I'll be honest -- the reason I picked up my bass was 'cause my brother plays guitar and I looked up to him (I was 12 a the time). I got one for Christmas when I was 13 (grade 7), played it for a week, and it collected dust for two years. I picked it up again in March of grade 9 and barely did anything, and then in the summer, I started downloading some random mp3s and one of the fellas on Bass101 mentioned the name "Victor Wooten", so I downloaded some one night when I was bored, and now he's the reason I'm still playing bass. I moved onto more and more players, but throughout, Victor has always been on my playlist, whether it be easy going stuff from Yin Yang or crazy arse, mind boggling slap like Me and My Bass Guitar. Any of you guys have an experience similar to this? How about Bruce? I know he had a really long hiatus from playing bass after some bad experience, what made you pick it up again?