In our current cultural climate, the word "civilized" is not popular. But the word does have a meaning and use. For example, the rapper Method Man is not civilized, whereas the Canadian jazz pianist
Oscar Peterson certainly is civilized. The difference is this: Oscar Peterson's art is the product of long study, years of practice, a lifetime of labor. He is a total master, and the piano obeys all of his musical commands.
Method Man does not have the depth, the tradition, the grounding of Peterson. (Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9729. 7:30 pm, $80.50—$95.50