I do not practice with a metronome because I want to become a better drummer. I practice with a metronome to practice focusing. To practice pretending that the world is objective. To meditate.
We value a musician's completed compositions, technical virtuosity, or the ability of a performer to express emotion. But what about the value of listening?
"I just discovered Wet. In the few hours since being introduced to the band over a friend’s speakers, I have listened to their song “You’re The Best” an estimated thirty or forty times, and counting."