Monday, October 26, 2020

Music is Sweet Relief

Things are getting kind of dismal with winter approaching and no end in sight to the virus. I have told you over the months in my newsletters some of the things I do to keep me centered and in a good frame of mind. The one that never fails for me and always surprises me is music. Music is so engaging, and it is endlessly stimulating in unexpected ways - from the infectious beat to the clever wordplay to the mystical emotional impact it can have on me. On the nights when I do shows I often start a song and then completely lose my sense of self and time as the song wraps me in a magic cocoon of timing and melody and flow. It’s just amazing! I’m so lucky to be involved in it, and to be able to share it with folks. Come join me in the adventure sometime. It really is a sweet relief. 


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What have I been up to?


The weather worked out just right with one reschedule to do my senior care facilities last week. It was a little sad telling folks that I probably wouldn’t be able to see them again except online for a while - especially now as I watch the snow out the window this morning. It’s been a decent run during the warmer weather. 


My Thursday show doing moon songs was really fun! I don’t know if I’ve ever been more relaxed and more tuned into a group of songs or people. You can see it on my Facebook page or my website if you’d like - facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts. 


My Sunday show doing favorites was just plain crazy. We had so many great folks come out and throw their energy into the evening. The snow outside added a certain zing that was palpable to everyone. 


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What am I up to this week?


I have a couple senior care facilities online this week, and I’m trying to set up some more online as we're forced to stop doing outside shows. I’ve even joined a Facebook group that is promoting shows for senior facilities all over the country. We will see how that goes. 


Thursday 7-8:30 I’m doing an online show of Halloween songs. I really enjoy these songs although they can be both spooky to goofy. It will be a lot of fun. Please tune in if you can. 

tommunch.com/online-concerts 

facebook.com/tom.munch 


Friday I’m doing an online show of songs for Philmont folks in a Facebook group I created just for them. It’s the second one we’ve done, and it should be a great time. 


Sunday 7-8:30 is my weekly online favorites show, and I have a good running list of songs I’m working on for folks from all over the country. It’s a lot of work learning all the songs, but it really keeps my chops up. I just hope I remember these songs going forward. My music memory is getting filled up!

tommunch.com/online-concerts

facebook.com/tom.munch 


The following Thursday, November 5th, I’m doing an online tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker who passed this last week. I had forgotten how much many of his songs meant to me, and this show promises to be way too much fun. 


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That’s it for this week. I hope you’re doing okay with everything that’s going on. Vote if you haven’t yet, and be safe as you go about your life in this time. Jen and I are mostly still staying at home and trying to work online and get what we need through delivery. 


Best always,


Tom


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Details this week:


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing an online concert of Halloween songs

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

When:  Thursday, October 29, 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 1, 7-8:30 pm mountain 


Monday, October 19, 2020

Goodness

I lost a friend last week suddenly who was a fine example of someone who exemplifies goodness. She always thought of others and strove to help and do things to build up and not tear down and to leave the world a better place. So what makes a person decide to do good in their life as a practice? I’m sure for some it’s just logical that doing good in the world is helpful to everyone and makes the world better. For some it may be that their religious beliefs encourage them to do good by Jesus' example or whomever they follow or a simple fear of God. For some it is other kinds of spirituality that see a certain oneness with all creation and a purpose to every act. For some it may just be training through being raised to always opt to do good by their parents and their friends. For some it is a humanistic morality of fairness and reciprocal treatment. For my friend and many of you I suspect it is a combination of many of these ideas. I know it is for me. I really do want to make the world a better place, and I have seen everything from spiritual teaching to brain chemistry to morality that shows me that a world of goodness is better for everyone involved. In the end our friends and family are all that matter, and those are cultivated through goodness to each other. I will miss my friend, but I know she spent her life spreading goodness that made a lot of people’s lives better, and the world and I am better for knowing her. 


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What have I been up to?


It was warm enough that I was still able to play for several of my senior care facilities last week, but that may not last much longer. I keep saying that, but I honestly will feel the loss when I can no longer give to these folks though outside performances. I am in hopes that I can do do some more shows online for them when it is too cold to perform outside in person. 


My Thursday online show of TV show themes and commercials was a blast, and there was so much reminiscing and good feeling going on that I know really helped some folks. It was a joy to be a part of my online friends group - “Where everybody knows your name.”


