This past Saturday my band played for a family party to celebrate the 84th birthday of my mother-in-law. My wife's family is large and none of them have ever heard me play bass before; most didn't even know I played at all. So it was nice to play for them and surprise them with a side of myself that was largely unknown to the family.
We played well and the music was much appreciated. One sister-in-law told me she was "very impressed." A brother-in-law asked me "When did you start playing bass?" Actually, I started many years ago, but hung up my bass to finish college and establish a career. I finally returned to this long neglected passion in January of this year, when I answered an ad on Craig's List.
In this terrible time of economic dysfunction, music is the main positive activity in my life. It's good to know that I am making progress, in this one endeavor at least, while I watch my economic life otherwise fall apart.
We are scheduled to play again on July 4th in Menlo Park.