Monday, June 20, 2022 - What's Right 

I’m reading a novel that is stirring my sense of right and wrong - which is one of the things that good stories should do. They actually say that good fiction helps our empathy for each other. It always fuels my curiosity for why people don’t do what’s right. In my life it has always been obvious why it’s best to do what’s right - it benefits everyone, and it makes life more worthwhile. But some people are driven toward contrariness either from abuse they’ve suffered or a general unhappiness with life, I guess. I know that some folks see people like me as idealistic and naive, but I believe you get out of life what you put into it for the most part. Life can beat you down, but if you continue to give out of a spirit of love you will eventually find a smoother path. When you give in to fear and begin to hate and doubt others, then your life becomes a misery. You just have to believe.  

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went very well last week. There seem to be less COVID cases, and I’m hoping we’re maybe in an easier period for a while.  

My Wednesday theme show was doing the music of Michael Martin Murphey, and it was sweet reconnecting with his tunes. He was one to the first musicians whose music I learned when I first started playing. 

The Thursday barbecue at the Yellow Pine was fun and crazy - especially for the first one of the season. Everyone is really ready to get out and have a good time. It was great to see so many folks whom I haven’t seen since last summer. 

Friday night I played at the Pueblo Riverwalk as part of their summer music series, and although it was a little warm it was great playing outdoors for some of the Pueblo friends I haven’t seen in quite a while. I need to play in Pueblo more often. 

Saturday was a retirement party for a friend whom I have been playing for since my days at the Pueblo West Inn 30 years ago. It was a wonderful evening. Congratulations again, Debbie! It was a wonderful party. 

Sunday was my online favorites show, and after a full week of gigs and fun it was good to be surrounded by my online Munch Bunch. We had such a good time! 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 10 senior facilities this week, and I’m looking forward to all of them. You just have to see the faces and hear the stories. 

My Wednesday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be Motown songs again. We haven’t done Motown songs since a year ago in March, and they are so fun and danceable. This will be a blast. Come on out! 

Thursday I’m back at the Yellow Pine barbecue 6:30-8, and I’m expecting it to be just as good as last week if not better. I’d love to have you if you are in the area. As always it’s held in an 1890s barn in Cuchara, CO, with Texas barbecue and my music, and it’s best to call in a reservation ASAP - 719-742-3528. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I’m having a harder time finding the time to learn a lot of new requests, but I’m doing my darnedest during this busy season. We always have a great time, and you’re always welcome. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’ll take a deep breath and consider what’s right in every situation - keeping love and respect in your heart. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of Motown songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Wednesday, June 22, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 
Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528 
When:  Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8:00 pm 

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, June 26, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, June 13, 2022 - Busy 

It’s that time of year when things get very busy in a hurry. I honestly thought things would still be slower this year with virus cases on the rise. I like riding the bucking bronc of busyness, but it’s amazing how quickly your priorities change daily. All the little moments of stolen joy get replaced by big swaths of going and going with many detailed moments of fragmented thoughts. It’s pretty wild. I don’t mind, but I still need to sneak into some peaceful slow times for at least a few minutes. Luckily the busyness takes me to some beautiful summer places where I can drink in a lot of natural relief in just a brief glance. Getting lost in some peaceful spaces in our minds always helps too. I’ll keep this short since today is busy too. I hope you are well and happy. 

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What have I been up to? 

I forgot to mention my senior shows last week. I had eight of them, and they all went very well including a new one in Colorado Springs that I enjoyed. Unfortunately two of them were in outbreak status. This virus is still very much a concern. I’m seeing it every week. 

My Thursday online show doing state songs again went very well. There were some really special songs in there. The audience was up for a great time too! 

My concert Saturday with Ellyn Washburn at Philmont went a little different than planned. Ellyn got called away to help at one of the camps, so I played the show solo. It went really well all the same, and it was great to get to meet the current staff and spend time with them. I’m always inspired to see younger folks with so much gumption and life! 

The Sunday private party was blast with several Munch Bunch folks. 

My Sunday online show doing favorites was actually comical at one point. I’d had very little sleep, and so I was a little goofy. At one point I swiped the screen and dragged my image off the green-screen background so that all the audience could see was the top of my hat in one corner. It took me a minute to figure out what I had done and drag my image back up and centered. I’ll have to try that in the future for a special effect. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 11 senior facilities this week. I’m looking forward to all of them! I’m hoping for less COVID cases for all. 

