Monday, November 22, 2021 - With a Song in Your Heart

Hello, 

I’m quoting an old Rodger’s and Hart song, “With a Song in My Heart” today to ponder an idea. I quite often say during my senior shows that the last song I sing for them will be an earworm that they will have in their heads for the rest of the day. I sure find that this is true for myself. I’ll get a song stuck in my head that will dominate my subconscious for hours - especially if I’m taking a walk and the song has a good beat to walk to. I also find and have written about before that the first thoughts I have in the day seem to frame my whole day whether they’re angry or kind. So I’m proposing to try an experiment to put a song in your mind or heart at the beginning of the day that reflects kindness or goodwill towards others and towards ourselves and then see what happens in your morning and your day. I know that music has real power, and I believe we can harness it to create the kind of world we want to see each day. In this week of Thanksgiving it could be really helpful. How about something for today like “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash?! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior homes went very well last week although I did have one that had to cancel due to COVID. The residents are so frustrated - especially with it being so close to Thanksgiving. If they can’t lift the quarantine before Thanksgiving then they won’t get to see their families over the holiday. 

My Thursday online show doing ‘50s songs was more fun than should be allowed. There were just so many upbeat songs at the start of rock ’n roll and in that time of hopefulness after World War II.  We will definitely do them again sometime in the near future! 

My Sunday show doing favorites turned into a request-slinging good time. We had a great group of folks who were having such a fine time with each other and the music, and it was a joy to be part of. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I’m doing 7 senior facilities this week even with the holiday. Hopefully none of them will have to cancel due to COVID. I wish there were more Thanksgiving songs. 

Tuesday will be my weekly online theme show 7-8:30 mountain time since Thursday is Thanksgiving and I figured that people would have plans for Thanksgiving evening. We’ll be doing songs about “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” in honor of the Thanksgiving-themed movie of the same name from John Candy and Steve Martin. The movie is from 1987, and although it is a little dated I still enjoy the message of friendship and family that the movie hits out of the park. Come on out if you’d like to hear some good songs with good people. 

Thursday have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time will be my weekly favorites and requests show as always. This last Sunday was such a wonderful time, and you never know who will show up and what songs we’ll sing to make the night. You’re always welcome. 

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What is upcoming? 

I’m playing a couple of special events in December although I’m trying to be cautious about gigs during COVID.  

December 18 at 7:00 I’m playing a holiday concert at the La Veta Mercantile in La Veta. Tickets are $16 advance and $18 at the door. If you’re in the La Veta area or would like to take a drive I’d love to see you. I’m not sure if there are vaccination or mask restrictions although I’ve been vaccinated and will be wearing a mask when I interact with folks. I’ll be singing Christmas songs, and there’ll be a couple to sing along to as well. 

December 19 at 5:00 I’m playing a cancer fundraiser at the Green Spot in Alamosa. I don’t know all the details about this event, but it is for a good cause and I’d love to see you if you’re in the San Luis Valley. This should be a very worthwhile evening! 

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That’s it for this week. Do you have a song in your heart for today? Please try it and see if it makes a difference. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs about “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Tuesday, November 23, 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 28, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

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