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  • I'm not asking for sympathy.

  • Scratch that.

  • What's your name? Uh, Nathaniel Anthony Ayers Jr.

  • You only got two strings.

  • I've had a few setbacks. Me too.

  • Hi. This is Steve Lopez from the LA Times. I'm calling to see if a Nathaniel Ayers attended your school.

  • He was the most gifted kid I've ever met.

  • I'm going to write a column about Nathaniel.

  • When people heard that you were just playing with two strings,

  • some of them thought that you might want something better to work with.

  • I can't cover that. It's a gift.

  • What does he have? Schizophrenia? Are you flying that plane?

  • Nah, I'm right here.

  • I'm not always so sure what's going on.

  • He has no idea what he's saying.

  • What's with Neil Diamond? Uh, I thought that was you.

  • Your friend is downstairs.

  • I don't want to take full responsibility for...Oh, by all means, avoid full responsibility.

  • He's sick, and he needs a psychiatric hospital.

  • You gonna put me away.

  • Nathaniel has one thing going for him...a friend.

  • Come on. You can do it.

  • A year ago, I met a man who was down on his luck

  • and thought I might be able to help him.

  • Are you out of your mind?

  • Witnessing his courage, his humility...

  • Do you think I could be good again?

  • ...and the power of his art. I've never loved anything the way he loves music.

  • Being his friend will carry you home.

  • I'm the closest thing to family he has.

  • We take care of each other.

  • And we look after each other.

  • I'm his friend.

I'm not asking for sympathy.

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