List your 5 most overrated artists Oct 5, 2014 2:49:39 GMT
Post by Helmut83 on Oct 5, 2014 2:49:39 GMT
Even when Presley had one foot firmly planted in his grave, the guy still showed flashes of brilliance as a performer, IMO, and still retained his rich, booming and powerful voice. One could even argue that his voice improved with age, but as you well know, his lifestyle got the better of him and greatly impaired many of his performances.
Elvis may have been and continue to be overrated by quite a few people, but I've always been able to see why he was so idolized. I can't really say the same for Berry. 'Maybe it's just personal preference in this situation.
We are talking about apples and oranges here. While you don't seem to be very fascinated by the songwriting process and seem to give more attention to performing, songwriting is exactly what I admire most in a musician and what I think is the core of being a good musician. We differ in which are the main points that should be taken into account to determine what a good musician is.
Besides what I described upwards ("no song to sing, no good performer"), good songwriters are, miles ahead, the most difficult ones to get. I've known approximately 1000 good performers for each good songwriter there was. You make a singing TV contest... from under the stones there come out hundreds of great singers, some of them even stunning. I've been to jams where all of a sudden a totally unknown guy goes upstage and plays guitar, bass or piano in the most incredible way. Have any famous band do a casting for an instrumentist or a singer and dozens of amazing ones will appear. But songwriters, that's a whole different thing. They are very rare, but they are the difference makers, what makes a band be good. That's why I see them as so more valuable.