Re: What does "better vocalist" mean to you?
When you get to a certain level it's all about preference. It reminds me of the foolish debates that took place when I was in college among opera fans as to who was the better coloratura soprano: Beverly Sills or Joan Sutherland.
For Dante, it follows then, that the only way to get into Hell is to insist upon it. One must deliberately exclude himself from grace by hardening his heart against it. Hell is what the damned have actively and insistently wished for.
The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils. The motions of his spirit are dull as night and his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Shakespeare