It’s About Time
Initially, we were scheduling a short review of long-time MD contributor Robyn Flans’ book on Jeff Porcaro, It’s About Time: Jeff Porcaro, The Man and His Music. Then, we thought about it for a second. This is Jeff Porcaro!
Any excuse to jog your memory, reflect, or turn you on to Porcaro and his career is an absolute no-brainer—especially for me. Next to Ringo Starr, Porcaro was my most significant influence. He was one of my heroes. He was in Toto and he was a top session drummer. His playing on hundreds of hit records and thousands of albums made what he did the best possible career scenario and dream of many musicians. Ask anyone, and most will agree, Porcaro is undeniably one of the greatest drummers the world has ever seen and heard. And trust me, if you think you’ve never heard him, if you listen to music from the early 1970s to the ‘90s and beyond, you have.
I learned to play so many different styles of music because of Porcaro’s immense ability to play on just about anything. Being the fan I was, I thought I knew most of his musical accomplishments. I did not.