Sunday night was also fun with lots of new songs and old favorites. My poor brain is getting pretty full of music, but I was still able to load up some new tunes and deliver them. This group is so supportive and enthusiastic, and it does me such good to be able to be at the center and also look on from the outer circle at such caring and fine people. Come on out and join in!


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What am I up to this week?


I have 4 senior care facilities barring a cold snap this week. It looks like Friday it will only be 46°, so that may knock out one facility. This virus can’t be over soon enough. 


Thursday 7-8:30 my online show will be dedicated to songs about the moon to honor the blue moon we have this month on Halloween. The moon has been such a big part of our culture and creative thoughts and writing for all of history. It will be great to dive into some of these tunes that celebrate our celestial partner. 

tommunch.com/online-concerts

facebook.com/tom.munch 


Sunday 7-8:30 will be my online favorites and requests show. I have a continuous stream of new songs and old favorites I’m working on that dominate my weeks of late. It’s a different experience that I’ve honestly not been able to concentrate on for much of my career since I’m normally traveling to and from gigs with little time to work on new songs. It’s been fun, but my brain gets confused from one tune to the next sometimes. It’s a worthwhile challenge! Come on out and experience the camaraderie and challenge with me!

tommunch.com/online-concerts 

facebook.com/tom.munch 


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That’s it for this week. I hope you are taking care of yourself. With all that is going on it is easy to get wrapped up in the stresses and not care for yourself and others around you. This limits our amount of energy and awareness for spreading goodness. I think it is important. 


Best always,


Tom


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Details this week:


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing an online concert of moon songs

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

When:  Thursday, October 22, 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, October 25, 7-8:30 pm mountain 


Monday, October 12, 2020

Silliness and Joy

 I wanted to talk about something I think can really help us through these hard times. We have such a prevalence of dark stories in the world and in movies and TV, and I know that laughter and true joy can do so much for us during stressful times. I did several songs last night on my online concert that were pretty silly, and it really lightened the spirits of everyone involved. It reminds me of all the silly songs that came out after World War II. Those really helped people get over the pain of that terrible time. It sometimes feels guilty to laugh when there is strife all around, but it really releases stress and lifts us up. In that spirit I’ll be playing a show that I did with a few friends for the veterans at the Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center in Walsenburg a few years ago. We did a performance of old TV show themes and commercials that was really fun. I’ll tell you more about it below in the description of what I’m doing this week. It’s hard to find true joy in the midst of sorrow and strife, but a little laughter sprinkled in here and there really helps. Being silly leads to remembering that this hard time is not all there is to life. We will get through it with some weary wisdom that will help us cherish true joy when we hold it. Seek out those things that bring joy and laughter.


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What have I been up to?


My senior facilities were wonderful - particularly on Saturday when I got to play for the vets in Florence whom I haven’t seen since March. One of my other facilities has a COVID outbreak, so I sang from outside closed windows all around the facility with a sound system I could set up outside their windows. 


Thursday’s online show of cowboy outlaw songs went really well. I love these old gems and stories, and I threw in a couple newer ones too that were a blast. It’s amazing to me how comforting how even the cautionary tales are. 


Sunday’s show of favorites went really well too. Our community is growing in spirit, and it's wonderful to spend time with friends. 


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What am I up to this week?


Thursday's online show 7-8:30 mountain time will be the above-mentioned TV show themes and commercials. As I said, it will mainly be the show I did with friends for the vets in Walsenburg a few years back that had trivia, fun facts, and a mixture of different TV themes and fun commercials from the ‘50s and ‘60s. I’ve had a few requests for some later shows that I’ll try to incorporate as well.  Hopefully a little levity and nostalgia will be a comfort and a welcome relief this week. Please join in if you can. 

tommunch.com/online-concerts

facebook.com/tom.munch


Sunday 7-8:30 online will be favorites and requests again. I explained on my show yesterday that I have a hard time keeping up with requests lately. Some songs are really challenging to map out and perform well, and I don’t like merely covering them. I’ll keep doing my best, but please know that if I don’t do a request it’s not for not caring. I know how deeply we can love a song. Please tune in if you can. 

tommunch.com/online-concerts

facebook.com/tom.munch


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That’s it for this week. I hope I don’t sound too disjointed this time around. The uncertainty of our situation is putting stress on everyone, and at times it’s hard to find meaningful things to say. I feel peace in my heart, and I hope you can feel it and that it makes a difference. 


