BawBag quoted Bono as saying that music was a universal language. Let me toss out another one: A professor I had said that music isn't so much a universal language. There are too many languages in our world to make music a universal one. It is more of a universal idea. I tend to agree with that more.
I have noticed the lack of technicallity of many musicians today. I too like classical music. I also like classic rock (Led Zep etc). Led Zep pulled off many things that could rival Bach and Beethoven. I like Slim Shady and some other hip hop stuff as well. But all in all, music in the past few years has fallen off. I'm waiting for this teenie bopper movement to drop off as the singers get older and possibly realize that that sound is getting old....quickly.