Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The tradition of Halloween”)

Here in the United States a lot of us will celebrate the yearly tradition of “Halloween” (I believe it is tomorrow, October 31). During this time, a lot of kids (and many adults) will dress up in costumes, go ringing doorbells and blurt out those famous words “Trick or treat” so they can receive candy (or some other form of eatable treats). This tradition has gone on for years and for most people it is just “tradition.” Unfortunately, the tradition has been damaged through incidents of tainted food and people who have claimed the event promotes the devil and evil spirits. I used to see a lot of kids come to our door but over the past few years it appears that fewer are coming. I understand those who talk about how “demonic” this event is and I don’t want to debate anyone who sees it this way. However, on the “surface” it is a chance for kids to do something fun and playful, and I just don’t see the harm in that. When you explain all that demon stuff to young children, most of them don’t care. If anyone wants to worship the devil, they can do it on any day and in any other way they want. I just find that if given the opportunity some people can come up with negativity about “any” holiday or tradition. I always try to look for the positive in things. Anything that is legal and can bring smiles to faces I fully support. There’s nothing wrong with having fun as long as your “own” intentions are admirable. We will have candy at our house for anyone who comes through (and that includes you). No, I don’t intend to dress up. One year I went around with a card pinned to my jacket stating “In reality I am a 5 foot 2 blonde woman.” I got LOTS of candy from that one (smile). Hopefully this year the tradition will come off “peacefully” and kids can have fun again, just like they used to. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Singer Ashanti and Brett Jolly onstage

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Funk music and one of the grand masters of it”)

What is funk? Funk is soulful music at its purest form. It is music that is heavy in rhythm and bass. One of the greatest funk masters in music is a bass player who is my personal idol. He originally achieved fame playing for Sly and the family Stone and he developed a style for playing bass that at some point just about “all” bass players emulated. He eventually left Sly to venture out on his own and had a very good career. While the quality of this clip may not be the greatest this will still give you a good idea of just how deep funk will go musically. This man gives a great show and I would “highly” recommend that you check him out. Please allow me to present to you: “Larry Graham.”

Hope you enjoy the clip and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Sensuality”)

What exactly is “sensuality?” I just read another blog where the writer equated her “writings” to being in a heightened state of feeling “sensual.” How many of us will feel that, and what actually constitutes “sensuality?” Is it confidence or is it just style? Somehow I can’t imagine anyone meek appearing sensual, unless, of course, it is being done “purposefully” through a “hidden confidence.” Whenever I play my gigs, I have my own style that I have onstage. I heard from others that there appeared to be a form of sensuality in “how” I play my bass guitar (It is important to note that this was mentioned from “their” perspectives and not mine). If that is indeed the case then I can only imagine it being purely “symbolic” in nature (because my bass guitar is larger than conventional ones and the way it is held could be interpreted as phallic to some). Does that mean that I am “purposely playing that way” to appear seductive or to entice people? I think that “everyone” who loves what they do (and knows they do it well) will develop “some great personal feeling behind it. To be honest, I absolutely “love” the exuberance of when people check out how I perform onstage. I am just not sure if I can equate that exuberance to “sensuality” though. Yes, I feel extremely confident, and yes, I love it when “all eyes are on me.” Even though I have not thought about my style of playing as being “sensual” in nature I cannot entirely dispute it either. The fact that people mentioned how it looks has already implanted the “thought” in my mind. What about you? When you are doing something really well and you are “in your zone,” does a feeling of sensuality come over you? Are you a showoff and do you love the attention that results from your performance? If you love what you do, then how do you describe the feeling you get from it? The blog writer that I checked out seemed to think that “everyone” should feel a sense of sensuality from something they love to do and do well. I can’t disagree with that. Maybe it is confidence or maybe it is style, but at some point just about everyone will have that sensation. I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all, as long as what you are doing is “legal.” I hope you enjoy “your” moment “in the zone” and I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Should Michael Jackson have excluded his brothers from the shows?”)

Just about everyone knows about the legend of Michael Jackson. The “King of Pop” was arguably the “biggest” singing star in the history of entertainment. Catapulted into stardom at a very young age with his brothers, they achieved monumental fame as the “Jackson 5” when they were with Motown Records. Once acts began leaving Motown it wasn’t too long before the Jackson 5 followed suit. They then changed their name to “the Jacksons” (I’m sure this change had something to do with contractual obligations and who had real ownership of the original name) and achieved moderate fame at that point. However, Michael was the star attraction and (like with a lot of successful groups and their lead singers) Michael eventually struck out on his own. I don’t think anyone could argue about how great Michael’s career was. He was the ultimate entertainer, singer and dancer. However, was it “right” to exclude his brothers from performing onstage with him? Granted, they didn’t sing much of the backgrounds on the recordings (from listening to most of the recordings I only heard Michael’s voice, Jermaine’s voice and maybe Tito’s on occasion, but mostly just Michael’s in the backgrounds). Still, they put on an electric show whenever they performed together. I have heard stories that Michael thought his brothers were “extra weight” that he didn’t need to carry on the show (Also, it is quite possible they may have demanded more money than regular background singers). Here is a snippet of the group performing live as the Jackson 5:

