*CAUTION - Rant ahead* So, I went through a roller coaster of emotions after listening to this line delivered by a snot-nosed, musically privileged (due to his parents involvement), little a-hole speaking about an instrument and role I had to teach to myself with zero guidance when this kid was basically force fed the musical background I had craved only after learning much later was the foundation of everything I loved. I cursed his name, his band and his stupid face! ...Then I realized, the little punk was right...and I was just jealous. The subject line is delivered just before the 17 minute mark in this video: It took me a little while to realize the bassists that made me want to play bass (Jaco, JPJ, James Jamerson, Ty Zamora) weren't just bassists. They were multi-instrumentalists who had a broad knowledge of composition and theory before picking up the bass. At least for me, Bassists weren't only bassists...that wasn't their only job. ...sonovagun.... Next, I realized that recently I have been the most fulfilled while exploring other instruments, learning more theory, and taking a bigger role in the composition of my band's songs which circled back and informed my basslines to be way better than when I focused on just the drums. I reluctantly submitted, I didn't want to be "just a bass player" anymore. The moniker I had worked on for almost two decades, wearing the title as an often misunderstood badge of honor, only really respected by other musicians or people who knew music, had lost its appeal. I felt like I betrayed the younger version of myself who said, "screw those dime-a-dozen guitarists who care more for the attention than the music. I'm THE bass player, I live for the groove and to serve the song primarily. I don't need to know more than that". So I find myself understanding what this guy meant a little better. But I'm conflicted. What do you think? 1. Are there really only bass players out there? 2. Is the bass as complex as guitar in music composition?