The best answer a Mom can give is to sit her kid down a say “It’s much easier for me to show you than tell you, so listen to this and when you’re finished listening… listen again and you tell Mom what’s a Funkadelic. No right or wrong answer and please let your mind be Free.”

In the early 70’s this was the answer I received from my Mom when I posed this question after rummaging through her record collection. I would have been fine but my retort actually got me in big trouble. I guess I should not have responded to her instructions with “That’s what the funk I thought.” Oh well…

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.