| | Bass is to music what MSG is to Chinese food
I play with a trio of other musicians (2 acoustic guitars and a violin), and missed our last jam session. The violist commented afterwards that they all felt something was missing from the sound, and then realized it was the bass. I replied that the bass makes all the other instruments sound better, kind of like MSG in Chinese food.
Disclaimer: MSG is not good for you, but you get the idea.