Post by Bonzo on Jul 27, 2018 14:28:23 GMT -5
If you're the best then you're the greatest. Like Muhammad Ali was the best heavyweight and also the greatest heavyweight. He even said so himself.
It makes no sense to say someone was the best drummer but not the greatest drummer. If you are talking about Buddy Rich being the greatest drummer but not the best rock drummer, those are two different categories and you are not talking apples to oranges. But apples to apples, to say someone is the greatest is the equivalent of saying they are the best.
Nope. You are absolutely wrong on this one in my book.
Best simply refers to talent and ability. The best drummer in the world could quite possibly someone we've never heard of. For example, the best guitarist I've ever seen was a guy in Chicago. He was a college professor. He played in a local band called Howard and the White Boys. He was so good, I feel absolutely confident saying he could have made Stevie Ray Vaughan's jaw drop with awe. He's the best. But he has no greatness what so ever.
Greatness is something that is earned. Greatness takes time. Greatness means you influence people and even change the culture. Greatness is more than just being good at something. For example, Ringo Star is one of the great drummers simply because he was in the Beatles. But in a "best" contest, he wouldn't even make the list.
Many people cross over into both, and that's why people confuse the two. Being very good on the "best" list certainly usually helps getting on the "greatest" list.
Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists, but he's not one of the best. Derek Trucks is one of the best guitarists, but so far, he has not achieved greatness. I hope he does someday. Keith Richard's is one of the greatest guitarists, but he's lower down on the "best" list. Stevie Ray Vaughan was easily one of the best ever, and did have notoriety, but unfortunately he didn't really achieve true greatness until after he died and people really started watching him.
There is a difference.