Yeah a silly title to pull you in. Something I was thinking about last night at the open mic. Here's the gist... I play on the open mic circuit a bit and see many of the same folks. I find that folks (generally) seem to fit into two camps when playing covers. One is a super rehearsed note for note rendition and the other is a more casual approach. The note for note guys, sometimes bring a track and play with it or often can't have/or won't have the backing band (if any) play with them. And often bring an obscure song or something they really love but might not be as common. The casuals seem to adapt to that better and bring more common songs...which can often result in a different bassline or slightly wrong drum beat, but they can plow through it. I have seen this manifest itself when brought to band as well. Some folks are super deep into their rehearsed set of 15 songs done to perfection that they are unable to jam, wing it or otherwise add new songs with a group of people that might not have played those same 15 songs for the past 10 years. But, the latter, more casual, might never put in the time to refine their presentation to get the signature parts better. Or they might seek those that are also more casual and thus nobody really works to refine the overall presentation. I have no interest in recording or writing. I like to play with people or do some solo open mic stuff. I find my self in the more casual camp mostly. When I sing or lead a tune, I try and keep it easy so folks can join me if they want (or I want company). Which means that some B-side stuff that I would like to play, or perhaps more complicated stuff, I might never get to play as it would require getting 3 other folks to buy into my idea. (And we know that at least two of them won't ever listen to it). But I also play "lead" guitar (and don't sing) in a band with guys that are a little more like the former (but still developing their skills). This equates to me playing stuff I wouldn't normally play but I try and make it good so I can work on my skills in being a little more refined, and try to be a good bandmate by being prepared. Wow, a lot of rambling....where do you fit into these camps? If at all? Happy Friday everyone.