Well, last night I played my first gig in over a year. We've been waiting until we'd all gotten our "protection", and the attendees were also limited for "safety". We only had one short rehearsal on Thursday, so things were pretty rough. We played a short set based mainly on songs we had been doing a year and a half ago, and the "rust" was definitely there. The band is a trio....with me on guitar/vocals, my long-time drummer who also sang one song, and a bassist/vocalist. I've written before about my frustration with the bassist , and I don't believe he had picked up a bass in 14 months. I'm not sure he even LISTENED to the song list to refresh his memory. Some players are good enough to listen to a song a few times, and play it adequately after that.....but he's not one of those players.....and he doesn't really care. He is a super-nice guy, but his "priorities" are more into "pretending" to be a rock star and "playing" to the audience and his girl friend, with the level of the music a distant second run. Now.....in perspective, no one died, the audience seemed to enjoy themselves, and maybe I shouldn't be so harsh.....but I know things won't get much better. His opinion of what a bass part should be is diametrically different from mine....his volume, his tone, and his choice of notes, are all just WRONG! In the past, I've (politely) tried to show him different ideas, and in practice he will "try"....but at a gig he reverts to his old ways. I'm not really asking for answers, I'm more or less just venting. It DID feel good playing before a live audience again, and I did get several compliments on my playing, singing, and even my #1 "Tele"-partscaster that I assembled in 2019......so I guess I should be grateful for "something" good. It's just a frustrating situation. It's like riding a tricycle with only two wheels. Thanks for listening.