Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red bass guitar photo shoot for Taleese”)

Taleese isn’t a singer or performer. In fact, she admitted that she doesn’t usually take a lot of pictures. However, her birthday was coming up and she felt she needed to have some new ones made. We secured a good day and a great location, and we  hope you like the results. 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 (“Beautiful arranged instrumental piece written for circus”)

This song is an old classic which was originally written as a theme song for the circus. The man (or people) who wrote this song were pure geniuses in my eyes. Unfortunately, for the first one minute and 45 seconds there is a lot of unneeded musical fanfare (the real meat of the song starts somewhere around this point) but once the music finally comes in it is a beautifully orchestrated piece that I feel is very underrated. Considering the time in which this song was written I don’t know if they even had access to the use of computers for creating this, but it sounds like something that should have been written under today’s musical standards. Oddly enough, the song is entitled “Computer games” and this is one of my favorite instrumental classics of all time. The group is simply entitled “The Yellow Magic Orchestra.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

 

Don’t forget to wait until the one minute 45 second mark for the main part of the song to come in.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Is it right for Trump to boycott debate?”)

I just recently heard that Presidential hopeful Donald Trump decided to pull out of the “pre-Iowa Fox debate because he didn’t feel he would be treated fairly. Many are wondering if this move will “help or hurt” him. I love to ponder events like this and I came up with my “own” conclusions. First, the people who “already decided” to vote for Trump most likely “won’t change their minds now.” If everything else he said so far hasn’t scared them off, then I highly doubt that what he “won’t say” will change much of anything. Will it help the other candidates who have been lagging behind him in the polls? That will depend largely on how they seize this opportunity. Their chances of being heard and taken seriously should be greatly enhanced without Trump there to steal the spotlight, but the question here is “What can they do with it?”. Here is an article explaining things in more detail:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35416625

Trump is not the first candidate to skip a debate. Others have done so and even won convincingly afterwards. Is it “right” for Trump to skip this debate? I can only say this much: If you have aspirations of becoming President you “have to know” that people are going to “come after you.” Donald himself “shot barbs” to President Obama when he ran, often complaining that he was not a natural born citizen of the United States (which was later proven to be unfounded). Trump himself has tossed plenty of negativity towards others (which I think has actually helped him gain leverage and advantage in the polls). He is now supported by Sarah Palin, the “political queen of negativity.” I would not be surprised if somehow she becomes his “Vice Presidential running mate” should he win the nomination. However, in this business if you can “dish it out” then you had better be prepared to “take it.” Mr. Trump has words for everybody, so he needs to expect that people will “punch back.” The fact that he is considered the front runner makes him even more of a viable target. I can’t tell Trump how to handle his candidacy. “No one can.” His blatant disregard for anything that doesn’t agree with him has actually made him “more popular than ever.” Whether you like him or not, he is great entertainment and riding that wave to the nomination. He is like that old Charmin bathroom tissue commercial (the one that stated “Please don’t squeeze the Charmin”). At one point they voted that commercial to be one of the worst commercials ever produced, and yet their sales escalated because of it. Trump’s campaign is following in the same footsteps. You can say what you want about him, but he does not lack for “confidence.” That is what most leaders need to have. The question now is whether or not his confidence has morphed into “arrogance.” Time… and votes… will tell…”  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 and morning news personality Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Is it worth it to dye your hair?”)

For the record, today’s daily thought has nothing to do with those younger women who like “variety.” They have every right to change hair colors, makeup and even hair styles to differentiate their looks and they will get “no complaint” from me whatsoever. The other day I had a talk with someone in reference to people who get older and decide to “dye” the color of their hair to eliminate or hide greying. I know that from my personal viewpoint I never had a problem with a woman coloring over the natural tone of her hair. However, I have seen some men go through it and wondered if it seemed as natural for us. My barber (yes, I still go to one… thank you) decided to touch my mustache up with hair dye the other day. I had never done this before, so I asked him whether or not I should continue to use it. He said that for my line of work I should and that there was nothing wrong with it. He said that most people who get older in life have an image to maintain and now I am at the stage where I should start considering it.  When I looked at it afterwards I no longer felt like myself, but he did say that it would take some getting used to at first. I spoke to all my close friends (including my family) and asked them to give me their real personal opinion. They said that it wasn’t that noticeable and that I should try it. Well, the jury is still out but I am leaning in that direction. A lot of the big name celebrities that I played for did the “hair dye” thing and I just happened to notice because when you play “behind them” you can often see where the color lines change in the back of their heads (and no, I will not mention their names here). As for women, they can always get away with it and look more natural than most men do. As we all get older we do have options. I have no problem with growing old naturally but I will listen if someone makes a valid suggestion. Each year I ask my daughter if I can still get away with wearing one of those muscle shirts and so far she has said that it still works for me. She will, however, let me know when the summer comes when it is time to start “hiding things.” Life is precious… life if valuable… Life is to be enjoyed at any age. Live your life as though you “feel 20.” You earned that right… 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 with actress Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union and Brett Jolly

 

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Surviving 20 inches of snow that just fell on my area”)

Last week they had predicted that we were going to get a massive snow storm. They were “right…” It began Friday night, and it continued through Saturday until the late night came. Afterwards, we were looking at over “20” inches of snow on the ground. ALL of my gigs were cancelled, and I could do nothing but watch television and work on music. Even today my car is still snowed in, and thank goodness the temperatures will be a little warmer today so that some of the snow will melt. The last time I tried shoveling or raking anything I threw my back out terribly and it continued to hurt me for almost a month afterwards. There was no way I was tackling this amount. While I hated losing money on my cancelled gigs I realized that I probably needed a break anyway. I play a lot and I am on the go a lot, so if snow is the only way for me to rest up then so be it. It was pretty to look at, though. We ALL are susceptible to the ways of nature, and there really isn’t much we can do about it. This was our first major snowfall of the year here and in one day we managed to accumulate what we would normally encounter in an entire winter. I would like to think that this is all we will get. However, I know better than that. Spring for us won’t arrive until at least the latter part of March, so it would be crazy for me to think that no more snow will be coming. I feel rested, and I feel at peace. I can go on with getting back to reality (once I finally get my car out from  the huge amount of now). When I look outside, I realize that “today is a beautiful day after all” and I smile… I hope you awoke and felt the same way as well. 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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The wintry view from my front door

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“One of my favorite orchestrated tunes”)

In my opinion, this song is magnificent in so many rights… Lyrically it is powerful, with words that will mesmerize your soul. Musically, it is very well arranged. The symphonic arrangements blend together well and they give the song a real pleasant aura. Paul McCartney’s voice is a perfect complement to this song. The tone of it fits perfectly. If you cannot tell by now, this song is “one of my favorites of all time.” The only issue with this song for me was that it was listed as belonging to the Beatles. However, if you listen to the song, none of the band members are playing on the track because the whole music section was done by an orchestra. There is no guitar, no bass, no keyboards of drums.  That means when performing this song live all the other members of the band may as well have gone offstage to have a seat. Nevertheless this song is a classic and I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you 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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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The real definition of a friend”)

For me, this is nothing personal against anyone I know. However, I do know of someone who recently went through trials and tribulations over a lost friendship. When it comes to friends, there are different kinds. Let’s explore… Some are friends to only a certain extent. These people will do for you, but not if it ever inconveniences him or her. Once that happens they no longer know you. Then there are friends who will befriend you only so they can talk about you to someone else. These are the gossip friends who basically use the events of your life for their own entertainment when dealing with others. You just may not know it now. There are also friends who only keep you around as long as it benefits them. They only care about you if you listen to their life events and sympathize with all that is happening with them. Once the topic gets turned to you it immediately becomes a “very short story.” Then there is the “pretend friend.” This lovely individual wants “you and everybody you know” to think that you are really great friends, even though they don’t give a hoot about you. These friends are “so false.” Then there is the “suction friend.” These talented people will remain your friend until they “suck you dry” of all the things they “want” from you. They never give, they only “get.” These people you need to be able to recognize, because if you don’t this friendship will “always result in an unhappy ending.”

