Here's the issue . . . What is the evolutionary reason we, as a society, find musicians attractive? Our genes cause us to be drawn to people who are more prone to produce offspring-women with hips, men who are muscular, so on and so forth (yes, even us gayfolk, who really aren't prone to procreating). So why do we, as a society, place a premium on musicians? What's evolutionarily beneficial about music?
Some of my friends thought it was a status issue, that musicians were held in high esteem in early societies, and were therefore allowed to reproduce more. Plausible, I guess, but it isn't ringing true for me.
I want to know what you think. tick043, your answer is particularly wanted, as the biology major among us.