Just wondering if there are any other people on here who are "former" musicians. I used qoutes because while I think you can stop playing, I dont think you stop from ever being a musician. Ive played bass (my primary instrument, I also play six string guitar and some piano) since my mid teens, studied music in college, and studied both upright and electric bass privately. Ive played everything from rock to jazz, but have mostly spent my time playing in jam bands. Im not the best on my instrument, but based on the caliber of people that have chosen to play with me, I know I play well. Ive also been fortunate to play medium sized halls, festivals, and clubs... Im 43, and the past few years have been a struggle in terms of finding musicians and keeping bands together. every six months to a year Ive had to start over because people either flake out, or have too many other commitments to other musical projects. Its basically gotten to the point where the little voice inside of my head tells me that when you factor in all the vehicle wear and tear, gas, travel time, etc. that is required for being in a band that it is really not worth it the time, money and hassle. Anyone else?