We go to Wednesdays for my online theme shows until the middle of September, and this Wednesday 8-10 mountain time we will be back to one of our early theme shows - Michael Martin Murphey. I’ve loved his music ever since the first time I heard “Wildfire” and “Carolina in the Pines”. I learned many tunes in his early career and have played them often. I guess my timing is good since he just announced that he has a new jazz album out with his son Ryan. Come on out and enjoy his music! 

Thursday 6:30-8 I’m starting the season at the Yellow Pine Barbecue. This is something I look forward to every year. I’ve talked about it often. It’s a Texas-style barbecue in an 1890s barn with my music and lots of family fun. I’d love to have you in the audience, so make your reservations early at 719-742-3528 and come on up to Cuchara for a swell evening. 

Friday 6-7:30 I’m playing at the Pueblo Riverwalk on the Flood Wall Stage. That’s the area by the boathouse between Union and Victoria. It should be a nice time, and I hope to see some Pueblo folks out. This is not where I thought I would be on the north end of the riverwalk, so take note if you plan to come. 

Saturday I have a private party that I’m looking forward to. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests that we always enjoy. I have such a stellar group of folks who come out to join in the camaraderie. Join us! 

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That’s it for this week. Today is a s busy as ever. Take care, and I hope to see you soon. 

All the best, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing an online concert of Michael Martin Murphey songs 

Where:  Tom Munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts 

When:  Wednesday, June 15, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing & singing at the barbeque 

Where:  Yellow Pine Guest Ranch, Cuchara.  719-742-3528 

When:  Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8:00 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing 

Where:  Flood Wall Stage at the Pueblo Riverwalk, Pueblo. 

When:  Friday, June 17, 6-7:30 

Who:  Tom Munch 

What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites and requests 

Where:  Tom Munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts 

When:  Sunday, June 19, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, June 6, 2022 - Helping 

I’m thinking today about those who help and what prods us to help. Helping is usually a selfless act, and as such it is good for the giver and the receiver. There is no doubt that, even when the helping is hard work, there is a satisfaction in being there for someone else. It is also gratifying for the person being helped if they can accept the giving without feeling any obligation. Two examples happened this weekend and one coming up. First, on Friday I noticed a nail in my tire while driving through Kansas. I didn’t dare pull it out and have it go flat on the spot, so I googled a tire shop and drove a short distance where I explained my problem. A minute later a guy pulled out the nail and said it didn’t cause a leak. I offered to pay him, but he wouldn’t take it. It occurred to me as a drove off that I probably insulted him by offering to pay him, and then the lesson hit me that a grateful thank-you is sometimes better than money. Second, I spent the weekend in Nebraska playing a couple gigs and staying with my sister and niece. It was great to see them, and I usually try to be handy and fix things around the house for them if I can. (My granddad used to do this when he and grandma used to visit back in the day.) There were some frustrations in fixing some of the things (as there often is), but it felt so good to help. I know that it meant a lot to them as well. Lastly, this week is the birthday of Bob Deskin, one of my most-valued Munch-Bunch supporters and friends. Bob helps every chance he gets, and it is such a pleasure having his help and working with him. He started the map of the Munch Bunch and also made the playlist spreadsheet of all of the shows since the fall of 2019 including weekly updates. So I encourage you to help when you can. It’s good for you and them! Just put some good energy into the world! 

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What have I been up to? 

I had seven senior facilities last week. They all went very well even though one of them was on outbreak status, and I could only sing for them “unplugged” in the halls.  

My Thursday show was doing songs about states and was loads of fun! We actually didn’t end up doing songs just about states, and there are so many songs out there that we’ll do another show.  

On Saturday I did a short and a long show for the Good Sam’s RV Nebraska State Rally in Hastings, Nebraska, and it couldn’t have been better. The theme for the rally was “Camping at Christmas”, and it really felt surreal seeing Christmas decorations and costumes although my shows were a mixture of all kinds of music including Christmas songs. So much fun! Great group of folks! 

My Sunday show was done live from my sister’s house, and I did the show on my iPad to simplify the connection and the setup. It looked and sounded quite different, but everyone really enjoyed it. Maybe I should simplify more often! 

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What am I up to this week? 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing songs about states again. We only scratched the surface last week, and everyone really enjoyed it. So this week we’ll do some more great songs about different states. 

Saturday 8-10 I’m playing a concert at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for staff and visitors. I always look forward to playing at Philmont, and Ellyn Washburn will be there and will sit in and be featured as well. It should be a great time! 

