@pumpeduppaul, I didn't trivialize your statements...I read them.
I'm saying to say that all art is controversial seems incredibly assumptive. Unless, the controversy is a matter of taste (like/dislike)then, sure, all art is controversial. I like Justin Timberlake and ABC Person does not, let's debate. I'm not debating "what is art" I'm debating that art is not always confrontational. And if it is, analysis of art should move beyond simple personal taste.
Which is why I am saying that the way we evaluate art based on like/dislike is superficial, un-evolved, unsophisticated and sure controversial. But beyond that, not all art is confrontational. In fact, I think the way you write your reviews does move beyond like/dislike.
You wrote, "I'm referring to when a piece of art in whatever form is so unnerving, so breathtaking, so moving that it quite literally cuts through all the bs and we in some fashion express a gratefulness for being endowed with such gifts"
Exactly! Where is the controversy?
@fieldafm, Thank you...? The answer to your question is no. And, yes, you're right I shouldn't dismiss him because my initial response is "really, we need more of this?" I listened to no more than 1 minute of his music.
I can't help but think there are tones of sarcasm in your words. Even if there aren't maybe we can discuss the art of marketing bad music. Boo-yah!