This track will definitely get you over the hump today! This is beyond music, this is a straight movement and the energy on both the studio version and live recording is undeniable. Make sure you check out the personnel for the studio version after the jump. You wanna know what the problem is with some music, I’m not talking industry because quite honestly don’t know what that is and when I hear a lot of that industry talk I keep checking my hip to see of my skypager is going off… nevertheless, I’m talking about the phenomenon of collective energy.

The title of the song is “Children of Production” plural, not “Child of Production”. The music of our AOM has a recurring thread and that is the collective. As George has often stated he would put a little “P” on the production and let others do the same and through that you end up with a sound that is for the ages. Not the half-baked redundant output of hobbyists. It’s not that P-Funk didn’t have songs that were chants or songs that were one or two chords, the difference is that they were saying something and playing something. In order to reach that level you have to remove the “cobwebs from your mind” and align yourself with a movement of music.

I actually heard the live version first in my late teens and it truly blew my mind… your homework today is to listen to the interplay between Bernie Worrell’s synth bass and the horn section from the 1:33 – 1:51 mark. So many great lessons in that little section on how to write and arrange, unison octaves are very powerful and then when you burst into divisi(harmony) in spurts it creates a feast for the ears.



Checkout the personnel after the jump

Vocals: George Clinton, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins, Raymond Davis, Grady Thomas, Garry Shider, Glen Goins, Bootsy Collins

Extra Singing Clones: Debbie Edwards, Taka Khan, Gary Cooper

Horns: Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Rick Gardner, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker

Bass: Bootsy Collins, Cordell Mosson

Guitars: Garry Shider, Michael Hampton, Glen Goins

Drums & Percussion: Jerome Brailey, Bootsy Collins, Gary Cooper

Keyboards & Synthesizers: Bernie Worrell

Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.