We have a gig this Sunday on a local dock bar. It's a popular spot and should be a fun time. This is a band that gets together a few times a year for epic jams. We always have decent crowds that appreciate good music. I just got a text from the singer with 4-5 more songs... almost all Bob Marley tunes. I'm laughing because we don't have any reggae tunes in our repertoire... although we sometimes tend to find some nice reggae vibes when the jams get good. Last-minute-tunes is a fairly typical occurrence. To me, this is the best part about playing in a band like this. Flying by the seat of our pants and hanging on for dear life. It's actually pretty typical. One of our last shows before quarantine was a benefit concert. It was a packed house of local who's-who types. We had a great setlist and the crowd was into it. At one point, the lead singer just turned around and said "Watchtower." We'd never actually played that tune... ever. He was looking at me to start it. So I started strumming chords up the neck of my bass in the rhythm of a Michael Hedges cover I remember from way back in the day. One by one the band joined in and we just went for it. Turned out to be one of the best jams of the night. We're still talking about it. I know some players who would be cussing the singer for doing stuff like that. I mean, I'm a total "be prepared" kind of player. I'm the guy who always know my parts and even has spare charts, if necessary. Truth-be-told, there was a time I would have hated being put on the spot. But these days, situations like this tell me that we have a guy leading this group who has total confidence in his band (he points to me for a bass solo on the weirdest tunes... lol). In my opinion, that's the highest compliment he could give us. I'm curious... how would you react to this kind of musical environment? Would you hate it or thrive?