Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red bass guitar photo session with Tanya”)

Tanya loved the idea of doing a photo shoot with my bass guitar. She is a makeup artist who is usually on the other end of the spectrum getting other models ready for photo shoots. In this session she had a couple of outfits that she wanted to  model and we picked the perfect environment (and the perfect bass guitar) for the shoot. Yes, it was chilly, but she was very professional and easy to work with. The end results got a “lot” of favorable comments and I hope you don’t mind me sharing our results with you today. Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the pictures of Tanya. Have a great weekend and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Can a long lasting relationship survive without sex?”)

I had this talk with a friend of mine the other day. He kept on bragging about his sexual escapades with this one woman friend of his (as if I really needed to hear it), so then after a while I asked him one simple question. I asked, “If you could not have any sex with this woman, then what else would you brag about? Would you have any relationship at all with her? Would you even know anything else about her?” He just looked at me with a kind of complexed stare and after a small pause he uttered, “I just can’t imagine having a relationship with anyone without sex.” This brings me to today’s topic: “Is sex overrated when it comes to sustaining relationships?” Hey, we all have a need for it, but could we possibly get by “without” it? Men are very “visually stimulated” creatures. If something looks “tempting” then that tends to trigger stuff (at least in most men). However, once sex is over, what’s left? When a lot of couples get together it is often based on how “physically attracted” they are to each other. However, those physical traits are not guaranteed to last forever. Once those properties are gone, is the relationship “basically over?” For women, if a man doesn’t have the necessary tools to satisfy you in bed, how likely are you to want to stay with him without cheating at some point? For a man, if your woman let’s go of her figure and loses her appeal, how long will you be able to stay with her without wanting to see someone else? Normally a good looking man or woman will usually get our attention. If you are committed to someone, does that mean you “ignore” your human urges to look whenever that person crosses your path? I just thought this was an interesting point to mention today because this friend of mine was “going at it hard” about what he and this woman did together. My mind then started to wander and think about whether or not it is “even possible” to have a long lasting “sex-less” relationship. Could they even sleep together in the same bed without “feeling some sort of way?” I’m not sure if anyone has the answer to this (or if anyone wants to even try this experiment out for themselves to see if it can actually work). “We are what we are, and we do what we do.” As ridiculous as that may sound, it seems so appropriate when it comes to explaining our humanity. If sex is your main determinant for forming a relationship, then what “should” that say about you? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer today. Please make the most of it.

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Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Can today’s performances do it like this anymore?”)

Yes, i do realize that I am from another “era.” I have seen the trends of music go through so many “different extremes” in my lifetime. I often wonder if the main reason I am “so critical” of today’s music is because I keep trying to “compare it” to the days when i “felt” music was at a higher level. I wanted to share the video below with you, not because of it’s great sound quality (the quality is fairly bad) and not because of the special effects (there are none) and not because of the lip syncing potential (this is one billion percent live) but rather to ask you whether or not “you” feel performances like this have improved or eradicated since this time. I want to share this because I don’t know of any modern day artists who can “do it like this” or still would even want to. This group is the legendary Temptations,  and they had a “string of hits” for Motown records. They performed under the concept that voices, presentation and movement were important to putting on a great show. I “love” this performance, but i also wonder if it is only because I was raised on it (or is it because this is actually good?). I would love to know what “you” think. Compared to today’s standard of performances, is this a step backwards or a step forward? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“How artists and musicians should prepare for touring”)

I remember being young and coming into my own as a musician. A performing artist by the name of Jean Carne asked me if I would go on tour with her. I was so excited about it. I kept thinking that I was going to hang out with “all the stars” and enjoy a great time doing what I loved to do. I had no idea about the “work and preparation” needed when it came to touring. I soon “found out…” We had a segment of gigs that we had to do in just a “couple of days.” I would love to tell you the very first city we went to but I “honestly can’t remember.” However, I “do” remember doing up to two shows a night, getting into my hotel room around 2:00 or 3:00 each night, only to have to wake up around 5:00 or 6:00 each morning just to catch the next plane to the next city. I was working on “fumes” but trying my best to ignore it. On day 5 of this tour I remember playing at the Riverbend outside venue in Cincinnati, Ohio. We were “opening up for the great jazz guitarist George Benson (who was one of the nicest celebrities i ever met). When it came time for us to perform, I couldn’t believe what I was experiencing. I was “so exhausted” that I was actually “falling asleep while playing… standing up.” My head would go down (and then jerk back up) while playing and as much as I tried to smile and look happy, I was anything but. As for “‘all those stars” that I was expecting to hang with, unless they were on the same show with us I never got to hang with any of them. Then when it came to meeting interesting people I would come up empty on that end as well. Once the concert is over, everyone “leaves.” i was backstage waiting for the limo to come get us (which on many occasions wasn’t even ready to take us back after we were finished). I was getting a real “crash course” on how to “properly prepare for touring.” I also learned that you can’t “take a lot of items with you” because everything that you take you also have to “carry.” I had packed stuff that i didn’t even need, and with that I learned to “travel lightly.” I think the worst fatigue trip I had was when we went to London. We left from  the Newark airport at 10:00 PM. I remember at 1:00 AM my time seeing “extremely bright sunshine” through the airplane windows. I didn’t sleep the entire trip and once we got there they were 5 hours ahead of us time-wise. Needless to say, I was ‘jacked up.” I was really tired and didn’t know when to sleep or even wake up. I learned a great lesson from this trip. It is easy to see how a performer could turn to drugs just to cope with a hectic touring schedule. I had no intentions of going that route, but I had to find a better way to get my rest in between destinations. I hardly tour now. The economy is not the same anymore and while some still do tour it is not like it once used to be for most performers. I just wanted to share this for any “future performers or musicians” who are “hyped” about the prospect of touring. Please make sure to make the proper preparations so that you can survive the ordeal. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always i wish the very best to you that life has to offer today.

