We asked our readers what famous musicians they admire and why. Here are a few responses we received.
Pablo Casals (Spain’s legendary cellist), who in the 1930s used his cello to combat fascism in Spain under General Franco, and would only play in countries that had democracy. And the iconic cellist Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich who fought for freedom and the rights of all, everywhere he went. Both risked their lives, and everything they were connected to, for the benefit of art civilization, and all of us.
Leon J. Hoffman, PhD.
Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, and The Beatles because they’re composers, songwriters, and storytellers.
For me it was Bruce Springsteen. His amazing words and music defined my generation growing up here on the Jersey Shore! Next would be Jimmy Buffett … Yes, I am a pirate. His smooth island tunes allow you to sail away on new adventures and escape reality for a while. In my case, its been the past 40 years! And along that theme, Kenny Chesney does the same! And last, but not least, is Garth Brooks. He is just beyond amazing! He’s genuine and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet! His music speaks for itself—real songs about real life. I’m so glad he’s out of retirement and touring again. Amen!
As a writer, it’s all about the words for me. I mean, the music has to have a catchy melody, of course, but I have huge admiration for artists who write clever and inspiring lyrics. For example, indie singer songwriters like Jay Nash and Ray LaMontagne. Not only do they write heartfelt, catchy songs, but they have built their careers from the ground up without a record company backing them. I also admire the Indigo Girls. They had a hard time being accepted by the mainstream music industry and radio stations refused to play their music. They write some of the most clever lyrics I have ever heard.
I admire Eminem because his lyrics are plainly genius, and his overall ability as a rapper and performer is phenomenal. He came from a background that would make it hard to succeed, and added to that, he was a white kid trying to succeed as a rapper. The fact that he is considered today to be one of the world’s greatest lyricists and rappers, if not the greatest, goes to show how dedicated he was and still is, and how hard he worked at his career.
Syracuse, New York
Sousa! It puts a little spring in your step.
James Keith Lee
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