The first song Laura Marling learned to play (taught by her father) was “The Needle and the Damage Done”, by Neil Young. Her father also apparently was fond of Joni Mitchell’s music, and Marling herself has cited Mitchell as a major influence.
Marling’s most recent album, “I Speak Because I Can” was apparently partly inspired by Odysseus’ wife Penelope, and it cannot be entirely a coincidence that an excellent book on that subject, THE PENELOPIAD, was recently penned by Margaret Atwood.
Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Margaret Atwood are all artists who might well inspire greatness in others. Also, they are all Canadian.