When I first saw Michael perform a live song without his brothers, I felt somewhat cheated. They started this rise to fame with him, and blood should be thicker than water. Seeing other people with him felt “weird.” However, I just don’t know what facilitated the need to leave family behind. Michael was also managed by his father Joe and Michael relieved him of that job as well (That move I could “fully” understand). When they interviewed Joe Jackson after Michael’s death, he was so shook up that he could barely talk about his new record label (yes, there is sarcasm here). No matter how turbulent the family situation, should his brothers have been terminated from the shows? There is probably a lot that we don’t know, but I can say that I would have loved to have seen Michael’s brother perform with him. Maybe one day someone will write a “tell-all” book that explained what really happened. In the meantime we can only “ponder.” 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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Janet Jackson and Brett Jolly onstage

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (” Is our family line responsible for our behavior?”)

Have you ever done something that made you wonder “why” you ever did it? Have you ever thought about what might have provoked other people to engage in behavior so abnormal that you never believed they would do it? Is there an explanation or a cause for why people deviate from normal behavior? Well, the only person that can be blamed for your own behavior is you… “right?” (After all, it is your fault… “or is it?”) When it comes to genetics, we all tend to inherit “physical traits” that can sometimes “skip” generations. In other words, you could have had a great great grandfather who could really sing, and yet no one else in your immediate family might be able to hold a note “but you.” Or you could have a far off ancestor with very light physical features and you could inherit those light features while the rest of your immediate family is dark skinned. Now imagine this scenario: If it is indeed truly possible to inherit physical attributes from your ancestors, then isn’t it quite possible that you could also inherit their “psychological” aspects as well? We all are a product of our environment, but we are also a product of our family line. If diabetes runs in the family it doesn’t mean that everyone will have it, but chances are increased that some “will” inherit it. The same might be said for racial hatred, jealousy, anger traits, passivity and sensitivity, to name a few. We like to hold others accountable for their own actions, but we all are “mixed” with generations of different family members with different character personalities. In other words, there are many people inside of us. That might seem like a dangerous thought at first, but can it be true? If you had a murderous criminal in your family line there is a slight possibility that you could inherit some of that wickedness in your own character. The “goodness in you” might be strong enough to overpower the evil personality, but everyone is different with different genes (and some genes are stronger than others). People with bad anger management might have gotten it from an ancestor who harbored a lot of hatred. If this is indeed true then when it comes to explaining behavior should there be a need to examine the family history? Maybe when starting a new relationship with someone, instead of Googling the person you should try Googling the family name. I would love to know if any studies have been conducted on this, but for now it just seems to make sense to me. You may not be who you think you are because in actuality you just might be who “they” are… Hopefully I didn’t confuse anyone today. I realize that this Daily Thought is different today but for some reason I just felt the need to ponder this thought. If you think I’m crazy today I won’t mind (smile). I will probably just blame my ancestors (smile). 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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Famous producer and songwriter Dexter Wansel and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The art of loving yourself first”)

I have heard several people talk about finding love and how difficult it is. Most cite stories about starting relationships only to find out that their trust has been shattered by some unexpected incident. While there is no fool proof way to find and establish love I think that the most important way to “start” is to first “love yourself.” You see, if you cannot love who you are then how can you expect anyone else to love you for who you are? If you respect yourself then your partner should have “no other choice but to respect you as well.” I have heard stories about how people take advantage of other people. There are many out there who will take someone’s kindness for weakness and then manipulate or try to control you. That doesn’t mean that you need to change your ways and become “mean spirited.” It just means that you need to start realizing your “own self value” and be patient while waiting for the one who is “just right for you.” The most important thing in a relationship is to stop thinking that you will “change someone” as opposed to just “seeing that person for who he or she is.” A squirrel is a squirrel, and no matter how hard you try you will “never teach that squirrel to sing.” You will only succeed in annoying the squirrel… The same can (and should) be said about relationships. If your partner has the desire to change on his or her own, then that’s fine. However, if you think you can just make someone into what you want him or her to be, then by all means good luck to you. As long as you love and respect yourself first, then I think you can find happiness with someone else who will see just how much you love yourself. Don’t let your negativity reflect who you are… You “both” deserve better…. 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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Comedian Chris Tucker, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Paying tribute to one of the coolest musical legends ever”)

