You know, we all sit here pecking away at the keyboard in between gigs, and most of the time have little idea who is on the other end of some discussion/disagreement. For instance, look at some of the recent ridiculous threads debating Jaco's playing. It all got me to thinking about something I've been struggling with for the past year. A year ago, I moved down to Phoenix from the Northeast. Not that the NE is better than anywhere else, but there are a lot of cats up there who can lay it down and the focus is on who can play really well, more or less regardless of age. Here in the Southwest, there is a huge age thing going on that has been an eye opening surprise and is IMO really unhealthy. Here is a typical post in the local classifieds for a bass position: "Need exp. bass player asap w/ pro gear. Vocals helpfull. Please be between the ages of 21 and 35 w/ a young look. Original band playing a handfull of covers in the style of The Beatles, The Stones,Jet, U2, Live, The Who, Led Zep, Pink Floyd etc. w/ a modern rock sound. We have steady well paying gigs, recording time, management, great gear, rehearse in Tempe. We are considered an Alt/Rock/Pop band. If interested please e-mail as much info about yourself that you can. Qualified applicants will be directed to our website for mp3's and more info about the band." I especially love the "with a young look" part. What the hell does that have to do with music? And look at the material; how old are the guys whose stuff they want to cover? I don't mean to pick on this ad, just to indicate the emphasis on the age thing; and, that has become a typical theme, not just this ad. It's almost every ad in these parts. Now, I understand that we all want to play with people that we are comfortable with, and I'm cool with there being young bands etc., but I remember way back in my youth, we used to be glad to get more experienced (older) players into a band. Hell, it made us sound better, and you learned a lot. We were always trying to get the baddest cat, and age didn't have anything to do with it. The bizarre thing is we were the biggest rebels God ever created. It used to be that you couldn't trust anyone over the age of 30, unless they were a musician(and you can't trust any of them anyway). Woodstock was a great example; just a big mix of young rebels and old vets with the emphasis on the music. Now, I'm starting to feel like we've created this generation of Mall rats who have utterly rejected anything that came before. This is bad for American music, which has been based on a massive infusion of diverse cultures and approaches. Rebelliousness is great when it is focused on creating something new. It is not so great when it is focused on blind prejudice. Anyone else see this as a recent development? I'm interested in thoughts from both sides of the Generation Gap.