Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: What is going on with football players and abuse?)

Will someone please alert me to what is happening with the sport of football? It seems that as violent a sport as it can be, some players seem to be taking out their aggressions on their women. A recent report had  Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer brought up on  charges that he head butted and beat his wife. Just recently there were similar charges brought against players Greg Hardy, Adrian Peterson, and Ray Rice. Is this something that is just now starting to happen or is this an epidemic that has actually been commonplace for a long while? Often football is a sport where anger  is often promoted to get better results from players on the field. If you are going to block against another player, it helps if you have anger on your side. I have watched football practices where coaches would get in the faces of their players so badly that you could see the anger immediately afterwards. All of that is fine “ON”  the field, but when the game is over you are not supposed to bring that energy home to use against a woman. Ray Rice is currently appealing an indefinite suspension from football through the players union. For those who saw the video taken inside an Atlantic City casino Rice hit his then fiance so hard that she was knocked unconscious for minutes as he dragged her body off the elevator. It is quite possible that these altercations were just “isolated incidents.” However, Jonathan Dwyer’s assault took place this July. Here is the article:

\http://www.aol.com/article/2014/09/30/cardinals-running-back-charged-with-hitting-wife/20969580/

If this incident is just being brought to light now then how far back should we go to find even “more” issues of domestic violence against football players? Is it possible that a LOT more incidents have happened but they have just been conveniently “swept under the rug?” I think it is quite ironic to find 4 cases like this involving football players in the short span of the past few months. If someone can find a correlation between professional football players and violence committed against women that has long existed, what will that do for the very sport itself? Right now commissioner Goodell has been under fire for covering up the Rice incident. Is it quite possible that he has covered up many more? Domestic violence should be inexcusable under ANY circumstance, and it should not make any difference at all whether the player involved is a marquee player or not. The video with Ray Rice was an absolutely ugly thing to watch. If the sport cannot protect women then should the sport itself be protected? I am hoping that all charges of abuse and assault end  here, but somehow in the back of my mind I can’t help but think that Pandora’s box has  not been “opened.” Let’s pray that that this sport won’t be further tainted by any more charges of this sort. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.

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Actress Gabrielle Union and Brett Jolly

Gabrielle Union and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “My thoughts on the music of Motown”)

Someone asked me the other day what my impression was of Motown, the old record label that produced so many musical hits around the 60’s. I remember years ago when one of my tour dates had me in Detroit and I took my extra time to actually visit “Hitsville” (where Motown had originated). I was so surprised to see that this place was nothing more than an actual house (more like 2 houses put together in a row home type community). When I looked at the small room where these artists actually recorded I could not believe my eyes. There was an old tube bass amp, and other instruments that were just “so” outdated by today’s standards. The room was small and I remember there was a square hole in the ceiling so the singers could have the effect of reverb (by standing under it to get that echo sound). No matter the size of the room, some really awesome music played by some really awesome songwriters had that small room “smoking.” Many people tried to describe Motown’s sound, but I can tell you that it was music at it’s purest form. During those days, they were not always concerned about making drum beats so straight so people could dance to it. No, they added creativity and occasionally even threw in “off rhythms” because it added to the creativity of the track. The writers and musicians who played the songs were musical geniuses. The stuff they recorded was natural, genuine and unique. On most of the recordings that were hits you could hear maybe 4 instruments, like bass, drums, guitar (often banjos) and piano, and yet they jammed in the studio. What people don’t seem to realize is that this group known as the Funk Brothers played on a lot of the sessions there, and I had the honor to meet up with these guys and talk to them years ago. We are both on some kind of award show playing behind different artists. I watched them play songs like “Sign, sealed delivered” by Stevie Wonder and I felt so bad because they were having problems moving their fingers to play like they used to. Age had definitely set in. Still it was great for me just to watch them, because they created musical history. When talking to them, they alerted me to the fact that they never got much credit for playing on the tracks, even though in many of the instances they were the ones who actually “wrote” the songs. When someone else came in with a song, they would make changes to it as well which also made the music special. When it came to the performing artists at Motown, they had some spectacular ones. Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, The 4 Tops, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye were just some of the many great stars they had. The sad part of Motown is that with all the great music that was produced there, rarely did musicians or artists get paid. In a practice that is still around today, many found fame, but rarely fortune. The Motown sound was funky with soul, and while it was mostly Black music in nature, “everyone” loved the sound. I would love to one day see yet “another” type of Motown sound come about. In fact, I wouldn’t even mind making it happen myself. Everyone loves music, and music can often accomplish things that mere words cannot. The Motown sound had it all, and while it’s time has come and gone, we should never forget the impact that it had on shaping our own lives. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.