When it comes to success in music, not all of it depends on what you “hear.” There are people that who are so unique that it only made them sound even better. One of the “baddest” entertainers ever had a really different flair about him. Not only did he play well, but he sang and and he was just “so cool onstage.” His custom shades (which were always glitzy) made him even more of a legend, and this particular song here has to be one of the “best written songs ever.” Lyrically, musically, and vocally this man ruled the charts, and while over the years time may have robbed him of some of his magic, no one can deny what a musical force he was during the height of his career. Today, I would like to pay tribute to a “true icon” in music history: Here is “Elton John…”

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My experience with jury duty”)

My apologies for not posting yesterday. I received a summons to report for “jury duty” and I was there for most of the day. While I would actually love to participate as a jury member for a case I have “never” served or even been picked for one. Yesterday was a little tedious. I actually had to report to the court at 8:15 in the morning. However, I was not able to leave until somewhere around 5:00 pm (except for lunch break). I was extremely bored for most of the day and everyone else pretty much felt the same way. It is a civic right to participate as a juror (people need to have fair trials determined by their peers), but I just wish this process could have been handled more efficiently. The court pays those selected a “whopping sum” of just $9 just for being summoned to come to court. However, that $9 doesn’t come “close” to making up for the $31.00 that I incurred at the end of the day for parking fees. On top of that, it also didn’t cover the cost of food that I had to pay for during my lunch break (which amounted to an additional $10.00). There is “no free or discounted parking lot” for those who have to come to court. On top of all this, I had to sacrifice time that I could have used to make some additional money doing something else, so needless to say I came out of this paying a lot for the “right to do my civic duty.” The majority of the day was spent just “sitting and waiting.” They switched cases on us and switched judges on us. At least I was hoping the case would have been a real intriguing one but it ended up only being a civil case about some woman suing for damages after being reared ended from behind in a car accident. I would have preferred something juicy like a “murder trial” or bank robbery (anything along those lines). Needless to say, I paid attention to everything (because you “know” I was going to write about it today). I wasn’t particularly fond of the atmosphere (very few people seemed to be happy there) but I can still say it was a LOT better than the atmosphere of traffic court or the parking authority. The atmosphere of those places could actually compete with “Hell.” However, I did report, and I feel satisfied that I did what I felt was my civic duty. If any of you have to report for jury duty, I only hope your experience is a good one. 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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Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Dealing with Hustlers”)

A hustler is someone who always looks for ways to accomplish something, no matter how small the reward. I know of several hustlers who will go out of their ways to make a dollar (as long as it ends up in a profit). I, myself, am somewhat of a hustler. Yesterday (Sunday) I had 2 church services and 2 regualr gigs. So in essence I had the equivalent of 4 gigs in one day. Needless to say, I was totally drained by the end of the day (but I was glad about the money I was able to earn, though). For the record, I don’t think I can do too many more days like that (I was extremely fatigued). The one thing I like about hustlers is that they accept full responsibility for what they know they have to do. If you give them a task to do for payment, most hustlers will give 100 % to complete it. I remember this man who needed some money, and he came to me asking if he could do any kind of work around the house. I showed him the back area with steps that were “covered in leaves.” Also, there were lots of mosquitoes in that area, and I told the man that I was concerned for his safety (I didn’t want him to get all bitten up). This man cleaned the area in just minutes and did an excellent job of it. For hard work like that I gave him extra money (because he deserved it). A lot of people are leery about hustlers, because some of them can’t be totally trusted. Some of them will work without true experience and may end up doing damage to your tools as well. The only way to tell the authenticity of a true hustler is to just engage in “trial and error.” It only takes “one mess up” for you to realize that you will never hire this person again. All most hustlers want is “a chance,” and if you can save money using a hustler instead of a trained pro then your finances will also benefit from the experience. At some point “we all needed a chance.” I will fully respect a hustlers desire to earn money instead of going out robbing someone or engaging in illegal activity to get it. Well, I have some more hustling to do today… 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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Famous record producer Kenny Gamble (receiving award) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A very special birthday for a very special man in my life”)

Yesterday was personal for me, even though it really wasn’t even about me. My father, Elton Jolly, turned 84 years old yesterday. When I reflect back to my younger years as a little child, I remember questioning my father a lot about “everything.” He “always” took the time to explain things, and he always appeared credible in his answers. He not only explained things well, but he would often go into intricate detail. He also had a very high profile gig. He was one of the “big wigs” for OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Centers) formed by the late Reverend Leon Sullivan. Through this organization, Pop traveled everywhere. He would often hang with people like Andrew Young, Vernon Jordan, Benjamine Hooks, Coretta Scott King and her husband, Martin Luther King. We actually have pictures of him with Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George Bush (the elder one) and he even has a picture with Hillary Clinton. Pop managed our baseball team, and whenever we would have a game Pop would “just barely” make the game in time after arriving back home by plane from some far off place. He would be in his suit. We won the championship under him (I was the pitcher). Now the years have seen Pop go through rough roads, but his mind is still sharp and he is still full of wisdom. To me he will always be the greatest man I have ever known, and I hope his “next 84 years of life are just as great. 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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