I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Hathaway in person but almost a decade ago she was kind enough to autograph her debut CD which I received as a gift for my birthday.

Today, in some small way I would like to return the favor…in a sense. Above all else I’d like to personally wish you the happiest of birthdays today and many, many more.

A Birthday Tribute to Lalah Hathaway-Ivan Orr

I knew that it was Somethin’ special about that voice I heard on the radio that day not so long ago…

Heaven Knows that it was a sound that was both unique and familiar all at once. Priceless.

My psyche bid Baby Don’t Cry but I still question what is the proper reaction when presented with an instrument so beautiful?

My reaction to that voice most often is a Smile, first note to last, that will never change.

U-Godit Gowin On Lalah without question.

I’m Coming Back ad-infinitum to the sound that unquestionably is ordained by the almighty.

Never a dull moment when I choose to Stay Home Tonight as long as Lalah’s music is playing.

As a younger man your sound convicted me, and I realized that I Gotta Move On from the sophmoric muses that dominated the musical landscape then… I haven’t looked back.

I don’t write this out of a sense of being Sentimental. I write this because you have and always will represent music.

I hope that it is Obvious that there are millions of us who love Lalah’s Music and we would like to thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

Have a great day!

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.