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New Music: Angela Johnson – “Naturally Me” Out today & Moods Music Listening Party Aug. 20th

Posted on August 19th, 2014 by

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GFM Fave Angela Johnson is back with her 6th album Naturally Me which drops today and tomorrow for all of our GFM Fam in the ATL Moods Music is hosting a very special listening party.

Bolstered by the uncannily timely and moving anchor track “Black Boy” (posted below) Naturally Me finds Angela exactly that: natural in this 10 – song set. How does one arrive at this point of natural ease in a creative art form? I would guess that it’s certainly not easy, it takes time and when you can find a work like Naturally Me I would say there should not be any hesitation in adding it to your collection. This is life documented in song form. We practice life daily, sometimes we get it right, sometimes we don’t but if we’re lucky we’re present in every moment and take every chance. Angela Johnson is very present in every line, note and rhythm here and goes beyond getting it right.

Naturally Me out today!

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The Winans – “Let My People Go”

Posted on August 17th, 2014 by

“Said it back then, now he’s saying it again…” have truer words ever been spoken? Maybe that’s the test, the eternal struggle, the struggle to respect and protect everyone’s humanity. Weren’t we all born with our humanity in tact? Yes we all fail, we all come short, but perhaps, just perhaps if we weren’t lied to in the beginning there would be a chance, a chance to understand that we are all valid because we are all here.

We deal with an incredibly confusing and debilitating type of bondage today. That is the bondage of the mind that affects both the oppressor and the oppressed. This all stems from an untruth that has been repeated over and over for centuries that one is better than the other, that something actually exists as good guys and bad guys, that someone is guilty by default and that one is able to right a perceived wrong by smite. No, they’re all wrong on all accounts and those who hold on to this type of thinking need to let it go and by extension let the people go. By the same account those who feel that they are less than and need to live up to less than types of expectations need to let that type of thinking go and free themselves by extension.

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New photo from Facebook August 16, 2014 at 08:20PM

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by
Troubling times we’re living in…all around the world. What’s on your playlist that helps you get through it all? via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/1x8s7e9

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

#Get Into It: Billie Jean by Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by

This goes back a few years, but hey Grown Folks, what do think about Aloe Blacc’s version of MJ’s “Billie Jean”? We kinda dig that he didn’t try to copy it but he re-imagined it.

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

GFM Playlist 8/10/14 – 8/16/14

Posted on August 16th, 2014 by

Trying something out new here… if you missed any of the action on our always active FB page we wanted to try out a week in review packaged like a radio show (minus the commercials or a few if you don’t have Spotify Premium). The running time will mirror a morning or mid-day slot and the music… well the music can only be described as Grown! Take us along with you to work, or press play for an afternoon or evening at the crib!

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Friday Funnies! #AuntEsther

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by

“You low down HEATHEN!”

“You fish-eyed FOOL!”

“You’ve got the DEVIL in you!”

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John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (Full album, 1964)

Posted on August 14th, 2014 by

From one of of our followers

“Well said Mark!

there’s an undeniable amount of craziness going on in our world right now – from those abusing positions of power to the many innocent caught up in wars waged ‘in their names’; from our own neighborhoods to places far, far away. i’m a huge believer in the arts being an important ingredient in spreading peace, love, understanding and tolerance. our creativity exists to uplift and share experiences and wisdom. #onelove”

About GFM

Part of the GFM staff, interested in joining? contact [at] grownfolksmusic [dot] com

Happy Birthday Larry Graham!

Posted on August 14th, 2014 by

Happy Birthday Larry Graham!

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.