This is a highly complex topic that we have touched upon but not fully embraced in any real depth yet, as alot of it has to do with cultures, geological location, sociology, and psychology issues,<BR>and so to a degree, more or less, how people's preferences and tastes are developed. <P>We live in a highly technological age where there are many distractions pulling us in many directions. The lure of affluence drives ppl to work harder instead of developing their creative expression. Conversely, I can't tell you how many times I've sat down to play or record only to have the phone ring or someone knocking on the door. <P>It is alot easier to spin a CD on the stereo, or watch the tube then sit in a room blowing or strumming a few bars repetitively for perfection's sake. <P>Same as it is alot easier to let video, the internet, and the TV babysit the kids, then it is to enforce strict studying and practicing habits upon them . <P>Still, I am not the person who will go along with this assumption that the arts are going to hell in a handbasket, because I have changed along with music and I have found my niche, so to speak, or where everything sort of fits into the grand scheme of things. <P>If you look at the top 40 or top 100 best selling songs, you will not get the feel of what is really happening on an intellectual level with music, because most ppl, (and especially record gobbling teens) do not comprehend music or HEAR music the way we do. <P>So I don't even bother with all that nonsense, I tend to look in more obscure areas for culture, virtuosity, and innovative expression. <P><BR>Does that answer the question? Nah, but it was a good try.