It’s nice to see such a high standard of discourse has prevailed over the weekend!
Others have stepped in to defend non-classical music more coherently than I can, so let me just respond to some of the points people have made with respect to my original posting:
Aida: The princess could have escaped, but chose to die with her lover, out of love. She wasn’t fighting for something worth dying for. She was just dying, and in doing so removed the hero’s consolation that his true love had survived. Nice music, but not very life affirming.
Anonymity (Mine): Is for rational, practical reasons (think Google), and my choice of pseudonym is honest in that it is obviously that. My offline identity should be irrelevant to whether my ideas are any good or not.
Bowel movements as art: No funnily enough, I don’t think bowel movements in museums are Art because (1) their visceral effect derives from what they are, rather than what the artist has done with them, and (2) they have little appeal of utility to the populace as a whole (as contrasted with a howling rock and roller helping an entire stadium to affirm life and let off steam).
Censorship: I wasn’t attempting or advocating censorship. I just thought the original argument more rhetorical than rational, and would have expected a higher standard of analysis to prevail on this site.
Eminem/Strauss: I ignored this point because it involved comparing life affirming classical music with death affirming popular music, and then generalising from predictable results. I’m sure there’s term for this kind of argument.
Gutless: In what context? I’m posting this, which shows that I’m not easily intimidated by rhetoric of mass destruction. As for physical courage: irrelevant. (But you would be unwise to attempt to prove your superior valour on my body unless you were a martial artist.)
Musical masturbation: Effective improvised solos use the same techniques as classical music – e.g. theme and variation, and phrasing. If, say, a jazz solo is musical masturbation, then so too is a classical piece, and a classical score - to flog the analogy – is merely a used tissue, and that makes classical musicians… no, let’s not go there.