First off I would like to say that I no longer feel bad that I can't find a band because I've discovered a really cool band that basically consist of one member. No its not prince. Nine Inch Nails. This guy also comes from a small crappy depressing boring Pennsylvania town much like myself. I was wondering if you guys play other peoples songs when you pick up the bass guitar? Do you play along with records? Or do you write your own material. The reason I ask is this. For a long time I played along with peoples records. For some reason I never even really attempted to write my own stuff until I saw an interview with Buzz Osborne and he said, "If you pick up a guitar and you don't write songs your a dufus." And this got me thinking. Then I read an interview where Tool's bassist says if you pick up a bass you should write your own licks. So I started to write my own licks and stuff and for the first few weeks it was really simple punk rock stuff and it still is for the most part but my stuff is beginning to develop a little more. I have the philosophy that bass lines should be simple and create a solid foundation and not dance around on top of the music for the most part. I probably have this philosophy because I can't dance around even if I tried. Well anyway I must say its much more liberating to just pick up my bass and not have to follow any certain order. I really want to start my own band consisting of myself and record all the parts without any vocals. Now when I try to play along with other peoples tunes it really frustrates me. I feel detained. I wanna break my rusty cage not run and cower like a dumb monkey inside of it.