The older I get, the more I appreciate Jeff Berlin's comments. I used to think of him as a windbag who was doing more harm than good. I felt like, who is this yahoo from Craptown, Florida daring to spit in the face of thousands of years of teaching traditions? I felt that he had no respect for those who came before him, and had a way over-inflated sense of himself. I remember him saying that he played on lots of commercials to make a buck and insisted that the advertisers never say that he played on them. Well since when do advertisers ever advertise the musicians in their commercials? Coca-Cola doesn't give a rat's ass if Jeff Berlin is playing on their jingle and telling people he played on it is the least important thing on their agenda. But as I got older, I started thinking that some of the things he was saying were his way of getting people to think of new and different ways of approaching music rather than sticking to the tried and true. Yes, he says that stuff in a completely arrogant way like he's the only authority on anything musical out there. But in reality, he's just trying to mix it up a little and get us all to think in ways we might not have thought about before. Take away the overbearing ego, and a lot of the things he says are true. People do over-rely on metronomes. Going to bass camps where nature walks and zen discussions predominate have F-all with playing music. Musicians don't like having their safe little realities screwed with. All true. But this interview that Mike Visceglia did with him shows me that it seems like Jeff is becoming something I never thought he was capable of being...humble. Maybe having a child with cancer showed him that there were lots more important things out there than pushing his rampant egotism on the public. Or maybe it was years of people writing into Bass Player telling him he was FOS. I don't know. But rather than castigate him, as so many have done, maybe we should listen to some of the things he says, realize his intentions in saying them are to make people think about music in different and non-traditional ways, and (God forbid) maybe even listen to them.