I didn't like Elton John at all when I was younger, until I watched a documentary on him.
He and Bernie Taupin were working together. Over the course of about 2 hours, Bernie had completely written the lyrics to a brand bew tune, and Elton simply read them out loud whilst sat at a piano, and it was as though the words inspired his hands to play certain chords and patterns on the keys. It must have taken about 2 hours in total to come up with a completely original song from start to finish.
That may sound a bit daft, but it was seriously ace to watch, and since then I've thought Elton was great.