Often we hear so much about the downside of 80’s R&B being adult-focused music. Adjectives like sleepy, tired and lame abound and yes there were definitely those types of productions in the marketplace but there were also some real gems. Our offering today I consider a real gem. Culled from El’s first solo outing and written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, “Love Always” was a staple of quiet storm programming and late night video offerings on BET upon its release some thirty years ago. Even though some may have thought that this music was a little too old for us teenagers at the time, I believe that it was just the type of soundtrack that we needed as we embarked on learning the finer points of relationships and romance.

There’s definitely something to be said for the love letter as opposed to the DM, but that’s another blog for another day. Enjoy!

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.