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

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