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Strong Medicine

by Randy Granger

Contemporary Southwestern music with a Native American and World flavor. Unique Pan drums like the Hang and Halo. Meditative, peaceful and joyously cathartic music from award-winning musician and recording artist.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gratitude
4:25 $0.99
2. Dancing Skin
5:32 $0.99
3. Dragonfly Drummers
4:32 $0.99
4. Awaken Dreamer
4:15 $0.99
5. Strong Medicine
5:17 $0.99
6. Hawk Medicine On I-10
4:19 $0.99
7. Deep Peace to You
3:39 $0.99
8. Comes the Moon
4:48 $0.99
9. The Radical Faeries Morphine Drip
3:59 $0.99
10. Osage (Live in the Ozarks)
2:16 $0.99
11. The Nightwatch
4:44 $0.99
12. Hospital Stairwell Blues
3:03 $0.99
13. Where Did You Go
3:13 $0.99
14. No More Hard Times
4:19 $0.99
15. Marfa Lights
3:29 $0.99
16. Wild Horses
5:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
The "Cathartically Joyous" new offering from Contemporary Southwestern singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Randy Granger. This album was funded using a successful Kickstarter campaign and is Granger's most emotional and personal album to date. Native American and World flutes, world percussion, Pan drums like the Hang from PANArt and Halo from Pantheon Steel, are featured prominently on this album. The songs unfold like a story one to the next. Strong Medicine was born through the experience Granger had of caring for his beloved through pancreatic cancer and ultimate loss. That experience transmuted grief, pain and loss into art and expression of making the personal into the universal. The tracks flow like a story beginning with "Gratitude" the opening song and moves into "Dancing Skin" songs that celebrate the good times of a relationship filled with appreciation and love.

The title song Strong Medicine begins with the actual recording of a chemotherapy pump that transforms into flutes and Buffalo drums. As he was recording the pump with a digital, hand-held recorder he loved one, a very gifted poet, said, "You know sweetie, you're going to get some great music out of this. So at least there's a positive side." That line found it's way into the lyrics, "The chemo pumps like a drum/You know my thoughts and say/At least my love/You're gonna write some great songs." The middle songs "Dragonfly Drummers" "Awaken Dreamer" explore the feeling that something is wrong with you love's health, an intuitive feeling of dread that Granger actually felt early on months before a diagnosis.

"Strong Medicine" tells the story of driving to M.D. Anderson Cancer clinic in Houston and the gut-wrenching months that followed of fear, treatment, moving, selling a house, buying a house and making arrangements for care, death, hospice and eventually moving through the dark fog of grief and loss while trying to rescue a promising musical career put on hold to care for your beloved and settle an estate in a less than ideal situation. "Hawk Medicine" and "Deep Peace to You" speak to the barganing stage of grief searching for a cure, a miracle in spirituality. Granger is known for his spirituality that emanates through his music and is of Mayan and Apache ancestry and connects through that to his music as well.

"Comes the Moon" and "The Radical Faeries Morphine Drip" speak of the the tension and grueling hospital stays and seeing the affect of drugs and treatment on someone you love as they demise so quickly before your eyes. "The Nightwatch" and "Hospital Stairwell Blues" tell the story of how days and nights merge in treatment settings and trying to sleep in a hospital chair staring at the one you love in a hospital bed. Granger would bring his Native American flutes to the hospitals to play for other patients, staff and often in the stairwells where the echo sounds like a canyon.

"Where Did You Go" is the most emotive and personal song on the album. It asks what so many others ask when a loved one dies. In exploring that grief, shock and confusion that follows a loss people report seeing or hearing their loved ones in birds that suddenly appear, in sounds, scents even flowers that suddenly bloom. "No More Hard Times" the Stephen Foster song is a plea for something to shift that you've learned your lesson through pain and are ready to learn from joy and love. "Marfa Lights" are about the famous lights of Marfa, Texas where they would drive through on their way back and forth between Houston and Las Cruces, New Mexico for medical appointments.

The Rolling Stone's song "Wild Horses" was a song they would listen to along the drive both being fans of the Stones. The line, "I watched you suffer/A dull aching pain/Now you've decided/To show me the same" struck a poingant note and the song sings about how "Wild horses couldn't drag me away" speaking to the devotion and unconditional love it requires to endure caring for someone until the end and beyond.

Making the personal into the universal is what art and music is about Granger often says at his shows and in interviews. As an artist Granger knew the experience was be transmuted and transformed into music so kept mental notes and in a way kept his own grief inside until work on the album began where it could be poured into each note and song.

Granger is an award-winning performing and recording artist and internationally known Native American flute player. NPR profiled his work on the Hang in a story that ran in 2007 called "Like Water Over Bells." He performs and festivals and in concerts around the country and has a popular youtube channel under user name LoneGranger. Along with world flutes, world percussion, guitar and bass, Hammered Dulcimer, Harmonica, Tibetan singing bowls, Tibetan Timsha Finger Cymbals, Cajon, Bodhran, Ocean drum, Tumbek, Bansuri and Native American flutes; Granger returns to singing and much more of the tracks urged on by his fans and radio programmers. A Cello player and singer were brought in for two of the songs. Photographers and artists, also fans of his music, offered their photographs and art for the album artwork. Granger plays all the instruments, multi-tracking and performed in real time.

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Kathy Kleitz

Music for my soul
Randy, your CD came two days ago and I cannot stop playing it. So very beautiful and moving! I play it when I am outside gardening; I play it early in the am before I go to work. It calms me and comforts me. May you get the same blessing back. Love and support with good wishes on your journey.


