Back to College: Lenny Kravitz, Carlos Vives, Scotty McCreery & More on Best Things They Learned in School
What wisdom, knowledge or advice did artists take away from their time in school? Read on to find out!
Lenny Kravitz: "I'd say the best thing was dealing with people, people of all kinds of backgrounds. I went to school in New York City and then moved to Los Angeles and had a completely different experience out there with people and cultures and even my teachers. I got along with everyone, from my teachers to the kids. I got on with all the different groups and cliques that would sort of be to themselves. I was one of the kids, one of the rare kids, who went around to all the different groups and hung out with all the groups. So I'd say it was dealing with people."
Carlos Vives: "To work with a team. And today, I’m truly grateful for that."
Gloria Trevi: "I was always most interested in literature, especially when it dealt with reading specific books and poetry. Thanks to that, I competed in several poetry-reading contests that helped me overcome my shyness. Although that may seem hard to believe"
Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum: "I wish I learned more about budgeting in school. I learned pretty quickly after college, while we were forming Lady A, that you can build up some serious credit card debt really quickly! I had no clue how to pay for all the things necessary to live and work on my own, and I definitely had no idea how I was going to pay it all back."
Scotty McCreery: "It’s hard to narrow it down to one thing, because you learn so much in school. One of the most important things I learned was through playing baseball on the high school team, and that is the importance of teamwork. You have to train together, set goals as a team, and watch your teammates' backs. You bring out the best in each other, and you celebrate your accomplishments as a team. I live this lesson every day because it’s not just Scotty McCreery who makes things happen in my career, but it’s also my band and crew, my management, my record label, my publicist, my agent, and more. We all bring our individual strengths together to work as a team… and I wouldn’t have it any other way."
Jasmine V: "When I was in school, I read the novel, The Alchemist (by Paulo Coelho) and it taught me a valuable life lesson: That you should never let a relationship prevent or deter you from pursuing your dreams and your passion in life. This applies to a boyfriend/girlfriend; friend, family member, etc -- if that person gets in the way of your dreams, that means they don't have your best interest at heart and you don't need to keep them close to you, if you want to succeed. This advice really helped me as I pursued my music career."
The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnson: "My band director taught me how to play ‘Blackbird.' It opened up so many different versions of guitar chords for me and helped me start writing songs. Thanks Mr. Gore!!"
The Cadillac Three's Kelby Ray: "Along with Jaren, I learned a lot from Mr. Gore over the years while at Hume Fogg. We also had a studio in the high school music room where some of my first studio recordings were done. Great times."
The Cadillac Three's Neil Mason: "The best thing I learned in school was probably from the couple of years I took guitar classes. It had always been the one instrument that didn't make much sense to me when I looked at it, but I was able to learn the basics and it’s helped me immensely with songwriting over the years."
Drake White: "How to communicate with people. Communication is the greatest tool that one can have. If you can communicate your dreams and visions then you can change the world."
Arthur Hanlon: "I would have liked to learn more about the business side of music. Conservatory was great to really work on your chops but some business classes would have been good too, instead of having to learn it on the fly."
Simon Mejia of Bomba Estereo: "I think all educational systems should include yoga in their programs, or, at the very least, mediation. We’d certainly live in a better world! I would have liked to learn that."