Just to day, I just came back from a guitar shop. I saw a kid around say 15 to 16. He was slapping this bass. Sounded like flea's basslines. Then, i overheard him asking his friend how to do a pentatonic scale. I was like ***. Then, I walked to another guitar shop that was just beside. My friend who was with me was looking as drum stuff. Anyway, the same kid entered and tried out a 6-string. I walked closer to hear him. He really didn't know how to play th 6-string. He couldn't adapt and was missing notes. My friend said that he was good. But, to me i think that this kid memorized lines. So, I was thinking to myself. Why do other people prefer bassist who could provide the glitter and not the goods. I mean, why memorize the lines and play? Doesn't it make you no difference from an mp3 player? The song is in your memory and you just take it out of your memory and play. Is music all about memorization? I mean, i found it real fun to play with my band when we play anything that is spontaneuos(spelling error, i know). But, when we play things that we memorize, it becomes so mechanical and a drag. Any opinions on this issue?