For my birthday, I went to go see Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke play in the area. May I just say that the level of skill required to not only play, but also compose jazz like that is astronomical. I grew up listening to people like Stanley Clarke, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Bob James, and it never ceased to amaze me that they could put so much emotion and feeling into songs without lyrics. To me, that’s the true essence of music, the kind of music who’s melody, harmonies, chords and rhythm can stand alone and all come together to hit you on a deep level. Although I do love (and I mean love) well written lyrics, I feel that instrumental music is an entirely different beast all together.