I feel comparisons are an extremely valid and useful tool in placing work into context,
Originally Posted by CGW
especially for someone who's never seen the work. Frankly, it's one of my fundamental
methods of learning, chaining relationships together. It's how I got from Page's
'Since I've been loving you' all the way to Rev Gary Davis' 'Children of Zion',
and Son House's 'Death Letter Blues'.
One could debate the ability of any work to "stand on it's own".
To consciously "not be like anyone else" is to be strongly influenced by
what everyone else has done.