I hope you are all doing well in our new "reality".
The corona virus has literally changed our reality. All of our gigs are cancelled, those who can, work from home. People that have to go to work risk their well being as well as the well being of their families in the service of others. We are fearful of getting sick, or in some cases succumbing to this virus.
We are self isolating which goes against our basic social instincts.
The result is that we are super stressed out!
What can we do?
- Help someone, call them, Facetime them, make them a meal, give them a little money if you can spare it, pray for them, pray with them, be compassionate, give hope.
- Help yourself, create a new routine that is meaningful financially, mentally, socially and physically. Create a new normal that you can live with. Rededicate yourself spiritually.
What am I doing?
As for myself, I'm trying to follow my own advice and create a sustainable life style in the new reality.
- Just completed a new course for TrueFire.com called "25 Essential Double Stop Riffs". It should be available shortly.
- Been posting videos weekly on both my TrueFire Channel. "Doug Munro's Guitar Garage" and on my Youtube channel.
- Working on 2 new songs with singer/songwriter Kayana Jean-Philippe
- A new recording project called "La Pompe Attack, String Theory". Everything is written and ready to record.
- Reaching out to my friends and family to maintain contact and offer support and hope.
- Staying involved with my church by watching their online services, continuing to tithe and playing for their broadcasts.
- Practicing guitar and exercising routinely.
- Trying not to watch too much news or check my 401K every 5 minutes.
- Doing projects around the house, cleaning, fixing, painting and yard work.
- Praying a lot, but not only praying, but doing.
What can you do for me?
- Pease subscribe to my YouTube Channel. If I get to 1K subscribers I will be able to monetize my videos. I am currently at 781.
- I have some live streaming events on Facebook coming up for the Milford Arts Center and Jazz at The Elks Lodge with John Codman. If you could watch them that would be great!
- Add me to your published playlists on Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora.
- Follow me on Facebook and Instagram.
- Visit my website and purchase some of my product.
- Pray for me and my family.
After 30 years you can now get a downloadable copy of my first recording, "Courageous Cats" (1986). It features Marshall Toppo (bass), Jones Jones II (drums and Anne Bristol (vocal). When moving out of my office at Purchase College I found 3 boxes of the original recordings on vinyl. You can buy a vinyl recording while supplies last. Please visit the Store Page on this site to get your copy.
I have a Wikipedia page, click here to check it out.
You can download or buy a hard copy of my latest CD, "Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack: The Harry Warren Songbook", right here from the website! It's also available at all the regular online outlets.
Here's the PDF version of the booklet from the CD.
Please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you!
Thanks for your support and encouragement!
"Doug Munro has been around the music scene in NY for over 30 years. He is a fiercely independent musician who has forged his own sound on his own terms. Look at his resume and you will find a guitarist, composer, arranger, producer, author, educator of the highest caliber. Doug has worked with a who's who of biggest name's in the NYC music scene over the last three decades. Just when you think you've got him figured out he'll knock down what he's done and start building in a new direction. In just the last 5 years Doug has made soul jazz records with his organ trio, a solo guitar record recorded live with a loop pedal and a full on Gypsy Jazz CD of Holiday songs. A true creative force, Doug Munro has always been more concerned with the music than with the music business. Now, how many people can you say that about?"
I've been endorsing LaBella Strings for over 20 years, they're great! Check out the LaBella website here.
I'm also a proud endorser of Godin guitars. The Godin Multiac Nylon is my go-to nylon string guitar! Watch me play it here. Check out the Godin website here.I'm offering some guitar instruction courses through TrueFire.com. You can learn all about it and order it directly from my store page!