An online writer who goes by the name Ehkzu has published on his blog Ehkzu Artzu an excellent article, ‘Listening to Musical Experts Tell Me What’s Wrong with Jackie Evancho‘.
Ehkzu considers two categorical responses to Jackie’s singing, awe and indifference.
The musician who plays flawlessly but without ‘heart’, or the music expert interested only in technical competence, are apt to find Jackie’s music uninteresting.
Critics who say Jackie is technically flawless give her a back-handed compliment. They overlook her artistry, her genius for interpretation, those elements of beauty in her singing that have nothing to do with technical perfection.
We agree with Ehkzu that those who listen with both heart and head find Jackie’s singing overwhelmingly beautiful.
Read Ehkzu’s essay; it will get you thinking.