Monday, November 15, 2021 - Obsession

I wanted to write about obsession today. I tend to be a little obsessive about things I’m working on or exploring. That’s not a bad thing when it comes to music because it lends to being a little more meticulous when it comes to learning complicated guitar and vocal parts. When I was a kid a had some obsessions that weren’t as healthy like having to repeat things I did with one hand the same with the other hand. I also got obsessed with not stepping on cracks in the sidewalk. I think that’s just the kind of things that kids get hooked on while their brain is still developing the pathways and habits that will serve them in adulthood. But as an adult I do go down rabbit holes that are not that uncommon - collecting different items like hats or guitars. My latest obsession has been with ceramic safety knives. I cut myself with my little multitool knife while setting up for a party this Fall and trying to open a pre-packaged shrimp container. This led me to looking for safer knives or openers where it wasn’t so easy to cut myself. I have now bought more ceramic safety cutters than anyone needs in my quest to find the perfect one for me. Of course this thing is encouraged through internet advertising and Amazon prompts! Anyway, it’s just another example of the obsessions that are so easy to adopt. So what’s your obsession? How do you deal with the feverish desire to collect a bunch of things? I could name a dozen I’ve been through in the last decade. 😀 

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What have I been up to? 

Unfortunately I did have one senior facility have to cancel for a COVID case again last week. It looks like I’ll have to go back to some virtual shows again for some of them. 

My Thursday online show doing historical songs was a lot of fun. I have learned so many historical songs for so many different events and places I’ve played over the years, and it was a pleasure to get to share them with the folks. I think many people were surprised at how many songs they knew and remembered the words to. 

My Sunday online show had several new songs to me and several old favorites. I love playing for the wonderful group that has assembled for these online concerts so much. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have eight senior facilities to play for this week including some that have reopened after COVID cases. They are so eager to have people come in and give them cheer and hope, and I’m happy to provide it. 

My scheduled Wednesday show at the Gold Dust Saloon has been cancelled because they are closing on weekday nights due to short staffing. I’m sorry I won’t get to see my local friends as we have been able to see each other this Fall so much. With elevated COVID cases it may turn out to be a blessing in disguise. We’ll determine if we can have December gigs at Gold Dust after Thanksgiving. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 will be doing ‘50s songs. We did ‘50s songs a year ago, and it was so much fun bopping along to so many great tunes. I’ll get out a couple ‘50s guitars and do this up right! I hope you’ll tune in and sing along. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 will be favorites and requests as usual. I’ve had some really good requests of late, and I’ve really enjoyed learning the new songs that my great audience is acquainting me with. I’ll hope you’ll tune in to that as well. 

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That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll do my theme show on Tuesday since Thanksgiving is the following Thursday. The theme will be “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” following the Thanksgiving-themed movie from several years ago with Steve Martin and John Candy. I’ll sing songs about, what else, planes, trains, and automobiles. Hope you are well and happy and are preparing for the holiday season. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of ‘50s songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, November 18, 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, November 21, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

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