Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My daughter Melody’s rendition of Radioactive”)

I always say that it is important to support our children in their endeavors. As long as what they are doing is positive then a little bit of encouragement can make the biggest difference in the development of a child’s life. My daughter, Melody Jolly, is trying to follow along in her father’s footsteps and she just made a video of herself singing (and playing on guitar) “Radioactive” by the “Imagine Dragons.” As a proud parent should, I want to share this with the world. Thank you for checking it out. I hope you like her song and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Had no power for the past week due to storm”)

Please accept my apologies for being absent the past week. In my hometown we had a seriously bad weather storm where lightning hit one of the trees on my street and broke it resulting in the tree landing on our power lines and taking out ALL the electricity in the area. The storm was so bad that when I looked outside the skies felt (and sounded) like a “nuclear version of Jurassic Park.” Thunder was occurring repetitiously and often sounded like a really powerful version of firecrackers. The next thing I knew there was a “huge” flash of light that lasted for about a split second and then ALL the power went out. Needless to say, the area was  hit bad and live power lines were down on the ground crossing my driveway. It was incredible, but never in my wildest imagination did I think that my neighborhood was going to be without power pretty much the “entire” week. I had to move my 83 year old father to another location (along with the kids). I stayed in the house during the dark times because it is common knowledge that people will try to loot and rob you when your defenses are down. The area was very dark when someone broke into the lady’s car across the street. If I had heard anyone trying to break in, they would have been introduced to my baseball bat. It wasn’t until early Saturday morning that the power came back on, and it feels good to be able to come back online again. The main thing is that everyone was safe, because it could have been “far worse.” I hope that at least “someone out there” missed me (smile),  and that an incident like this won’t happen again. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and here is a picture of the tree on my street that was hit by lightning. Have a great day.


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Still having problems with gun control laws”)

Just recently a troubled youth walked into a South Carolina church and spent about an hour getting to know people that were “very nice to him.” He then pulled out a gun and “shot nine of them dead.” This case was so tragic, and while many who examined this case have chosen to focus on that “R” word (you know, the one that rhymes with “chase”) I want to instead address what I believe to be the “real problem.” This young man had a troubled history. This young man had been arrested before. This young man had no problems posting his views on social media. With all of this being “public knowledge” HOW was it even “possible” for this man to “obtain a gun in the first place?” “WHY” is it “so easy” for any troubled and challenged individual to purchase a firearm in this country? WHY are our leading politicians “so afraid” to confront the NRA to secure more stringent “background checks?” WHY is it that kids can’t go to school or regular people can’t enjoy a movie theatre or church without the fear that some “other” crazed maniac will be able to walk in with an easily acquired gun and commit “random acts of violence?” In this particular case the easiest thing to focus on is the aspect of “race.” However, if they had only done a “decent background check” on this man then this incident could possibly have been averted. The one thing that is evident is that “crazed or mentally unstable individuals” normally won’t even “try” to hide their intentions. If the gun shop owners couldn’t run a background check they only needed to check the person’s Facebook or Instagram account. Most people express what they feel on these social media (especially the crazy ones), and it would only have taken  a few minutes to see that this guy had problems. Election time is coming up and I am anxious to see if “any” of the candidates has the “balls” to address the NRA over their lax gun control laws. The NRA is a very powerful organization and I have “yet” to see any prominent figure try to hold it accountable for it’s “lack of suitable guidelines.” Show me any candidate that isn’t afraid to go after them and that person may just secure my vote. These random acts of violence have to cease, but as long as unstable individuals can easily purchase firearms then we all will continue to be in danger. How bad will the next incident be? Until we can manage to crack down on the purchase of guns, the sky is the limit for the amount of damage that can come from the next troubled individual. As always, I welcome any and all opposing points of view. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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TV personality Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Yesterday was Father’s day”)

Yesterday was Father’s Day here in the states. Normally this a tradition where people honor and pay homage to fathers. My kids wanted to celebrate the day with me, and I wouldn’t “dare” say “no.” I wasn’t sure of what they had planned, but it ended up with me having to drive them an hour and 15 minute to the Atlantic City beach. Even though I really wasn’t feeling up to doing a lot of walking (I am still hurting from a badly sprained back) I gave into their wishes and we drove down. The very first thing we did was have dinner at Hooters. Yes, my kids wanted to patronize some establishment where the women dress as sex objects. Don’t get me wrong, the chicken there is great, and that was all that mattered to me (I can see your expressions of disbelief, but really, I was “only” interested in eating… stop that!). After that, we decided to walk the boardwalk. My kids knew that my back was hurting me, so they did something really nice. We came across one of those massage places and the kids told me they would pay for me to get my back done. Now I have to let you know that I am “really” not used to strange people putting their hands all over me. I was very reluctant and hesitant to even try this, but my kids insisted. Well, I must admit that it was a truly unique and different experience for me, but my back did manage to feel better afterwards. In fact, my whole head felt light and airy. I wondered if they slipped in some kind of drug or something because I surely didn’t feel like myself afterwards. Needless to say, the walk felt better after the massage and even though my back is not one hundred percent cured now, it still feels “much better” than it did. I would publicly like to thank my kids for treating their dad on Father’s day (even if i STILL had to pay for the majority of the trip). Just to spend time with all my kids together was priceless to me. I felt blessed, and I hope we can plan another event this summer. If you are a father, I hope you are taking a big interest in being part of your child’s life. Being a sperm donor doesn’t make you a father. Loving your kids and being involved in their lives does. You don’t even have to be biologically related to be a great dad. That is the real joy of fatherhood. Please make sure you matter to the kids who see you as a father figure. It could make the biggest difference in their lives if you returned that love. Thank you for letting me share my experience with you today, and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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The Emotions (“You got the best of my love”) and Brett Jolly in concert


