You are speaking of something completely different, being a professional. I am not saying that. I agree if you want to keep a gig you may have to sit there and be someone's drum machine sometimes. No doubt that will cross your path if you are a working drummer. I am just saying I feel the collaborations are where the best art comes from.I don't know Dale it seems to me to survive in this biz you have to be able to give people what they want. If a person can't be instructed to play something because they don't like to be told what to play there will be a hundred other guys who will.
The way I see it is give them what they want. If it's good, then you maybe ended up doing something you wouldn't have done yourself, a good thing, and you've been open minded. If it's bad, that's when you say, maybe try it this way.....
Any more I have been more choosy in my career. I have been shying away from the control freaks and playing with people who want to be democratic. I think it not only allows me more freedom to express myself, but I think the final product becomes more organic as well.
I am just fortunate to be at this point that I can be picky. Not everyone is. If my goals were arena rock I don't think I would be making this statement.