I played with some other musicians last night for the first time in probably 10 years. About 4 months ago I had answered an online ad looking for musicians in this area. The guy posting the ad said he was looking for other "middle-aged fat guys" so that he could "put the band back together." This sounded like a good place for me to start, so I responded.
It was a little difficult for him to assemble the various members, due to scheduling and musical desires. His philosophy is that the band is just a glorified beer salesman for the venue at which they are playing. He wants to play feel good, classic rock.
Personally, I tend to approach music from a more artistic aspect. This will be the first cover band I've been in since my teens. And my idea of classic rock differs a little with the band leader's - he's Billy Joel and John Cougar whereas I'm Led Zeppelin and The Who - but that's okay. It's something to play and people to play with. And I do like his other rule: family first.
Unfortunately, the drummer got tied up in Toledo, so our first practice was without a drummer. But still, it got us together and got me playing some music, so it's all good.