Artist Statment from Larry Ravitz
There is something simple, true and optimistic that all musicians understand. It is that each time you play a tune, or a phrase, it gets easier, and you get better at it. I've heard it called muscle memory. The neuro-physical connection between the idea of what you want to play and the actual muscle movement that you do, to make a certain sound, improves with repetition. A similar thing applies to realistic art. The ability to accurately translate what you see in front of you, onto a canvas, improves with practice. To someone who does not practice that discipline, it seems like magic, or some innate genetic talent, that they don't have. But most of the people who have gained some facility, have done so through hours and hours, over years and years, of practice.
I think that I have used both music and art to wake myself up, and open myself to the invigorating sensation of doing something consciously and gracefully. Once I am engaged, and in control, playing a song or jamming, or painting someone's portrait, it is easier to apply myself to any of life's challenges. There is no question in my mind, that art and music have made me smarter, and given me a better sense of sequence, timing, and perspective.
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