Originally Posted by Pollyanna
Ken, re: "One could say there are two camps on the matter 1) People should get what they want, period 2) It is the responsibility of musicians to cultivate the listening palette of their audience".
I think neither. I see no shoulds applying at all. People will hear what they want amonsgt all the music out there and, if not, they will abandon music for gaming, TV etc. What they come across is usually what the majors think they want to hear and it's quite possible that this is one reason why people are abandoning music for other pastimes. After all, we tend to be attracted to people who are real rather than putting on a face for us - so why wouldn't this apply in music?
Musician responsibilities depend on their situation - it can range from their employers (the suits), their band mates, their peers, their own sensibilities or their audiences. Maybe Pat thinks Kenny should be more responsive to his peer group rather than abandoning them for the suits?
You can't abandon it here. :)
For record company executives of the late 1970s and 1980s the former was their philosophy. They couldn't understand why some people were complaining about the narrow envelop of FM radio when their audience was more than happy. But when you have a generation of kids that grow up listening to Poison and Motley Crue, and the best they can do is Van Halen, Don't be surprised when the best their kids can do is Snoop Dogg.