How do you approach writing a song? Recently I took a shot at writing the lyrics to a song first and base it on a modified 12 bar blues pattern (I V VI instead of I IV V). As I was playing it and singing the lyrics over top (I was playing ths on my fretless), my playing doubled what I was singing. I found it sounded much better without the singing (and not just because I'm a poor singer ). It made my bass playing very lyrical, and very singing -- something I've been wanting to do since I first uncovered the awesomeness of fretless. It came out with the best bassline I've ever written, and I know it was because it started out as a vocal line. It made the bass so much more expressive, and it's a perfect example of instruments having words too. All in all, it was a success and I'll probably do it a few more times in the future.