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On Time: A Princely Life in Funk | Morris Day
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A memoir by Morris Day of The Time centering around his lifelong relationship and association with Prince. To tell the story of Morris Day is to tell the story of Prince. Not because they were inseparable or because their paths never diverged, but because, even when their paths did diverge, they always intersected again. Each artist lifted the other up, pushing one another to be something bigger and better than they thought themselves capable of. There was plenty of one-upmanship and some (un)healthy competition, but the respect Day and Prince had for one another never wavered, from the time they met in junior high until His Royal Badness's untimely death in 2016. In telling his own story and writing about Prince, Day turns Prince into the narrative's Greek chorus. Prince is there to protect his legacy, argue with Morris's interpretation of events, and continue the dialogue that started when both musicians were in their early teens. Because of their lifelong friendship emotional intimacy, the founder and still current leader of The Time is the one man who can pull this off, and in so doing shed a new light on Prince and the culture from which the Minneapolis funk scene was born. On Time recounts Day's fight to overcome cocaine addiction, his search for meaning in both music and romance, and his subsequent second-act success by once again leading The Time, whose music is his lifeblood and soul. Day's book is a comprehensive, free-wheeling extension of his music--the ride is wild and the funk unfiltered.
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Morris creates a Prince character whom he talks to throughout the autobiography, creating all kinds of unreliable narrator issues. Still, it was an interesting read about a guy looking a life in music, who meets Prince, becomes a protege, tries to make hits, remains in Prince‘s controlling shadows (even though he‘s the hilarious villain of Purple Rain), and ends up messing things up in his life.

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This book is basically an extended conversation that Morris Day has in his head. He talks to Prince‘s spirit and his own alter ego, M.D. It‘s short, insightful and a unique way to tell a story. The audiobook format is occasionally confusing and annoying. I expect it works better in print. My favorite fact is that “The Bird” was inspired by a Fred & Barney dance in The Flintstones. I saw Morris & The Time live at Tipitina‘s in 1999. Tight and fun!

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LauraJ
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I‘m 25% into this and can already recommend skipping the audiobook version.

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LauraJ
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Just remember...my birthday is in October...