Music Sung with Passion

I heard Diana Krall sing Bob Dylan's 'A Simple Twist of Fate' last week on the radio. As NPR would call it, I had a driveway moment. I downloaded it to play for my wife. She absolutely loved it, but when I asked her if Diana sang it with the passion Bob did her answer was no.

She thinks that A Simple Twist of Fate was actually written by Joan Baez which I wouldn't be surprised if she's correct. No Google for this post.

My question is, do you think all artists sing with passion? It's hard for me to hear the passion in Dylan's voice on A Simple Twist of Fate yet I actually hear it in Diana Kralls voice for some reason. Can an artist write a song and then perform it without passion?
Men tend to project their own passion for her, unto her.
I have an in-law who is a well respected and recorded jazz player who told me most jazz guys have a hard time with her inability to keep time.

In Music as in anything else, many people are in it for the money.
Contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to love or even like something to do it well.
What sounds like passion to one may sound like straining to another.
I think there are a lot of deliberately or naturally passionless-sounding deliveries on record. Probably a lot of alternative/punk/or goth stuff if you think about it.

Then there's early Leonard Cohen...
Interesting topic. To be honest, I usually don't react much to Diana Krall music. I enjoy it, but I react like Schubert mentioned, like she's out of time with the band - and with me. To me, she's kind of a crooner, like Chantal Chamberlain, Norah Jones, Michael Buble. They sound to me like professionally produced singers singing other people's songs. Good background music but some sense of authenticity is missing. Kind of like the difference between a recital and a confession. I'm sure she has her moments, like the one you describe, but I don't follow her closely enough to catch those. I never thought of Dylan as a passionate singer, I thought of him more as a passionate poet singing. Kris Kristofferson also, but then I heard Kris Kristofferson sing the Ballad of Ira Hayes on a tribute to Johnny Cash and even though it was television, I felt way different than when Johnny Cash sang it. I felt the lament, the frustration and the pity of it all. There is scorn and condemnation when Kris sings it.

To me, there are singers/bands that elicit a powerful intellectual response, but not so much a powerful emotional response. Passion, to me, is in the latter category. The words and the music can be simple, even stupid, but the emotional response powerful. A lot of rock is like that. Pretty dumb lyrics, but very strong emotional pull - whatever the emotion.

Which leads me to think that artists are simply human. I'd imagine that some nights they are just going through the motions and other nights they are riding a wave of some sort and magic happens. Maybe how the crowd reacts charges them and the two feed off each other. Maybe each artist connects with different people.

I'm not sure if the artists that come to my mind as passionate are truly passionate or if they just sing/sung with abandon, or both, and I reacted in kind, but the ones that stand out in my memory are Sarah McLachlin, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen (when he was young), John Denver, Grace Slick, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Elvis, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and I know this may sound weird coming from the rock realm, but Klaus Meine of the Scorpions, Mick Jagger, Steve Tyler, Eddie Vedder and Jon Bon Jovi all struck me as passionate within their genre. Maybe Louis Prima and Louis Armstrong is in that category too. Absolutely infectious performances that just don't come from people who aren't passionate about they do and that are truly having fun. An honorable mention would be Jerry Garcia, who I typically found somnolent, but when he was singing Ripple? Mercy. Ditto Whitney Houston's cover of I Will Always Love You. She tapped into something there.

Wow, how easily so many come to mind and many more will come to mind as the day goes on, so I guess I believe that most of them are passionate, and like most humans, sometimes they are going through the motions because they are tired, or bored or distracted by other things going on in their lives and other times, the planets line up and they are absolutely on fire.
I see passion within music from two perspectives
1) the performance
2) the music itself, instruments and/or vocals

Bruce Springsteen to me is very passionate in his performances. He seems to pour all his emotions and energy into his concerts

I recorded a concert on DVR - 2005 Neil Young - Prairie in the Wind. I've watched it several times. Neil Young is not frantic and energetic like Bruce but I recall a song Neil speaks about and performs which mentions loosing his father to dementia. To me there's so much passion baked into the lyrics of the song paying respect.