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Jean Carne and Brett Jolly in concert

Jean Carne

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Did Michael Jackson steal a song from Hall and Oates?”)

On a recent interview with legendary Pop duo Hall and Oates, they mentioned that  Michael Jackson told them that he “stole” from their hit song “I can’t go for that (No can do).” Surprisingly enough, the tune that Michael created with it was  the mega hit “Billie Jean.” For those who would like to check out the interview here is the link:

http://nj1015.com/hall-oates-talk-about-the-song-michael-jackson-says-he-stole-from-them/

When it comes to “any” bass lines, I can tell you “exactly” who stole  and who didn’t steal. Chic’s bass lines to “Good Times” was in fact stolen by “several people” including the “biggest  perpetrators” The Sugar Hill Gang (“Rappers Delight”). As much as people “think” that Robin Thicke stole the bass line from Marvin Gaye on “Got to Give it Up (Supposedly for the hit song “Blurred Lines”) there is “NO thievery AT ALL” on this one. The bass lines are “totally different.” Thicke may have copied the style, but NOT the music. Now, back to Michael. If  Michael stole the bass line of “I can’t go for that” then he did an absolutely “horrible job of doing so.” The bass lines to both tunes DO NOT match up at all. Not only that, the drum parts don’t match, the music doesn’t match and the melody lines don’t match either. If that was the best that Michael could do when  trying to steal someone else’s song then “everyone” should have been safe from this predator. There are only “so many” notes in the music realm, and while just about “all” songwriters are influenced by others it doesn’t mean that they steal from them. For the record, they are nothing illegal about stealing someone else’s “style of music.” A LOT of todays music has the same style to it, so if that were the case then they all should be suing each other in court. However, when you “sample or copy” a specific pattern  from another tune then that could lead to “copyright infringement.” The Chiffons song “He’s so fine” was a big hit and when i played for them I asked them about John Lennon (from the Beetles) and they told me that John “flat out stole their music and melody line for his big hit “My Sweet Lord.” Obviously they were right, because they took  him to court and “won” for copyright infringement. I will “gladly” point out anyone who steals from others, but on this particular occasion I must say that if Michael Jackson stole from Hall and Oates, then he was a very “poor criminal (NOT a “smooth criminal” at all)” so my response to this is simple:” “No could do.” I thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer. Have a great day.

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Kathy Sledge (who sang lead on the big hit “We are Family” for Sister Sledge) and Brett Jolly

Kathy Sledge and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Winter photo shoot of Brittney and red bass guitar”)

This past month in Philadelphia the winter temperatures have been brutal. While we haven’t gotten anywhere near as much snow as we had last year, it has been cold beyond imagination. Brittney is a real “special” kind of model. If we schedule a shoot and there is a rain storm, snow storm or cold temperatures, she “never” wants to cancel. She is a true professional who “knows” how to make adverse situations work. This day was “very” cold (and this was probably one of the shortest photo shoots I have ever done) but she did an excellent job just trying to “look like she wasn’t freezing.” Yes, it did snow that day and it was on the ground but it was a great session. This weekend I present to you Brittney and her red bass guitar shots. Hope you enjoy and as always, i wish you the very best that life has to offer. Have a great weekend.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My choice for best stage entrance EVER!”)

When it comes to an “incredible all around performance,” very few could match the energy, detail and intensity of Michael Jackson. He practically did “it all.” He sang, he danced, he had awesome stage presence, and he would make an audience virtually “exhausted” after watching his show. You could tell that he spent a lot of time in preparation for his shows, from the effects to just about everything else no matter how small. This particular video clip i am about to share with you has got to be (in my mind) the “greatest stage entrance EVER!” Even  though you cannot see the crowd, you can hear them going crazy just from the very first minute that he actually “enters” the stage. Once he finally gets into the song, the dance moves are just great. In this scene he adjusts his microphone a lot while dancing, but i think that may be for visual effect more than anything else. His microphone is definitely “on” for this song, but i do suspect that he is also singing along with his vocal sample track. If so he does a great job of faking it. I don’t think that is a bad thing, because how can anyone really sing this song so perfectly and move like that without literally passing out onstage? If I had to motivate any child to want to become a performer, THIS is the video that I would share with him or her. You may not be a Michael Jackson fan, but I don’t think “anyone” could argue with this particular performance here. I never got the opportunity to perform with Michael onstage (even though I always believed that one day I would). It would have been an  honor to do so, but now that is one dream that will never become reality. A show is only as good as it’s “impact.” Needless to say, Michael Jackson deserved his title as the “King of Pop.” This video only “confirms that fact.” He is missed, but with videos like this his  memory should live on “forever.” I invite you to check this out and see how it “should” be done… Thank you, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer today.