I tried out and am now in a regularly gigging band. This will take my bass playing to a new level. About the same time, my father, two states away, now 80 years' old, joins up with a group of his contemporiaries and is playing violin in an old standards ensemble that goes around and does gigs at retirement homes. He's getting his chops back, and my Mom says he is starting to play like he did 55 years ago. To me this is just the coolest and most inspirational thing in the world. My 15 year old son, a drummer off and on since he was 8, is buried away in the garage this summer playing drums all day, spending hours at it at a time like you are supposed to at that age. Listens to everything from Green Day to Doris Day and loves it all. Music. The biggest blessing in our lives. Three generations emailing back and forth and talking about gigs and getting along with bandmates and sharing stories. Just wanted to post and share my gratitude for it.