So then... it's OK that Julio comes up to Robert and, intending to offer a compliment, asserts that Rainforest is a favorite... but it's not OK that Robert replies by asserting that he himself thinks he's done better work later on, and hopes that lower-profile work wont be ignored?
I would love to have such a conversation with the man......and hopefully a genuine one. I think when we meet people that are an inspiration we tend to want to let them know what and how they have been so and then they can hopefully except the complement and next elaborate and express how they moved in new directions.....in the light of Rainforest.
This is a fascinating topic. In academia the drift has been towards the audience, not the artist, and towards the autonomy of the artwork ... meaning the artwork once let loose (released in the case of music) is on its own, and has its own history within a community. The original artist is just another member of the audience for the work, and is not necessarily the most perceptive of its virtues or place in the genre. And later the artist dies, but the work continues on its way ... speaking anew to new audiences.
This says it all...well put APK