After service today, the minister turned to me, and said, "you're really getting better." I did not know how to take it before because I was doing nothing that wasn't well within my ability. It turns out he was impressed with our choir's version of this song, this is not me playing or my choir, we performed our version of this song yesterday: The real difference is our new choir director, who has some training in Jazz performance, is genuinely comfortable playing with a bassist. I don't have to simply double her lines, and she actually listens to my suggestions for bass parts. That means that people actually hear me play now. Compared to what I put up with in the past, playing with her is a real blessing.