Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What’s in a name?)

This topic might sound a little bizarre to you, but I aim to show justification. Sometimes people really don’t know what they want to be called. I have heard some men refer to some women as Ma’am but I have also heard some women say that it makes them feel old.  I have heard many men refer to woman as “baby” but some will get offended at that. Blacks were called many different names, from negroes to African American. The latter name sounds kind of long to me but some will adhere to it. I asked a gay woman what is the proper definitive term to call them. I like to be respectful to all. She said that everyone is different and what is offensive to some may not be offensive to others. To me, it felt like the term “queer” was repulsive, but she said that it was not offensive to her. She also said that the term “gay” is fine. Since I don’t know what they experience, it is difficult for me to figure out how to address them respectfully. When people don’t know your real name they have to refer to you as something. Is there any label that can work for everyone? A name can say a lot about other people, but it also says a lot about you. Do you ever think about what you call others? As a musician, I refer to each job I do as a “gig.” A lot of people don’t understand what a gig is. I’m not sure of what else I can call it. Diversity is what makes each and every person unique. Maybe one day we will find a term that is reflective of everyone. Until then, your guess is as good as mine… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jolly Scott in concert with Brett Jolly on bass



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Suzanne Somers posts a picture at 73 years of age)

Recently I saw online a story about Suzanne Somers, former star of the television show “Three’s company.” She recently decided to celebrate her birthday by posing “nude” and posting it. People started posting things about how distasteful it was and that she should hang it up at this age (She looked great years ago on the television series). Out of curiosity, I took a look at the picture. One thing that I did take notice of was the pose she had. It may not have been the most flattering pose to take nude but I didn’t actually see “any” nudity in the picture. It was also interesting to check out the comments about her. While some of them were not flattering others were quite supportive of her. If you would like to check out the article, here is the link:

I always believe that one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. I am not trying to equate her picture with trash at all. From what I saw, I still think she is attractive at the age of 73. Did the picture do anything for me? Probably not, but then again most pictures of that nature don’t phase me that way. If done right, pictures are considered artwork to me, and that is how I viewed her picture. People are entitled to their opinions, but I thought it was a good picture. She still looks good at the age of 73 and considering all the other pictures of famous women nude that we all have seen I think she had every right to post her picture. People can try to condemn her if they want, but there are still many people out there who think she still has it. I am one of those who think she still has it too. She gets my full support on what she did. In this age seeing naked pictures seems to be almost commonplace. It reminds me of when I went to the southern beaches of France and Miami. Those beaches were topless, and after awhile it just seemed “normal” to me. Nudity is considered tasteless and disrespectful to some, but some of our most famous artistic works featured nudity. I guess it all depends on your state of mind. I like to keep my mind open to things that some other people may not understand. I feel like I can learn more that way. Hats off (as well as everything else) to Suzanne Somers, and thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always I wish you the very best that life  has to offer.

Patti Labelle and Smokey Robinson with Brett Jolly on bass guitar


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Song from last night)

Last night was a good night even though weather conditions thwarted us from having a packed house. Nevertheless, we had a great time. If you are ever in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area on a Wednesday night I hope you can join us at the Wednesday Night Grand Slam (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania, from 8:00 to 12 midnight). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( Video interview of Doris Hall James)

This is a video interview I did with a lady who had exposure into the music business. Her name is Doris Hall James and she used to be married to R&B star Fat Larry. Larry had a couple of hits on the R&B charts but died in 1987. Doris is still involved in the music industry and also working with others to help promote their careers as well. If you are a female looking to get into the music business I think you should definitely check this out. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( Bill Jolly and the Hard Drive band)

I think I have mentioned my brother Bill Jolly before. He is a great keyboardist and musical director. He was once the musical director for Grover Washington Jr., Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman and Patti Labelle. He mostly plays in the studio, but every once in a while we will do gigs with the big band. For those who have never heard him before, this is a small sample of what he does. I hope you like it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thoughts (Took my kids to one of those haunted houses)

During this time of year there are usually festive events like haunted houses up all over the place. I have heard all of the comments about how we are not supposed to worship demonic events. I understand people’s perspectives on that totally. However, I don’t go there to worship anything demonic. I go there to have fun, and I usually take my kids there every year. This particular place was in Dorney Park in Allentown Pennsylvania. Yes, prices were kind of hefty, and the lines were long. However, we discovered a way to make the lines easier for us. When we got there, we got in line for one place and waited for close to 45 minutes. Then my daughter told me that there was another line for those who paid more money but got in quicker. That line was very short and quick. We decided to look at the price for upgrading our tickets. Well, we paid it, and the benefits were extremely helpful. While the conventional lines were very long, we managed to walk up in the short lines and got to see just about everything. I hated spending the money, but I loved being in the fast lane. From now on I will make sure to get the better tickets. Dorney Park is over an hour from where I live, and I had an early gig that evening. Once we got there, it was “super crowded.” If we had stayed with the original cheaper pricing, we probably would only have had time for 3 or 4 rides. Once we upgraded we got on them all. Overall it was fun and it was a learning experience for me. I know how to handle this next time. It was fun, my kids enjoyed themselves and I had fun as well. I hope you don’t mind me sharing my experience with you today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly along with Verdine White of “Earth, Wind and Fire.”




Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Diversity)

When you think about it, there are many people on this Earth with many, many different opinions about many different things. We can tell others that they are wrong or they could tell us that we are wrong, but it doesn’t necessarily change “anything.” Our differences make us who we are, but they also put us in stark contrast with those who don’t think the same as we do. People have different views on abortion, war, capital punishment and even politics, to name a few. What do you do when someone wants you to see things the same way he or she does? Do you give in, or do you keep with your own rationale? While some people believe that our diversity makes us weaker, I actually believe it makes us stronger.  We can’t improve or grow unless we find a way to address our issues in life. Discussion is what gives us the power to find solutions to problems. As important as it is to talk to someone, it is equally as important to be able to “listen” as well. People make up their minds before hearing all the facts, and often that will negate the potential of discussion. The unwillingness to compromise on issues also has an effect. We all are a product of what we have experienced and what we have been taught. Does that mean we are all right? I believe that as long as you live, you should continue to grow. Through my life I have learned that George Washington may have told lies as he was growing up. Bill Cosby may have been America’s dad years ago, but he is a prison inmate now. Michael Jackson may (or may not) have molested little boys. A lot of things that were taught to me when I was growing up now seem tarnished. To me that means that I need to depend less on stated history. I was taught that the last plane on the 911 tragedy that was supposed to land crashed after passengers thwarted the hijackers. Until more evidence comes in, I firmly believe that plane was “shot down.” History is exactly what it says it is…. “His… Story….” You can believe everything that others tell you, but that may not necessarily be the truth. Dig deeper in your quest for knowledge. I know I will… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

David Banner, Ciara, Vickie Winans, The Williams brothers, Chuck Brown, Janet Jackson, James Ingram and Yolanda Adams with Brett Jolly to the right on Bass guitar