As we have progressed musically, and we're groovin' along on the gig, where there's space and where it does no harm, we all play a lick, or a passage, or some flurry of notes 'cause we hear it and/or think its cool. I have moved away from much extraneous playing because of a few reasons: 1) It doesn't matter to the audience 2) The PA/rig/venue isn't always good at projecting those subtleties 3) Most great songs with awesome grooves leave 'all that' on the cutting room floor. I haven't lost any love for learning new stuff. I have found that the empty spaces are as, if not more powerful at times than any note. Anyone else moved in this direction? By all means, comment.