Best always,


Tom


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Details this week:


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing an online concert of TV themes and commercials

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

When:  Thursday, October 15, 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, October 18, 7-8:30 pm mountain 


Monday, October 5, 2020

Spreading Love

 I woke up kind of down this morning. I want so badly to contribute love to this world, and I quite often feel like it is a failing prospect. There are so many people in our world who seem bent on just confusing people and keeping them fearful and mistrusting of others. The world is what we make it, and we are really part of each other and dependent on others in obvious ways as we share the same living space on our planet as well as deeper ways as we share unseen forces between us of thought and quantum entanglement. Realizing this and working toward ways we can better ourselves and our existence on this planet is so much more worthwhile than tearing down each other for short-term perceived gain. I beat the drum for love and respect in whatever way I can - through music and beauty. I’m not looking for accolades. I am here to encourage others with the gifts that I have been graced with. How about you?

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What have I been up to?

My senior facilities went very well last week. The weather has cooled enough that it is just about perfect for playing outdoors for my folks. That means that the cooler temperatures are just around the corner though. Unfortunately this means that I won’t be able to play for folks much longer. I wish technology was such that I could perform online for everyone, but for folks who are isolated to their rooms for the most part that would require a robust wifi and distribution system to TVs in each room that just doesn’t exist yet. It is something to work towards, but I can’t see budgets and resources going to that for many years to come. I’ll keep working towards it where I can. 

My Thursday online show doing Eagles music went very well. It’s amazing how songs can permeate our life and consciousness so much at different parts of our lives. These songs are so comforting and familiar even when we haven’t heard them in many, many years. Some of them are very challenging to play, and I hit most of them okay. 

My Sunday online show went very well too. Folks are so appreciative and sincere at these shows, and it is a huge comfort to be a part of. We have created an online family that is very genuine and giving. It’s a blessing, to be sure. Some gems of songs have come out as well. 

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What am I up to this week?

I have several senior facilities this week that will be very rewarding, and one that I haven’t gotten to play for since March that I can’t wait to reconnect with. It’s hard to express what a joy it is to see and play for these folks. 

Thursday 7-8:30 I’ll be doing outlaw songs for my online show. I have a big list of cowboy outlaw songs from many years of collecting and performing, and I can’t wait to share these. Come on out and hear some songs of dastardly characters who lived hard and died young. They’re kind of the opposite of the person I’m trying to be, but most get their just desserts. It’s an interesting genre. 

Sunday 7-8:30 I’ll be doing favorites and requests for my online show. Each of these evenings ends up with some truly magical moments with the group and with the songs that get delivered. I’d love to have you in the audience family if you’d like to come along. 

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That’s it for this week. As the weeks drag by with the coronavirus I hope you’re taking care and making time for yourself and for caring for others. This takes so much patience to get through a marathon event like this, and it’s comforting to know that there are folks working hard to come up with a vaccine and with a plan to get life back to some form of normal. Be good to each other. We will make it to the other side. 

Best always,

Tom

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Details this week:

Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing an online concert of outlaw songs

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

When:  Thursday, October 8, 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, October 11, 7-8:30 pm mountain 


Monday, September 28, 2020

Pain

 I’m thinking today of how we deal with pain - both physically and emotionally. It’s a really interesting phenomenon that I think we eventually learn to live with, but how do we do that? I wrote about pain a couple years ago when I had a leg procedure that caused some exquisite new pain in a way I hadn’t felt before. I then talked about the curiosity of pain. Instead let's look at how we cope with it. Some people don’t mention it - shoving it down in their minds somehow through willpower. Some people really suffer with pain - feeling it intensely with seemingly no way to escape it. Some people medicate with prescription drugs or alcohol. Others seek holistic ways of escaping it such as meditation or awareness training. There are older medical practices such as acupuncture or massage that also work for some. Most of these solutions work for both physical and emotional pain. Personally I usually look at pain's role in my life. Is it teaching me something? Is it something I am causing myself? Is it something I can avoid with a different outlook or different approach? Is it something I can solve through diet or exercise? I’ve found that not all pain is bad. I have to be careful not to relish in pain, but living with it a little bit does season my life with a bit of excitement. It’s kind of like eating a hot pepper for me - a little pain from heat makes my tongue tingle and my endorphins fire which reminds me I’m alive and here to experience life.  It also makes me have more facets of awareness and wisdom. 


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What have I been up to?


