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" A big part of my life is music education because it changed my life - but arts, academics and athletics should all be equally treated in the school. "
" The last thing that should happen is funding cut for education; it should be increased. We need to put more money towards education, and anything else is abusive. "
" I went to school and studied music for a year at USC, which unlocked a bunch of doors for me in terms of my relationship to music. "
" All I knew about Ethiopia was from a few records that I like, as well as what I read about the famine. But you get there and it's another world. It's filled with art and music and poetry and intellectuals and writers - all kinds of people. "
" I've always kind of been an in-the-moment kind of person. I don't think that far in advance or have any idea what's around the next corner. "
" When something comes up, and it's interesting, and I have the time, I'll do it. "
" Music gave me something that was not only good for me - it gave me something to work on, something to be proud of and something that I really loved and have a love for - but also music was good for other people because you put joy into the world. "
" I was raised to think that rock was music for ignorant people who didn't think for themselves. "
" I started playing trumpet when I was 11 years old. All I wanted to be was a jazz trumpet player when I grew up. "
" I studied music at the most remedial level when I was a kid, through the Los Angeles public schools, with a little private instruction. "
" We always write way more than we put on a record. We always write a lot-lot. "
" The apparatus has to serve our improbability and improvisation. Being good and playing the songs is not enough. "
" I love my life and my mistakes and my triumphs - all of it. "
" I love entertaining people, I love playing music, and I love rocking like an animal. But at a certain point, you're playing gig after gig after gig, in town after town after town, and you're lying down, staring at another hotel-room ceiling, and it's like, 'I want to be home. I'm a dad. I've got kids.' "
" I'm a performer and have managed to get my performing into the mainstream consciousness of the world, I guess. "
" As a musician I'm about expressing what's inside, and I think everyone has a song in them that they need to get out, whatever their gig is. "
" I wanted to play in a band, and I wanted to do music for a living, and that's what I dedicated my life to. "
" We were at the dark end of the L.A. punk scene, and that scene was full-on and violent and aggressive and wild and intense. "
" Anything worth doing good takes a little chaos. "
" I studied chord theory and started playing the piano. "
" The Silverlake Conservatory is a nonprofit music school in Los Angeles where we teach music, mostly to kids, but to people of all ages - people who are old, people with beards, all kinds of people. "
" When you make music, you're forming these invisible vibrations in the air into different shapes and consistencies and speeds in order to create music, and understanding how the math of that works just gives you more colors to paint with, and allows you to get to what you want quicker. "
" Ethiopia is such a great country, beautiful place. "
" Being a dad and being in the Red Hot Chili Peppers and all the stuff I have to do... The trumpet requires a lot of diligence, and I haven't had the time. "
" For me, music was the only reason I went to school. I was kind of a street kid, in a lot of trouble committing crimes and stuff. Music gave me something to focus on. "
" I just lucked into this weird, little obscure cameoesque film career. I just love being a part of film history. "
" It's so easy to fall into a comfortable groove in life where you do the things that you like, and because of that, often times, we don't grow or change because we're not pushing ourselves. "
" Later in high school, I met Hillel Slovak, who was the original guitar player of the Chili Peppers, and we became really close. We had a band, and we didn't like the bass player, so I started playing bass, and I got a bass two weeks later. "
" I grew up with all these old jazz guys in the '70s in L.A., and they grew up idolizing Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Lester Young - all of these incredible musicians. "
" We were these arty punks from Hollywood. I considered myself an intellectual. "
" The quality of instruction is very high at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. It's not about being a rock star. It's about the fundamentals of music, theory and technique on a particular instrument, and playing in an ensemble or private setting. "