How does one rate talent? I think about this a lot. I wonder if it’s possible to really put a rank on the talent, especially in the music industry. Maybe someone has more range than others. That person can play almost every style of music with serious skill but has never really mastered a single one. How would he or she rank against someone who’s got their ten thousands hours of pure rock n’ roll? There is one man whose talent may be obvious, but his rank is not.
Jimmy Fallon, a man made famous by his ability to impersonate almost any musician, is blowing my mind almost every night he’s on TV. His creativity matched with his ability makes him more entertaining than most of the people labeled as musicians. If you are not well versed in the works of Jimmy Fallon I suggest starting from the beginning. Jimmy himself credits the start of his career to a stand-up routine called “Troll Dolls,” where he would impersonate an insane amount of musicians who were all trying to land a job singing a new Troll Doll Jingle. He would rewrite the lyrics to famous songs and make them about Troll Dolls. Fallon was able to sound exactly like the musicians who played the original songs.
We all know where this stand-up routine led Fallon. His career is vast. Though he might have moved on to bigger and better, he has kept music a very big part of what he does. His show is a series of ongoing music bits that are a mixture of humor, creativity and talent. One of my favorite repeat sketches he does is an impersonation of Neil Young, where he sings pop songs in the style of Neil’s songs. The impressiveness of his impersonation is almost overshadowed by the genius of how he reinvents these songs.
Now don’t think that he is only limited to impressions. It doesn’t stop there for Jimmy Fallon. He has way more up his sleeve than that. Some other repeating skits he does are things like “The Ragtime Gals” and the “Classroom instruments.” “The Ragtime Gals” is a barbershop quartet that Fallon puts together to perform remixed pop songs. The second sketch is quite amazing. Jimmy invites artist to perform their songs with him and the Roots (his in house band), using only classroom instruments. The way they are able to put together full arrangements of songs with these instruments is so remarkable. It’s something that makes Fallon really stand out in my head.
So no I don’t plan on calling Fallon one of the greatest musicians but you have to agree, his talent is out of this world. His range in vocals and control of voice are much more harnessed then a lot of artists out there. Jimmy Fallon will remain in my book a very highly ranked musician.