Last week I had a few senior facilities which were very enjoyable. It was fairly hot, so I did have to reschedule my Friday outdoor facility though. The cool down this week will be very appreciated. 


My Thursday online show featured Fall songs which was a lot of fun. These songs really make the season feel right. If you’d like to watch it the replay is on Facebook and my website. My website has a new page dedicated to my online concerts. 

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/online-concerts 


My Sunday online show was very enjoyable too. We were all over the board with diverse requests of rock, folk, cowboy, and original songs. The replay is up in the same two places as above if you want to see it. 


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What am I up to this week?


I have three or four senior facilities this week. I’m starting to lose touch with some of my facilities as folks are moving around. They are going through a pretty tough time there. My heart really goes out to the residents and staff. I wish there was something more I could do to help. 


Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my themed online show will feature the music of The Eagles. I’ve always loved their music, and I hope you’ll tune if you like them too. Again the link for my website is new. 

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/online-concerts


Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time my favorites show will feature some good favorites and requests. I had some really interesting and challenging songs suggested this last week, so this show promises to be really good. Same links as above. 


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That’s it for this week. I’m mulling over other things to say about pain. I’ve always kind of masochistically liked pain in my life although I’d rather not have so much at times. I know other people live with much more pain than me, but I’m grateful for the chance to live and experience all the pain and joy that life brings. 


Best always,


Tom


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Details this week:


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing an Online Concert of Eagles songs

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

When:  Thursday, October 1, 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, October 4, 7-8:30 pm mountain 

Monday, September 21, 2020

All I Know

 I've been thinking a lot about what I’ve learned in my longish but not ultimately long life. In my younger years I was kind of cocky, and I definitely ruffled some feathers even though I was relatively tame. I had some wisdom early on, but it didn’t keep me from making a lot of dumb mistakes and miscues that hurt my relationships. As I aged I continued to think that lots of work was the best way to go - sometimes avoiding deeper situations just to make another buck. As I went through mid-life I gained some perspective on health and well-being - trying to put some continuity in my everyday existence. Now that I’ve almost reached retirement age (even though I don’t plan to retire) I look back on possessions and situations with a different eye. Security is important, but relationships and caring for others seems to be all that ultimately matters. Through it all I see more and more that no matter what your race or religion, social status or politics, wealth or location, the love of friends and family is all that matters. That’s all I know. 


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What have I been up to?


My outdoor senior and facility shows went very well last week. The temperature has dropped just enough to make them very comfortable. It’s so good to see these folks. 


My Thursday show doing Chuck Pyle's music went swimmingly. I love Chuck's music so much, and I even got to have some surprise guests along on the show like Gordon Burt who played fiddle with Chuck for 30 years. 


My Sunday show was a big crowd with a lot of fun. I cherish these nights of camaraderie with so many good friends even when they are crazy wild. 


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What am I up to this week?


I have senior and facility gigs almost every day either online or outdoors this week. I absolutely love seeing these folks. 


Thursday my online show 7-8:30 mountain time will feature Fall shows. I have a bunch of great Fall songs, and I figured that rather than doing another artist I would do a variety of Fall songs this week. I think you’ll like the surprises I have in store for us. 

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/photos-videos 


Sunday my online show 7-8:30 will have a variety of requests and favorites as always. It’s amazing some of the songs I’m learning for folks. Please tune in if you can. 

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/photos-videos 


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That’s it for this week. I wanted to say something more profound above about life, but I think it was pretty well summed up by what I said. Love is ultimately all that matters. 


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Details this week:


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing an Online Concert of Fall songs

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos

When:  Thursday, September 24, 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/photos-videos

When:  Sunday, September 27, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, September 14, 2020

Beats and Life

 I wrote a new song last week that has bedeviled me. The idea was to create a song that demonstrated the concept of being behind the beat and ahead of the beat in a way that anyone could actually feel the pull of the beat the way a musician does. By doing this I hoped to convey my belief that we can play with time in our minds, and that time is the most interesting thing in our life here on earth. The way I wanted to do this was to create a guitar melody and rhythm with a well-defined beat that the voice could contrast against by pulling and pushing the beat to go with the lyrics talking about falling behind and getting ahead of the beat. It would have an effect like the t-shirts and posters that put a word out of focus just enough that you strain to focus the word, except that you would strain your sense of timing to pull the words back to the beat. It’s an interesting concept, and it’s something that musicians, especially drummers, practice with exercises that help them hone the skill and mastery of rhythm. The problem for me is that I can’t disassociate my playing from my singing enough to coordinate the effect of pulling and pushing. I would like to intuitively pull and push the beat, but it would be better to actually count the rhythm mathematically so that I’m am just behind and just ahead of the beat. Hopefully I’ll get it figured out so I can actually play the song and get the effect I’m going after. In this way I can demonstrate that our life is really just the moment we are in right now and not the memories of the past or the worry of the future. I said it once in a song, “This moment is my goal, the only thing I can truly know.” That is the key to the current popular practice of mindfulness. Wish me luck in accomplishing this. 


