Morris Day, David Ritz – On Time


A memoir by Morris Day of The Time centering around his lifelong relationship and association with Prince.

Brilliant composer, smooth soul singer, killer drummer, and charismatic band leader, Morris Day, has been a force in American music for the past four decades. In On Time, the renowned funkster looks back on a life of turbulence and triumph. He chronicles his creative process with an explosive prose that mirrors his intoxicating music. Morris’ story is a fast-paced, pause resisting memoir replete with unexpected twists and shocking surprises.

A major and fascinating theme is his lifelong friendship and years of musical partnership with Prince, from their early days on the Minneapolis scene to selling out stadiums and duking it out as rivals in Purple Rain. Eventually, Morris went on to release four albums with a new band of his very own, the legendary Time. He battled his addictions and came out victorious. But not before increasing tensions and embittered rivalry between Prince and the Revolution and Morris Day and the Time led the two performers towards separate paths. Through the years, the fierce brotherly love between Morris and Prince kept bringing them back together, over and over again – until pride, ego, and circumstance interfered. Two months before Prince’s untimely death, the two finally reconnected and started to make amends. But Morris could’ve never imagined it would be the last time he’d ever see his friend again.

This is Morris Day’s singular story in which the magic of music is the ultimate healer. On Time is also a deep meditation on friendship, Morris’ poetic method of reconciling the loss of his close friend and longtime collaborator, and a way to commemorate an incendiary life cut short. But this book is more than just a walk down memory lane – it’s a metaphorical means to bring Prince back to life. Throughout the narrative, Morris allows Prince’s “voice” to protect his own legacy, to counter Morris’ interpretations of events, and to essentially breathe new life into a tale as old as time – of two brothers, two bands, and a musical culture that even today pulsates with fresh energy.

Author: Morris Day, David Ritz
Narrator: Ron Butler
Duration: 6 hours 12 minutes
Released: 19 Aug 2010
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Language: English

User Review:

sentiment resistant

I loved the book.

I would’ve like it more if Morris read it himself, and used his “Morris Day Voice” throughout certain parts.

But overall, it was interesting to hear his point of view of a great time in music history.