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February 6th, 2007, 22:41
Originally Posted by Jaz View Post
Is there real art as opposed to false art, or is it a debate of art vs. craft?
I don't know - that is why I put up that controversial beginning (and there was a time when I was young that I did hold that belief strongly … now I am much more in the provide support for all forms of advancement and *always* encourage everyone to advance their mastery of their particular craft)

Anyway … on the craft vs. art thing, I don't know. Let's take Kenny G as a great example - he is called a 'smooth jazz' musician, and has sold tons of records. Yet his mastery of the craft is mediocre - his apparent harmonic knowledge is very limited, his rhythm is not very good, he shows an inability to play in tune or with anything resembling a good ear or swing.

So he makes people happy and that is 'good art', right? Well I like M&M's and they are 'food' but that doesn't mean I should have them as dinner. Regardless of how happy that would make me …

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