I was playing a gig the other night, and the band that opened up for us was pretty good, but I just wasn't feeling the bass player. He was solid and he had chops, but I just couldn't get into his playing style. It occurred to me that he played like a robot, and he was lacking feel. I got the sense that he practiced with a metronome all the time, and this sucked the individuality out of his playing. Don't get me wrong. I practice with a metronome, but I also practice without one. I try to play in a variety of contexts, so that I keep my playing interesting. So here lies the question: To metronome or not to metronome?