Today I would like to post something that music-wise was quite ahead of it’s time. The arrangement and composition of this piece is truly remarkable. I have no idea what happened to the group (or if they are still around). However, the instrumentation of this song is fantastic, and whoever wrote this piece had to have great musical imagination. This song was a big hit when it was released years ago (I believe it was 1978). Most people may not remember this, but it was great back then, and I think it is worthy of being one of those forgotten hit songs. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Many people reading this probably won’t recognize the name, but Stan Lee was instrumental in a lot of lives. For those of you who don’t know him, Stan’s name was most associated with the rise of Marvel comics. Many kids, including myself, learned a lot of big words from reading the comics. They were great enjoyment to me, and now even though I hardly read them anymore, I feel they helped me in a lot of ways. Marvel comics had “flawed” super heroes such as Spider Man, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, Thor, and the Incredible Hulk. The heroes were flawed because they had “human type issues” that meant they weren’t perfect. People could relate to these characters more. The biggest boost for Stan and Marvel comics came when the movie people bought them out to bring those characters to life in the movies. My kids made sure that I got to see just about all of the movies, and they were fun to watch on the big screen. For those of you who would like to know more about the life of Stan Lee, just check out this article:
I realize that people have their own opinions about comic books. Some feel that they are a waste of time for youngsters. I understand that perfectly, but I also know that as a young kid I didn’t want to read any regular books. I wanted to read what I liked, and I liked comic books. I learned a LOT of big words reading Marvel Comics, and I also learned how to deal with certain life problems through the examples that comic books gave me. I was a good student in school, and I honestly believe my experience with comic books helped to make me that way. Kids need to “read.” Maybe most of them don’t want to read books, but if they happen to like comics then that can help them. I just know that it “helped me.” Stan Lee will probably not get much fanfare from what he did, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t deserve it. I was saddened to hear of his death, but since he lived to be 95 then to me that was a very good life. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The late great saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly
Sunday, November11, was officially “Veteran’s Day.” This is a day we use to celebrate the Veterans who sacrifice for us. I don’t publish my Daily Thought on Sundays, but I would never want to leave out Veterans for all they do for us. I wrote this song years ago for the Mike Mims foundation honoring veterans, and today I would like to post it again in remembrance of those who fight for our country. To all veterans everywhere, we cherish you and I hope this song says it all. Thank you for all you have done and may God bless you.
The innocence of children is so genuine and angelic. They are honest in what they feel. They start out with no reason to hate and they have so much to learn. They are dependent on an adult figure to guide them in the right direction. The difference between the views of a young child and an adult depends heavily on what they have been “taught.” If they learn the ways of hatred it is because they have experienced it through the teachings of someone else. That is why the future of our world rests in the heart of our kids. They won’t keep their innocence forever. They have to learn just like we did growing up. If parents could be more responsible with their kids then the world would not have so many issues. Of course, we all know that being the “best” of parents is no guarantee that a child won’t make a mistake, but at least a responsible parent should help to minimize any damage. If parents don’t live right then how can they expect their kids to be that way? Raising a child is a “huge” responsibility. We need to invest more into the welfare of our young ones. Even if you raise a child perfectly and that child becomes an honor student, that child could one day come across a troubled youth whose parents neglected him or her and then become a victim to a random act of terror. If this society is to survive we ALL need to take responsibility when it comes to our kids. I can guarantee that right now there is a troubled child out there waiting for the opportunity to inflict harm or do damage. That child needs our help. Just focusing on your own child will not do it. We need to protect ALL the children of the world. Some will not see this, but as long as we have random shootings, abused women, and evil acts then there will always be a need for guidance. It would be great if we could catch our kids “before” they reach that point. For the sake of everyone else, please lets save the children. They will inherit this world once we are older, and they will inherit the conditions we have left them. If we can give them a chance, then it might make a difference. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Ashanti with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
I believe Veteran’s Day is supposed to be coming up soon so last night we decided to do a small tribute to veterans at my open mic event. We like to do more than just music at our events. We want people to feel comfortable and happy whenever they come to see us. This particular song features Benny Barksdale on saxophone. As usual with us, we “never” got the chance to rehearse this song at all , so everything you are hearing is being performed “on the spot.” We would like to thank all veterans for their sacrifices and we hope you enjoy this song. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Every once in a while I would like to post songs that may have been long forgotten but were really “great” songs. This particular piece came from a gentleman in the UK. He may have had more hits in his country, but I think this was it for him here in the United States. While the lyrics were “quite depressing” the song related well to many. I’m not sure what might have happened to this guy but no one should be able to ignore the strength of this tune. As with so many other good artists this guy faded from view right after his career just seemed to get started. They don’t do songs like this anymore. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know if certain questions were on the ballot today? Maybe questions about whether or not Medicare or Social Security should be kept or discarded should be posted. Also there should be questions about whether or not we should allow immigrants into the country or whether we should split up families and eject people from our country. We could even vote on whether or not to build a wall along the border or whether or not we want to support the Nationalist agendas. We could also vote on how we want to respect women, veterans and minorities with certain questions on the ballot. Wouldn’t it be great if these questions were actually listed? Well, in essence, these questions ARE listed on the ballot. They are hiding behind certain names of politicians who want your vote. It is one thing to vote, but it is another thing to know who and what you are voting for. You need to know what candidates are thinking and doing and whether or not you support them. An “educated voter” is dangerous to those who want to be divisive. There are people in office who “hope” you don’t have enough sense or knowledge to know what they are doing. They will even attempt to disguise what they are saying so that you will be confused. If you know what you want, and you can see beyond the surface of what they offer, then you are an “educated voter.” This election is really important for a LOT of people. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone else… only yourself… Count for something today. Do what needs to be done. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts