I think an occupational hazard of being a musician is we get so wrapped up in tone, tools, and technique that we forget about the big picture. When we hear music, all we want to do is compare it to our internal standards to see if it measures up. We complain that "the masses" are clueless automatons for supporting "inferior" musicians and performers. Yet, what we forget is that "the masses" don't really give a crap about how well you can navigate those changes, or that your guitar is a old Martin, or that you are using the latest boutique amp du jour. They just care about how the music makes them feel. They don't care if what they are listening too will be remembered 10 years from now; they just enjoy what is out there in this time and place. Not all art needs to have a big message, or be technically brilliant, or make changes in society, or be something that is supposed to be remembered 40 years from now. Sometimes art is just art for today. Of course musicians like to experience other expert musicians, because we are enamored with musicianship. Most people really arn't, and neither position is superior to the other. Sometimes stunning musicians become popular, but quite often the popular are not stunning musicians. This is not wrong, or a travesty, or a symptom of the general public being morons, it just is what it is. Does the song make me feel something or have some meaning to me, today? Thats all that actually matters. If you shut off the inner critic, and just allow yourself to sit and listen and see how you respond, you might be surprised what you enjoy. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has found myself responding to some song and then my brain kicks in and says "hey, you arn't supposed to like that, cut it out." Give yourself permission. I used to discount pop and country music just on principle. Now I enjoy artists from both those genres, simply because I gave myself permission to. I can admit that yes, there are a couple of Spice Girls tunes I kinda dig, not because they are some supreme example of the pop art, but just because I kinda dig em. That doesn't prevent me from liking Scofield or Robert Fripp, or Django. I can like Skrillex, and Segovia. Destiny's Child and Steve Morse. Just a rant. Sorry. Lighten up. Enjoy music. Its not a competition. Have fun for gods sakes. Sometimes all you need is a beat.