OK...this is what lutherie is all about. The MUSIC.  In alphabetical order, here are just a few of the artists that give inspiration everyday with their great talent and dedication to their music. 
While at the workbench, I often listen to music and feel constantly inspired and energised by it.  I sometimes half-jokingly think of it as a vital raw ingredient that is being embedded during construction, like "factory pre-sets", for future "referral" by the instrument for when it needs to respond to the music again, out in the real world?  Maybe not, but the tone and energy these players pull from their instruments certainly is what I try to recreate every time in the spruce and maple. -- Thank you everyone!