A couple of days into this challenge and I’ve realized something very important and that is: If I’m going to learn to love music again I’m going to have to take periodic breaks from her during the week. The reason for this is because I truly want to appreciate her. I don’t to move to fast and settle into old habits only to find myself right back where I started.

Today is one of those days. I’m going to take some time today to just listen to silence and when I return to her I’ll be so much more appreciative.

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.