Details matter and being specific makes all the difference. Honoring an artist as "great" is an empty compliment and lacks integrity. How does this particular artist stand out from the others? What makes them "great" in your eyes?
Is it their vocal range, emotion on stage, music writing, the ability to sing and dance, knowing the right songs to choose to record, music production, talent on an instrument, willingness to shock the audience or their causes outside of music?
There isn't a right or wrong answer. It is your opinion and your taste.
I appreciate Amanda Palmer's dedication to her audience. The loveably eccentric fanbase is a loyal community. They support each other and will bring a lampshade or other stage props to support an impromptu concert. This community is an extension of Amanda's fierce enjoyment, love, and trust of her fans.
I have followed Sting since his days as the lead singer of The Police. His ability to use various instruments, timing, and rhythms that challenge mainstream pop music has galvanized my appreciation of his talent as a singer, songwriter, and producer. And besides, he revitalized a vineyard estate in Tuscany.
I discovered Matt Kearney a few years ago and fell in love with his storytelling. Adele's ability to be still and project power, strictly through sheer vocals is majestic. Matias Puumala composes epic soundtracks that make for a great backdrop for writing. It makes me feel like every line I write, saves the world.
Being explicit allows us to identify what we hold as valuable and gain insight into our worldview.
A primary goal of IOTD365 is to get to know the person we greet in the mirror each morning. Not to judge, but just get to know them for who they are, and appreciate their individuality.
Do you like the artist because:
they are on the Top 10 list or because they are not?
they are sexy or because they are conservative?
they play an instrument, or they don't?
they are an independent artist or mainstream?
they write their own music, or you don't care who writes the music?
What questions did I miss?
What did you learn about you?