Monday, November 2, 2020 - Hopeful Tough Week

We are heading into a tough week no matter how you look at it. Everyone is on edge, and it has been hard to focus even with the best of mental states - not that I can usually maintain one of those states although I sure try - and music helps. I don’t know how we got here, and I’m not one to throw blame around. In my heart I know that we are all one even though we can’t see it. In the “other” I see myself, and although I can muster some self-loathing, I know that the love that flows through me from whatever spiritual source I am connected to is for everyone and everything. The magic that unforcedly comes out in my music and the oneness I feel in nature is part of something that is much bigger than the day-to-day disagreements and struggles I and everyone go through. We can get along without the fear and uncertainty that we sometimes feel is necessary to get by in our world. There can be a trust and a knowing that can permeate our lives and help us be better to ourselves, each other, and the world we live in. I really believe it. My wish would be that this attitude can flood the world as we go through this time of unrest over disease and disagreement. Be safe and caring, my friends. We can get through anything together.  

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What have I been up to? 

My online senior shows went pretty well last week. It’s still not that easy to get a setup where several people can see and the speeds and hookups to a TV are good enough though. I think I need to come up with a common solution I can recommend to all my facilities. There are a lot of options out there.  

My online Halloween show on Thursday was great fun! There are so many songs for Halloween - both fun and creepy, and we did a bunch.  

Friday was a show of songs from Philmont Scout Ranch with a passel of good friends that was so fine. It’s just a stellar group of folks with such good energy.  

Sunday’s favorites show was a great set of tunes from all over the spectrum. I struggle with some requests for folks, but I love the diverse backgrounds and music that people want to hear. Luckily I can mold to the songs enough to connect to the feel and the spirit of each song. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have a couple senior facilities this week that wonder-of-wonders look like I'm getting to play for outside. After last week's heavy snow I thought the outdoor playing was over.  

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will feature Jerry Jeff Walker songs. Jerry Jeff passed on October 23rd, and I really love his music, so I’ll be doing some of my favorite songs he did. Jerry Jeff had some pretty rowdy songs, but also some very poignant and heartfelt tunes that I dearly love. Please join me if you can for a wonderful evening. If the country is in turmoil from the election this may be a good respite.  

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time as always is my favorites and requests show. Amazingly, I hardly got any new requests this week during the show. I think folks have finally realized that I do better with a little lead time to prepare their requests rather than merely covering them in the spur of the moment. I don’t mind doing them on the spot, but sometimes I fail rather spectacularly. Maybe that’s fun for the audience and I’m missing out on some opportunity, but I know I don’t enjoy hearing a fellow musician cover a song badly in the moment. I’d rather hear them doing well on one in their own style. Let me know if you’d rather have the spontaneity.  

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That’s it for this week. I really hope we are headed toward some sort of time of peace and reconciliation and not a time of more unrest and division. There is no one I fear or hate. We really are one in the end.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Details this week: 

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Jerry Jeff Walker songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts  
When:  Thursday, November 5, 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, November 8, 7-8:30 pm mountain 

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