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What have I been up to?


Last week was a really busy week. The weather was bad enough that I had to reschedule all of my senior facilities since I couldn’t play outside in the cold to the residents, but I had four evening gigs. 


My Fogelberg online show on Wednesday was so sweet. I often forget how much his music had an effect me. I will long remember this night. 


Thursday was my private virtual show for a women's group in Wisconsin, and it went very well too. Thanks to Mary for setting it up so well. 


Saturday was an online group show for the Yellow Pine Guest Ranch where I normally play a weekly summer barbecue. It was so good to feel a little bit of the spirit of that place and those folks. 


Sunday was my favorites and requests show online, and it was like old home week with so many friends from over my whole life. Wow!


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What am I up to this week?


I have several senior facility shows scheduled outdoors this week, and it looks like the weather will be just right for these. Every one of the good days is a gift until the weather changes and I won’t get to see these folks for a long while again. 


Thursday 7-8:30 for my weekly theme show I’ll be featuring the music of Chuck Pyle online. Chuck was a phenomenal songwriter, and I have loved his music since the first time I heard it and met him. This will be my tribute to him since we won’t have a big tribute in Denver for him again this year. I’ve recorded his music, and if you don't know his tunes then you’re in for a treat. Please tune in.

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/photos-videos


Sunday 7-8:30 I’ll do my favorites and requests online show. I can’t express how much I enjoy doing this evening of music and interaction with so many friends. It is very special, and I’d love to have you with me. 

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/photos-videos


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That’s it for this week. I’m still thinking about time and how it dominates our existence. Hmmm...


Best,


Tom


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Details this week:


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of Chuck Pyle songs

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos

When:  Thursday, September 17, 7-8:30 pm mountain time


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of favorites and requests

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos

When:  Sunday, September 20, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, September 7, 2020

Creative Performances

 I have heard and read a few interesting stories about how people are making and getting their music during this time of isolation. I’ve been doing only online shows other than my distanced shows for senior homes, but there are all kinds of other ways that people are performing and spreading music. One classical music couple are doing custom recorded video performances of song requests for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries on viola and piano. They call it “pick a song.” I did a custom CD of favorite songs for an anniversary and another for a long-time friend. One musician in Canada has a platform on his vehicle that he performs shows from in front of people’s houses, and I’ve heard of others doing this from pickup truck beds in parking lots and driveways. There are several bands that have set up concerts on stages at drive-in movie theaters to people in their cars. I even heard about a performance that had speakers mounted on hot-air balloons that flew over neighborhoods in an area with the live music wirelessly broadcasted. Music is just very important to our well-being, and it turns out there are a lot of ways to deliver it. I may try some of these more creative ways of performing, but for now I’ve been enjoying the intimacy of online performances a lot. The technology is finally good enough that the quality is acceptable even though there is always room for improvement. I guess we will see where performing music returns to after the pandemic is over. 


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What have I been up to?


Last week was a lot of fun. I just had a couple senior homes. With the weather changing quite a bit this week we will have to think of other ways to entertain the folks. Online shows don’t work as well for them yet until higher speeds and more screens are available in the facilities. 


Thursday online I did more of my own original songs, and there were songs I haven’t played in 30 years that I attempted to reconnect with. Some worked better than others. I’ve had an interesting career with quite a few different songwriting influences. 


Sunday online I did a bunch of new requests and one new song I wrote in the vein of John Prine. It being Labor Day weekend I had a lot of folks tune in whom I hadn’t seen in a while. It is so good to connect with old friends and acquaintances. 


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What am I up to this week?


Wednesday 7-8:30 mountain time I’ll be doing my weekly theme show instead of Thursday because I have a private online show on Thursday. This week I’ll be doing the music of Dan Fogelberg. I can honestly say that he is one of the few artists that I have every album. I didn’t hear his first couple albums until a few years after they came out, but I was a big fan once I latched onto his music. He had such vocal and instrumental talent, not to mention very poetic lyrics. Many of his songs affected me in very deep ways. Please tune in if you can. 