Sunday 12-3 I’m playing a private party for a good friend and Munch Buncher that should be wonderful. I’m really looking forward to it. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I’ll be rolling in from my earlier party, so there should be some great energy in the air. 

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That’s it again for this week. There’s so much going on every week this summer, and I hope you have as fine a time as I hope to have.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  

What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs about states 

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   

When:  Thursday, June 9, 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, June 12, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, May 30, 2022 - States 

This time of year puts me in the mind of traveling, and I’ll probably do a theme show about traveling again, but this week has me thinking about the states we traveled through. I think I’ve been to all the states in the lower 48 except maybe a couple in the Northeast. Like many of you, we always played the state license plate game where you try to see as many plates as you can. I didn’t know the historical origins or differences in the states other than people having different accents and the land and foliage looking different. We did go to museums as we traveled though, and I gradually learned who established the states, the tribes who lived there before the settlers, and what made each state unique. I don’t travel now to other states as much as I used to, but I’m fascinated with the histories and the directions each state has taken - whether for sectarian or ethnic backgrounds. Of course that is all constantly changing as people migrate around the country. I’ve now lived in four states - Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. How about you? Join me Thursday for songs about a bunch of these states! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went very well, and we didn’t have any cancellations although there were definitely cases at a couple facilities, and I had to take a rapid test at one facility. 

My Thursday online show was definitely a blast with a bunch of really fun summer songs to kick off the season. In fact I was up for more lively songs than the group was requesting - that almost never happens! 

My Sunday online show was also a great time although a little more somber with some Memorial Day songs and thoughts. Again we have such a wonderful and supportive group of folks who gather for these rewarding shows. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have just 7 senior facilities this week as I’ll be traveling to Nebraska for a show this weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing all the folks at my facilities. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be about states as I mentioned above. Martha Yarusso had this theme idea, and at first I didn’t think I would have enough songs to fill a night with music. Boy, was I wrong! There are a ton of songs about states I already know, and this promises to be a really enjoyable show. Come on out! 

Saturday I have two shows for the Good Sam’s RV rally in Hastings, Nebraska. These are technically private shows, but if you’re in the area I may be able to get you in. I’m really looking forward to seeing these folks, and I get to spend a weekend with my sister and niece which I haven’t gotten to do in quite some time! 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be recorded from my sister’s house in Nebraska, and I’m looking forward to it. I did an online show from Nebraska several years ago, and it was really fun. Please tune in if you can. We have such and engaging and caring group that will really make your day. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you have a good Memorial Day, and I hope to see you soon. 

Best always,  

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs about states 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, June 2, 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, June 6, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, May 23, 2022 - Summer Excitement 

I always get a little bit excited at this time of the year with summer approaching, and I always write about it. There’s just something engaging about seeing the world wake up to a new growing season and the promise of being outdoors in great spaces. It also means a lot more work with yards and property, but somehow the enthusiasm that the earth puts forth sweeps me up and carries me to new heights of energy and awareness. It’s intoxicating! Of course the pandemic is still an issue in many parts of the world and to an extent here. We have to take the good with the bad, and there’s nothing wrong with having a reminder to be vigilant and cautious and caring for others and ourselves. But it’s summer! Let yourself feel the rhythms of the earth, and let yourself rejoice in the new growth and new life. That will be the spirit for my Thursday online show this week. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had 11 senior facilities last week, and I enjoyed every one! It’s so good to finally be fully back at these places although we are still taking great precautions. 

My Thursday online show was doing songs that shaped my audience again, and there were some great tunes. I created a new way for people to make requests independent of the comment thread, and this has really helped people to be able to make requests and for me to not lose them in the comments. 

My Sunday online show of favorites and requests went really well too even though I was busy for most of the weekend opening cabins and cleaning up downed branches around our property here after the huge wet snowstorm that blew through and dumped so much snow. Next week I’ll hopefully have more time to learn new requests. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 10 senior facilities this week, and I’m actually getting new facilities calling me so I’m busier than ever.  

