This is a CL pet peeve. I keep seeing ads from guys who list their "influences." Sometimes these lists get insanely long -- I just saw one by a young bassist (are you a TB'er out there?) who lists -- I kid you not - SEVENTY-NINE different musical "influences," including listing the Beatles and Paul McCartney separately. Yes I actually counted them. I suspect that means he's learned to play 79 songs. If anyone were to ask me what my "influences" are (nobody has), I would tell them I'm not good enough to have influences. I can pretty much play my instrument. There are bassists I admire and who amaze me. But I won't pretend for a second that I am able to do anything that reflects imitation or inspiration of their distinctive techniques. I certainly don't have a style that incorporates the influence of seventy-nine different musicians at once! Is this just me? What's the difference between a real "influence" and just stuff you like to listen to or like to play?