How Many Bass Players Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

I’m going to indulge myself today and write about music.

What, exactly, does the bass player do in most bands?

Lead vocalist? Easy. Singer makes the song. Guitarists? Still easy. Guitars, whether they’re playing chords behind the singer, or playing a solo with its own melody, make sense to the average listener. Keyboards? Same thing. Chords, played rhythmically, or solos, are part and parcel of what we expect in modern music. Drums? They’re that driving beat or subtle accent. Anyone can see what drums do. (While I’m thinking of musician jokes: What do you call someone who’s always hanging around with musicians? Their drummer. Ba-dump-bump.)

But what about the guy or gal playing one note at a time on, well, another guitar, but with not-quite-enough strings?

Why does every band have a bass player?

How many bass players does it take to change a light bulb?
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