Its all good! I was thinking the same, never expected more than one or two posts on this thread based on some guitar playing I thought was really sweet, but it shows the power of art. You know its art when people debate it, so I'm going to suggest John Mayer is an artist. Lets see if that gets some feathers ruffled!
I'm not sure that debate automatically qualifies a thing as art. If that were true, the debate itself would be pointless, wouldn't it? I think what you might be alluding to is the fact that art cannot be defined. Is he a recording
artist? Certainly. But that term gets tossed around pretty carelessly these days. Anyone that has recorded information for entertainment purposes (musical or otherwise) for sale can call themselves a recording artist. Stand up comedians have comedy albums, does the fact that it's recorded make them artists? Or that it's for sale?
Or have we reached the point where society considers all music art? Furthermore, what about the performing musician? Is he/she an artist simply by virtue of performing? These questions may be beyond the scope of this particular debate, but I can say that there have been times, when performing, especially on an off night, when I felt like what I was playing definitely wasn't art. My point is, it seems to me that music as art only occurs in the prescence of the three ancient Muses, Melete (Practice), Mneme (Memory), and Aoide (Song). Mousike is what the Greeks called the grand art practiced by the Muses, we just call it music. A-muse
-ment is the joy you feel from listening to it.