Does a particular musician’s songwriting and artistry speak to you above all others?

I’ve enjoyed all forms of music over the 60+ years of music being the one constant in my life. My music tastes have certainly evolved over time.  I’ll cover that in another thread some day. Currently i find myself listening to jazz > 95% of the time. There is one particular artist who really speaks to me and i thoroughly enjoy each of the >270 songs he has written, arranged, recorded, and produced. Every other artist falls far short for me.
Guitarist Chris Standring lays down unique grooves in each song that can inspire (in me) toe tapping, soulful reflection, sensuality, air guitar picking, and other effects depending on the song. 
This is a personal connection I’ve developed with Standring’s music. I’ve had the opportunity to hear him play in an intimate diinner music house in Nashville the past 2 years. My wife loves his music also, which is the cherry on top!

Does anyone else have a musician who speaks to them?


Richard Thompson, his life's work of songwriting is simply incredible and far ranging. Frank Zappa and Robert Fripp.

Not really.
Perhaps the best metric is goosebumps and/or tears.
An involuntary human reaction that is actually measurable and even manifests in a physical response.
Hard to beat as a “metric,” I’d say.
If I had to guess, I’d say Stevie Wonder has probably caused me to experience those more than anyone else.
Nevertheless, I would feel weird saying I “hold him above all others” or something like that.
Waaaaaaaaaay too many artists for that.

I seem to be entirely incapable of getting sick of Norm Macdonald, no matter how hard I try.
Maybe comedy is an art form where I have my own personal “Chris Standring.”

When Michael Hedges got going he was indeed mesmerizing.

Another outstanding musician who left the planet way too soon.