A real friend is someone who will realize that “no one is perfect.” This type of friend will not try to control you, but rather advise, guide (if necessary) and sympathize with all that you may be going through. He or she will not be so quick to criticize, but rather be the shoulder you need to cry on  or the ear that is needed to listen when you need to vent. When you are at your lowest point, he or she will focus on you rather than talk about themselves. A real friend will understand what you are going through, and will sacrifice in order to help you in time of need. This is a person who has your back, and will go to war with you when necessary. A real friend is “unconditional…”

We all need friends… If we lose someone that we “thought” was a real friend then the question automatically becomes “Was this person a real friend in the first place?” Unless the matter is so huge that the results are irreversible then a real friend won’t abandon you. People come into our lives and leave our lives as we continue to grow. Just because you lose one friend doesn’t mean that you can’t find another. Don’t shut yourself out from the world….There is a lot more out there to experience… Patience can be your greatest virtue… 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, Wynton Marsalis and keyboardist Stanley Brisbon

Wynton Marsalis

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Who REALLY recorded the very first rap record?”)

I recently had a discussion with someone over which song should be declared the “first true” rap song every recorded and released. According to Billboard magazine, the first rap song ever was a tune by a group named “Blondie” entitled “Rapture.” To me, the rap in the middle of this song is so lame that I “cringe” every time I hear it. However, I disagree with Billboard on this one. Many people will say that a song by the Fatback band entitled King Tim III was the first original rap song released. That may be true as well. I think I can say that the “biggest” early rap song in terms of fame belonged to a group called the Sugar Hill Gang, and that song was simply entitled “Rappers Delight.”

Most people will leave this discussion here, but I still beg to differ. I invite you to Google a song by James Brown entitled “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m proud.” In this song, James talks (or raps, if you prefer) throughout the entire track. Why this song was never put in contention is beyond me. It was actually “released” in August of 1968 and I can only suggest that because of the political impact of the lyrics the song was probably pushed aside. All of this is worthy of discussion, but I will go back even further with this. There was a poet by the name of Nikki Giovanni who actually released her poems to music. This was done during the 1960’s and while her musical tunes mainly reached only African American audiences, her lack of crossover fame may have impaired her from consideration as the first black rap artist. This debate may be able to go back even further, but for right now I will stop here. Maybe you can come up with someone that I forgot to mention. It was a great discussion and I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

 

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The significance of Martin Luther King day”)

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Martin Luther King holiday, and to fully understand what this signifies we need to look at the history of how it “actually managed to even become” a holiday. You see, originally many people didn’t want to make a holiday for this man, and to me that shows the need for this man to be honored even more. When it comes to judging the greatness of a man, I always say that a man is great if he manages to “change the way people think.” Before King, Black people had to use different water fountains and ride in the rear of buses. they were called names such as “nigger” and often discriminated against simply because of the color of their skin. Because of King, that era has been changed radically, but even though the man is gone his work is “still unfinished.” If it were not for Martin Luther King, Barack Obama would “never” have become President of the United States. However, once Obama took the White House he was still subjected to a “lot” of reactions that could easily have been considered racist in nature. Today, equality is at a high peak, because now everyone can hold high position jobs, and we don’t have to be separated because of the color of our skin anymore. Is discrimination gone? Not by any means (and it will probably never be fully eliminated from our lives) but at least now there is much more “opportunity for everyone.” Here is a post for Martin Luther King  day below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mlk-day-30th-anniversary_569c5f22e4b0778f46f9c81e

Sometimes we hate to confront our past and unfortunately King Day makes us relive just how bad those times were. It is not designed to make us feel bad about the past, but rather to help us focus more on making a better future. No one can blink his or her eyes and erase those tumultuous times, but we can use the memories of those moments to make our lives even better. My father, Elton Jolly, was very good friends with Martin Luther King, and I always ask him for stories about his involvement in the legacy. You can Google facts about this man and come to your own conclusions. No one is perfect, even though we all should still strive for perfection. This is not about the Black race, the White race, the Red race of the Yellow race… This is all about the “human” race. With that in mind, I sincerely hope you celebrate “and enjoy” this Martin Luther King Holiday. After all, it is the “thought” that truly counts… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer…

The Miracles and Brett Jolly performing in concert

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