs. There were a lot of sweet songs about rainbows and individual colors from all over the spectrum. It was a blast! 

My Sunday show was doing favorites and requests as always. We did a brief Zoom before the show which was a lot of fun! We’ll do more of these in the future. Watch this space and the Munch Bunch Facebook Group for dates and times. 

The Munch Bunch Facebook Group had quite bit of activity. I don’t really know where this Group will go, but right now it has been rewarding getting people together on this page. We created a map of where people are watching the online concerts from. We also created threads about how people met me and each other and what their stories are and what instruments they play. I encourage you to get on if you’re on Facebook and join in the camaraderie. There are some amazing people in our Group. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have nine senior facilities scheduled this week. Hopefully they will all go well with no cancellations for weather with snow coming in or COVID with the cases dropping here. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the above-mentioned favorite songs from my albums. There are so many really wonderful songs that I’ve had the opportunity to play and record, and many of them are not that familiar to my audience. This will be a chance to bring these out in the light once again. Come tune in and rediscover these bright spots! 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I look forward to these shows, and I work most of the day on Sunday and often part of the day on Saturday putting together the music and rehearsing the songs. I make a playlist from new requests and also previous requests for our regular attendees although I also take spontaneous requests for the audience if I know the songs. Please tune in if you can. 

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That’s all for this week. I’m really looking forward to this Thursday’s show, and don’t forget that I’ll be playing a concert of Irish music at the Bell Tower Cultural Center in Florence, CO, at 7:00 pm on March 19th. Details are at http://www.florenceartscouncil.com/concerts.html. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs from my albums 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, March 10, 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 13, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

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