Song of the Day – “You’re The Best Thing Yet”

Another moment culled from 1983’s The Songstress “You’re The Best Thing Yet” is high musical drama. The drama unfolds verse by verse until we reach the musical climax after the guitar break primarily in the section with incantation “You’re so wonderful, you’re so beautiful”. This is how you keep a listener’s interest.

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.

Song of the Day – “Feel The Need”

This selection it is all about the groove, and what a groove it is! The entire rhythm section is locked, drums right on top of the beat anticipating every accent. We also hear flashes of Anita adding fire to the last verse with a looser more ad-libbed delivery which will become a signature of her sound.

On a personal note it’s just something about that early 80’s R&B sound before everything became drum machines with gated sounds and synth everything, sure there are some great all electronic projects that I still listen to from that era, but I don’t think any of them approach the warmth that you feel in a track like “Feel The Need”.

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.

Song of the Day – “Angel”

From the 1983 LP The Songstress this was the cut that I came to much later than the 1983 debut in fact about 5 years later. You see after Rapture had taken a complete hold on me about a year and half after its release, I happened upon The Songstress in the record store in the Summer of ’88. What’s this I wondered to myself, since I had really missed it the first go round, but cut me a little slack I was a thirteen year old lad.

But when I said this album and in particular “Angel” which opens the entire set grabbed me, it grabbed me. I would listen to this song everyday before going to class and the result was a wide internal smile on my walk across campus. This song still gives me that same feeling all these years later, continues to great me like an old friend and we pick up right where we left off.

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.

GFM’s Valentine’s Unanswered Questions Countdown – #17 “Will You Be Mine?”

The classic question for a potential Valentine, usually accompanied by some sugary confection. Today is a very special day for a very special artist… I just wanted to send some very special birthday wishes out to Ms. Anita Baker! It’s been well documented how I feel about her music and this particular track from The Songstress LP is one of my favorites.

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.