A friend of mine who plays keys invited me up to his house for a jam session last night, I haven't seen him for months since the band we were in together broke up, so I went up to visit and make some music. I didn't have any expectations-- it was a jam session. Somehow this ended up as a reunion night for a local band that hasn't been playing together for six or eight months since they disbanded. The whole band showed up, plus me. I definitely felt like the odd man out, but I also have a relationship with the drummer who i'm working in a different project with, so I had played with two of the five musicians before. These guys are are really good folks and players, all fifteen to thirty years older than me, and everyone was hanging around, partying a bit. The bass player from the band sat down at the second piano and we hacked our way through a blues jam, i'm still feeling uncomfortable, so I start playing percussion instead of bass and invite him to play. Things picked up then, understandably, these guys played together for almost ten years. A song or two in they asked me to plug in my bass and we went at it with two basses, something i've never done before, as well as sitting in with a full band, which is something else i've never done before. The first couple songs went well, I followed along kind of sketching little rhythmic phrases in the upper octave of my five string. We took a break and gave it another go, and things started to really take off! The rest of the night was really awesome and I had a great time. I was first to leave, and before I left the drummer asked me to sit in on the drums with this band before I left. I have spent the last six months pushing my drumming very hard, and have got myself up to a respectable place, but i've never sit in with a band in this kind of situation. Not only did I pull it off, but I had a couple of the musicians really complimenting my drumming, which really made my night (week). You know, sometimes getting positive encouragement from other musicians, especially those you really respect, can be a very good thing. I try to remember that and give a good amount of sincere compliments. The whole experience made me feel very strong in what I am doing and also like my intensive wood shedding is really paying off! Thanks for listening to my ramble, I just thought i'd share my experience.