Last night I did my weekly sit-down playalong with Austin City Limits (Foo Fighters). My ear still is good -- I can pretty well nail the changes on a song I've never heard -- but my speed is just, gone. I was okay through the first couple of songs but then they played one of those frenetic tempoed tunes where the bass is doing nothing but hammering eighth notes, and I got massacred. Not even close to maintaining tempo. So it's like, "Okay, I can't do this anymore," but how do I just accept it and move on? Mind you, I never was one of those lightningfastasquicksilver players, but guys who were coming up at the same time I did were not expected to be. If we could get through the Beatles' "Hold Me Tight" or "I Saw Her Standing There," that was enough. But it's like anything recorded less than forty years ago is now out of my league; I would not accept an audition even if one were offered. No point in wasting people's time. So, the gorilla is in the room. Now how do I deal with it?