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?


After answering mostly in the negative to this question by agreeing with another poster who had already said what I was going to say, I have to admit that there are a couple of artists that came to mind last night.

Pixies - this is a really, really different kind of a rock band. When I told people I was intrigued with Pixies they suggested I listen to Sonic Youth. Not even close in my opinion. Frank Black’s mind is not stuck on the usual topics, and his musical insights are quite unique to my ears. Nobody else is doing anything like that. The latest stuff from the Pixies continues in the tradition, not re-treading old ground but similarly exploring new perceptions of our culture and life in general, and expressing them musically and visually with videos.

James Booker - as Hugh Laurie said in this video interview "He’s making connections all the time, musical connections and emotional connections, and heading in directions that - other people, it just wouldn’t occur to them to do."

I think those same words apply to Frank Black as well, even though Frank isn’t even close to the technical prowess of James Booker. Hardly anybody is. That really doesn’t matter as much to me as the ability to communicate ideas through music. There are deep connections intertwined in the music. Maybe other music does this kind of thing just as much but I don’t pick up on those connections as well as I do with Frank and James. Or maybe I’m just not as interested in the topics most of the time. So I guess they are thinking about many of the same kinds of things I am, and effectively expressing them in music.

Going to see Dylan live again next week for first time in several years.  We shall see....

Well Paul Simon, Van Morrison, Burt Bacharach ,Mick Jagger ,Keith Richards,John Lennon ,Paul McCartney, George Harrison ......

I prefer instrumental music because it allows my mind to go wherever it wants, instead of going where lyrics take me.  Tangerine Dream is one of those bands for me.