Truly Spiritual
How can I put the feelings to words. Randy certainly has outdone his previous work. I am so moved by this collection of music and lyrics. I truly love every single selection. I can't decide what my favorite cut is. All the original songs clearly came from his heart and soul. His version of Wild Horses is truly Amazing.

Cheryl Grooms (Golana')

The Same as The Album "Strong Medicine" Chemo......
This is a true dedication of music to a story. A Story that only the Artist himself can understand from watching his friend....but a story that a person who has fought Cancer, and had Chermo....understands. But, all of a sudden, this man has put beauty to something that I found that I could not talk about......and I still have a very difficult time talking about what I went through....But, I can listen and finally see the beauty that I have in Life again....where I was not seeing that....and it has been seven years not...I was looking at a large piece that was cut out of my body that was cut out of me, as ugly, now I look at that scar and thank God, that that piece was cut from my body.....and it is beautiful....Thank you Randy. Stay Strong......because I plain on Staying Strong.

Tony Frazure

Truly Spiritual
How can I put the feelings to words. Randy certainly has outdone his previous work. I am so moved by this collection of music and lyrics. I truly love every single selection. I can't decide what my favourite cut is. All the original songs clearly came from his heart and soul. His version of Wild Horses is truly Amazing.


I received my Randy Granger CD, "Strong Medicine" today. I began to type out every emotion that each song brought to me as it was playing and it became so long that FB stopped responding and I lost everything that I had typed. What I can say about this CD is that it IS very STRONG MEDICINE and very healing. I am so happy to have it and I've played it twice already. It's beautiful, emotional, carthartic, tender, gentle and I love it!! It's a masterpiece!! It's so good I can't say at this point that any one song is my favorite but I will say it brought tears to my eyes, sniff to my nose and then lifted me high again. Love it Randy Granger, my Spirit Brother!! You and your music will remain in my heart forever!

Frank Harter

Randy delivers again
Incredible virtuosity on the Native American flute, hypnotic hang drum, some cello in the background, and a fantastic voice. Randy's new album takes us to exotic yet familiar places...

Greg Hammock

Strong and Healing Medicine
If you've ever lost someone you love (or know anyone who has) I would highly recommend hearing this CD. The story behind it closely reflects my own recent story and this music has made me feel less alone in my experience, aware of how some feelings are universal, and yet others are so very personal. And yet, Randy Granger, I feel, has taken a big personal risk in opening up his experiences for us...distilling them through music...and reliving them anew. I know few people with the strength to do this. Yet, he does it, with clarity and honesty of voice and word, and melody/harmony/counterpoint combinations that raise it to an even more etherial level. Mr. Granger, I hope your spirit continues to soar to the skies and bring back more of this healing music for all of us. (I'm sure your personal muse will never fail you!)

Ric Cooper

Strong Medicine for us all
This latest album "Strong Medicine" shows us all again what an artist and craftsman Randy Granger truly is. He has taken the lowest valley in his life and shared the trip down and the hike back up the other side. You can hear amd feel his sorrow and suffering as if you were walking along side of him on this journey . Randy has poured a very large part of himself into this album, and you can feel his experience in every song.


Strong Medicine For The Soul
Randy Granger’s “Strong Medicine” has now earned a permanent spot in the CD changer of my car. This is a very big deal to me, as my car is my own personal sound studio and chill spot to unwind. The instant song #1 on the album, “Gratitude,” begins, you will feel this album is decidedly different and more unique than most albums and artists in his genres. Having listened to Granger’s previous albums, I know that he inserts a bit of his soul into every song as he records them. It oozes and undulates out of your speakers by the time the sultry “Dancing Skin” plays, and you wonder what’s next, knowing full well you will not be able to turn it off. The album winds its way through friendship, love, pain and grief, and his personal experiences with these will resonate with yours as well. Thankfully, I have a long commute to work!
“Awaken Dreamer” segues gorgeously into the title track, “Strong Medicine,” a song that will make you sing out loud and your toes tap, at the same time bringing a tear to your eye knowing you are drifting through a very personal story. Yes, it is powerful. Being the steering wheel drummer that I am, “Dragonfly Drummers” and “Radical Faeries Morphine Drip” both promise to leave dents in it, and “Marfa Lights” is one of those songs you visualize yourself driving to on a long, lonely highway at dusk with the stars (and who knows what else) appearing ahead of you on the horizon.
Be prepared, however, for “Where Did You Go,” a pure and haunting song that will grab you, not just by your heart, but your guts as well. There isn’t a dry eye in the house with this one. The three cover songs on the album are new masterpieces in their own right, as Granger strips them down, puts his own spin on them, and turns them out fresh and heartfelt.
Randy Granger does much more than sing a song or record some music, he is an artist. Each one of his original songs, as well as the covers he lovingly re-creates and makes his own, speak of his own life experiences, and ours as well. If you listen carefully, he may whisper some of his secrets. Granger’s music will give you the feeling of being pulled through a dark rift by the loving hand of a trusted friend, only to emerge on the other side in bliss, and cathartically joyous.


Awaken Dreamer
"Listening to Randy's newest CD while driving into town today, the sky and the very air itself seemed to synchronize with the songs. In awhile the sky broke open with a deluge of rain-- here in the Mexican desert nothing happens small-- and I ran back to my car to hurry home through the rutted dirt roads now a deluge of running water fresh-to-meet-earth, and Randy's song Awaken Dreamer resonated the emotional urgency of the moment. Brilliant, Randy, just brilliant! In gratitude, LM"