In this season of love I think it is more than appropriate to honor the birthday of one of the greatest love song singers of all time with his signature song (which happens to be one of the greatest love songs of all time). How often does that happen? Thank you Mr. Ingram for all the music, and here’s wishing you a very happy birthday!

I was reminded this morning when I pulled up this clip of how far we’ve gone in another direction musically. Nothing trumps a great melody, story and performance. Nothing. The other critical element in this drama is a cast is the cast of players. Unless we reach a point where we understand that people/personalities far surpass any technological convenience, we will keep having these same somewhat well-worn conversations.

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.