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The governing principle of my list is expertise. All of these artists have worked long and hard to produce their music at the highest level of accomplishment. They have all studied both academically and in the real world. No one starts out this good. Their knowledge had to be won through sustained effort.
Some faced and overcame terrible disadvantages and persevered in a world that asked them, Just who do you think you are?
Each of these artists has found an original voice. They all tell their stories in unique and unpredictable ways with humor and compassion for the human condition; these are skills perfected over a lifetime. It’s a fitting metaphor for anything of value we may acquire in our lives...