Years ago, I was reading about a researcher, I think it was Maslow, who interviewed a lot of famous people who transcended the average person. One thing they had in common were many "peak experiences". He described these as experiences where they felt a spiritual (NOT drug-induced) high after they had achieved or experienced something. People like Ghandi and Mother Teresa were part of his sample. I think he said these experiences accompanied what he calls "self-actualization". So, what are your peak experiences as a musician? Where you felt one with everything, that you were in the right place, that you had someone hit a natural high as a result of your activities as a musician? I have a few of them right now that really stand out. 1. My first gig with top-players in town. They all had music degrees and decades of experience. I had loaded up all my stuff and was driving the car home after the gig. I had somehow hit on something that I would likely be doing for the rest of my life. The words "I'm a semi-pro musician now" kept flooding my brain all the way home. 2. When I wrote 15 songs for a club owner. I had to switch between a piccolo for melodies, and my electric for supportive bass when others were soloing. I was using second call musicians because the pay was low. We played the original first couple songs and the crowd clapped and hooted and hollered as much as they do when I play with the top-of-scene guys. After we played our first set, one of the guys, one of these non-musician types who listen to EVERYTHING, walked up to me and said. "I see a pattern, all the best bands have a really strong bass player." 3. I was at a music festival with my first band, a classic and smooth jazz quartet. We were playing Tequila Moon by Jesse J. I looked out over the crowd, and it was like I didn't see them. What I saw were the trees and the beautiful landscape. I knew the song by heart so I wasn't even thinking about my playing and the whole band flowed. It was amazing to be admist such beauty making music without even thinking about it. 4. My first song I wrote when I was 17. It was called Sunday Afternoon, and featured three part harmony between a trombone, a trumpet, and a sax player. I gave them the sheet music, and after they played it, it sounded the same as I envisioned it when I composed it on my guitar, with all the instruments simply in my head. I felt, as one musician described it "God-like". Something about creating something and bringing it to life the way you envisioned it is way cool. 5. We were doing a tune called Europa by Santana. It was missing something, so I bought a Dunlop Bass Chorus. I used it with a fretless I had built many years previously. When I played it with the band I sounded like Abe Laboriel in the Lion King tune "He LIves in YOu". A tune where his soaring fretless tone had captivated and eluded me for years. So, what are your peak experiences as a musician?