Randy Granger

Randy Granger

 
3065 Las Placitas Road, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
SoloWorldNew Age

Earthy contemporary Native American flutist, composer, singer songwriter, world percussion like the ethereal Hang. Unique, mystical Southwest World vibe great for festivals, community concerts, Yoga'ish venues. World class touring recording artist, touring musician heard on SIRIUS Soundscapes, Pandora, Hearts of Space and stations/podcasts worldwide. Like a Native American Dead Can Dance meets Leonard Cohen.

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Biography

Randy Granger is an award-winning Native American flutist, composer, recording artist and songwriter. A native of New Mexico, his Southwest World sound is a healing, rich blend of ancient and modern. Granger's music is heard around the world on NPR stations, Hearts of Space, Pandora, Sirius Soundscapes and many more. He performs and headlines festivals around the US and has performed and recorded with the top players in his genre including R. Carlos Nakai and Coyote Oldman. NPR and PBS Television have both featured Granger's music and career and he is a frequent guest on Public Radio Stations and Podcasts. The Sundance Film festival, The Gathering of Nations, the Rothko Chapel and the Yosemite World Music fest are a few of the venues where Granger has performed. A large YouTube, Twitter and Facebook following support his writings, cooking posts and blog ?This Musician's Life? and his most recent album Strong Medicine was funded using Kickstarter. 

Lyrics

This Old Man

Written By: Randy Granger

This old man I know
He knows the Earth
He watches the skies
They call him Jacobo

And this old man I know
Lives in an Airstream trailer
Circa 1959
How it shined in it's time
Now it's just old

(chorus)
This old man says
Things are usually what they seem
The only time you're truly free
Is when you dream
What good are fireflies
If their fire can't be seen
You gotta shine so bright
Even shadows can't be seen
That's what I mean

This old man I know
He leans to the left
He walks with a cane
He made from an old willow

And this old man I know
Lives with his dogs
Says life is complete
Yeah he makes everything grow

(Chorus)

This old man I know
He moves kinda slow
But his eyes still glow
My friend Jacobo
This old man I know
Died all alone
With his dog's at home
The poorest prince i've ever known
Now he's truly free to roam

(chorus)

Like You Did

Written By: Randy Granger

LIKE YOU DID
First night alone without you
In this house
In this room
The absence of you
Fills every single space
Except this bed or these arms

(chorus)
No one sighs
Or makes me cry
Or says goodnight
Like you did
Like you did, like you did

Well meaning friends brings wine
Say time will heal
You’ll be fine
They don’t know my heart
Has said goodbye
Turned out the light
Cut the line

(bridge)
But I still hear your snoring
Your shuffling feet
On the kitchen floor
Sneaking late night smokes oh no
Out that old creaky back door

(chorus)

Randy Granger 2008

One Little Indian

Written By: Randy Granger

ONE LITTLE INDIAN

I was there when the Earth took her first breath
I saw Grandmother Spider spin her web
The wind gave me my name
Not five-hundred years of shame
The elders say our time will come again

Now I’m one little Indian
Dancing to keep the lights on
One little Indian
Singing to light the sky
One little Indian
Dreaming of the old ways
Just one little Indian
Looking for the Red Road home

In my dreams I can see the way the World was
Morning fires, the Eagle and the Deer
The wind in my hair knows my name
Hears my prayers;
Beauty all around, before, behind

The S.U.V. tribe laughs, says hey
“Could you look more like an Indian
for my photograph?” I said I will when
You get those heads off my Black Hills
And put Geronimo on the fifty-dollar bill

Now I’m one little Indian
Dancing to keep the lights on
One little Indian
Singing to light the sky
One little Indian
Dreaming of the old ways
Just one little Indian
Looking for the Red Road home

Randy Granger

Ghosts of Hope

Written By: Randy Granger

Ghosts of Hope

Uncle Gil said Hell I don’t my eyes
To know when beer’s near, or a pretty woman
We’re driving these dusty 70 miles
Three times a week now to Dialysis
When he says man Rand’
I’ve done some terrible things in my life
You think God’s punishing me?

I squirm in my seat, chew my lip
And say Hey man check out that thunderhead
Looks like a battleship
Looks like someone, somewhere
Is gonna get some rain

(Chorus)
Winds blow down through the canyons here
Smells like rain but I know better
Promises all dried up here
Ghosts of hope roam these canyons now

(v 2)
All the souls here who are still alive
Live on cinderblocks old tires on top
Of second-hand, drafty single wides
The floors creak when we peek
Through the blinds

How the hell we came by here
Is a tale of caution but
No one speaks much
‘bout life before
We’re just a little bit more
Of who we always were

(chorus)

(bridge)
Uncle Gil still haunts the
Blue Moon Bar
Sipping diet cola
He’s with a woman now
I heard she’s a nurse from up ‘round Española

Winds blow down through the canyons here
Smells like rain but I know better
Promises all dried up here
Ghosts of hope roam these canyons now

Za Zee Za Zu Zing

Written By: Randy Granger

Someone a whole lot wiser
And probably much kinder than me
Said Do you know the road
To a place called Peace?”
Sorry man haven’t been there in years

Za Zee Za Zu Zing Zing Zing
Za Zee Za Zu Zing

This man said I’ve heard it told
There’s a great party
With dance and song
Where the people are happy
To be alive
Yeah the people are happy
To be alive

So I stopped what I was doing
And I took his hand
I said I will help you find
The place called peace
Hang on brother
Let me get my drum

