Last night, "my" drummer and I traveled a few towns over to participate in a local venue's monthly Jam Night. What fun it was! I have never been there before. Drummer boy and I are both early 40's, and most of the people there were college kids, as expected. What DID come as a massive surprise was that they were mostly playing fusion and jazz. Some of them struck me as acting very full of themselves, and really snubbing the fact that we came to play rock music. "Oh, you play rock? Yeah, I guess you can do that too"-kinda attitude. I even got an "Oh-you-play-a-fender"-thing at some point, hinting that this was not a proper thing to play when you want to play "serious" music. LOL. Still, we found a (probably 20 year old) guitar-dude who - initially - was a little scared of cranking it up, but after he heard the Fender punching him in the groin a few times, he upped the game. At the end of our little jam set, he was all smiles! After our little performance, several of the bass players came up, and (it seemed) wholeheartedly complimented the groove and the punch I delivered. They sounded like they hadn't ever heard anything other than jazz runs. It was a refreshing night, though. I truly enjoyed hearing these guys jam - SO MUCH TALENT, just not from the ones who were snubbing us. How's that for irony? I don't really consider myself a strong bass player, but I know what I can do and I know how I like playing, and I do what I do best. Just thought I'd share.