Randy Granger

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

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Giving, healing and music.

Lumnarias Albuquerque, NM 
Happy New Year friends. I, for one, am glad the holidays are over in one sense and also warmed by the time I spent with good friends, starting new traditions. Before I went out of town for Christmas I played my Native American flute at our Hospice, something I’ve been doing for about six years. For some reason it was particularly emotional this year playing there. This is my second holiday season alone, since my partner passed in the spring of 2011. As I was playing the loved ones of patients would come out into the hallways and listen or hum along. A boy, of about 8 walked up to me and said, “Excuse me sir how much would it cost to play in my grandma’s room?” I stopped and told him it would cost nothing and what was her room number. I often play in patient’s rooms so that’s never an issue.

I began to play Oh Come Emmanuel then Silent Night. My partner’s favorite carol also. The boy held one hand of his grandmother and his mother the other hand. They were stroking her and crying. I was professional and stalwart. After I left I had to find the restroom and had a decent cry. It was tough but I was reminded how valuable a song from the heart it to people needing comfort. They gave me a gift. Of course I’m only there maybe once or twice a week when I can. The staff is there every day and they are the real heroes.

Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, Ramah, NM
I spent Christmas with a long-time friend and spent it with his family in Albuquerque, NM. They made Posole, tamales, menudo, beans and chile galore and it felt like the better memories from my own youth. We lit Luminarias in the bitter cold wind. Afterwards I was fortunate to spend a few wonderful days with Butch and Laura Hall at their cabin in northern New Mexico next to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary a place for rescued Wolves and hybrid dogs. I love it there. As I move into the New Year I am working to book more gigs, record and release several albums, make as beautiful music as possible and tour. Promotion begins on my newest CD “Strong Medicine” with a national campaign. I’m always looking for new radio stations to send it to so please let me know about a local station you listen to who might enjoy playing my style of music. Thank you.

I’m performing a CD release and benefit concert for Mesilla Valley Hospice Jan 12th in Las Cruces at the Rio Grande Theatre 7PM. For ticket information go to http://holdmyticket.com/event/128304. Please come and tell your friends. 

January 19th finds me in Green Valley, AZ performing a concert with the help of my friend and flute player Carl Perry at: https://www.facebook.com/events/499784813387132/ 

Reservations: e-mail Carl Perry at cmperry@cox.net

South on HWY 19 towards Nogales
Exit 65 on Esperanza Blvd. to Green Valley
West on Esperanza to La Canada Dr. (first light)
South on La Canada Dr. to 600 S. on right
Park in back or under Solar framework.

1) FLUTE WORKSHOP 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm $ 15 ea.
Bring a flute and your questions
Great learning opportunity for all playing levels

2) MEET AND GREET SESSION 5:00 pm to 5:40 pm $ 5 ea.
Includes reserved seating for the concert
Meet Randy and get your new CD’s signed

3) CONCERT 6:00 pm to 800 pm $ 10 ea

That day I will also conduct a flute playing workshop as well as having a meet and greet. Here is the schedule of events. To reserve tickets email Carl Perry at cmperry@cox.net. I look forward to seeing some of you at these gigs and thank you for your continued support. I couldn’t do it without you, the listeners.

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