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/photos-videos


Thursday I have a private performance for a women's club in Wisconsin on Facebook. One of my childhood friends is part of this group, and I’m really looking forward to playing for them. 


Saturday I’m playing a show on Facebook for folks who have joined me at the Yellow Pine Ranch for the barbecue over the years. The barbecue was cancelled this summer due to the virus, and this is my chance to connect with all the friends I’ve made over the years at the Yellow Pine in Cuchara and get to sing for them a bit. If you’ve been to the Yellow Pine and would like to be part of this then let me know. 


Sunday I’ll be performing virtually for the Cuchara Chapel service that is recorded and shown online on the cucharachapel.org site. My good friend Rev. Eileen Ramsey leads these services all winter, and I’m proud to play for the second Sunday of each month. Tune in if you’d like a little inspiration and a few songs from me. 


Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time I’ll be doing my weekly favorites and requests show on Facebook. My list of requests grows every week, and I spend a lot of time learning new songs each week for this show. It has become a very special time that I look forward to. Please join us if you can. 

facebook.com/tom.munch

tommunch.com/photos-videos 


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That’s it for this week. I’m pacing myself for performances and recordings each day. 


Best always,


Tom


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Details this week:


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of Dan Fogelberg songs

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos

When:  Wednesday, September 9, 7-8:30 pm mountain time


Who:  Tom Munch

What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of favorites and requests

Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos

When:  Sunday, September 13, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, August 31, 2020

Music Makes Us Synchronize

I'm still basking this morning in the light of my online show last night. I am so fortunate to have so many good and kind friends who are so supportive and participative in my music. And it makes me try to understand again what it is about sharing in the delivery of a song or evening of songs that is so satisfying and fulfilling. Ultimately, I think it is because we are all one, and when we share in music we are actually experiencing our oneness in a visceral way where we hear, feel, and move together. Turns out that science shows us that our brains actually show synchronization while experiencing the same music. A study published in the journal “NeuroImage” and explained in an article in “Scientific American” tells how our brains synchronize while listening to and performing a song, and that the more they synchronize the more we enjoy the music. Our neurons actually fire together. I’m always thrilled when science figures out what we somehow intuitively know. I’ll include the links to both the study and article below if you want to read more. In my Sunday shows I sense a flow between me and my listeners even though we are not together in person that I really cherish and love. Because people can comment in real time without interrupting the performance verbally we can actually express our togetherness as it happens. This is pretty unique and valuable, and it’s something that makes me not want to ever give up online performances in favor of only in-person performances when this virus and its precautions are over. If you’d like to experience this then tune in to one of my online shows. We have created a family in a unique and special place. Here are the articles.

Scientific American
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-synchronizes-the-brains-of-performers-and-their-audience/

NeuroImage
The averaged inter-brain coherence between the audience and a violinist predicts the popularity of violin performance - ScienceDirect

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What have I been up to?

My senior facilities last week were very gratifying. Again I’ll be so disappointed when the weather cools enough that I can’t perform outdoors for my folks. I’m hoping that the weather stays warm enough and the vaccine arrives soon enough that we won’t have a long time apart.

My Michael Murphey online show last Thursday was so much fun. His music has been with me almost as long as anyone's in my life, and it has definitely impacted me and my musical career.

The Sunday online show as I mentioned above was wonderful. I had a bunch of requests that I worked really hard on, and the whole evening just flowed back and forth.

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What am I up to this week?

I only have a couple senior facilities this week. I’m working on trying to do a few other facilities if it works for them before the weather cools.

Thursday 7-8:30 for my online theme show I’ll be doing more of my own original songs. I have several older songs I haven’t done in a long time and several unrecorded songs and new songs that I’d love for folks to hear as well as other special songs I’ve written that I’d love to share. Please tune in if you’d like to hear some of my own heartfelt songs that I made up.  ;-)
tommunch.com/photos-videos
facebook.com/tom.munch

