David, you're a wonderfully smart guy, an engaging writer and a great player with an incredibly narrow and rather precious view of the world.
Thank you. I like my world view, though.
I'll have you know that I worked two jobs while going to school full-time to finance my music education. In fact, even the piano lessons I took as a child were paid for by money I earned, with odd jobs and teaching lessons myself.
My parents never gave me a damn thing, and neither did anyone else. I just didn't make excuses.
I too worked my own way through a State college for my BA and Master's in music. My parents did not give me anything when I went into music, I certainly was not handed it on a silver platter. I played a lot of gigs to pay for school.
Good points about music like Journey - it may be "correct" but is boring.
Hey I admit to being an old curmudgeon about this, I am tired of so many years of mediocre musicians passing mediocrity off as authenticity and soulfulness or whatever term justifies it - and being proud of it.