Video: Actor Clifton Davis and Brett Jolly

Each Wednesday evening I host a Jam Session for musicians, singers, and performers of all kinds. Last Wednesday we got an unexpected visit from acclaimed actor/songwriter/singer Clifton Davis. His acting credits include the TV series “That’s my Momma” and “Amen.” He also wrote the hit song “Never can Say Goodbye” by Michael Jackson. He loved what we were doing so I invited him up onstage to sing his hit tune, and now I would like to share the end results with you. Hope you enjoy.

Video: Actor Clifton Davis performs with Brett Jolly

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Each Wednesday evening I host a Jam Session for musicians, singers and performers of all kinds. Last Wednesday we got an unexpected visit from actor/singer/songwriter Clifton Davis. His credits include the TV series “That’s my Momma” and “Amen.” He also “wrote” the hit song for Michael Jackson entitled “Never Can say Goodbye.” a good friend of mine, I invited him up to sing his hit song and wanted to share the results with you. Thank you, and hope you enjoy.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Attention”)

Everyone should fully understand the need for attention. Most people need it in their lives. If someone close to you desires it, then by all means it would help to be “attentive.” However, sometimes when it comes to attention, it is “how” we go after it that often makes the biggest difference. People may sometimes go to extraordinary means in order to “get” the “slightest” bit of attention, and sometimes that can have an adverse effect on a relationship. It is important to note that “getting” attention is NOT the same as “getting BAD attention.” When you get bad attention, it usually has a negative outcome, and the results are often “not” the results you seek. Being confrontational, emotional or accusatory will usually get you “bad” attention. “Forcing the issue” will probably get you the same result. When someone feels that he or she is not getting enough attention, then he or she may result to seeking it from “others.” This could be in the form of companionship or advice. The problem with companionship is that once you start a relationship with someone else, then that “new” relationship could have a major impact on your “already established” relationship (by the way, this relationship doesn’t necessarily have to be an “intimate” one… It could just be friendship). When you go to a third party for advice or comment, then in essence you may be allowing that person to have an involvement in your relationship that realistically “shouldn’t” be there. “Everyone” has an opinion (including “me”) but when you get to the point where you are hearing “negative things” from someone who “really doesn’t know your situation” and then giving that person “credibility” then it may not be beneficial. Some people “love” to get into your personal business, and they love the control that comes with it.  As long as they know that you are “listening” to them they will tell you all sorts of things that “may or may NOT” apply to your situation. They can only get inside of your head if you “allow” them to. A relationship between two consenting adults shouldn’t need the input of a “third” party who is NOT close enough to you to “know.” The “more” people you involve in your relationship the better the chance that someone is going to try to push you in a “negative” direction. The best way to get attention is the “old fashioned way.” Be direct, be truthful and just “TALK” to your lover. Make sure that you wait for the “PROPER” time to do so. If your lover has a lot on his or her plate, or is physically exhausted, hungry or mentally “worn out” then chances are this would “NOT” be the best time to start this type of  conversation. For the record, there is “nothing” wrong with wanting attention. None of us are perfect, and sometimes responsibilities can have a strong bearing on your life. It is important when seeking attention that you view things from the perspective of your lover as well and NOT just from your “own” perspective. ALL things can be worked out if you only “give it a chance.”  Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and I hope your day is “awesome.” Here is an “attentive” piece from the Phantom Poet:

I need to be noticed, and to this cause I must speak
Yes, it IS your attention that I currently “seek”
I refuse to be ignored, so this I feel the need to mention
I don’t care how busy you are, but I want your attention
Is now the best time? I guess I would say “probably NOT”
But there won’t be any problem as long as your attention I “got”
As far as I am concerned you can be as busy as you can be
But right now nothing else matters, so pay attention to me
As long as you focus solely on me, then that is my desire
Are you trying to tell me that my house is on fire?
I don’t know what you are saying, but my thoughts will not be diminished
So whatever you got to say can surely wait until I am “finished”
I will NOT be interrupted, so my anger you should not provoke
I really need to finish my sentence, but somehow I’m smelling “smoke”
“Why didn’t you say something? We’re in a house that is not burning”
If we ever make it out alive, then I guess there is a lesson I’ll be learning
I don’t need attention THAT badly anymore, and now I am willing to listen
If I hadn’t been so stubborn, then my house would not now be missin’
The moral of this story is that my need for attention shouldn’t be so blatant
Because I could have saved my house if I had only been more ‘patient”

