Legendary guitarist Eddie Van Halen
, a man who needs no introduction, acknowledges the importance of music not only in his own life but also in the lives of others. That's why the renowned musician has generously donated 75 of his own guitars to several Los Angeles public schools.
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a charitable organization that promotes music by providing instruments to less privileged schools, worked with Van Halen
and distributed the many guitars to schools throughout Los Angeles according to The Hollywood Reporter
"Music is the universal language,
" said Van Halen. "It has the ability to transcend and convey every human emotion that exists without saying a word. Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble and gave me something that was mine that no one could take away from me.
"Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them. If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that's a wonderful thing. Music has provided a good life for me and hopefully it can help make life better for others with this donation.
If you're interested in learning more about The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, head over to their website, www.mhopus.org