I have to tell you that J.S. Bach was easily the greatest musical innovator in the history of the world. He was so advanced for his time. There's a spiritual depth to his music. You can listen to it and it's like meditation. Brian Wilson
The difference between the Parthenon and the World Trade Center, between a French wine glass and a German beer mug, between Bach and John Philip Sousa, between Sophocles and Shakespeare, between a bicycle and a horse, though explicable by historical moment, necessity, and destiny, is before all a difference of imagination. Guy Davenport
I do not think that music keeps evolving. It evolved through Bach; since then, in my humble opinion, all the innovations added nothing. Gordon Getty
Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind. Lewis Thomas
I'd love to have William Faulkner, Beethoven and Bach over. I want to find out what makes those guys tick! Candy Crowley

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