In this day and age where everything surrounding music masquerades as seemingly free there is one type of currency that is of the utmost importance and quite hard to place a dollar amount on and that is attention. As a grown I have learned to take my time. I know what I like. I know what I want and I give my undivided attention to those endeavors. Sure there are microwaves and they serve a purpose. They are fast, convenient but when I want to cook, like really cook it’s time to preheat and move some pans and thangs around.

I approach my music the same way. You can keep that 1:30 hot pocket and give me some slow-cooked, well seasoned pulled-pork any day of the week. Oh I might have to wait a little, but it’s worth wait to me and because the end result is a pleasurable experience it guarantees that I will return for more.

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.