From sweet and smooth classics, to new names, to old names with new music...the focus here, is to shine a little light on some damn fine music.
I'll find it. You can listen, review, or tell me I wouldn't know good music if it kicked me in the ass. I personally don't give a shit.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Keeping the Beat: Jeff Porcaro
Recently, while conducting an interview with Richard Fulco, the founder of the music blog RiffRaf, our conversation drifted to the Grammy Awards, which I had been lucky enough to attend in January. We were talking about the odd pairings of musical acts the Grammys always seem to offer, and which more times than not, fail miserably. Case in point for this year: Chicago and Robin Thicke. As we talked about it, Richard said something to the effect that not every singer can cross-over to other genres and make it work. For example, not every R&B singer can sing rock and vice versa.
photo via Wikipedia
That got me thinking about how often rock drummers for example, can hold their own across different musical styles. Today marks what would have been the 60th birthday of one of the few drummers to excel far beyond the limits of rock. Jeff Porcaro was well known as one of the founding members of Toto, but as a session musician, he did way more than “Hold The Line.”