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be a summer kickoff of fun songs to capture the enthusiasm I wrote about above. Music has always been a big part of this season for me - especially listening while driving to great destinations - sometimes to hear music played! I hope you’ll tune in if you’re free. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. We have such a wonderful group of folks who attend and support each other and the music. We’ve been having a Zoom conversation 6:30 to 7:00 ahead of the show too which has been a lot of fun. Here’s the link if you’d like to join the Zoom - https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7759127796?pwd=MZ55WfXnEkOSi3_ztfvmMlbe2oCpoN.1 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’re just as excited about the summer. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs to kick off summer 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, May 26, 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, May 29, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, May 16, 2022 - Chaotic 

I’m thinking of how we handle chaos in our lives. If you were on the show last night you saw how crazy it got when the internet went out. For me this chaos was in addition to watching the fires in New Mexico that could possibly threaten our summer cabins and trying to secure those and any keepsakes down there. Plus with summer coming on and my calendar back to full and filling more I’m feeling a lot more chaos. So how do we deal with this. Well, if you don’t find a way to deal with it you actually feel pain in your body and confusion in your mind. For me I have several ways to deal with it. The first way is to take a deep breath and remind myself that all is well even when it doesn’t seem to be. We each have our ways of separating ourselves from the immediate situation whether it be by meditation or prayer or even humor. This is very important. The second is just to assess what I can and can’t do and then make a plan of action. This at least gets me moving and not letting the peripheral stuff interfere. The third is to just reassure myself that the worst won’t happen and that it will all soon be just a memory. I also trust that everyone has enough understanding and compassion for each other that we will look out for each other and accept that we are all doing our best even if we fail. This mutual respect and trust keeps me going even when people aren’t holding up their end of the bargain. It’s not as critical as it sounds. I also have some sort of routine in place that I can fall back on that’s tempered by a lot of experience and thought.  I don’t know if these steps are how you deal with chaos. Sometimes it’s thrilling, and sometimes is chilling. Life is exciting either way! 

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What have I been up to? 

I had nine senior facilities last week although I did have one that got messed up where I had it on my schedule and they didn’t. That was okay though. The other facilities were all a wonderful time. 

My Thursday online show doing songs that shaped the people in my audience went really well - so well in fact that we’re doing a part 2 this week! I have such a great group of folks. 

My Saturday online show for Philmont folks went really well too. You wouldn’t think that an online show that reunites a lot folks would be so fulfilling, but music and memory is just that powerful. 

My Sunday online show was doing favorites at Matt and Deann Pujol’s house for Deann’s birthday, and it was a blast seeing folks in person and enjoying a meal and the show. As I wrote above it turned into a rollercoaster ride when the internet went out and we had to scramble to get back on. My little laptop doesn’t offer as much flexibility as my desktop does with all my tools around in my office, so I didn’t quite get it back up right - it ended up posting in the Facebook event for that night so it wasn’t shareable directly or possible for me to embed it on my website. Apologies if you missed it and aren’t on Facebook. It was still a lot of fun even through the chaos. I’ll plan better for that kind of failure next time. Happy Birthday, Deann! 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 11 senior facilities the week, and I’m looking forward to all of them! 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing songs that shaped you again with a bunch more really great songs from all over the musical spectrum. We have such diverse tastes in our audience, so this will be a marvelous show. Come on by if you can! 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. I promise it won’t be as chaotic as last week (at least I’ll be more prepared this time.) I’d love to have you share in the camaraderie and music. 

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That’s it for this week. I’m taking a deep breath as we speak and trying to multitask. The experts say we can’t really multitask anyway! 

Best, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs that shaped you 2 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, May 19, 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, May 22, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, May 9, 2022 - Shaping You 

A couple weeks ago I wrote about songs that shaped me throughout my life in conjunction with the show I was doing that Thursday. I really enjoyed doing the show and picking the songs, and it spurred the audience into thinking about songs that shaped them. We all have different occasions in our life where a song is in the background or where a song actually sticks in our mind or even acts as a mantra to evince change in our lives. Think about your life and what songs you not only love, but also those songs that may have affected you at a key point in your development or in a relationship. It’s amazing what a song can do, and it’s amazing the memories that it can bring up. I know this for myself, but I also see it in my friends and especially the seniors I work with who have some touch of dementia or memory loss. Music is a powerful thing in this world - part magic and part mystery. So I have a fairly good list of songs from a bunch of people that were posted on the Munch Bunch Facebook Group. I’d love to add more people and songs if you have them. I will probably do this theme more than once since it’s so worthwhile. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had nine senior facilities last week, and they all went very well with no COVID cancellations. I did still have at least one facility in outbreak status, so we’re still being as careful as can be. 

