Have you ever witnessed the path of destruction caused by a severe hurricane? It is amazing what kind of damage a bad hurricane can cause. Recently here in the United stated Hurricane Florence caused a lot of flooding and damage to the Carolinas. I didn’t get to see it personally, but I heard a lot about it. Many years ago Hurricane Hugo crashed into the Carolinas and and changed a lot of it. I actually went down to Sumter, South Carolina after Hugo had landed and was amazed at how bad things were. Can you imagine all the trees were “curved and bent to the right?” This was one of the first things I saw when I went down there. Next there were traffic lights blocking the middle of the road. They had been blown off their posts. There were people staggering around (because they had lost access to water, which will sometimes happen during a hurricane). If you can imagine this, just try to go a whole day “without using any water in any way.” Most of us take water for granted, but when we lose access to it our whole world changes. The lack of water can change our mentalities. People were looting because they felt desperate. If you have never experienced the impact of a bad hurricane then you are truly lucky. Mother Nature doesn’t necessarily have to have only hurricanes. There are tsunamis, volcano eruptions and even earthquakes. No matter how safe you may think you are, the wrath of Mother Nature can wreck your entire existence in a day. Be thankful for all you have, and whenever they tell you that a bad storm is coming your way, take the proper precautions for it. The life you save just could be “your own.” 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 Stephanie Mills
I have talked to “many people” about performing. Most of them will say that they only sing in the car or sing in the shower…any place where no one else can hear them. You might also be one of those people who believes that you can’t sing. Would you be right? True, not everyone can sing well. Some can sound really good while others sound really bad. The true concept of good singing is not in your willingness, but rather in your training. Everyone is not born with great vocals. Some people have stronger throats than others. Some people hear better as well. Training can bring out the best in your abilities. The problem here is that most people either can’t or won’t take the time to harness their singing capabilities. When that happens then your voice will only be able to do so much. Of course, there are also the “other” types of singers. These are the people who really believe that they are the only ones who can sing well and everyone else is beneath them. I refer to them as “legends in their own minds.” These people will only want to hear themselves. They don’t want anyone else singing lead but them, because they honestly believe that no one else can sing as well as they can. In most circumstances these people would be wrong. Lastly, there is the “fragile vocalist.” This is the person who will sing “everything” as long as you “change the key” of the song. These types of singers get on my nerves. As a musician you hate to play behind someone who changes the key constantly. After hearing all of this do you now think you might be able to sing? The best way to find out is to simply “try it.” Don’t hold back. If you either feel that you are off key or feel yourself straining then you may want to ease up. Pay attention to yourself if you are singing, and hopefully “after some training” you can be a much better vocalist. 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 Musiq Soulchild
There is a place in Philadelphia called the Uptown theatre. They used to sponsor many big name acts to perform there. Sadly this venue is now closed, but recently I just played for an event paying tribute this facility. Since we could not get any of the original performers, we had people pay tribute to them in song. It turned out to be a really nice event and we had a lot of fun. Here is a small segment of what we did, and hopefully you will like it. I was the musical director for this event. I guess you can see me in here somewhere (smile). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
A year ago in September I was going through something major. I was walking my dog one morning and noticed that I was seeing double. I wasn’t balanced and I felt a little dizzy. The good news was that I went to my brother and told him that I think I needed to go to the hospital. I didn’t feel really bad or sick, but for some reason I just didn’t feel like myself. When he took me there, the hospital wasn’t sure what was wrong with me either. In fact, I told them that I felt like sleeping, and they were about to send me back home. While I was there something happened. The next thing I knew I was being escorted to some room on a stretcher. I wasn’t quite sure of what was happening but evidently I “was having a stroke.” Normally I keep myself in pretty good shape, but during that time I had been eating a lot of late night pretzels and I felt I was under a lot of pressure. I had never experienced anything like this before. I remember being in the hospital and going in and out of consciousness. Sometimes I felt fine and other times I felt like I was losing touch with reality. They decided to keep me for a couple of days, and it was a good thing they did so. Even though my brother tried to keep things somewhat secretive, I still ended up with quite a few visitors. Some even managed to sneak into the hospital at night to visit me. When my kids learned about me, they started crying. They were told that I might have to learn how to do everything all over again, and that included walking. the crazy part about this story is that after 3 days I was allowed to go home feeling really close to one hundred percent. In fact, I felt so good that on the very day I was let out of the hospital I went to play a gig “that night.” God blessed me with a second chance, and now I am doing my best to keep myself right. I take more walks, I drink more water and I try to stress less and I have even changed my diet. I “never” want to go through that again. This September makes a year since that incident. For those of you who are getting older in life, please pay heed to anything different that you feel is going wrong with your body. Just because you are used to doing something in your twenties or thirties doesn’t mean that you can continue it in your forties. Pay attention to small things because “it only takes one episode before your life could drastically change forever. ” I am not trying to scare you, but rather alert you. I survived and I have learned from my experience. Hopefully you will take note “before” something happens to you. Now I can spot people on the street and practically tell who is going to go through something major. It shouldn’t have to be that way. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish the very best that life has to offer.
Ray Lamar is a very talented singer. He is one of our regulars on Wednesday night. Ray usually likes to perform different songs and I like that about him. At our Wednesday night event (The Wednesday Night Grand Slam at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania from 8:00 to 12 midnight) we have so much fun playing forgotten songs. We have a live band and I host the event. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday night i hope you can come through to join us. We think you will be glad you did. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
George Michael had some really nice hit songs. I guess most people could choose any one of his tunes as a favorite, but for me one song sticks out in particular. When I first heard this tune I immediately loved it. I loved it musically, and even though I am NOT a word person, the lyrics to this tune are pretty awesome as well. Hopefully you will like it too. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I remember years ago waking up and hearing on the radio that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. When I first heard it I thought it was some kind of accident. It wasn’t until I got to work and heard about the second plane crashing into it that I realized we were under attack. Everyone at my job kept looking at the television to see the action. It was probably the most vulnerable I ever felt as a United States citizen. Needless to say, after many different theories that chapter of 911 is now over. Our enemy was from Pakistan so (of course) we went to go fight them in “Iraq.” One of the worst things for me was losing a close friend in the World Trade Center. Calvin Bowser went to school with me at Kutztown University. He was actually commuting from Philadelphia each day to work at the building. He also went to my same church. I remember asking him one day how it felt to work at the number one terrorist target in the world. His answer stunned me. He told me that no place was really safe for him. He said the he could not worry about that and he was making a living for his family. He never thought that one day he would become a victim to a terrorist attack. I told him to please be careful and he told me that he would. When I saw his name and picture in the newspaper for being one of those killed I felt so bad. The orchestrator of the attack, Osama bin Ladin, is now dead, thanks to the efforts of President Obama. Still that day should forever be etched in the minds of many Americans. If you go to Youtube, you will come across many different theories about what people think really happened that day. Whatever it was, the United States will always remember the devastation. My prayers are with the families of the loved one who lost their lives, and I hope we never experience another situation like that again. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
World famous guitar player Steve Cropper in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar