I remember years ago I was about to go out of my very first tour. I was going all over the country and I was “so” eager to get away from Philadelphia. I lived here all of my life and was curious to see what was happening in other areas. Well, I got on the plane (actually, I got on many planes) and traveled to so many places that I can’t remember if I have ever been there or not. Even though I was extremely fatigued and tired I wanted to find the areas of cities that were most intriguing to me. For some reason I actually thought that all the areas I went to would be better than Philadelphia. Well, I can now say that this was “not” the case. Philadelphia has it’s own identity, and for most people you either love it or you hate it here. We have the most brutal sports fans in history. When you are doing great we love you and when you stink we will let you know in a very “loud” way. We have booed Santa Claus here. When the football player Michael Irvin was temporarily paralyzed we actually “cheered.” We even booed Beyonce here. To live successfully here in Philly you need to have that Philly mentality. If you are too friendly to people they will probably think you are weird. If you smile too much they will probably recognize you as someone from out of town and try to con you out of your money. We still have trolley cars here. We have homeless people begging for money here. In our newspapers there are often stories about murder or killing. It is rare that someone doesn’t die here each day. With this being said there are good things about our city to note. There is diversity here for just about everything. Yes, there are some sections of the city that you might not want to venture into but in most cases the reputation is more dangerous than the actual location. Stars from this city include Wilt Chamberlain, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, Bn Jovi, Boyz II Men, Kevin Hart, Bill Cosby and Will Smith (to name only a few). We have the art museum, the Rocky Statue and the Liberty Bell here and a good downtown area. We have great cheesesteaks and hoagies here as well. We also have some really nice mustard pretzels. Once you get acclimated to Philly you probably wouldn’t mind living here. It is between New York (Manhattan) and Delaware. Manhattan is way over crowded and too busy and Delaware is too dull, so Philly fits right in between both. To get the best understanding of our city you should probably come here to visit. You might be glad you did (or you might hate it). Either way this is the city of Brother love and Sisterly affection, and we welcome you. 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
It was interesting to find out about the things that will soon be “gone” by the year 2020. Some of the things I understand perfectly and some of those things I still wish to use (but I can see it disappearing). At first when the GPS came out I actually thought about investing in them, but I am “so glad” that I didn’t. Now each smartphone usually has a better GPS system built into it that operates better than any regular GPS did. They are usually more updated as well, so soon the GPS (by itself) should be a thing of the past. Alarm clocks and digital cameras are also being replaced by smartphones and will soon be extinct. Phone chargers and headphones with wires will soon give way to wireless models. Paper work is going digital, from maps to magazines and even newspapers. Soon you (and everyone else) will have to read your newspaper online. Hard drives will instead be kept “in the cloud” (whatever that means) for better security of your information. Fax machines should have disappeared long ago. Also the CD is on it’s way out as well. People are streaming now and no one buys CD’s anymore, making the music industry change it’s ways as well. Blu -Ray players and DVD’s are also in danger of becoming extinct, because people are also not buying these things. Getting bills in the mail and calculators are on the endangered list as well. They will still send you your bills though. In fact, just about anything paper. Watches and landlines are on their way out. You might want to save one of these as memorabilia. Computers will soon be voice activated, thereby saving you from having to push buttons all the time. If you haven’t noticed yet, pay phones are disappearing. Can you imagine the last time you tried to find one? Reference books, check books and passwords are moving out due to technology. We are moving into another age now. Thank God that parking meters are going out of business. Here in Philadelphia a lot of those things were broke anyway and it took so much time just to get a small ticket stub. One bad thing about the new technology is that drones are a better investment than workers, often reducing the time to take purchases around. Several truck drivers and UPS workers may be out of work due to the advance of technology. When it comes to a new future with better technology it usually doesn’t come without victims. Some of us have been spared and just don’t know it. The car that can get a thousand miles to a gallon of gas was invented long ago, but can you imagine the amount of unemployment that would result from that? Changes happen and in order for us to move forward we need to know what’s coming up. Someone may be able to look at these new renovations and make something positive happen. Some will become prey to the new technology. You need to figure out your own destiny. Whether it is your job or your way of living changes will happen. Are you prepared? For your own sake, I hope so. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Olivia Newton John, Brett Jolly and musical director Amy Skyy
