without dropping the names. i've had a couple of experiences i've wanted to post about without dropping any names, and i decided to start doing so - without dropping them. before i played music my brother got into a band. i went to one of their rehearsals and felt there was magic in the room. i loved the whole thing and started tinkering with their guitars when they eventually moved practices to my house. this band was my inspiration and what got me into the whole playing thing. 2 of the 4 guys in that room went on to become REALLY successful musicians playing in 2 of the BIGGEST R&R bands of the 80s. one as bass player the other as a lead singer. neither's success had anything to do with that original band - both took entierely different paths. both these guys shared one thing in common, aside from their incredible talent. they're both 2 of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet. they smile all the time, never seem to have a problem with anything, are ultra respectful, always make you feel like you're the most important person in the room (even if there's twenty people they're doing that with) easy to be around, and would bend over backwards to help anyone if they could. what's my point? not sure. maybe that being a truly nice person goes a really long way in this world? plus i saw the bass player perform and hung with him last nite and i'm still kind of high from it. all my life i've wanted to play really big stages (and have but without the really big crowds) and it inspires me bigtime to see someone who i feel really deserves that, to be doing it. this guy has always been a real inspiration and still is. ps. i consider these guys really successful not for the fact of the bands that they're playing with, but more-so because of the fact that they are doing what they love, are earning more than enough money doing it, and are really happy with their jobs and families.