“A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos.”
As you know we are all anxiously waiting for the upcoming documentary on the Porcaro brothers, so in the meantime we wanted to bring to your attention a very interesting piece on the epic playing of Jeff Porcaro. We all know that Jeff was an unbelievable player. However, explaining why Jeff was an amazing player, is another thing. So, when we came upon this piece about fractal patterns in Jeff’s playing, we just had to share it. Frankly, perhaps more academic beings like staff writer Rick Van Horn can explain this topic but for now we will share it and ask that you take a moment to check it out. What an interesting read and study.
Ken “Bo” Biedzynski, Editor
In March of this year we previewed the coming of the documentary on the legendary Porcaro Brothers. Our blog appears below. It is with great pleasure that we now repost what was just put up on the documentary’s Facebook page where Steve Duddy said:
We are making steady progress with production of the film including some incredible interviews which we will be revealing in the coming weeks (with a brand new trailer!) Our new website is live –http://porcarobandofbrothers.com and it features our new store! Every penny donated helps this film get finished.
If you have not yet taken the time to check out this project, please do so. You won’t be disappointed.
KEN “K BO” BIEDZYNSKI
Porcaro, A Band Of Brothers—The documentary
Our society has continually (and historically) shown a fascination and a deep interest in “the family.” For example, our intrigue starts with the “First Family” which resides on Pennsylvania Avenue in our nation’s capital. Internationally, we have longed to know more about the “royal family” which resides across “the pond.” Other families have also garnered our attention including those involved in music (the Jackson family); entertainment (the Kardashian family); comedy (the Cosby Show/the Brady Bunch/Partridge Family); and, even drama (the Waltons). In fact, some families have had such an iconic impact on our society as a whole (e.g., the Kennedys) that we seem to follow their every move. So, when the thought came around of telling the story about the Porcaro family it peaked my interest and I think it will also peak yours too.
Enter the brothers Duddy—Chris and Steve. These two men will help tell the story of the Porcaros via a documentary due out later this year (Duddy Films). (Chris is slated to be director/cinematographer and Steve will be the executive director). The Porcaros are not only one of the most iconic families to ever grace the music world but they also are a great story human interest story in terms of their evolution which started in Hartford, Connecticut, and ended up in Los Angeles, California. Led by patriarch Joe Porcaro (a legendary jazz drummer, percussionist and educator himself), this is the story of Joe and his wife (Eileen) along with their four children; Jeff, Mike, Steve, and Joleen.
As the story goes Joe follows his dream West at the ripe young age of 36 and in his footsteps three legendary musicians are born. However, their path was not that easy, direct, and simple; roadblocks, frustrations, as well as self-doubt presented themselves such that the plan was nearly derailed. However, with the stern backing of matriarch Eileen who, along with her life partner and husband Joe, agreed to relentlessly chase their dreams, the family departs the East Coast for the western land of opportunity. The documentary largely chronicles the accomplishments and works of the three brothers mostly stemming from the epic group Toto and many of us are already familiar with what these storied composers and performers accomplished; indeed, the documentary will tell that story well.
However, it is the “family” angle that sells this one for me. Like any other family the Porcaros had their ups and downs and unfortunately two of the four children have passed (Jeff in 1992 and Mike just days ago). Indeed, the grief and tragedy in losing two sons for Joe and Eileen, as parents—regardless of the boys’ accomplishments—is a compelling story in and of itself. But it is the uncanny and disarming ability of the elder Porcaros that really starts this journey. Having met Joe and Eileen it is apparent to me that they are the proverbial good neighbors who welcome even strangers with open arms. In fact, if you did not know Joe’s background you would never know his celebrity status; although cliché, Joe is indeed a regular guy. Eileen is the proverbial pillar of strength backing her husband in whatever he does. This model of partnership, as shown by Mr. and Mrs. Porcaro, is refreshing to say the least particularly considering what they have endured as parents.
I also found Joleen (the daughter and the most junior of the bunch) to be an engaging personality. Joleen, in my opinion, had the best seat in house to watch the entire saga (good and bad) unfold. As the little sister her brothers doted on her. As a loving sister she also lent support to her older brothers in an undying fashion. Although she may not possess any Grammys of her own, Joleen’s support and contributions to the family cannot be underestimated.
So, here, it is the “story within the story” that rings true, at least for me. I understand all the other things that happened here like the fame, fortune and accomplishments on a world’s stage by the magnificent trio. I get that. Nevertheless, I recommend that when you ultimately view the documentary we all keep in mind that despite the Grammys, the awards and all the accolades—and indeed there were many—there still remains an American family behind it all. Real people experiencing real things while feeling real feelings. It’s easy to lose sight of that when a small group of people are showered with so much fame and indeed that is great story in and of itself. However, every hit single has a flipside and this time the “B” side rivals the “A” side.
Returning to our storytellers I am expecting nothing less than an epic product here. The crew for this flight is exceptional starting with Chris Duddy. Chris’ name and work should be familiar to many. Chris, as a cinematographer, worked on Titanic (1997) (visual effects director of photography), Total Recall (1990) (visual effects), True Lies (1994) (visual effects), and The Abyss (1989) (effects). He also directed Cougar Club (2007). In his most recent work Chris also wrote and directed It’s So Easy And Other Lies, a documentary about Duff McKagan, the bassist for Guns N’ Roses ad Velvet Revolver. That documentary has a release date later this year. In addition to Chris’ cinematography work, he also has experience in television.
Chris’ counterpart and able bodied brother, Steve, brings a burning passion that leaves one with little doubt that he will give his all to this project. Steve has had a successful career in the insurance industry and his business background gives him the requisite tools to co-direct a project of this magnitude. Steve, also like his bride Joleen, had the pleasure of sitting front row during the unfolding of the Porcaro saga. This experience gives Steve a rarely seen advantage to present a documentary where he is not only an advocate but also a witness.
I expect big things from the brothers Duddy and doubt I will be let down. I had the recent pleasure and honor of talking with both Chris and Steve about the Band Of Brothers project
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KEN “K BO” BIEDZYNSKI