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 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.
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.
About 13-14 years ago, I went back to my alma mater, Fairfax High School, and ran into the music teacher. She invited me to come speak to the kids about the viability of a music career. When I went into the room where I used to play every day in a big orchestra, they had nothing!
Richard Harding Davis