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" I've always found that the poorer the places that I go, the more smiles I see, and the more happiness I see. "
" Through music I either tame my demons or unleash them and allow them to be what they are. I don't want the music to be about provocation, I want the music to bring you to a place where you feel at home. "
" The music industry has been hijacked by corporate interests, but the way music affects people and resonates with them hasn't changed. "
" To sit back and say, 'Oh, we're going to let the government do whatever they want, right or wrong,' is giving up. "
" Everybody's opinion is equally valid, and I feel like everybody should have an opportunity to speak out, and everyone should have the courage to speak out. "
" I really encourage people to travel so we can see how the rest of the world views our country. That's really important. Secondly, as artists, activists, and citizens who vote, we have to begin to vote from our heart. "
" Everyone deserves music. "
" Jamaica's a country of great dichotomy. On the one hand you have a tourist industry with great beaches and resorts, but on the other you have such great poverty and the violence that goes along with that. "
" I think my soul is intact, but my methods of reaching people are completely different. "
" My usual day is I get up around 11 o'clock and do yoga and then eat afterwards. Then I have sound check and play soccer and do running with the guys in the band after sound check, and then do the show and eat dinner after the show and usually get to bed around 3 o'clock by the time we get everybody on the bus and get rolling. "
" Our country was founded on immigration. We are all occupying Native American land here. At what point do we say 'It's our land, and nobody else can come here.' "
" When someone can't afford to wear shoes, it's not just about them not having shoes on that day. It's about a cycle of poverty that exists within their community. "
" You learn a lot when you're barefoot. The first thing is every step you take is different. "
" After a show, I'll get the 16-year-old white kid whose lip is pierced, his head is shaved and his parents hate him, and the young gangster from the screwed-up 'hood, and they say that now they realize there's someone out there who thinks like they do. "
" You get everything you could have ever wished for if you're willing to give that eternal bliss away to somebody else, to give it back. "
" My greatest sense of accomplishment has come from having two amazing sons, but it's also a paradox in that the times when I felt like the biggest failure have been times when I felt like, as a parent, I wasn't making the right decisions or succeeding in the way that I should. "
" I came up playing in both punk rock bands and hip-hop bands, and I found a more universal way of reaching people, especially with music that has a message to it. "
" I don't know if music can change the world overnight but I know that music can help someone make it through a difficult night. "
" I'd play music on the street, especially in developing nations where a lot of kids couldn't wear shoes. In order to relate with kids that would be following me barefoot, I would take off my shoes, and they would all laugh at me because I couldn't go three steps without wincing. "
" San Francisco has always been a haven for misfits and weirdos. I'm both of those, which is why I came here. "
" The U.S. has historically been the world's largest contributor to climate change. "
" When I first started, my songs were the politics of anger. As I got older and hopefully wiser, I wanted to be part of the politics of answers. "
" All the freaky people make the beauty of the world. "
" My house was filled with music. We had a piano, and my brothers and sisters played instruments. Even though I was around it, I played basketball. "
" With all the people hating and hurting each other, I don't understand how people could get upset about people of the same sex caring for each other. "
" History shows that Americans believe in doing the right thing. "
Doing The Right Thing
" Music was a central part of my childhood because my mother played organ and piano in the church, and that meant all us kids had to be in the church choir. "
" When you're in Jamaica, unless you're in a tourist spot, you don't hear Bob Marley; you mostly hear dance hall music. "
" Power to the peaceful! "
" My mother birthed three children and she adopted myself and another African-American son. My adoptive parents were Finnish. I grew up in a white picket neighborhood. "
" Traveling to the Middle East and playing music for people on the street, for soldiers, for people in hospitals, and for people who lost their homes, and seeing people open up through the experience of music really restored my faith in music, in art, and in culture to change things. "