I was recently told by a self-proclaimed "virtuoso" and "professional" musician that all music from modern times is purely for surface-level entertainment value. According to him, only music from the Baroque-Romantic period has any "Art-Value" or deeper meaning. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love listening to good classical music compositions. But isn't it a little vain to say that NO music from the modern era has deeper meaning? Obviously pop-radio-garbage is what he's referring to here, but it frustrates me to think that a "knowledgeable" musician has little to no knowledge of the current state of good music. Does Pat Methany pump out stale pop tunes? Does John Petrucci play his fantastic improv for entertainment value? I don't think so. Am I right? Or did all music become stale crap after the turn of the century?