I'm getting ready to do a bit more recording with a group I'm kind of a full time, part timer in. It's sort of my last gasp before I go on hiatus for a while. It's all original music, and I'm really just a support player. I work on my lines after everything is written for the most part. That's not to say we aren't all buddies, have a great time gigging together, and even improv a bit on stage when it feels good - because all of that is true. I just understand what the group and songwriting focus is all about, and I respect that I was asked to be a part of it. It is rare that I'm asked to play anything drastically different than the lines I come up with. I'm sure that's part of the reason they asked me on in the first place, because they'd seen my live a couple of times. When I'm doing something they don't dig, we talk it out, try different stuff, and find what works best. Everyone is very adult, very respectful about it, and I try to find the feel they have in mind. The songs are their songs after all! We work very well together. A couple of weeks ago we were laying down bass tracks on some new stuff, and they just didn't dig what I had come up with for one of the tunes. Basically I was getting to busy, and the groove was changing the feel of it. No problem. We talk it out, and I get ready to start laying down what I figured were just some scratch tracks for ideas. So I threw the phones on, laid way back, and threw some different ideas down than what I'd been working on. One track, and done. They ended up keeping the first take. Now there isn't anything wrong with what I'm playing, but man is it minimal compared to my own capabilities (and some of the stuff I'd worked on). It was one of those moments I felt like, damn those were some good lines I had to leave behind. But I've always said from day one recording with these guys though - as long as they are happy then I'm fine with it. They are the creative force, and I have no problem with it. Some guys might have had a fit with that. I might have if I was still 25....but I understand my role within the group. Man have I mellowed with age. The music is so much more functional though!