Nate535 wrote:Mr. Williams wrote:I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this Nate! Which is cool, that's why music is great. One man's best is another man's worst. One's man's right is another man's wrong. That's the way music should be.
As a guitarist I have no problem what so ever with Lucas winning best guitarist. I believe he deserves it. When did we associate "the best" guitarist with a guy that can technically shred on blues, jazz or rock, etc. and lay down an amazing solo. Why not include some of the singer/songwriter guitarists. I believe Mark Croft, Corey Hart to name a few as some of Madison best guitarists- just in a different way. Kudos to Lucas for taking it home.
I believe arguing about how the best way to award "the best" is a never ending discussion.
Really? Don't you think "best guitarist" should go to a guitarist that does something to distinguish themselves from their peers? I'm ok with a singer-songwriter winning best guitarist...as long as they aren't doing something that is totally average. It's not about being able to rip a solo, but most of the players who have developed the technical skill to do so...are also pretty good rhythm guitar players. But that's not even the point. Lucas won best guitarist because he has a very popular band not because he is the best guitarist. If you can't see that, then maybe you should lay off the MAMA koolaid.
I'd have to agree with Nate. Additionally, I think that some aspects of music performance and ability are not relative or determined by the taste of the listener. A musician can play a particular passage, phrase etc or they can not. I think that someone's command of their instrument should be a key point of consideration when choosing someone for "best guitarist" or any of the other instrumental categories.
It would be wonderful (I think) to see people like Paul Black, Andy Ewen, Cliff Fredrickson, Chris Wagoner, Mary Gaines, Jon Vriesacker etc be honored for instrumental awards. Why would you not want to celebrate real accomplishment and excellence rather than awarding musicians for skills or genres that they have no solid command of?
It is also my opinion that many of the highly skilled musicians and
bands in Madison are pretty humble as well as being busy working gigs and considering those situations, they are not spending lots of time to get their stuff out in front of the MAMA judges.