Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Video of my group performing What is Hip from Tower of Power”)

At my Wednesday night events we often take requests (whether we really know the songs or not) and we have so much fun doing so. Several people have said that I should feature some of the things we do, so today I wanted to share a song that someone requested last week. I apologize because the video doesn’t start from the beginning and the audio quality isn’t the best, but hopefully this will give you some idea as to what fun we have at the “Wednesday Night Grand Slam” at the Crab Tavern in Darby, PA (201 North Macdade Blvd). I host the event and we literally “do” take requests of any genre. I hope you enjoy the video and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“To blog or not to blog”)

Every since I joined this site I have enjoyed putting out my Daily Thought. Truth be told, at first I wasn’t even sure of what a blog really was (In fact, I am “still” not sure of what it’s definition truly is even at this stage). However, the one thing I did conclude is that blogging is a means of “expression.” I admit that I have not paid to upgrade to the full service of this blog site but at some point I just may do so. I am glad to be able to offer my world to others in hopes of telling my own story. Music has been an integral part of my life, but my blogs are not limited solely to just that topic. I like to offer opinions, social issues and even my music and photography (including videos). I have a fairly busy schedule, but I aim to check out a lot more of other people’s works. Expression is at its best when you give it AND receive it… Whether you have agreed or disagreed with me I sincerely appreciate all those who have checked out my blogs. By the way, I am still trying to figure out how to communicate with others on this site. Maybe I will accomplish that when I finally upgrade. I try my best to examine both sides of any story and I do my best to “not” appear overly opinionated. In this world your voice is your identity. People will know who and what you are from what you say. I have been blessed with a great musical career but in my eyes I am not finished growing yet. I performed with many musical giants over the years in this industry but I still manage to focus on “what I intend to accomplish next.” In one of my interviews, someone asked me when I planned on “hanging it up.” I simply said “When they finally close the lid.” Does your life have a “ceiling on it?” Are you content with where you are and not concerned about exceeding your own expectations? You only get one life. As long as you still breathe, there is still opportunity to increase your value. Blogging is only “one” of my means of expression. I thank you all so much for your support. Thank you again 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 in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Please be attentive”)

Yesterday evening I played my normal Wednesday night event. I enjoy this time of the week and normally we have so much fun. Unfortunately, the mood of the night shifted to anger when we discovered that one of our band members was beaten outside in the parking lot with the intent to rob. The band member was getting his equipment out of his car when about 6 or 7 youths rushed him and started beating and kicking him. According to my friend, one of them even had a gun. As he laid there on the ground one of the youths said “You know what this is about… hand it over.” Before anything else could happen something made them disperse quickly. I was really upset when hearing of this, and I am so sorry that I wasn’t there at that particular time to help my friend. While nothing can change what happened, I am hoping that posting his experience will help others. You see, this happened during the nighttime hours, and he was handling his equipment by  himself with no one else around at that time. They rushed him while his attention was turned towards the handling of his equipment in the car so he never saw them coming. They got to him through the element of surprise. The best way to make sure you never become a victim is for you to pay attention to your surroundings. The lot was big enough for him to lock himself in his car if he had only taken notice of this gang approaching beforehand. Since he knew the other band members would be coming soon he could also have just waited for them to arrive so that there would be witnesses around. Thugs will prey on you only when they know no one else is around to identify them. Finally, it is beneficial to have a mode of defense. You don’t need a gun. My other friend (who is a police officer) said that mace of pepper spray will render anyone incapacitated and out of commission. Women especially need to  have this and it could definitely help save lives. The gang that did this were cowards. The place where we play is not even in a bad neighborhood, but these guys just happened to be roaming through it on this night. I remember years ago pulling into a gas station to get gas. As I pulled up next to the pump, there were 2 young males looking around VERY suspiciously. None of them was buying anything and the both of them kept talking quietly at each other while “pointing” to different people buying gas. This triggered something in me, and after they pointed at me I made my own assessment to drive off. Later on I heard that there had been a robbery there. I paid attention and I did not become a victim that night. Please never assume that something bad can never happen to you. Punks who want your money will come to your neighborhood to get it (because they know that the chances of you having it  and them not being recognized are greater). When you drive into someplace at night, don’t get out of the car immediately. Survey the area first and make note of anything you deem “suspicious.” Pay attention wherever you go, and hopefully you can avert being the “next victim.” Thank you for reading my Daily Thought, and as always I wish the very best to you that life has to offer.

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Bill Withers (grey hair to the far left), his daughter in the middle, Anthony Hamilton in the white shirt and cap and Brett Jolly to the far right

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The importance of voter knowledge”)

Here in the United States, we are currently embroiled in election euphoria. Candidates from both Republican and Democrat parties are vying for your vote to become the next President of the United States. Platforms should mean everything, but do they really? Is it coincidence that the  “richest” candidates happen to be enjoying large leads in the polls? How much do you think “money” has to do with that? Just about everyone knows that “money is advertising and promotion.” This works for just about anything and everything you wish to sell, so why shouldn’t it work for selling Presidential candidates as well? When you think about it, how many times have you gone into a voting booth and witnessed a whole bunch of names on the ballot of people you never heard of before? What do you do when that happens? Do you just pick one based on the pronunciation of his or her name? Do you close your eyes and just guess? Elections are important, but so is political education . What good is voting if you don’t know anything about the people who want to earn your vote? We know the most about the candidates who have enough money to promote, but what about the others who don’t? Should we just assume that they are not qualified enough to be considered? The next President of the United States will have a major effect on our lives. Is it enough to simply elect the best candidate or should we  just settle for “the best candidate money can buy?” What would happen if each candidate were given a promotion budget? In other words, what if there were equal allocations of money for each candidate to spend for advertising that could not be exceeded? Do you think that would make a difference in your vote? Also, what role does the media play in this? Whenever they project a leader in the polls, do we automatically just assume that who they pick is the person “we” want? When they start out favoring one particular candidate, then of course that candidate is receiving “free” promotion. “Your vote is your voice… When you speak up, it is important to know what you are talking about.” Voter education is a great weapon… If your vote can’t be bought, then please take the time to obtain all the knowledge you need to know. Your life, as well as the rest of our lives… are all depending on 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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Wynton Marsalis (in center) Stan Brisbon (at right) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My association with Jeffrey Osborne”)

Often when you are a professional musician you encounter great friendships and relationships. You realize that just because someone might be viewed as a “star” in other people’s eyes doesn’t mean that they aren’t every bit as human as you are. A good case in point is Jeffrey Osborne. He is a very down to earth guy who can crack a joke with anyone. Even though I have never “personally” performed with him onstage, I had been on his tour with him and formed a good friendship with him. During his shows I used to always watch him “kiss different women” in the audience (with his wife and his daughter during her younger days) backstage. She often kept quietly to herself, but one day I decided to ask her how she felt about how Jeff interacted with women during his show. She smiled and said “Jeffrey and I know what this business is all about. I realize that in order for him to make money I have to share him with the rest of the world. What he does at the show has no bearing at all because he spends each night with me.” One day in Cleveland Jeff sang the “Woo Woo song” and some lady in the audience literally handed him “her bra.” Jeff lifted it up in the air, paused for a second and said, “Now THIS  lady can woo woo woo.” “Good recovery…” One day we all were at an outside  concert in Detroit eating dinner, and Jeff and I talked about a lot of things. I joked with him and asked, “How can you POSSIBLY deal with singing the WOO WOO song each and every night? That HAS to give you a major headache after awhile.” He laughed and said “Yeah, sometimes it’s tough to get that song out of my head, but the way I deal with it now is I just have the audience sing it for me.” True to form, when he performed the song he did the basic part of it, and then went out into the audience and let “many people” take over for him. It was funny to see, because I knew he was thinking “Come on, sing this song and  make this easy for me so that I won’t have to sing that much of it.” He told me about his old days with his group LTD and how they thought he would never make it without them. Boy, were they wrong… I also introduced him to Teddy Pendergrass so that Jeff could get permission to do a jazz cover of Teddy’s hit song, “Close the door.” All in all, forming relationships with big name performers is cool. However, not everyone is approachable. For the ones who are, you just value your friendship.  Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and here is an actual video of Jeffrey doing the “Woo Woo song” live. Try not to laugh too hard (smile). Thank you again and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“After paying your debt to society”)

Yesterday I was in church playing for my normal Sunday services. During the break between services a man came up to me to tell me how much he loved the way I played. He said his name was George and that he was celebrating a second opportunity in life. He said that just recently he had been released after being incarcerated in jail for “22 years.” This intrigued me, so naturally I inquired about his circumstances. He said that he had been in prison for committing a homicide. I think a lot of people would have felt uneasy at that point talking to someone who could be considered so dangerous but for some reason I felt perfectly comfortable talking to this man. He told me that he also had “stage 4” cancer but now he is “cancer free.” I informed him that he is indeed celebrating a “second chance” in life. He said that a lot of people don’t want to trust him now and that trying to make a living for himself wasn’t going easy. I told him that if God spared his life and brought this man through such a turbulent point then obviously He has some purpose in mind for him. I told him that he was starting off the right way by coming to church. I also alerted him to the fact that there are “plenty of young men out there” who “need” to hear his story, so I hope he can find a way to tell it. I also told him that if he can manage to change the direction of at least “one life” then he has fulfilled his obligation. You see, no one is perfect… At some point in our lives we all make mistakes that we wish we could go back in time to erase. Some mistakes just happen to have bigger costs than others. When we make mistakes, just about everyone “wants” to be forgiven. While the Lord above forgives us for our sins, we as a people are not always as generous. I told this man that he may have a rough road ahead of him, but if he has survived  22 years of jail and cancer then he can surely deal with what’s ahead of him now. I told him that is is not how you start, but how you finish that determines the true success of life. His final judgment won’t come from anyone on “this realm.” He informed me that there were “so many greatly talented men in prison” with hopes of one day getting back to the outside world. One of them was an old childhood friend of mine. In the end, I gave him this final thought: Just imagine if he had died from cancer, and had to meet his maker for a final judgment day. If indeed he had the chance to speak to the Almighty and asked for a second chance to turn his life around, then today would actually “be” his second chance… What happens here will depend solely on him. He smiled and said that he really appreciated talking to me. I told him that the pleasure was “likewise.” We both uplifted “each other.” If you are going through a rough time in your life, I only hope that you can find the resolve to “see the finish line.” You may not be the first one to make it there and win the race, but you only need to complete this race in order to feel accomplishment. George can now see it, and I can see it for him, and I wished him good luck… 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 Emotions (“You got the best of my love” and “Boogie Wonderland”) and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red bass guitar photo shoot with Gina”)

Gina is someone who with great model qualities. She is tall, and carries herself well. She is also a perfectionist when it comes to choosing the ones she likes. She was asked to do this photo shoot and she did not disappoint by any means. For our red guitar photo shoot, this week we would like to feature Gina. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.