Originally Posted by L'Incandescent
I really do enjoy his music on its own terms, and not merely with reference to its role in the history of 20th century music. Of course I don't actually enjoy listening to things like 4'33", which are more like statements than pieces of music. But some of his music really is quite beautiful in a straightforward sense of the term. I'm thinking especially here of Four Walls and the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano. My favorite Cage piece is Roaratorio, which I listen to pretty frequently.
I've explored some of his writings/interviews/artworks and still listen to his music for its quirky and atmospheric qualities, but it's almost always when I'm actively working on some project that necessitates a cerebral mood and creative spark related to abstraction. I did a series of drawings inspired by his music back in school. I think it's a very reassuring sound if someone is trying to embrace incompleteness, chance, and deferred creative control in a creative outlet, but I've never thought there was quite enough there to warrant attention for its own entertainment value.