I feel like such a kid...
Because a friend of mine in college played bass, a few years later, when I had a minor windfall, I bought a bass and an amp, figuring it would be easier for me than guitar, which it was. But, things being what they are, eventually I tired of that, and the bass went back into its case, not to see the light of day for a long time.
Fast forward a bunch of years. Marriage and kids have ensued. My son, then all of two years old, expresses an interest in playing guitar. I don't want to get him a toy; I want to get him something that he can really play. I do some investigation, and I realize that even a half-size student guitar would be too big for him. I do find, however, that a baritone ukulele, which has the same tuning as the top four strings of a guitar, would be the right size for him. So I order one. Researching what to get for him, however, has rekindled whatever spark of musicianship was in me. When I ordered his ukulele, I also ordered a low end (Ibanez) acoustic guitar.
My son enjoys the ukulele (which he calls his guitar). His fingers don't quite have the strength to fret the strings, which frustrates him, so I fret the strings while he strums. He can play a real song that way. It's pretty cool.
By this point, playing my new Ibanez acoustic, I once again realize why I gave up guitar the first time around, having no talent for it. However, the bass now starts calling me. I pull it out, and I start playing. I like it. I'm trying to learn things which are kind of ambitious for a novice bass player (Rush and Audioslave), but easier things (like AC/DC) are boring to play against recordings.
The bug hit me. I needed to play with someone else, but I was scared it would take up too much of my time. I didn't want to lose my time with my family, and I figured most musicians rehearse most days of the week. But maybe not. I started looking at the free musician ads in various places. Perhaps I was in luck. I answered a few ads and placed a few of my own, stating in no uncertain terms that I was (1) at best a novice with no experience in a band, and (2) unwilling to spend more than a day or two a week, during non-work hours, on this. Also, finding people around my age would be best -- I really didn't want to play with a bunch of fourteen year olds.
It took a while, but I got some bites. Last night, I had my first get together with a couple of guys who used to play together but haven't for a while. The guy who was supposed to sing couldn't show up, so the guitarist tried his best, but he wasn't used to it. I was nervous as hell at first, practically shaking. But eventually I got into the groove. We played a couple of the songs we had previously discussed and I had been able to practice, and we picked our way through a few songs that I hadn't practiced but learned the basics of while we were there.
I didn't thoroughly embarrass myself. I don't think I did that badly. Considering this was the first time I had played with any other musicians in about 20 years, I (kind of) held my own.
We'll see what comes of it. The guitarist is supposed to get the singer for the next time we get together, but we haven't scheduled any time yet.
I got a complete charge out of it, and I hope with either these or some other guys, I can make a semi-regular thing out of it. It's something I needed to do while I was still alive and young enough to do it.