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Comedian Chris Tucker, Kool and the Gang and Motown founder Berry Gordy with Brett Jolly

Berry Gorday, Kool and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: ‘My live musical tribute to Joe Sample”) (video)

At my Wednesday night event here in Philly (Which is labeled as the “Wednesday Night Grand Slam”) we do just about any and every type of music (seriously). Just last week jazz keyboardist Joe Sample passed away, and we did a special musical tribute to him featuring my brother Bill Jolly on keys. Bill had actually met  and played with Joe, so this tribute was a really special one, especially for those in attendance that evening. I was asked to share this so I only hope that this will work. The song is a jazz classic called “There are many stops along the way” and if features, Bill Jolly, Brett Jolly, Chris Odom on guitar, Mookie on drums and Benny Barksdale on sax.  This was gotten off of Facebook, so  hopefully privacy settings won’t have any effect on those who wish to view it. Thank you and I wish you the very best that life has to offer this weekend. If this link doesn’t work then you may have to sign in with your Facebook account to view it. Sorry about that, but it is definitely worth viewing if you can do so.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152702799803493&set=vb.796448492&type=2&theater

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: Favor or con job?)

Last night I got home at a rather late hour (which usually happens whenever I play at my Wednesday night spot). While getting out of my car I heard a faint voice calling out to me (not by name). I looked and I saw a small figure with an umbrella walking towards me. In my neighborhood that rarely happens because my area is a peaceful and quiet one, especially at 1:30 in the morning. This figure identified herself as an elderly woman who seemed to have a sort of dilemma. She said her name and mentioned that she was 71 years old and not looking to hurt or harm anyone. Not feeling afraid I stood there and listened to her. She said that her daughter recently had a baby but was no where to be found. Her daughter lived with her but she didn’t have any money to get the baby Similac. She showed me her ID, showed me the address and her name verification and asked if she could have just $4.00 to help her out. Immediately my mind started processing her information while listening to what she was saying. She mentioned that she needed to go to the CVS pharmacy to get this for the baby (even though the nearest pharmacy was a minimum of 5 blocks away, and she was on foot). In my mind, I came to the conclusion that she was not being fully truthful at all, and I detected inconsistencies in her story. If it had only been her and the baby at home, then how could she leave the baby alone to prowl the streets? However, I also know that she was a 71 year old woman walking the streets late at night, and while her story may not have been believable I also realized that she could be putting herself in great jeopardy by being outside late at night approaching strangers for money. My disbelief was further compounded when I gave her the $4 and she proceeded to walk in the “wrong” direction away from the CVS pharmacy. Also, if she was “that much” in need then she would have asked me for a ride to her destination, which she did not do. Many people will probably say that she “got over” on me, and to some extent that would be correct, but as long as she left the area feeling satisfied with her 4 bucks then I was satisfied with that. I know there are con artists galore all over the world. I didn’t need a full explanation of any kind from this woman to know that she didn’t belong on the streets at such an hour. To me, it was worth the money just to get her off the street. However, if I see her again at  night (which just might happen) then this will be handled in a much different way. You can get me once, but I get wiser with my second chances. I may have helped her out, or I may have contributed to her drug addiction. Either way, I managed to get a 71 year old lady headed back home and off the street, and for that i do feel good. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this story with you today, and I wish the very best that life has to offer you today.

