Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Video clip of Lalah Hathaway with Brett Jolly on bass”)

I found this video online of the show we did with Lalah Hathaway (The daughter of legendary Donnie Hathaway) at the Kimmel Center here in Philadelphia and wanted to share with you today. This is one of my favorite tunes she does entitled “When your life was low.” You can find me towards the back with the big red bass guitar. She said she had a cold that day. She sounded great to me… It was my privilege, pleasure and honor to perform with her  and I hope you enjoy this clip.

 

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A TRULY underrated song…”)

In my “opinion” this has to be one of the “most underrated songs of all time.” Lyrically and musically this song touches me and I just can’t understand why it wasn’t more popular during it’s time. For those of you who are “young enough” to know the artist, he had a couple of other hits, but as far as I am concerned this one “should” have been his “biggest.” In this video I love the whole “black and white vibe” of it. The only problem with the credibility of this song is that the artist is actually singing with an acoustic guitar around his neck (making people believe that he is “really going to PLAY it”). However, until the very “last 3 chords of the song” he “doesn’t strum it at all.” Sorry, but for my own edification, I am just doing to say that he “didn’t play it” (and only wore it for the “look”). His vocal performance is great, and the songwriting of this song was “very well done.” I realize this is just my opinion, but this song is one of my “favorites.” If you don’t agree I “respect your opinion.” Today for my Daily Thought I would love to present to you “George Michael” performing “Kissing a Fool.”

 

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (” A well wish for you”)

Today in the United States we celebrate  the traditional holiday of “Thanksgiving.” This is a day where we give thanks for our blessings. I don’t know if this is celebrated around the world or not, but I will say that if you do participate in this tradition (or even if you don’t) I would like to wish you a true day of “peace, serenity and blessings.” There is so much turmoil going on in the world right now and any holiday that promotes tranquility I will gladly embrace. 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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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My performance with Gospel great Kim Burrell”)

For those of you who like good old fashioned New Orleans style Gospel, this is a video of Kim Burrell (with me as her bass guitar player) playing the classic “Highway to Heaven.” This was done recently at the Kimmel Center here in Philadelphia. If you look to the far left of the stage you will see me playing my big red bass guitar. I hope you enjoy the clip and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“When we are no longer what we used to be”)

Last night I got a call from a good friend and coworker. She is a singer and we had a lot of great gigs together at fun events over the years. We never talk a lot, but whenever we do we discuss just about anything. This conversation turned out to be quite different from our other talks because of the things she is currently going through. She was diagnosed with diabetes. The last couple of gigs we had together she would often voice to me that she was tired and would ask me to take over the rest of the show for her. She told me last night that recently she has suffered through a lot and would turn to God to ask “Why me?” She said that she still endures moments of suffering and she is in need of a kidney transplant. I told her that as we all go through life all of us will soon miss “what we used to be.” I told her that life goes in cycles and that nothing is guaranteed to last forever. However, it doesn’t mean that life is over, either. I told her my story of the “Funk Brothers,” those legendary musicians who actually “played AND wrote” a lot of those Motown classics that became hits. Years ago I was on the same program with these guys, and while it was a great honor for me to share the stage with them part of me felt bad when watching them actually try to “play” the hits that they had made famous. It seemed like a struggle for some of them to move their hands fast enough to even play the songs. Age had reached them and a great as they were back in the day the magic was beginning to fade… Soon all that will be left of them will be old videos and recordings of the great things they accomplished. I told my friend last night that as long as she can still sing and perform then her career is not over. This is only a test, and her response to it will determine just how much further she can go. We have “earned all the aches and pains associated with getting older,” and we have to take into consideration that one day it will “all” come to an end. I told her that I will not be able to play my guitar forever, so I need to enjoy my career while I still can. I have friends that are currently going through life changing situations now and I want to be there for them as well. Life may not always seem fair, but nevertheless it is still life… At some point in our lives we all will have to make that “transition.” We may not be able to determine our own date, so until then we need to make the most of whatever we can “still do while we can still do it.” Don’t get cheated out of your fair share. Make the most of what you can do and what you have left. I can guarantee there is a world out there that is “still appreciative of it…” 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 (“Users”)

Over this past weekend I had a talk with someone about “people who like to take advantage of others.” These types of people will “use you” for their own benefits while “pretending to care about you.” Their ultimate goal is to “aid themselves” but “never you.” I think  just about everyone knows someone in this category who fits this description. The problem isn’t the fact that these people are selfish when it comes to  you. The real problem is that we often”empower” these people  to act that way against us. We “want” these people to be our friends (when deep inside we already know that they just don’t have it in them). They get away with abusing our friendship only because “we allow it.” The sad part is that it hurts every time we deal with them. The very first step needed (and the most difficult step to take) is to “recognize” who and what you are dealing with.” If you invite a rattlesnake into your home repeatedly, can you blame it if it decides to eventually bite you? The same can be said for “users.” Most times these people think you are either stupid, easy to manipulate, naive or just plain weak (or maybe even all of the above). In order to set these people straight you often have to show them someone that they “didn’t think existed.” In other words, if they think you are weak, you have to show them that you will fight back when pushed to your limit. You may have to chew them out (and do so loudly). Users are surprised when this happens because they never thought you “had it in you.” There are many people who love to “push your buttons” because that is their way of controlling you. They don’t deserve to  have that kind of power over you. If you have someone who always wants you to do for them but never wants to do anything for you then you have a user. If you have someone who only wants to talk about themselves but never wants to hear about your day then you have a user. If you have a friend who only bothers with you whenever he or she has a personal problem then you have a user. If you have a friend that you only hear from whenever he or she wants to borrow something (and of course never return it) then you have a user. Most time these people are “right under our noses” and yet we have problems identifying them. If you want to make your life much simpler then all you need to do is give users their “walking papers.” You will never know how good it feels until you are finally rid of them. You deserve better… Now all you have to do is “believe it yourself.” 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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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Charlie Sheen, HIV and the entertainment demons”)

Charlie Sheen has just been diagnosed as HIV positive. For those who do not know him, he was the lead actor in the television series “Two and a half men.” His story is quite an interesting one, but you can check out all the details in the link below:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/17/health/charlie-sheen-health/index.html

In the entertainment business your chances of coming across someone who is a drug addict or sexually promiscuous is high. Those who are popular are usually “highly favored” by fans and susceptible to the demons that come with that fame. When I first went on tour with a celebrity artist, I was all excited about meeting big stars and hanging out with them. I was unprepared for how to deal with the stress of getting back to my hotel room at 2:00 or 3:00 each morning and then having to wake up at 5:00 or 6:00 just so I could catch a plane to the next city to perform. After 4 days I remember being in Cincinnati, Ohio, opening up for the legendary guitarist George Benson at some outside amphitheater (I was performing with Jean Carne). I remember playing the show and virtually “falling asleep standing up” onstage while playing. My head kept on jerking because it is unnatural for anyone to sleep in that position. I couldn’t wait for the show to end just so I could get some rest. At that point I understood perfectly why many entertainers turned to drugs just to cope with the rigorous schedule. For the record, I do not use drugs at all. In fact, I don’t smoke or drink. However, I learned my lesson after that moment. Once when I was in London, this beautiful model came up to me after our show and asked me if I would take her upstairs to my dressing room so we could “cuddle” together. he didn’t even ask me my name. Even though this woman was amazingly beautiful, there was “no way” I was going to entertain this situation. I politely declined her offer, and no sooner than I did she went to the “other” band members to request the same thing. For the record, we ALL declined her. Charlie Sheen has admitted to engaging prostitutes. He has also admitted to doing drugs. He claims he doesn’t know how he contacted the HIV. To me it’s pretty simple. If you are in the entertainment business, you need to realize that “all that shines is NOT gold.” It is a blessing to be able to entertain people. However, it is alsto important to make sure you don’t become a “victim to what you love.” 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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