Who else is older (middle-aged and up) and has been away from playing for a long time, and is just getting back into it now? I started in '82 at the age of 12, which makes me 37 now. I played all through middle school, and high school. Two years of taking music at university had me believing that I sucked so I kinda stopped around age 20-21, played for a few months with a group of guys when I was 29, and then stopped again when I had kids. I just started playing again when a buddy of mine, who plays acoustic and sings, started encouraging me to play with him and get some gigs. We've also recently added an electric guitar player and a drummer and are starting to do some heavier tunes. Mostly what I play is improvised, I don't really try to copy an original artist's bassline. It's surprising how chops can be regained, and how little theory I have lost! If anything, my ear has improved *significantly* and I have a much more developed sense of taste in what I play than I ever had when I was younger. I think it may be more fun now than it ever was!