So why did you suggest that I "practice?" /what's that supposed to mean? You want suggestions? Don't ask me. I'm the one that "sings too loud," that "plays songs that ain't bluegrass." When one of your big guns was asked to back off on one of my songs, he answered "Well, I don't like his style anyway." Another plays his boombox while I'm singing. Our group is immediately interrupted when the stars arrive. I don't deny that this is a good opportunity for some, but others have gone home hurt. If you haven't noticed this, than you aren't watching. If you want to assume that this is all some fantasy generated by my alleged ego/attitude, then go ahead. I played music Sunday with a bunch of people of varied abilities who enjoyed themselves and didn't seem to find a place with the other group. Some of them said so, at least, without the prompting of my ego. They seem to sense that our "open jam" becomes merely a showcase/practice session for a rehearsing band, instead of an open exchange where all are equal. But since I wasn't there on opening day, I should just shut up and let them go. OK, I can do that.