My Thursday online show was songs about mountains, and it was so much fun. I have such a deep connection to the mountains, and I really love to sing about their wildness and wisdom. 

My Sunday show hasn’t happened yet as I write this, but I’m sure it will be very sweet as always. I’ve spent a couple days working on getting our sprinkler system and drip system up and running so I haven’t had as much time to devote to requests this week. It is Mother’s Day, so I know I’ll be doing some special songs for moms as well as some very fine requests that I’m working on. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have nine senior facilities this week. It’s National Nursing Home Week, so it’s always a really fun time with different themes at each place. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be doing songs that shaped you as I wrote above. Some of the songs we’ve done quite a bit on my shows, but several of them will be new to this audience, I suspect. It’ll be a good time, and you are surely welcome to join in. 

On Saturday 7-9 mountain time I’m doing I’m doing another online show for Philmont staff and alumni on my Philmont Songs Facebook Group. This is the time of year when the staff heads for the mountains to start the season, so those of us who were on staff at some point in the past have it on our minds, and this is an opportunity to get a little taste of the excitement and camaraderie. If you’re a member of the Group then come on out! 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. This week will be live from Deann and Matt’s house, so it will be extra-special. Deann has invited any local folks as well, so if you’d like to come please let her know. She has posted details to the Munch Bunch Facebook Group page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/398664345396960 

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That’s it for this week. The summer is fast approaching. This is always an exciting and busy time.  

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs that shaped you 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, May 12, 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, May 15, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, May 2, 2022 - Mountains 

It’s getting to the time of year when I start to dream of the mountains again, and I look forward to spending time in them like many of us do in the summer. I’ve always loved the mountains. My family spent time there every summer as a result of my grandparents buying a small amount of land in 1930 so they could get out of the heat in Oklahoma in the summer. They were teachers, and going to the mountains offered cooler weather and summer work and adventures. So I was raised with at least a two-week stint in the mountains every summer where we would explore and learn all about wild places and different cultures and people. When I reached high school I got summer jobs teaching backpacking as a ranger and portraying a cowboy at Philmont Scout Ranch. The wildness filled me up and inspired me to write and to love peaks and streams and big stands of trees and meadows even more. As an adult I’ve lived in several places in the mountains and have traveled all over the Colorado backcountry and many other places in the West. I’ve always loved reading John Muir and seeing the photos of Ansel Adams and cherishing anyone who felt the same pull of the mountains. So Thursday we’ll celebrate the mountains for all they are and have been and will be. Of course nowadays we lament of the wildfires and beetle-killed lodgepole pines in our forests, but we still appreciate the wild spirit of these rugged places. 

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What have I been up to? 

I had 10 senior facilities last week, and luckily none of them had to cancel for COVID although a couple were in outbreak status still with active cases in the building. I love playing for these folks so much. 

The Tuesday online show that was set up by Rick Myers was more than fun. He picked the songs for the night, and they were fantastic! Many folks said it was the best night we’ve had ever had. 

My Thursday online show was one hit wonders of the 1970s, and it was also a blast. It’s impossible to sing some of these fun songs without getting into it.  

My Sunday online show doing favorites was also nothing but fun. I picked more of my favorites which I know well, and everyone really enjoyed it. 

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What am I up to this week? 

I have nine senior facilities this week, and I’m looking forward to every one. I lost a resident and friend at one facility unexpectedly last week, so there’s a measure of sadness in playing for some of these folks who are not long for this world. It’s a privilege to play for them. So long, Robin Hill. 

My Thursday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the above-mentioned mountain songs. There are so many good songs about the mountains, and I know a lot of them. It will be a very good time. 

My Sunday online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be favorites and requests as always. It’s Mother’s Day, so I know we’ll do some songs for moms. My mom has been gone for seven years now, and I still think of her almost every day. I wrote a special song for her a couple years ago called “How Did You Know?”, and I’ll be sure to sing that. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you are well and happy. We keep plugging along, don’t we - spreading love and joy where we can. 

