So, my Musical Genius blogs, which were initially meant to be just a space to explore ideas that would be useless in my reviews, but still interested me and were worth my time. But from this, I started to think about it with a different factor. How does god given talent play into it?
For example. one of the first examples I presented was Morrissey. I do believe that he is in fact a musical genius, but his talent is not something to be ignored. His voice is simply fabulous, and it's hard to believe that something that good can be taught. A next is Thom Yorke. Again, the man is a genius and I see no doubt in my mind about that. However, his haunting, beautiful, unique voice has really been the only consistent sound that Radiohead have had. His voice is distinct, and is part of what makes a Radiohead song so moving.
The other side, is also true. There are certainly people who are born more talented in certain fields and will be more successful in them than the general population because of it. The first thing, musically, that came to thought, were soul singers. More modern examples like John Legend and Raphael Saadiq have voices that are disctinct and simply breathtaking. However, I wouldn't consider either of these men a genius. They have an amazing talent and utilize that in the best way possible, but when it comes down to it, the only thing that is really, really, special about them is their talent.
So, does talent have an affect on the way musicians create quality music? Of course it does, but that's not all that's necessary. Morrissey is truly special because of his ability to change, and Thom Yorke falls into the same category. They make their talent work for them in ways that most men couldn't fathom.