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As discussed in a previous post a “Grown” spirit encompasses all of life: the good, the bad, in a manner of maturity that lets us know that you will win and you will lose but always, always be grateful for what you have. Sure, it’s fine and important to have aspirations as long as the intentions are in the right place not out envy for another. That’s what I need in my music, a spirit. You know when it’s there because you can feel it. It’s hard to tap into that spirit if you’ve never experienced it yourself and that’s what being “Grown” is all about is the experience. So a great writer writes from experience and the same holds true for a great performer. So if the music is not moving you in a particular way it may be because the creators are not plugged into a particular spirit or vibration that moves you. That’s fine and that’s when you know it’s time to move on to something that does move you.

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.