Originally posted by Djinnt
Expressionism is subjective by definition, so no, but if two artists are simply demonstrating brush techniques, one can be objectively better at the movements and the science part of the skill. One might also know much more about painting (the styles historically, different techniques, etc), this would be an objective edge as well.
At the highest level of skill, I agree with you completely, how well you technically play matters less and less at the top. When you're near the best it's mostly about how creative you are and how you put it all together.
When you're not the best though, like 99.9999% of us, the science of music matters a lot more and is about equal to the art of music. The only reason it doesn't matter at the top is because it's already settled.
It's fine for you to think that, but I just disagree. For example, Bob Dylan's voice shakes and quivers and goes out of tune in ways that he can't help. But that's what I love about it and I don't consider Bruno Mars objectively better at singing just because he can avoid all of those singing mistakes.
Originally posted by Catullus 16
had my first kid at 80, saw my first grandchild at 160.