Right now I am really loving a ton of different styles of music. For the past 3 or 4 years I played almost nothing but heavy metal and listened to almost nothing but heavy metal. I loved it! but in the past 5-6 months I have really grown attached to a bunch of other genres as well. I haven't played through a whole metal album in about a month. Part of this probably comes from learning the concept of "groove" and improving a lot on that aspect of the the bass (Im coming from a guitar background). A lot of metal lacks that groovy bass feel. Im also working a lot more on writing acoustic songs, I haven't written any Heavy metal riffs since I finished my recording project last summer. I can write an acoustic song that my whole family and all my friends like in three hours and record it in another two, whereas it takes me weeks of hardcore writing and practice and a good months time recording to get a metal song that I pretty much enjoy by myself. metal heads are so judgmental about music that if it doesnt fit the genres they like or mixes with a genre they dont like they dismiss it and most of my friends dont listen to heavy music. All the local metal bands want to "make it" and dont want to hire a guy who just wants to have fun and play shows. Ive come to the conclusion that heavy metal isnt going to get me out of my bedroom playing to myself My simple acoustic songs make people happy and are fun to play. I could probably start giging as a solo acoustic guitarist and have a ton of fun whereas I just dont have time to go into a metal band. Part of it probably comes from joining the Praise Team at my church and realizing that I love playing both guitar and bass live. A LOT! I dont want to stick to just one instrument. The ideal gig for me would be half guitar and half bass. I dont know where I could find something like that Ive been listening to a bunch of new stuff that a year ago I would have dismissed as boring. Smooth jazz, NEEDTOBREATH, slightly stupid, joe bonamassa, Ive been listening to the old Petra albums I listened to when I was a kid rocking out dreaming about being a rock star. I still love metal, when I get a solo break playing on sunday I still want to step on my Triple Rectifiers channel 3 and make my guitar scream But the fact is that with what Im doing with my life and what Im aiming for and working towards metal is going to be very lonely. When I hear the beautiful guitar harmonies when Theocracy comes on my itunes shuffle it really makes me miss those long hours writing original riffs. fingers blistered, hands cramping ears aching after six hours of shredding pouring out my heart into the music in a way I havnt learned to do with other music yet. But still, having a wider variety of music I love is very rewarding and though it is kind of confusing and Im not sure where im heading musically It will be a fun journey!