After reading the thread on who's the best New Age pianist at the piano world forums, I had to laugh to myself. Now, I've come across people who like to compare styles with one always coming out ahead.
It's always those trained classically who can't stand the New Age piano style. You'll hear them say things like "it's OK if you like it but it's so simplistic," or "I can't understand how people can listen to this." It's as if they have to justify their own reasons for liking something.
And this always has something to do with "sophistication" in the form of advanced harmony, theory etc.
Yet these same people don't get it. They don't understand how someone can simply love something for it's own sake without analyzing it for "worthy" qualities. The music itself is worth enough. But don't try and explain this concept to these people unless you want them to write an essay as to why their music is better.
I tell you ... I just don't understand why certain people feel this need to put down another genre. Any ideas?