I have a few things to get off my chest. Hopefully this will spur some of you to make your own confessions as well, and maybe we can get a dialogue going and help each other through it. So (big deep breath) here goes: 1. I sing the virtue of cheap basses because many of them truly sound great, but if I could afford it, I'd buy nothing but expensive boutique basses and pre-CBS Fenders. I don't feel cheated because I don't spend $5000 on a bass, but who the heck wouldn't want an Alleva-Coppolo or a Fodera? Hell, if I could afford it, I'd buy that $100,000 Ritter! Truth is, I probably could afford one or two boutiques, but I just can't justify it when I already have pretty much every bass I'll ever need and they're all good. 2. I constantly talk about how I love Fenders and I think everyone should own at least one, but my Jay Turser Beatle bass gets more play on gigs than my Fenders. Why not? It's ultra-light, sounds massive, and I can always hear it no matter how badly everyone else tries to step on my frequencies. 3. I claim to hate playing 5-string, but at home, it's almost always the bass I go to for practice. It's kind of a runner's weights thing, where you wear weights around your ankles when you practice so when you take them off you can fly. I still hate playing one onstage, though, and only use it if it's requested. Fortunately it never is. 4. I want to play drums in a band. I started out as a drummer, but by the time I got old enough for bands, I had moved onto guitar and bass, settling on bass for the most part. I bought a cheap drum kit a couple years ago to try and get back into playing shape, but I never practice. Still, I'd love to do it and have a burning desire for it. 5. I like bass but I really envy the guitarists I work with. They get all the glamour onstage. The spotlight always finds them, and people always tell them how great they play while they tell me "Your guitarist is great!" FU! Tell me how great -I- am or go find him! 6. This is probably the most shocking confession of all---I want out of music. I'm sick of flying, I'm sick of being underpaid, I'm sick of driving home 5 hours after a gig in Miami, and I'm sick of being underpaid. I want to do talk radio. At least in radio, you only have to travel every few months when you get fired and hired by a station in another state instead of every week. One nighters in different states are the worst! BTW, no, I didn't have a bad night at my gig.