What technological terror is as noble or proud as the mathematical harmonies and counterpoints that flowed through Bach's veins?
One day, I listened to a Bach fugue and the world shook.
I proceeded to go on a year long listening tear. I haven't deliberately sought out Bach music much lately, but the effects of the pursuit and resultant exposure are permanent. I have more of a mathematical soul now.
Bach will change your life more than The Shins ever will, and I am a pretty big Shins fan, so I do not say this lightly, nor do I automatically suppose classics are superior or more serious than contemporary works. Whether concerto, etude, quartet, simple pop tune or even simpler folk tune, they are all a part of the great anthology.