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My personal experience with Celine Dion”)

Years ago I had two interesting gigs, and the deep part about it was that i didn’t have to play “any instrument” at all for both. I actually had a gig “singing with a choir.” Now at first thought that shouldn’t sound like anything special. However, when you consider the artist I sang for, it was quite a beautiful experience indeed. I actually sang at the Mann Music Center here in Philadelphia and at Madison Square Garden in New York behind “Celine Dion.” During those days a lot of artists would have at least one song where a choir would be featured and sing in the background (and we were honored to do this with her). As far as celebrities go, she had to be one of the nicest I ever performed with. She took the time to tell us about her being French Canadian and also how no matter how many shows she does, she still “gets nervous” before each one. She even took the time to take pictures with the choir (unfortunately I cannot find any of the pictures we had with her). It was also special because my little girl Jazzmin (who was a very little girl at the time) also sang with us, and Celine really liked her. The gig at Madison Square Garden was by far the more impressive of the two. She was performing a song called “The Man” and we had to enter the stage from the back. No one could see us because there was a big curtain in front of us. We were all in place on rafters and right after the guitar solo the curtain raised slowly and we began singing to a “packed house.” The way the lighting was positioned I could actually see “every seat” and there was not even “one” empty one. Towards the end of the song she turned towards us and raised her hands in the air as if to signify that our job was “well done.” It was a great experience and I hope you don’t mind me sharing that with you today. I don’t know if I will ever get the opportunity to do that again, so for today I will simply cherish that moment. I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Pain”)

I played and twisted something in my back, and now I am having extreme difficulty moving, turning, and getting into and out of my car. I have one of those icy hot patches on, and I plan on taking it easy as much as i can today. When you have something that feels like a lower back sprain, it can be truly painful, because a lot of the time your lower body has to support the weight of your upper body and that can cause a lot of aggravation. I know, because that is “exactly” what I am experiencing right now. I have a gig tonight so I have to be careful. My bass guitar is really heavy so the chances of aggravating it even more seem very high at this point. Through it all I expect to smile  and do my best to show that I am not in pain. When performing people don’t realize that you can have a bad day, but for me the show must go on. If I have to, I will joke about it, laugh about it, and make light of it, but rest assured I will give the best pain filled show I can give. Yes, I hurt… I am going to see if I can walk some of this off this morning. If not, then I will be headed back to bed. I apologize for not having a true Daily Thought for this morning, but I hope to be better soon. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Aretha Franklin and Brett Jolly


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“NAACP President in Spokane, Washington story”)

In what I thought was an interesting twist, some woman who posed as a Black woman for several years became the head of the NAACP in Spokane, Washington, and then resigned when it was recently found out that she was NOT Black. For those of you who don’t know the story, here is the link above:

Rachel Dolezal posed as a Black civil rights leader for the past decade. She is married to a Black Man and identifies herself to the Black race. The NAACP is a civil rights organization that looks into special ethical violations that usually happen involving minorities. In “most” cases, the heads of NAACP branches are usually “Black.” Is it “mandatory” that ALL leaders be of “Black ethnicity?” I honestly don’t know the answer to this one, but if it “is indeed mandatory” then to me that would mean that the organization itself is engaging in the same type of racial practice that they often protest against. Maybe I’m wrong in this, but if this lady performed her duties well as the head of the organization, then should there be “any” problem with her racial identity? I just don’t think you have to be Black to fight for Black causes. Now, if the problem is the fact that she “lied” about her race to get the job, then she should have been honest up front about it (That much is true). “Dolezal has resigned as president of the local branch of the NAACP, lost her position as a part-time African studies instructor at a local university, lost her job as a freelance newspaper columnist and become the subject of a probe by the city Ethics Commission.” The NAACP itself seems divided. If the purpose of the NAACP is to fight racism and to champion equal human rights then should this woman’s race “really matter?” She couldn’t help being White any more than the others couldn’t help being Black. Racism is ugly from just about “any” standpoint, and while this woman may not have been exactly what she claimed to be, she still fought for those who were victims of racism. To me, that is “more than good enough.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Dionne Warwick and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Do we rely too much on eyesight?’)

A lot of people rely on their eyes for so many things, but should we? Many people will sometimes look at a young child who wears “hand me down clothes” and automatically assume that this child is educationally challenged (without fully knowing for sure). We can often look at people who are rich and/or famous and assume they don’t have ordinary problems like the rest of us do. We will look at doctors believing that they know what’s best for us to stay healthy and yet they don’t live any longer than the rest of us. Yes, sight can be our biggest blessing, but it can also be our biggest detriment. People will form relationships and fall in love based on sight (at least initially) and often ignore the other signs that might cause a red flag later on. When I teach people how to play an instrument, I always try to tell them to try playing it without looking down at it. That’s because music should always be “heard or felt.” When you concentrate on looking where to place your fingers then that means you are focusing less on “how’ to play the song with feeling.  For those who want to improve I simply tell them to practice “in the dark.” That way they have to rely more on what they “hear” to make music. I usually provide an example. If you are in a pitch black room trying to get out, why do so with your eyes wide open? You won’t be able to see anything anyway. Should you try “closing” your eyes, then you might be able to rely more on your “other” senses for getting out. We are a “visual” society, but sight isn’t everything… There are things on the “inside” of objects and people that sight can’t give us access to. Under those circumstances it might be wiser to use your “heart and your mind.” My father used to say that it isn’t the color of the balloon that makes it rise, but what’s on the inside. If we can focus more on the “internal instead of the external,” we may be able to find that out for ourselves… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always i wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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Linda Carter (She used to be Wonder Woman and now sings country music) and Brett Jolly

Linda Carter and Brett Jolly