Sunday 7-8:30 I’ll be doing more favorites and requests online. I’m finding it pretty challenging to work up some of the requests I’ve gotten. I really enjoy it, but my brain sometimes tells me that it can’t fit another song up there. I usually just laugh and push it some more. I know there’s always more room to store them. I’m also thrilled to see the creative ways and places that people listen and experience the evening. Some sit out on the sidewalk with other neighbors and a glass of beer or wine and share the music. Some set a laptop out by their outdoor fire pit to have an impromptu campfire musical experience. Some watch on a phone with headphones so it becomes an intimate personal evening. It’s all wonderful. I’m just thankful to have such good friends willing to take a ride with me every time. Here are the links again.
tommunch.com/photos-videos
facebook.com/tom.munch

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That’s it for this week. Next week we’ll either have to skip a Thursday or choose another day for a theme show as I have a private online show on Thursday. I’m fine with either one. I have so many more ideas for theme shows. I’m just loving getting to connect with friends in such a meaningful way.

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Who:  Tom Munch
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of my own original songs
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos
When:  Thursday, September 3, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Who:  Tom Munch
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of favorites and requests
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos
When:  Sunday, September 6, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Monday, August 24, 2020

Numbness Joy Waiting

The past few days I have been feeling kind of brain dead. I know we all go through this. You get worn down and seem to lack focus. It reminds me of numbness in my body. I don’t know if you have this, but I have areas in my legs that are numb to the touch - either from procedures for bad circulation or for no apparent reason at all. My hands also go numb when I sleep so that often I’ll wake up unable to pick up my phone or feel my hands for a few seconds until they wake up. If you have ever had surgery you know that numbness is common around an incision. The waiting during this COVID-19 time has created a numbness too. We’re waiting for it to be over - hopefully with each of us coming through relatively unscathed with maybe a new perspective on life. It has had its opportunities - from catching up on reading to doing house projects to reconnecting with those we live with. But it does include this numbness and need for stimulation in a meaningful way. And there is joy in small moments. It’s important to find that. I’ve been trying to provide that with my photos and music. It’s a small thing, but it seems to help - at least I know it helps me to experience and share it. And the connection with you all helps. I know it’s tough to be social without being able to see each other or give a hug, but we’ll make it through. Just keep up your patience looking for joy through the numbness and the waiting. The waiting really is the hardest part.

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What have I been up to?

Last week I had several senior facilities outside which was a bit of a heat challenge with the temps measuring around 100° every day. But with shade and a little breeze it was bearable. It was great to see my friends.

My John Prine show on Thursday went very well. His music just seems to speak to me and to others in a deep and meaningful way. I’m thankful he got to do one more really good album before he passed. If you missed my show you can hear it on my website and on Facebook. tommunch.com/photos-videos and facebook.com/tom.munch

My Philmont show on Saturday was a blast as well. I didn’t know if a reunion like that would work very well. My experience in spoken online reunions hasn’t been that great. Everyone is waiting for someone else to speak, and there almost needs to be a moderator to suggest topics. But with music everyone has something more in common, and it spurs memories of where people were when they heard the music. On top of that you can have a small conversation in the comments while the music is going that doesn’t distract like it would in person. It’s actually very cool! We will do it again!

My Sunday Facebook show went very well too. We ended up doing more popular oldies this week, and I really enjoyed it.

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What’s up this week?

I have several online and outside senior facilities this week while the weather is still nice. Hopefully we can continue these into October. They are good for the folks and good for me!

Thursday my online concert will feature the music of Michael Martin Murphey. I’ve been playing his music since he first hit the scene, and I’ve run into him many times over the years - even running sound for him for a show many years ago on one of my systems. He’s had a great career through 50 years of being a singer/songwriter, country singer, and cowboy singer. I’m going to mostly do songs from his early career through the ‘80s, and I think you’ll find a lot of great songs. I’ve learned a lot of music from him over the years, and he is a favorite of many musicians throughout the southwest.
tommunch.com/photos-videos
facebook.com/tom.munch

Sunday is my weekly online show that I’m calling my Favorites show. I have a bunch of requests that I’m working on as always for folks, and I have really come to love the musical family that we have created at these shows. Please tune in if you can.
tommunch.com/photos-videos
facebook.com/tom.munch

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That’s it for this week. I hope you’re doing okay with the numbness and can find joy through the waiting. Just reach out if you need some encouragement.

Best always,

Tom

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Who:  Tom Munch
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of Michael Martin Murphey songs
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos
When:  Thursday, August 27, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

Who:  Tom Munch
What:  playing and singing a Facebook Live Concert of requests and favorites
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/photos-videos
When:  Sunday, August 30, 7-8:30 pm mountain time