I'm just after some thoughts and opinions about how one feels the blues as a bass player. As a passive listener I feel drawn to many different styles of music. As a bass player I have for many years kept coming back to this feeling that I am drawn to the blues. I have spent time learning the "theory" behind the structure of blues songs - that is, for example, the chord progression for a 12 bar blues. However, I just never seem to feel the blues... to explain further: When I am listening to recordings of blues songs (particularly older blues) I often feel very deeply an emotional response... but, actually - the response is to the lyrics and the soul I sense in the voice. I sense that the bass is a driving force in these same songs... But when it comes to playing blues on my bass I don't get this same emotional connection... I have given thought lately to taking singing lessons as I love singing anyway and would just like to be able to do so with good solid technique... but also, I feel like singing is the only way I can get a boost into my music - to feel something... and to give out a feeling. Then I wonder if I am thinking all wrong... If I am singing and feeling the blues and at the same time playing the bass - would I necessarily be feeling or giving feeling through that? I know for sure that I don't want to give up bass to focus on singing - bass is definately first priority. I guess I feel like I've hit something of a brick wall - like my growth as a bass player is stunted and will be so until I feel a soul connection with my bass. Then again, a wailing guitar can be hugely expressive... a bass that is solid and driving - can it ever hope to be so expressive? When people talk about feeling the blues as a bass player are they just talking about getting into the groove or is there something more that should go into it? I realise this question is a bit like asking "how long is a piece of string?" but at this stage any thoughts and opinions I get back could go a long way towards helping me get some clarity about how I should be approaching my music. All thoughts appreciated! Thanks!