Best, 

Tom 

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

Monday, April 25, 2022 - Hearing 

I finally got a 12 string guitar last week. It’s a thing that I’ve been meaning to do for 40 years. I would have bought one 40 years ago if I could have afforded the used Taylor guitar that my local music shop had (back before Taylor was a known brand). That guitar played like a dream, but I couldn’t afford the $185 they were asking - which was cheap at the time. I’ve played several other 12 string guitars over the years, but I honestly never found one that played as easily as that first one. And so I never bought one. But several people over the years have mentioned that they’d like to hear me play one, so I finally started looking a year or so ago. In the end I bought a very inexpensive low-line Martin that actually plays and sounds really good. And that brings me to my topic of Hearing. You see, there are different things to hear and different patterns to find with a 12 string guitar. There were different things to hear and on the ukuleles I picked up over the last year too, and with different instruments I find that it stimulates my brain to find new inspiration and emotions in the music. That’s always a good thing, and many musicians and songwriters remark how different instruments drive them to new songs and new heights. And it’s a good workout for the brain too. When a familiar picking pattern lends to notes that are unexpected it challenges me to map new ways to get to the sound I want. I honestly wonder sometimes how long I can challenge my brain to these new paths, but in the end it’s always beneficial and fun even if it’s frustrating at first. So I hope you can find new ways of challenging yourself in your patterns every day too. And tune in and listen to the new 12 string! 

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What have I been up to? 

I forgot to mention my senior facilities last week because I was intent on telling you about the memorial I played last Wednesday. The senior facilities were wonderful. I had 11 of them even with taking off Wednesday for the memorial.  

The memorial on Wednesday for Lodzia Jordan was very sweet. I spent the better part of the day with her family - from the service to the cemetery to a reception where we sang songs into the evening. They are such special people, and Lodzia was a big part of that. She will be missed. 

My Thursday online show doing “songs that shaped me” was very special too. I don’t like to toot my own horn, but sometimes it’s okay to do a little autobiography with the songs and stories of ourselves. Some of the audience doesn’t know me all that well, and this was a good opportunity to paint the picture of my life for them. 

My Sunday online show was a blast. I played the new 12 string for most of the night, and everyone was really in the flow. We have such a fine group of friends.  

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What am I up to this week? 

I have 10 senior facilities this week, and I m looking forward to all of them. A couple of them had active COVID cases in the building, so we were more cautious. It’s a good reminder that there is still a great need for caution. 

Tuesday I will be doing a special sponsored online show 7-8:30 mountain time called “Rick’s Choice” that will be a playlist of songs chosen by my friend and regular concert-goer, Rick Myers. Rick basically wanted a show of his favorite songs that I do in an order that he can play whenever he wants like a favorite album. It’ll be full of some of the favorite songs of the Group as well. Come on by and watch and listen. 

Thursday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be One Hit Wonders of the ’70s. We did one hit wonders of the ‘60s a couple weeks ago, and I really wanted to do the ‘70s soon after. There are some great songs here, and I know you’ll enjoy it if you liked the ‘70s sound. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the favorites and requests that we always love. I never know quite what I’ll do for these shows, but everyone is so giving, and the spirit always carries us to some fine evenings. Come on out if you can. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’re happy and well. We had a bit of a scare last week when a wildfire in New Mexico threatened Philmont Scout Ranch where I’ve played concerts and where I worked in high school and college and where our family cabins are not that far away. It is tamed down with cooler weather and some moisture, but it is still a danger. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  

What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs of Rick’s Choice 

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   

When:  Tuesday, April 26, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  

What:  playing and singing an online concert of ’70s one hit wonders 

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   

When:  Thursday, April 28, 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, May 1, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, April 18, 2022 - Shaping 

