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

Adonica was actually my very first model years ago. She has her own flair about her and she comes up with her own ideas. For this session she didn’t want to do anything with a beautiful natural scene like a park or waterfall. Instead she wanted to go to a very rural area to take her shots. I loved the idea (I always love creativity and imagination in just about everything I do). While this session didn’t take a long while we still managed to get some good quality shots. I hope you enjoy her pictures 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 (“Another group that I liked”)

Back in the day these guys were very popular. When listening to their recordings I always had doubts about them because the voices didn’t feel real to me. After finally getting to witness their live concert I began putting the pieces together. First, the music they had was great and no one should ever try to take that from them. Whoever wrote their material were awesome writers. When watching them perform live, I realized that the lead singer is the one whose voice carried the others. On the recordings it sounds like most of the harmonies were done by the same man (and that would have been the lead singers voice). When watching them perform live I did notice that there were more people in the band with microphones singing background to help out his brothers hit those high notes. The lead singer has this incredible falsetto that must have wreaked havoc on his vocal chords each and every night. You can tell by the way his neck contracts when singing that he is doing an an unnatural falsetto that sounds like he ingested helium. Whatever the case, the formula “worked.” I don’t know if these guys are still performing concerts or not. I do know that one of them died (or maybe more) but their music was great. I will see if I can Google their current status. However, today I would like to present one of my favorite groups from back in the day, and that group would be the Bee Gees. 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 (“What do we really know about our world and beyond?)

Have you ever ventured out onto an isolated beach and just stood in front of the waves? If so have you ever thought about what secrets the oceans really hide? Since most of the world is water then that means we only occupy a small part of it. When it comes to the ocean depths what does it really look like and what’s going on down there? It has been reported that water takes up 71 percent of the world’s space, and yet 95% of that ocean has not been explored yet. Whenever I am by the ocean I always gaze out over the surface, for that is the only part I can actually view. On several occasions whenever I looked out far enough I saw what I believed to be the fins of dolphins curving over the waters. I assumed that they were dolphins because of the curved method in which they rose up and down as they traveled. While that was great to see it is what we can’t see that is truly intriguing. The deep sea is  estimated to be 103 million square miles and mostly dark. That means that there is a possibility of unknown species there that we have yet to encounter. When it comes to those creatures, scientists have named and classified about 1.5 millions species, and yet it is estimated that there may be up to 50 million more that have not been discovered yet. On the other hand, have you ever ventured out at night and looked at the stars? If so, have you ever wondered if there is life on those planets that could be staring back at us? We have only sent a handful of people to the moon (allegedly) but what do we really know about other planets? According to science technology we have been able to take pictures of other world surfaces (and it has been determined that in most of those cases that there has been no life discovered there yet). That may be true from what we see on the surface, but do we know for a fact that no life exists beneath that surface? If new species can exist and thrive under water here then what makes us think that others can’t exist under land on other worlds? We are so accustomed to our own habitat that we sometimes tend to neglect those parts of the word that for us are unobtainable. Life is fascinating, and our world hides a lot of secrets that we still don’t know about yet.  The next time you go to the beach hopefully you can think of it as more than just water. Maybe as mankind we can find a way to explore more of the ocean depths. It may provide resources that could help and even enhance our own way of living. 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 Three Degrees with Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The DNC yesterday”)

It rained so hard yesterday in Philadelphia that my basement actually flooded badly. Thunder and lightning and dark skies made the day seem so eery and mysterious. The Democratic National Convention was held rain or shine in my home town and after I finished mopping up a LOT of water I focused my attention on the convention. I kind of equate these conventions to some churches. Since all the people are there for the same purpose then to me it just kind of feels like the speakers are essentially “preaching to the choir.” They won’t change the mind of anyone there, because all the people in attendance are there to support the same person anyway (and have already decided).  While it is important to cast your vote behind who you want to elect there will be people watching on television who may not have made up their minds yet, so I am guessing these conventions must be aimed at those people. Each side feels as though they offer the best platforms, and unless something crazy happens none of them are ever going to switch over. There are also those who honestly believe that their vote is a waste (due to the electoral process). Are they right in what they say? Picking a leader is important, because your very lifestyle could hinge heavily on the decisions of that leader. The natural thing for me to say is that if you don’t like the direction of the country then “vote to make a change.”While it is important to vote with your heart, it is “imperative” that you also exercise your mind. Many people vote according to their party and while that is understandable should it also be considered proper? If you “knew” that your party representative was not qualified, had a history of making bad decisions with terrible policies would you still vote for him or her just because of party unity? Some people (uh, make that MANY people) would, and that is why the greatest asset this country has is the “intelligent educated voter.” No, I am not saying that certain voters are dumb, but rather I am saying that if you “study and know” your choice and are educated about the candidate”s policies (and make your choice based on what you know as opposed to who you represent) then you are an intelligent educated voter. These people make their choices based on who they feel has the “best qualifications” to run the country. No one is perfect, so no candidate is perfect. However, sometimes you may have to choose between the lessor of 2 evils. These conventions often provide entertainment, but we should not forget that our jobs, our lifestyles and our values are at stake with this election. Today’s Daily Thought is not about trying to sway anyone’s vote, but rather a statement to say to learn all you can about your candidate BEFORE voting him or her into office. Voting intelligently means never having to say “You’re sorry.” 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 Whispers with Brett Jolly in concert

