....no idea where I'm goin with this one - just wanted to see if I could get some conversation going on this subject. I was just listeneing to Tear on the new Chili Peps album and the bassline jumped out at me. I feel like love was put into that bass line. Passion. Warmth. Heart. Soul. Something that a lot of basslines seem to lack. Specially in Rock & Roll. Most R&R seems fueled by anger, or is devoid of any real feel except for a sort of playing of the notes. I often get caught up in the notes and have to consciously reconnect to what I'm playing. In fact I'm gonna go play for a couple of hours soon as I finish writing this and practice making my notes sing instead of just playing them. I want to make BEEEAUUUTTIIIFUL music. I've been feeling a bit emotional lately, so you'll have to excuse me. Any thoughts on heartfelt basslines, and good examples??? Some of my favorite heartfelt bassists are John Paul Jones, whoever plays for Lou Reed, Flea - lot of the 70's soul music. Oh yeah - the guy from Sublime - if you listen closely that guy is NOT just playing notes. Thoughts pleeez!