It seems with each day yet another new accusation arises regarding sexual misconduct. The issues range from harassment to rape. People have gotten fired and many men have had their careers altered. These voices against them are sounding off, but why now? Is it because the abused women finally have said “I have had enough” or is it because of the fact that so many other women have now sounded the alarms? Now there are so many accused men out there that even Bill Cosby is having a big sigh of relief knowing that people are leaving him alone. What message does this give? Is it possible that ALL of the men accused are guilty? So far some of the accused are John Lasseter, Charlie Rose, Matt Laur, Al Franken, Glen Thrush, Harvey Weinstein, Ray Moore and so many more. My personal opinion is that when a young man suddenly has a rise to fame he makes the mistake of relating all his experiences together. Each person is different and should not be confused with any other. In some instances these men may have come across females who made it “extremely easy” for a quick sexual relationship. Please note that the main word here is “may.” Once a man is approached in that matter he may mistakenly think that all “other” cases are the same way. He begins to think that women want him because of his career, and then he confuses his past experiences with any present ones and then feels some surge of power. If it is this easy for him in the beginning, then he may feel that it will always be easy for him with anyone he encounters. For example, sports men travel to different cities all the time. In a lot of those instances there are “women waiting” to be with them. This is a fairly well known fact. A lot of these men will take advantage of the opportunities presented before them, but they also may think that all situations are the same. The same can be said for politics, or big professions. If a man tells a woman how great she looks in a mini skirt some will consider that a compliment while others might consider it harassment. A lot depends how how things are said. Often if these women are alone with a man then the man need to act responsibly or he could be the next one accused. Men are tempted easily, and often they don’t think about the circumstances before getting into them. The question here is how many more accusations will come about? Will the behaviors change towards women or still stay the same? Men and women need to know each other so that misunderstandings won’t happen. The problem is that while one set of rules may work for one they don’t necessarily work for “every” one. Women should never be sexually mistreated in any form. Maybe classes are needed for men. Something needs to happen before this gets to be “huge.” 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 actress Gabrielle Union
This is probably one of the worst interviews I have ever witnessed. It is obvious the person asking the questions is not very professional at doing so. However, he “did” manage to get an interview with Sly Stone, who is very difficult to get a hold of. Sly looks every bit as high and brain wrecked as he ever did, but he did look to be in good spirits, especially for his age. Of course, this interview was done a couple of years ago, but it shows how artists were treated back then. Sly had just won a court case for 5 million dollars that his company owed him (They took advantage of him like a lot of companies did). Sly was happy, and he claimed to be working with George Clinton (someone else who was victimized by his label). It is great that they are working on music together, but once it is finished I doubt that any of it will ever get played on radio (no matter how great it is). Sly and his group were extremely talented and gifted. They produced some incredibly great hits. The industry changed and it was no longer a fit for Sly, so he faded from view. However, his music is immortal and if you get the chance, I hope you can Google his name and his work. Needless to say, here is an interview of him (not a very good one). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I knew Jeffrey Osborne years ago when I was with Jean Carne. We used to be part of his tour and would open up for him each night. When you spend so much time on a program with someone you tend to become good friends. Well of course after a certain amount of time the tour ended and we all went our separate ways (but you still have the great memories). Years later I was in Detroit with Teddy Pendergrass doing an outside gig and who should I run into but Jeffrey Osborne. He recognized me instantly and we connected just as soon as he got off stage from doing his show. He wanted to know if I was there with Teddy, and I told him that I was. He then asked me if I could take him to see Teddy because he wanted to release one of his songs (the one entitled “Close the Door.”). Naturally I took him to Teddy so that he could get permission to do the song. Not too long after that incident I “actually heard” the song released on radio. For those of you who are not familiar with it, here it is:
It felt good to know that I had somewhat of a hand in getting this song released. I am not sure why he didn’t do an “actual video” with this song (I searched but I couldn’t find it) but it was great to know that he was able to get the song out. We talked for a while and even had dinner together (with him and others in our bands). I asked him how it felt to continually sing the “Woo Woo” song (It is very repetitious and could give you headaches each night if you have to do it). Jeffrey told me that he just does a little bit of the song and then takes the microphone around to the audience so that “they” could sing it. This is his way of escaping having to sing the song each night. I understood that perfectly. Jeff is a very cool guy and it was a pleasure to hang with him. Today I just wanted to share the experience with you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Each and every Wednesday at the Crab Tavern we experience packed audiences. The level of talent is so great and it is difficult to focus on just one artist. For this particular segment I chose to feature Scoop on harmonica (or mouth piece as he calls it). People love him and for this piece he is doing a Patti LaBelle number entitled “If I were your child.” The Crab Tavern is located at 201 North MacDade blvd in Darby, PA. We perform from 8 to 12 midnight on Wednesday nights. It is a magical event hosted by me and the main objective here is to just have fun. Hopefully if you are in the area one enchanted Wednesday evening you can come join us. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer: