Randy Granger

Randy Granger
In the Chihuahuan Desert near the Organ Mountains, New Mexico

Monday, October 13, 2008

Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Jr. song Fly on Home

Hi everyone. Ten years ago Matthew Shepard was beaten and tied of a fence in Wyoming where he died of his injuries. The men who killed him said he was gay and deserved it. That same year James Byrd Jr. was beaten and dragged behind pickup truck with a rope and also died from his injuries in Texas. Byrd was an African American. Both of these introduced the idea of a "hate crime" to many Americans.

I wrote a song called "Fly On Home" which mentions both murders and some other global crimes. The message is actually hopeful and intended to offer healing. The song has been used for quite a number of memorials and the like. The DNR show on Sirius Radio asked to use this song today in a special program--though I haven't heard back from them--I said yes. The lyrics have been published in several social awareness and peace journals. I'm making this song "Fly On Home" available for download for this week only on MySpace then will replace it. The lyrics are posted as well.

This song is available on an EP of my singer songwriter songs called "The Rio Grande Incident." If you are interested in ordering it zip me a note.
Thank you as always for listening.

Peaceful breaths...

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