It's a good question when it comes to music someone else has written, or even just written down.  Once it has been heard is anything left to listen to?  
Every sound made on a musical instrument or sung by anyone else has qualities of life that are unpredictable because subject to so many variables: mood, temperature, surrounding ambiance, etc.  It's only when musicians have the notion that they are supposed to play things correctly that these signs of life are obliterated by the need to be predictable, reliable, authoritative.
In which case there is not much to listen to, I agree.


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