I thought this might be an interesting discussion. I turned the big 5-0. Over the past 18 months, I have really been feeling the desire to: - Get into a lower volume, less equipment situation - Get into a band playing more restaurant gigs instead of pure bar gigs - in other words, the 8 or 9 - 12 gigs instead of the 10 - 2 gigs. I have no desire to lug tons of equipment, nor do I have the desire to participate in a band who finds it necessary to do that. I have no desire to lose any more of my hearing. I like playing situations that are lower volume where we can very, very comfortably hear each other. I also think there is a strong clientele out there who wants the same thing - nice music in the background that doesn't prevent having a conversation at the table. Anybody go through this slow down, turn down phase later in life while still staying active musically? Lots of people at this point utter the "been there, done that" thing and just bail completely from live play. Comments?