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“They are preparing for the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia”)

Just this past weekend I witnessed scores of police cars and vans lined up along the main highways here in Philadelphia. They had exits blocked off and security was at a very high level. Also there were helicopters arriving and leaving in packs of 3. My only guess was that this was designed to throw off any possible acts of terrorism. Yes, it is easy to tell that the Democratic Convention is coming to town here in Philadelphia. While I am not expected to be a part of it musically this year it still brings back old memories of the year 2000 when they had the Republican National Convention here in Philadelphia. George Bush was the nominee and for the very first night I had to perform for it with a Gospel group. That night, Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, the Delfonics, and were the other opening entertainment acts along with us. I caught first hand how the CIA handles business when it comes to being a part of these types of festivities. First they needed our social security numbers. I guess they had to run background checks to see if any of us had a criminal history. Next they had us meet at a random location which was announced that day. This seemed as though it was done just to throw possible terrorists off. We all met at this location and they had a van ready to transport us to the venue. Just before we entered the building, the CIA asked us to get out of the van so that they could put mirrors with long sticks under the bus (to look for things like bombs). They also brought in bomb sniffing dogs. I had my guitar so they had to examine that as well. They do not play when it comes to safety measures. When we finally made it to the stage, I was looking at scores of people and television crews with cameras focused squarely on us. The speaker of the house back then whose name was Trent Lott, said to me, “You are about to be seen on television by 10.5 million people. Are you nervous?” I looked at him with a smile and simply said, “No… are you?” He then joked that he could sing if we needed him. I told him to hold that thought and be on standby. We did our parts and amazingly after that we were featured on national television and magazines for that whole entire week (I guess being an all African American Gospel group performing for the Republicans must have been a big thing). Many people talked about us (some negatively) but for me it was a just a gig, and as long as they paid me for it (which they did) then they were entitled to my services. It was worth going through all that security. If you have ever had to deal with protection people like the CIA then you already know what I am talking about. I can only imagine what it must be like at today’s level. I just wanted to share my own experience 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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Johnny Gil, Brett Jolly and Bobby Brown

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

Angie is a professional in the medical field. She is also a proud mother. She was somewhat reluctant at first to do a model shoot, but her daughter (who was one of my earlier models) convinced her to do this. Needless to say, the results turned out to be more than either of us bargained for. I hope you enjoy today’s featured model with the red bass guitar, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A look at Beyonce’s new song/video entitled Sorry”)

I thought this latest project by Beyonce was important to check out on many fronts. First, she is arguably the biggest entertainer for this age (My apologies for those who are behind Taylor Swift).  The interesting thing about being “number one” is that “everyone” studies you and your methods to see if they can find a way to emulate your success. Beyonce took a much different route this time when it came to her music. She did “not” go after immediate radio play to promote her music (to be honest, if her songs are being played I have not heard them yet on conventional radio). Since so many artists have relied in the past on being featured in radio rotation I can’t help but wonder if she is somehow playing “Russian roulette” with her career. After all, the radio industry still controls a lot and they can still shut her down just as easily as they built her up. Next, I wonder how the sales of her new CD are going. Without radio play how do people know whether or not they like her songs? Since she is Beyonce, a LOT of people will just buy it without hearing a note, but can she expect that to last using this promotional formula? I FINALLY got to hear one of her songs ( The CD has been out for awhile now), and that is the song that I heard about before. The song is entitled “Sorry” and the much talked about lyric in this song mentions something about going to “Becky with the good hair.” I just got the chance to check out the song/video and wanted to feature it today. I realize that I am “old school” so I tried to be neutral and understanding when I listened to this track. I was trying to figure out the symbolism behind making this video black and white. I just couldn’t figure out the rationale behind that. Then I checked out her vocal performance. To me it didn’t feel like one of her best. When she did “Love on top” she absolutely “killed it” singing. For this particular track I didn’t feel any of the same energy. Musically, it felt very watered down to me. I assumed that she did this purposefully and that she wanted to be more creative with this project. That is all said and good, but normally for songs there is a hook that grabs the attention of the listener (For instance, “Ain’t no stopping us now”). I couldn’t get that with this latest release from her.I will not bash her with this project, because the one thing to remember is that “one man’s music can be another man’s misery.” I do realize that the most important part of this song was the “message” that she was trying to convey lyrically. Under those circumstances I can understand this a little more. I listened a couple of times, but it has still not grown on me “yet.” You can make your own decision. Here is the song/video by Beyonce entitled “Sorry.” 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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