I’m doing an online show Thursday featuring different songs that established my musical tastes and guided me into who I became as an adult and as a person. I’m sure we can all look back to the songs we heard and enjoyed in our lives. Music has quite a bit of power to influence our emotions and our aspirations. Look at the songs that inflamed people to revolution and love. The music I heard and liked was pretty varied. My dad really liked jazz standards and songs from musicals as well as classical music. I had four older siblings who listened to the popular music of the day including rock and folk and Motown. When I finally started listening to my own choices it was the early '70s when music was reflecting the singer/songwriter and folksy music that was often centered around “back-to-nature” concepts with the rise of Earth Day and the conservation movement. Our family spent at least a couple weeks each summer in the mountains which went along with this. I also liked the introspective approach to this music since I was kind of a “deep-thinker” kid. Playing ukulele and later acoustic guitar was definitely leading in this direction as well. I’m sure if I had taken up electric guitar earlier I might have gone more to the rock end of the spectrum. I did play in a band in high school that did a lot of rock music, but I only played acoustic guitar so I was the one who played all the acoustic guitar parts in those rock songs. As I became a young adult I was influenced by the places I worked and the people I knew. I worked summers in the mountains of northern New Mexico in high school and starting college, so of course I was learning mountain songs, and the music that was played around town was often Texas-style dance music for the tourists and visitors. The people I worked with were usually acoustic musicians since we didn’t have power in the mountains for amps and such, and they also came from folksy places like Arkansas and Tennessee, so you can guess what kind of music they were playing. At this summer job I was talented enough that I often performed at campfires and shows, so you can see that I already had the experience I needed to launch me into a music career. Still I didn’t jump into a music career even after my folks helped me get my first PA system and I played my first gigs during college and in the summers. I launched my career when the computer jobs I was seeking after graduation didn’t happen fast enough. The one kind of music I really didn’t get thoroughly acquainted with was country music until the mid-‘80s when country music became more like the singer/songwriter music of the ‘70s. After that I joined a country band and also fell in love with the older country songs and even the blues. Throughout this time I was also playing the music of my dad’s era including those old standards and show tunes because I had an outlet for that music in the senior homes that I had played in since high school. In the last 30 years I’ve mainly stayed to these styles of music - concentrating on music that is more folksy although you must know how much I love to play almost all styles of music. My own songs reflect all of these influences as well. So that’s the music that shaped who I am today as a musician and a person. Of course there’s much more I could say, but you’ll have to tune in Thursday to hear more! 

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What have I been up to? 

My senior facilities went very well last week. We’ve been doing a lot of Spring songs and Easter songs. I love these folks. 

My Thursday online show of songs about memory was a blast! We had so many people tune in and contribute to the spirit. I had several new favorite songs. 

My Sunday show of favorites and requests went well too. As always there were a bunch of new songs, and the enthusiasm and love that everyone shows is just phenomenal. I can’t say enough about the wonderful folks who join me online. 

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What am I up to this week? 

Wednesday will be the memorial service for one of my good friends and concert-goers, Lodzia Jordan. You are invited to go if you are in the area. It’s kind of a mini-reunion of Munch Bunchers as well. Here are the details again from Lodzia’s widow, Edward: 

SERVICES FOR LODZIA JORDAN 
Dear Munch Bunch Friends, Funeral services for my dearest wife, Leokadia Irena (Lodzia) Jordan will be held in Colorado Springs on Wednesday, 20 April, 2022.  Lodzia, our family, and I would be honored by your attendance.  Funeral Mass will be at 11AM in Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2318 N. Cascade Ave (just north of downtown, across street from Penrose Hospital).  Tom will be singing some of Lodzia's favorite hymns.  Interment will follow at the AF Academy Cemetery; we will proceed in a group through the North Gate - driver will need to show license and that should be it. 
Immediately following, the family will host a reception for all our guests at the Cliff House, 306 Canon Ave., Manitou Springs, so we may meet you and you may have something good to eat before the drive home.  Our Granddaughters are preparing a video for the reception to remember Lodzia's life, so you will have a chance to know her better, even while saying goodbye.   
Lodzia told me she wanted people to wear cheerful colors, so please do.  Black suits will be just for the priest and myself.  If you like, we invite you to wear something with a bit of purple, lavender or lilac, which were Lodzia's favorites. 
I need an approximate count for the reception.  If you think you might attend, please text me at 805-300-1166.  Again, that's just to get an approximate count and not a "commitment".  
Thank you,  
Edward Jordan 

Thursday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will feature the aforementioned songs that shaped me. I’m really looking forward to sharing this collection of songs and stories that I hope will entertain and tell folks about why I play the music I do and how it made me who I am. You’re always welcome to my shows. 

Sunday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time is the favorites and requests that so many people love to hear with our great group of concert-goers. These nights are always very special. 

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Next week special show 

I want to remind you that I will be doing a special sponsored online show on Tuesday, April 26th , from 7 to 8:30 of favorites as picked out by my friend Rick Myers. This is a show called “Rick’s Choice” that he set up with me. Basically he wanted a playlist of his favorite songs that I play in the order he likes that he can use as a personal album that he can play whenever he wants to. I’m happy to do this for anyone who’d like such an album. Just contact me, and we can work out the details. Everyone is welcome, and it will broadcast on my Facebook page as always. 

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That’s it for this week. I hope you are doing well. The virus still seems to be less of a threat currently although we are watching it vigilantly. Jen and I even got our second boosters last week with very little ill effect. Take care, and I hope to see you soon. 

Best always, 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of songs that shaped me 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, April 21, 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, April 24, 7-8:30 pm mountain time 

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