Last Friday I was performing with my group “The Brett Jolly Experience” and we had a moment to perform blues with Pamela Renee. She came up onstage and rocked the house with the song, so today I decided to share it with you. Most people think of the blues as being depressing music, but this segment here was actually fun. The title of this particular track is “Meet me with your black drawers on” and you can see me clearly playing my red bass guitar. I hope you enjoy the clip and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Hey, everyone. Today is Memorial day, which is a holiday for us here in the states. If you don’t celebrate a holiday, then I just wish you an awesome day today. I am taking a break and will be back with you tomorrow. Thanks and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brittney is a model, singer, and just about anything else she wants to be. With a truly great persona, she is always positive in her creativity. I have worked with her before and she is one of the most dedicated models I have ever worked with. One time there was a rainstorm and I asked her if she wanted to cancel, but she said she wanted to take pictures in the rain no matter how bad it came down. It is always a pleasure to work with her and I hope your enjoy her pictures. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
You can say what you want about this artist as an adult. I believe he sold more than any other artist and his legacy speaks for itself. However, as great as Michael Jackson was as an adult my preference was still for the “much younger” version. As a young child he had a voice that was nothing short of amazing. He sang with the voice of a chid and the soul of an old veteran. Many people remember the albums like “Off the Wall” and “Thriller.” I prefer to pay homage to the “Got to be there” collection. When you listen to this song it is amazing to think that a boy so young could even sing this song in the key that it was written and with so much emphasis. If you get the opportunity, I hope you can check out the rest of the songs on this album. Just about all the tracks are great. Today I would like to present one of my all time favorite tracks from Michael Jackson. Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer:
“Argh”… Starting yesterday I was having major difficulties signing into my Facebook account, and this morning those issues continued. I was talking to technical support yesterday regarding my computer and went through a whole litany of procedures to try and correct it all. Then this morning I was trying to sign into my WordPress account and experienced major problems with that as well. I believe in a “life balance…” In other words, I believe that things can’t always go great because then life would be unbalanced. We actually “need” bad days to counter the good days so that we may appreciate life more. Today has not been a very good for me so far. I still can’t access my Facebook account and of course I can’t contact them (because no one answers any phones at Facebook). However, as you can see, I “did” finally manage to log into my WordPress account. I will have to find a way to see if I can contact Facebook for an answer as to why I can’t access my account. In the meantime I have come to the realization that today just might be “one of those days.” Whenever you have days like this it makes no sense to play the lottery (because you know you are not going to win it anyway) and you should try to avoid making any major decisions today (because the funky cloud over your head will not allow you to make any “correct” decisions today). I always find that for days like this it is always better to limit the things you do and if you can, “take walks.” I am about to embark on this option right now. I apologize for any lack of substance for today’s Daily Thought but I will say this much: “Even though you might be having a bad day it still helps to smile and maybe even laugh about it.” It won’t change the outcome of the bad day you are having, but it can help in altering your perspective on it. It also helps to get to bed early so that tomorrow can start off fresh with some “good” vibes. However, I have to play tonight so that won’t be much of an option. Hey, through it all I know that I am still blessed, and life is great. “TODAY” just isnt great (so far). If you are having a bad day as well, I hope you have the same resolve that I have to just “smile and shake it off.” Now that I was able to sign into WordPress, I had better click “Publish” before my system crashes or something crazy like that (smile). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Chubby Checker (“The Twist”) and Brett Jolly
This past Saturday I performed a gig with a good friend of mine by the first name of “Mark.” Mark is an exceptional musician who plays several different instruments (lead guitar, bass and drums) and he also is a great singer. For this gig there was only me, him and a drummer for the band (he played lead guitar for this one) and we had a great show that the people loved (especially for a small 3 piece band). We took turns singing lead. Afterwards we talked about doing a lot more shows together because we gelled so well musically. Well, I just got word yesterday that right after that gig he had a stroke and was hospitalized… After hearing about this I thought about how normal life had seemed and how I took for granted that there will always be time for us to do other gigs together. I now realize that when you hold off today for tomorrow then that day just may not be promised to you. I have no intentions of going on some kind of negativity trip here but there are many people with dreams that remained unfulfilled just because they procrastinated when it came to enacting on them. You may never know your “full potential” until you take the initiative to actually “reach” for it. There are things that I still would like to accomplish in my life. I still have dreams and goals that have not come to fruition just yet. While I am able to think, move and speak on my own I need to take those blessings and “expand.” Mark is a Pisces like me and he also has perfect pitch (which means he can hear some tunes and play them without having to practice first). I am very thankful the he is still alive but I don’t know the severity of what he is going through. I will keep him in prayer. Mortality of life means that we all are fragile. We all have dates with destiny and at some point our abilities will begin to erode. I remember years ago performing on the same show as the Funk brothers (These are the guys who actually “wrote” a lot of the music that became world famous on Motown records, even though they didn’t get much credit for it). In my mind, I knew these guys were “awesome” musicians who created some of the best music in the world. When I watched them play live and try to recreate some of that magic it saddened me to see them try to move their hands with the same agility and dexterity that they used to have. Time had caught up to them, and all their skills had weakened. I don’t know if they are still even performing live anymore, but the music they left us with was priceless. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. The same principle applies to you. What you do with the rest of your life depends on what you feel about the rest of your life. Maybe it’s about time we all recognize our own mortality and stop putting off the things that we can accomplish today. I could probably say more but I now realize that I have “work to do.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer…
Facetime: Elton Jolly
The late Grover Washington Jr., brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly
The late Gerald Levert broke out on the music scene years ago with a song that became a huge hit on the R&B charts. Originally the song was done by a 3 man group entitled “Levert.” Gerald was the mastermind of the group and not long after this song became a hit Gerald went solo without the other 2 guys (the funny part is that whenever I listen to the background vocals of this song I only hear Gerald’s voice anyway, so I’m not even sure if the other 2 guys even sang on this track). I then tried to do my own evaluation of the song (which is what I do with every song I hear) and I found out something interesting. First I would like for you to check out the song. Here is Levert’s hit song “Casanova.”
Musically the principle premise of this song is based on 4 music chords (with the exception of the bridge). When examining those 4 chords, I found that if you switch the order of the first 2 with the very last 2 you will find the same musical pattern of another song that was a “huge hit” just before this song was released. In fact, if you “started this song at the 9 second mark and played this other song along with it, you will find amazing similarities. The song that this tune was recycled from was Marvin Gaye’s big hit “Sexual Healing.” When you interchange the chords of Casanova with Sexual Healing it will fit “exactly.” I actually played for Gerald Levert on many occasions, so one day I decided to ask him about it. He just looked at me with a smirk on his face and simply said “Good ear.” While that was not the confirmation I wanted, subliminally it was the answer I sought. The are times when songs are “resampled” and thrown back on the public. Of course, if the public can’t determine what’s going on then I guess there’s “no harm, no foul.” Either way, this song became a huge R&B hit, and I don’t think he ever got sued in court over it. Maybe it was because no one “figured it out.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Gerald Levert and Brett Jolly in concert
I was talking to someone the other day about the neatest television show theme songs. There were several of them that were orchestrated nicely, but when it came to my “ultimate favorite” I just had to choose this one. Musically, this song is incredible and I would have to give a high five to the man who actually “wrote this.” Yes, this is one of my favorite television theme songs of all time, and I hope you enjoy.
Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
At my Wednesday night events we often take requests (whether we know them or not). We try our best to “turn no one down.” On this particular night someone requested us to do “Yesterday” by the Beatles. I always loved this tune but I wasn’t exactly sure of the lyrics. Nevertheless, we attempted the song anyway. Even though we started off a little “unsure” I think we finished it strongly enough ( or at least hopefully we did). Anyway, I hope you enjoy our “on the spot” rendition of this Beatles classic. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Museums, symphonies, comedy shows and all other sorts of personal entertainment reflect our artistry. Our creative side is a result of our imaginations taken to the highest of levels. What good is a comedian if no one comes out to see him or her? What good is an orchestra without an audience? I am a musician who loves what he does. As much as I love to play, my real enjoyment comes from watching the reactions of others who are in attendance to watch me play. If you have ever watched a television show then you are supporting the creative side of someone who had enough resolve to put that show together. That’s why it is so important to check out a concert. That’s why it is so important to check out an art gallery. Sometimes artistry will give way to technology (as in concerts where there is no band but rather taped musical accompaniment). “Art is something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings.” If you take away our artistry you take away our progress. As long as we exercise our creative thinking then we will always have art. That is why it is so important to support the arts. Whether you love music, paintings or sculptures, fashion shows, dance performances or music concerts, there is a world of creativity out there waiting to be “appreciated.” I only hope that at their next performances they will see you “smiling in the audience.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Facetime: Elton Jolly
Patti Labelle and Brett Jolly in concert