Following on the previous post, here is one more set of thoughts before I post my selection of “Top Ten Albums of Hawaiian Music–The View from 2012.”
What is historical significance?
Is historical significance defined by the achievement of excellence in maintaining tradition, or its equally opposite value–the achievement of breakthrough innovation?
Is historical significance defined by lionizing iconic performers at the top of their game, or by its equally opposite value–registering the emergence of artists with game-changing ideas that become influences and models to others?
Is historical significance defined by significance to the community who produces the music, or by its equally opposite value–the community who consumes the music, and whose consumption statistics reflect “popularity” and the spread of reputation and renown?
Is historical significance defined by time-honored repertoire of great antiquity, or its equally opposite value–the appearance of sensational new repertoire that trumps stalwarts and warhorses?
How do we weigh and/or balance significance to make selections from among artists, songwriters / haku mele, repertoire, and popularity / record sales?