I’m taking stock of all that’s going on less than two weeks before Christmas. I’m carrying a little magic for Christmas in my heart and for my senior gigs and my concerts this week. That’s very important since I need to inspire others to feel joy and to embrace the magic for themselves. But there were two musician deaths that I’ve been thinking about - Bill Staines and Mike Nesmith. Both of them wrote songs that affected me, and they made an impact on our world each in his own way. I’m also thinking about the devastation in Kentucky and other places from the tornados. Since I went through a tornado I can relate to the fear, wonder, and uncertainty that comes with this kind of natural force - and even worse when it’s close to a holiday like this. On top of that, there are a myriad of things we all have on our minds from health to family to finances and COVID. It’s important to take stock and accept the place where life finds us, but it’s also important to have a more timeless view of our lives and our arc in our time here. Christmas magic reminds us of what’s truly important though all of our troubles - love and being there for each other and ourselves. There should always be a pulling back for a moment to remember that love is what we’re here for. This realization helps me, and I hope it helps you too.
What have I been up to?
I had six senior facilities last week including one that I haven’t been to but once since COVID began. It was so good to see these folks and catch up!
Tuesday I played for the Pueblo Newcomers luncheon which was very nice. They are a great group of folks that really enjoy each other. Tuesday I also played for the legislators at the Legislative Academy of the Council of State Governments at the Broadmoor. It’s such a great group of people, and I really enjoyed getting to know some of them and seeing the beautiful holiday decorations at the Broadmoor.
Thursday my online show was doing howling songs - songs about wolves and coyotes that we could howl to. It was so much fun. We’ve been collecting these howling songs for almost two years to sing at 8:00 mountain time for the healthcare workers.
My Sunday online show was very nice as always with such good friends doing requests, a few songs for Mike Nesmith, a few songs for Kentucky, and a couple Christmas songs to get us in the mood for the next two Thursday shows of Christmas music.
What am I up to this week?
This is the big week for the most holiday music since it’s the last full week before Christmas. It starts with doing nine senior facilities. Many of these will be their Christmas party for the season. I’m honored to get to play these with appearances from Santa and all the elves spreading good cheer among the residents.
Thursday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing Christmas music. I’ve had a lot of requests for new songs which I can hopefully learn in time. I’ll mix a lot of old favorites in with them. This and also the next Thursday will be very sweet Christmas fun.
Saturday 7-9 I’m playing a holiday show at the La Veta Mercantile in La Veta. This is always a special time in La Veta with such good friends and at such a perfect venue for music. I’d love to have you there if you’re in the area. There’ll be some surprises and holiday energy from me along with some sing-alongs that everyone can join in on. I plan to really pump up the Christmas spirit, so if that sounds good to you then come on out! Tickets are $16 in advance and $18 at the door. You could read more about the event on the La Veta Mercantile Facebook page.
Sunday 5:30-8:30 I’m playing at the Green Spot in Alamosa, Colo., for the San Luis Cancer Relief Fund’s 9th Annual Memories & Reflections. It is a time of remembrance and friendship for those who have had cancer in their lives. Donations of $10.00 (or any amount) are accepted with all monies donated to the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund, and there will be brisket and beer and my music. They also ask that you bring a dish to share if you have time as well. There’s more info on the Facebook event page. Please come if you’re in the Alamosa area.
That’s it for this week. Next week on Thursday I’m doing a special Christmas show from my brother and sister-in-law’s house with lots of Christmas decorations and a live audience of my family after we exchange gifts and have some dinner. It should be full of Christmas cheer and warm holiday friendship. More next week!
Be good and be safe,
Who: Tom Munch
What: playing and singing an online concert of Christmas songs
Where: facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts
When: Thursday, December 16, 7-8:30 pm mountain time
Who: Tom Munch
What: playing and singing a holiday concert
Where: La Veta Mercantile, 300 South Main Street, La Veta 719-742-3387
When: Saturday, December 18, 7-9 pm
Who: Tom Munch
What: playing and singing for Memories and Reflections for San Luis Cancer Relief
Where: Green Spot, 711 State Street, Alamosa
When: Sunday, December 19, 5:30-8:30 pm