“Applause, please, for the Phantom Poet”

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Singer Regina Belle and Brett Jolly


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Views on life in Texas)

Today I wanted to talk about the state of Texas. I believe as a musician I have performed there only about 4 times in my life, but I viewed it as a beautiful place to visit. Texas has come up in the news recently because their House or Representatives voted to limit “access to abortion” after 20 weeks for women. While the debate over this issue is still going strong (One woman has devoted a 13 hour debate to this bill) you get the “impression” that Texas is “strong” when it comes to the “preservation of life.” That is admirable and honorable in my eyes to at least know that they “think” this way. One of the most “famous” Texans was former President George W. Bush, who once said that if you are going to err, then make sure to err on the side of life. NOW comes the “other” side of the Texas legacy. Texas accounts for roughly 40 % of the nation’s “executions.” On average an inmate is put to death every 3 weeks. A 52 year old woman named Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled for lethal injection today (barring a last minute reprieve) for a crime she committed in 1997. McCarthy bludgeoned her 71 year old neighbor and stabbed her with a butcher knife, while severing her finger so she could get her wedding ring. As “savage and heinous” as this crime was, their still seems to be a “conflict of ideals” in Texas. While most of the residents appear to be “pro life” that belief appears to contrast itself when it comes to inmates on “death row.” Governor Rick Perry has stated that with improved DNA testing and mandatory requirements for legal representation they have “improved” the system, and he believes that the system is fair. Maybe if Kimberly McCarthy’s mother had been allowed to have an abortion during her pregnancy then this wouldn’t have been an issue today. To me, “Pro life” is “Pro life…” If you are going to err on the side of life, then why not err on “ALL” sides of life? No one should be disputing the severity of the crimes committed, and I am not saying that those condemned don’t at least “deserve” the death penalty. I just find it “troubling” that in order to prove to people that it is “wrong to kill” we have to “kill them.” If in fact one day an inmate who has been executed is later found to somehow have been “innocent,” does that mean that the governing body who ordered the execution should be placed on trial for murder? If they erred on their decision to execute, what would make the lawmakers “any different” than the people they condemned? This is not an article to bash Texas. It is a beautiful place with the second largest population in the United States. When it comes to “principle” I would just like to see it “applied” a little less “selectively.” If you are going strong to promote life, then at least be strong enough to support ALL life. As always, I welcome and any all responses. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and please welcome a bit of levity from the Phantom Poet:

In the state of Texas, they believe in life, family and planned parenthood
These ideals are honorable, admirable and designed for the greater good
When it comes to the debates over life, there has been a lot of absorption
The House of Representatives recently passed a controversial bill on abortion
They strongly believe in the preservation and right to live for people in this state
However, that belief “strongly” wavers when it comes to a “death row inmate”
Pro lifers want to ban abortions with laws that won’t suffer rejection
But what about the people whose lives are governed by lethal injection?
Kimberly McCarthy is scheduled to be executed for a debt to society she must pay
Maybe if her parents had been allowed to abort, then this wouldn’t be happening today
In Texas this issue hasn’t really been much of a debater
Does it make a difference if you “kill them now or kill them later?”
Death is death, and executions are considered to be the “final word”
To think that abortion and execution are two different things is completely”absurd”
She awaits word from Governor Rick Perry in a form of some reprieve letter
If he allows her to die for murder, then in essence is he any better?
I guess when it comes to life in Texas, only one statement seems to ring true
In Texas, you can “murder unto others as you would have them murder unto you”
I guess it is time to end this conversation, so let me add my final point to this song
Whether it’s abortion or execution, when it comes to death, it’s all wrong

“Hope your day today is FULL of life” The Phantom Poet

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The Stylistics and Brett Jolly in concert