I was listening to a lecture by John Hodges, where he says that the standard movement of classical music is: Home->Away->Home in a New Way (a new way that resolves all the tension in the Away portion). This seems very artistic and beautiful to me.
However, does popular music lack this kind of potential for artistry? I am a beginner learner of guitar, and while I love the sound of it, I really like the artistry of classical music. Is the choice between artistry and popularity a binary, mutually exlcusive one? Is it possible to incorporate that kind of complexity in popular, single instrument playing?