Rognvald wrote:To the usual array of Rognvald critics(whose names are obvious but will go unmentioned) ...
Not critics of Rognvald per se (no doubt you are as fine a fellow as any of us) but of your arguments.
Unfortunately this ...
I will pose the following statements in rebuttal:
1. Arthur Rubenstein was a musician. Jerry Lee Lewis is a popular entertainer.
2. Wes Montgomery was a musician. Elvis Presley was a popular entertainer.
3. Nancy Wilson was a musician. Janis Joplin was a popular entertainer ...
... 7. etc., etc., etc
... does not constitute a rebuttal. It is nothing more than a list expressing your personal opinions which, without additional contextual information, can not even begin to serve to define your chosen terms, musician
I believe that I understand the nub of your topic insofar as it pertains to musical artistry, yet I submit that there are many well educated musicians
(to employ your singular definition) who might (rather cruelly) be described as mere "note players"; their technical accomplishment, their knowledge of form and harmony serving art not one whit.
Your argument is ill served by resort to ad hominem. Especially so as the thesis under attack having been invented by yourself renders any conclusion doubly fallacious.