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Blue Magic and Brett Jolly

Blue Magic and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: My song and music video entitled “Je t’aime, Je t’aime”)

This is my song and music video for a tune i wrote years ago when I was in Bordeaux France. It is a love song mainly featuring just my bass guitar (played like a lead guitar) and vocals (with a light percussion track). The title of the song is “je t’aime Je t’aime” (which  means “I love you I love you” in French). I hope your enjoy my song and i wish you the very best that life has to offer today.

http://youtu.be/IXcYRAWeJO0?list=UUPH3oIHgly7ih6YtnMNQRVQ

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “My car mirror was stolen”)

I awoke the other morning and decided to go out to my car. I sat inside of it for a second and then happened to look at the passenger window only to find that my outside car mirror was “missing.” Yes, I had actually been vandalized for the mirror to the other side of my car, and this actually happened during the night right in front of my own house. A sense of violation came over me immediately, and I had serious thoughts of what I would have done to the perpetrators if I had only caught them in the act. Never mind the fact that he or they could have had a gun (or  might have actually been stronger than me). My mind was convinced that if I had confronted them then just the adrenaline from the anger I felt would have been “more than sufficient” to beat them within a fraction of non existence.  I remember many years ago I looked out my window to see someone breaking into my father’s car. I ran out the front door wearing 10 pound ankle weights on each leg and STILL caught the guy who was trying to steal it. By the time he made it to the top of the hill I had him, and it was only “pure anger” that gave me the strength to catch him with weights on. I dragged him back down to the house where we waited for police to take him away. Now let’s cut back to the present time. For this particular incident I did not get to see who did it, but I do know that they were professional thieves when it came to dismantling mirrors. They actually managed to unscrew it without damaging the wires. My car is a Nissan Cube (which are somewhat rare), so I know they could only use that mirror for another Cube  much like mine. So many emotions went through my mind and even I have to admit that it took a minute (actually, a LOT longer than that) for me to regain my composure. I was upset, I was angry, and I wanted vengeance… Now that I have had time to think about it I realize that those people who stole the mirror “will” eventually get caught, because it is obvious that these guys steal from other cars as well (probably to sell the parts). As badly as I wanted to hurt them it became obvious that these people probably had the wrong upbringing and that is why they turned to crime. Yes, they got me, and there is probably not much that can be done about it. I still feel a sense of anger, but to some degree I am glad that I did NOT happen to see the perpetrators who did this. I could have been injured or even killed, or I might have seriously injured or killed one of them out of anger (and then I would be the one who could possibly go to prison). However, that doesn’t mean that I should let these guys go without taking some kind of action against them. After regaining my calm state and mind and using my powers of rationalization, I came up with the conclusion that I would “pray” for them. I am not quite sure how (and I may never know for sure when) but somehow, someway… It just feels like that was “just enough.” There will always be people who have no regard for you, your family or your circumstances. They might deserve your anger, but your prayers they will probably not expect. Today is a new day, and I need a mirror for my car… but I’m “alive”… Have a great day, everyone, and today I wish you the very best that life has to offer…

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Janet Jackson and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: A change of seasons)

Here in Philadelphia we are getting geared up for our change in seasons. Summer has wound down and soon the temperatures will begin to drop. While I absolutely love the summer I do have a fond appreciation for this autumn time of year as well. The scenery transforms to a colorful ambiance as the leaves change color. This time of  year also works for me because I also love peace and serenity. When it comes to working on music, whether writing, recording or producing, a peaceful environment can make the biggest difference in productivity. Just imagine an artist who loves to paint. It might be difficult to be creative with a lot of distractions going on, but in a tranquil environment he or she might have the best opportunity to practice art. I am the same way, and autumn provides me with that creative setting. A winter snow storm also provides a great setting for being creative as well. During the summer I enjoy all the activity that goes on, and I absolutely love warm weather, but I rarely get anything accomplished the way I want in the summer because of all the distractions going on. This fall I intend to work on new music as well as take some colorful photo shoots and even make more videos. I believe that everyone should strive to make a positive change for themselves with the upcoming new season. I realize that different places have different types of weather going on, and in some places they have summer tempts  all year round. While that may be ideal to most, I just prefer to make the most  of the seasonal change and let it inspire me to do what I love to do. By the way, my greatest songwriting fantasy is to have my keyboard with me on a deserted beach and compose a song to the sound of the waves. I did it once when I had to stay and play two weeks in Ocean City Maryland. I enjoyed it and hope that one day I will get that opportunity again. If you are about to experience a seasonal change where you live, I hope you can find a way to capitalize on it as well. Everyone should have something that they really like to do. With the weather you can also make a change for the  better just like I intend to. To me that just shows  how special life can be. Whatever your circumstances can be, I hope you are able to enjoy life to the fullest today. It’s a new day, and with each new day comes a new blessing. I hope you plan to make the “most” out of yours… Have a great day, and I wish you the absolute best that life has to offer.

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Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly