Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“One of my all time favorites”)

Lyrically  I absolutely “love” this song. To me this is one of the best tunes that Stevie Wonder has ever done. At my Wednesday night event last night I decided to sing it. To me it is “such a beautiful tune.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Here is another one of my all time favorites:

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Blessed today, for personal reasons”)

My daughter Jazzmin has an occupation where she cares for “special” kids. These kids have disabilities and my daughter takes her own personal interest in these kids. Not only do the kids themselves love her but so do the parents of the kids. In fact, one set of parents love my daughter so much that they offered her a lot of money to go with them abroad so that Jazzmin could babysit their child for a few weeks. Jazzman asked me about it and even though I am the easiest going daddy on record, I actually told her “no, I wish you would not go.” We talked about it and she told me that the parents were very rich and they would have offered her a LOT of money just to go for a few weeks. I told her that  I understand and I really wanted her to make more money. However, there are some things in this world that I think are more important than money, and number 1 on that list for me is “safety.” I told her that some parts of the world are not safe and there are people out there who want to prey on innocents.  I told her that I had already been to some of these parts of the world. Jazzman then posted our conversation on Facebook to see what her friends would say, and most of them agreed with my decision. There were a couple who said that she she disobey my wishes and not let her father control her destiny. I wanted to respond back to this person but I decided to allow her to handle her own response to that. Needless to say, my child did NOT end up traveling to this place. While she doesn’t have the money she wanted she (and I) have something much more valuable today. “Why, you ask?” Answer: Because the place they wanted to take my daughter was “Turkey in Istanbul.” After the terrorist attack yesterday that left 41 dead I feel so sorry for the families of those who were killed, but I am “real happy” that my daughter was “not” one of them. While having my daughter brings a great smile to my face today, I still grieve heavily for those who have lost loved ones. I can only imagine how I would feel if it had been MY loss. My prayers are with them, and I sincerely hope that one day we all can coexist together “without the need to inflict harm on each other… What a wonderful world it would be…” We never know what “tomorrow may bring…” 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 2 most important words to know in any language”)

I remember when I first went on an international tour to play music. It felt so weird being around people who were “so different” from me. As fascinating as it was I realized that they spoke a different language and I needed to “adapt quickly.” While some people knew a little English I was surrounded by more people who “did not.” In order to communicate properly with them I realized that the first phrase I needed to learn was the most important… Those 2 words were “Thank you…” You see, if you want people to help you then you should always be courteous and pleasant. Once I learned how to say those two words I got more smiles and more help. When I first traveled to France I had to remember “Merci Beaucoup” which meant “Thank you very much.” In Brazil I had to say “Obrigado” a lot. While it is great to use these terms in other countries, it is also beneficial to use them in your own environment. When holding the door open for someone it is always pleasant to hear that person say “Thank you.” Whenever you do it and they don’t say anything it usually leaves you with a bad feeling about the person. While it may seem bothersome to thank people it should be done regardless. We all are on a planet where we have to depend on each other for survival. Considering the fact that people need you as much as you need them then “thanking someone” shouldn’t seem like such a burden. If you have not done so, then I suggest you “try it out for yourself” and see if your own perspective doesn’t change. Everyone likes to be appreciated… To show my point, I am now going to say “Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.” Please make the most of it…

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The Emotions (“You’ve got the best of my love”) and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The power you can get from Google”)

A friend of mine who does music recording called me the other day and asked if I knew of someone who could teach him a little more about being a sound engineer. I told him that most of the professional people I know of are too busy to teach and nowadays most people do their own recording in the comforts of their own home. However, if he wanted to learn I had the “perfect tutor” for him.  When he asked “Who?’ I simply replied”Google and Youtube.” Technology has now advanced to the point where just about “anything” you wish to learn can be found on these 2 media. The great thing about Youtube is that you can usually find a complete video instruction on “whatever it is you want to know.” I did tell him that “not all of the things you find will be right or correct” but if you view enough tutorials you are sure to discover more than enough information to improve your craft. The other day I went into Youtube to find new information about recording and was surprised to discover “all the things I never knew.” If you think you are too old to learn new tricks then Google (and Youtube) should be the thing for you. A while I ago I Googled “how to play the bass parts to certain songs” and lo and behold their were other bass players showing how to play the bass parts to certain songs. Some of them were wrong but it was still interesting just to see them there. “Knowledge is power.” What you know can give you a great advantage over others who don’t. If you know how to utilize your intellect and increase it your chances of accomplishment should be “greatly enhanced.” We learn from each other so no matter how much you think you know it may be surprising to at least check out what others are doing. I plan to check out Youtube and Google a lot more in my efforts to to achieve my greatest potential. If you have time I hope you can manage to see it for yourself. 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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Gary US Bonds with Brett Jolly performing in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Red Bass Guitar photo shoot with Renee”)

Renee is a professional dancer and entertainer. She has done many professional shows and has traveled extensively. Renee was in need of pictures so she agreed to do the red bass guitar session and all went very well. We utilized the famous Art museum area to take some great shots. I hope you enjoy them. 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 (“Performing a Jimi Hendrix classic”)

This is a clip of a gig we did in Cedar Park. This song features our guitar player Chris Odom on guitar as we cover a Jimi Hendrix classic entitled “Hey Joe.” The other players are Stan Brisbon on keys and Keith Simpson on drums. I am the one singing lead and wearing the red “Sixers” shirt with the red bass guitar. Hope you enjoy the clip and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“owning a dog”)

