That's why Folk is so awesome in general. Musically it's simple and has to be carried by the artist himself. Nothing else is there to mask the authenticity. It's one man or woman often with one instrument. They are telling a story to the audience and the song depends on how well they tell it. If they write a song concerning something they truly feel it's to their benefit. All the elements for the best music are their. And as far as pop songwriting I'm glad we can agree. That's one thing I have no problem with is other writers for people in music. I respect songwriters and if it takes a pretty voice to get it out their that the writer doesn't have then that's fine because the writers material gets to see the light of day. I could write the best song ever but my singing voice is absolutely dreadful. Only my friends are subject to that torture! But if I wrote a gorgeous song then I'd be happy to share it with a great voice and get a songwriting credit. **** fame! If the work makes it and makes others happy that is all that matters!