Za Zee Za Zu Zing Zing Zing
Za Zee Za Zu Zing

Za Zee Za Zu Zing Zing Zing
Za Zee Za Zu Zing

Randy Granger
April 2008

Hang Jig

Written By: Randy Granger

instrumental, no lyrics

Snow Geese

Written By: Randy Granger

instrumental

Chaco Moon Meditation

Written By: Randy Granger

no lyrics

Pura Vida

Written By: Randy Granger

Pura Vida – This is Pure Life

In the morning after the Earth shakes
There’s no sign of hope
Stumbling on rubble
Stone, glass and metal
Everyone feels mortal today

Hands reach from the pile
They need to touch some hope
Workers dig days for a smile
Through blood, sweat and love

They took the sky away
Can’t see the air’s so gray
Everywhere you go
Everybody knows
We won’t give up Pure Life

Everywhere you go
Everybody knows
You gotta share a little hope
Pura Vida, this is Pure Life

Pura Vida
This is Pure Life

Mouth Jig

Written By: Randy Granger

Mouth Jig

Dancing Skin

Written By: Randy Granger

Dancing Skin

When our bodies
Waltz with the Sun
Arms raised, fingers braided
We step into each other
Begin to twirl

We’re dancing skin
We’re dancing skin

Dance is an argument
Between Tree and Sky
But our sky is never
Without sun
And our sun answers
All our prayers for rain

We’re dancing skin
We’re dancing skin

Dance with me
Dance with me
Dance with me

©Randy Granger 2008

Where Did You Go

Written By: Randy Granger

Where did you go
Where are you now
Where are you now

Was that you dancing on the roof
Waltzing down the hall
Are you bird who sings
Outside my window
The gooseflesh on my neck

Are you the whisper, in my ears
The cloud that looks Like an angel

Do you miss me too
As much as I miss you
Each and every second
Of every single day

Alone in rooms, but not sure why
Too numb to even cry

Where did you go
Where are you now
Where are you now

Strong Medicine

Written By: Randy Granger

Strong Medicine

We pushed through
West Texas hiways
Fifteen hours straight to
Make it to Houston with
Every little crack in the road
A fissure in my soul
The man of steel’s been
Touched by Kryptonite
It’s gonna take some
Strong, strong medicine
To heal this pain
To feel again
Strong, strong medicine
To heal this pain
To love again
In waiting rooms
Waiting to wait
Waiting for news
Walls closing in
Air is so thin
I whirl like a Dervish who’s
Been kicked off a cloud
Why is everything so loud
We give him three
To six months to live
The chemo pumps like a drum
You know my thoughts and say
At least my love
You’re gonna write
Some great songs

Discography

SKYWATCHING 2004
"This Old Man" Winner "Best Folk Song"
New Mexico Music Awards

MOURNING DOVE 2005

THE RIO GRANDE SET 2005
(Singer-Songwriter material)

CLOUDWALKER 2006
(Native American Flute Music/Hang Drum/Vocals)
Nominated: "Best Vocals" Oh Shenandoah; "Best Native American Contemporary" Organ Mountain Sunrise; New Mexico Music Industry Awards 2007.
Nominated "Best Flutist," "Best New Age," Native American Music Awards (NAMMY's)
"Editor's Pick" ABC's Download.com

WINTER COLORS 2006
(Seasonal Native American Flute Music)
Editor's Pick: CDBABY.COM, "Best Seasonal Recordings,"
Nominated "Best Flutist," "Best New Age," Native American Music Awards (NAMMY's)

THE ROSWELL INCIDENT 2008
(Hang Drum with Didgeridoo/vocals/spoken word)
Played on Hearts of Space, Audiosyncrasy,
Nominated: "Best World Beat" Amazing Hang; "Best Hispanic Contemporary" Mi Corazon. New Mexico Music Industry Awards 2008

A PLACE CALLED PEACE 2008
Indian Summer Music Award winner for Best Flute Album.
Nominated for 4 New Mexico Music Industry Awards 2010.
Nominee New Age Reporter Lifestyle Award, "Best Native American Album" 2009
Ranked 12th on New Age Reporter charts.
Heard on SoundScapes, NativeRadio.com, Radio3, Audiosyncrasy and many other terrestrial radio stations, internet and sattelite stations.
#12 on New Age Reporter Charts

PEACE BEGINS AT HOME: 2008
Compilation CD, benefit for La Casa domestic violence shelter/program. CD features touring, regional artists like Steve Smith, Anna Egghe, etc.

CLEARWATER REFLECTIONS 2008
Compilation CD for the International Native American & World Association featuring artists such as R. Carlos Nakai, Coyote Oldman, Peter Phippen, Mark Holland, Randy Granger and many other international recording artists.

PURA VIDA - THIS IS PURE LIFE 2010
Southwest World music fusion with vocals, Native American flute, Hang, Halo, World percussion. Nominated for several Native American Music Awards aka The NAMMY'S, Five New Mexico Music Awards, winning in "Best World Music" category.

STRONG MEDICINE - 2012
Funded using Kickstarter.

Set List

Sets are usually 45 minutes to 1 hour and can be extended to one set of 1-1/2 hours

Sets begin with solo Native American flute music Traditional, Original and Modern interpretations of contemporary songs. Story telling on Native American Buffalo Drum, solo A Capella vocals and a set of original New-Southwest material on Guitar and Vocals.

Some Songs included on set list.
Organ Mountain Sunrise
Snow Geese
Comanche Riding Song
Hummingbird
Song for Grandfather
Zuni Sunrise
Hopi Prayer

HANG DRUM SONGS:
Solstice
Full Moon Insomnia
Hang Jig
Mi Corazon
Hang Goes the Weazel
Spiral in Beauty

COVER SONGS:
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - NA flute
Amazing Grace - NA flute, Hang
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring - NA flute
What a Wonderful World - NA Flute
There Were Roses - guitar/vocals
Wayfaring Stranger - NA flute
Upon the Fields of Holly - NA flute