Some people can’t get behind the notion to have a pet. Some have allergies. Some have no time to devote to loving or taking care of an animal. I have a dog and her name is “Jenny Gump.” She is a German Shepherd. I have always loved having these kinds of dogs. Aside from the loyalty and love these animals bring there are other great reasons to have one. Years ago I remember a television film crew doing interviews of inmates in prisons, and one of the questions asked to most of them was “What if anything deterred you from breaking into a house to rob it?” ALL of them said that they never got scared of any burglar alarm system. They said that there are ways to get around most systems and even shut them off. They said the one thing they could never shut off was “a dog.” Most times if they attempted to break into a house and just heard a dog barking they would turn around and leave. My dog pays attention to everything that goes on outside, and will bark immediately for any sounds that it deems “suspicious.” The great part about this is that we never trained the dog to behave in this fashion. The dog does so strictly “on instinct.” Of course, there is commitment when it comes to a dog as well. They have to be walked and fed. However, they will love you unconditionally and protect your interests as well as your home. This morning I took Jenny for a walk and she decided to lay down on her back with her legs up in the air and make a back wiggle motion so that she could “scratch her back.” It is fun to see. The only real problem I have with her is when other people decide to walk their dogs along my property. Then she will tug hard (and pay for it dearly) because I have not been able to train her to ignore other dogs. Also, whenever my daughter begins to sing she gets upset and goes to barking at my son (This behavior I have not yet been able to decipher). Other than that Jenny is a great pet. If you have never owned one before I invite you to Google “Dog care.” You might be surprised at what a valuable asset a dog can be. 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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Linda Carter (She played the original Wonder Woman and sings country now) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Accepting people for who and what they are”)

I just recently heard a true story about a couple who was once married but eventually divorced. Under normal circumstances that wouldn’t seem peculiar at all but it is what happened “after” their divorce that raised eyebrows. With this relationship the man left his wife for “another man.” The funny part is that now the couple is friendlier than ever and the man often brings his new male lover with him to visit his ex. The question here is an intriguing one: If you broke up with your lover/partner how well could you accept the fact if he (or she) became a homosexual? In this situation all parties are now good with each other, but how would you deal with the fact that someone left you for someone of a different sex? I tried to think about it, and even though I believe over time I would eventually accept it I know it wouldn’t be easy sat first. Most men have egos, and it would would be a “big hit” to your confidence if your woman left you for another woman. It might be easier for a woman to make that adjustment (but that is not always a guarantee either). I think that sometimes people are not sure of who and what they are, and that is when they may “sway themselves” toward trying out the “other side.” I play in Rehoboth beach, Delaware, from time to time (which is a largely gay community) and one day I decided to “interview” some of the women there. They were more than happy to talk to me and let me know the myths and the truths about what they are. A lot of them started out in heterosexual relationships and some were even married before. Of course, the marriages didn’t last and that was when they decided to go into another direction. I asked them if it was their men’s fault for making them switch over to homosexuality. Just about all of them said the men may have played a role in the deterioration of the relationships, but they “went gay” just because they discovered “that was what they truly are.” I asked them what is the myth that most people have about gay people and they said that most people view homosexuality as a “choice.” These women said that they were “made this way” and they can’t help what they are. They also said that being gay was “not a curse.” Pastors preach against them but they were quick to note that God made them what they are. They ended up by saying that it doesn’t matter if people never understand them as long as they are accepted. These women enlightened me to some things and I am glad I had the talk with them. They seemed to accept their ways and they to view the world in a “very real light.” They seemed to be more interested in people’s acknowledgement as opposed to people’s acceptance. I remember playing for a couple of gay weddings and while I may have felt somewhat uncomfortable at first I eventually “got acclimated” to it. Slowly but surely it is becoming more acceptable and there seems to be less of a need for people to “hide it now.” As for the folks who talk against them, they realize that there are many people who will always condemn what they don’t understand. We are all human and everyone is different in their own right. I just wish that we all could get used to that… 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, Wynton Marsalis and keyboardist Stan Brisbon

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Gun control”)

I have written before about this topic, but today I wanted to make sure that I set the record straight. I have debated with several people before about how easy it is to purchase firearms. For some reason I keep getting the same feedback with most people saying (“I do not want to give up my right to own a gun”). For the record, I want it known that my debate is NOT about taking a gun away from legalized owners who are sane enough to own one. If you already have your gun and are of sound mind then more power to you. However, I WOULD like to see “stricter background checks” so that those who are “mentally unstable” cannot gain such “easy access” to guns and ammunition. Okay, you may ask “just how does one determine if someone is mentally unstable?” The answer is simple: “Those people who are already mentally unstable will tell “you” how unstable they are. Think about it: If some crazed individual has a desire to kill randomly, then chances are that if he or she is unstable it will be found out. A LOT of these people will rant on Facebook or public media all their frustrations. They will even tell close associates. What makes you think they wouldn’t tell you the same thing if you asked them? Through an interview (or psychiatric evaluation) a LOT can be determined. Most psychotic killers want to tell their story. We need to listen. It would really be nice if people who want to purchase weapons had to wait through a very long and extensive background check before before being allowed to purchase a firearm. I have had several people tell me about their right to bear arms and have weapons. If you follow that line of logic, does that means that everyone should be allowed to have their own “nuclear bomb” as well? There are many delusional people in this world. They see and hear things that the rest of us don’t. To them whatever they are experiencing is real. If we cannot reach out to help them then the last thing we should do is make it easier for them to kill innocent people. Those names of those politicians who cannot see this need to be made public, because we need to vote for people who will look out for our best interests (not theirs). The sale of a gun should not take precedence over the value of life. While worry about terrorists abroad when we keep supplying the terrorists here? To me this should be so simple. I only hope you can see the same things. Let’s hope that one day we all can get our “priorities straight.” 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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