I had been practicing tonight, and then I put on an old favorite album of mine, Michael Henderson’s In the Nighttime (1978.) I was playing along with the fretless song, Indiscreetly I’m Yours, and I then I played along with the title song. The a song called Whisper in My Ear came on. Henderson was in serious Jamerson mode. I realized I had never even attempted this song, and was too much for to get just playing along. With a song like this, I often listen and then play from memory. I will then play along with the record, corrected what I got wrong from memory. For some reason, the thought hit me that by the end of the summer of 1978, I had a bass as good as what Henderson probably used to record, a Rickenbacker 4000. Henderson actually used a Rickenbacker 4001 on You are My Starship, his big hit that he had with a Norman Connors. I guess thinking about Verdine White, who is the same age as Henderson made me think about how much of the music I love was played on pretty basic instruments. Come to think of it, the biggest improvement in sound I ever had was going from a pretty terrible Korean no name bass to my Rickenbacker. I am not going down the rabbit hole of renouncing GAS, but it is striking how little in terms of gear is needed for good music. In fact, buying no bass ever helped me learn a song. The only thing that ever do that was a lesson of some sort, either formal, informal, or through a book or video.