Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Plagiarized speech?”)

Melania Trump, the wife of Donald Trump, has recently provided some of the most colorful  jokes and laughs on media such as Facebook. She recently spoke at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. You could tell from her accent that English was probably not her primary language growing up. She did a good job speaking, but it is the “source” of some of her line that is the subject of discussion today. For some reason, several of her lines appeared to be plagiarized. That is not uncommon in a lot of speeches. However, when you plagiarize the words of your political opponents (and try to sneak it by the public) then you increase your chances of becoming a laughingstock. I have no idea why, but it seems Mrs. Trump decided to steal the lines of her political adversary counterpart, Michele Obama.  Of all people, why her? Here is the actual video comparison for you to see for yourself.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/

Now for the record, I don’t really blame Melania for this. I’m sure “most” of her speech was written for her, so she only did as she was told. The problem I have with this is that if there is “anyone” you shouldn’t emulate in your speeches, it would be your political enemy. Also, the reaction of the Republicans afterwards didn’t lead to much credibility either. Instead of acting like they did nothing wrong, they could have just “admitted” that parts of her speech were plagiarized. When you still try to deny the truth “after your hand gets caught in the cookie jar” then that leads people to believe that you are sneaky and not worthy of trust. Don’t get me wrong, those who still support Trump will continue to do so no matter what, but even his supporters can’t possible believe that this incident makes their party look good. For the record, I am not being one sided. If something like this happened on the Democratic side I would feel equally obligated and compelled to post about it as well. As I said, this won’t change much of anything for the ones who already support Trump, but this won’t gain them any advantages either. There is already strife and discontent in the Republican camp and they need to find ways to unite their own party. For their sake I hope they can overcome this public oversight. If you believe certain polls, they will probably say that after this convention Trump is gaining ground on his political adversary Hillary Clinton. They said the same thing about Mitt Romney when he was running against President Obama for the last Presidential campaign. That projection didn’t hold much water either. The chinks in the Republican armor are starting to become more visible and fragile. Let’s hope for their sake that after this they can find a way to fortify themselves and make a healthy stand and/or charge. Their immediate future depends heavily 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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Legendary songwriting team Ashford and Simpson and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Women posing nude to get the attention of the Republican party values”)

100 women posed nude near the site of the Republican convention this past Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio. They carried mirrors to symbolize “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women.” Their main purpose was to vent anger against the “repressive rhetoric of many of those in the Republican party against women.” Spencer Tunick, the artist behind the idea, wanted to promote expression through art, thereby allowing the women to convey their messages. Yes, this story is true, and you can check it out at the link below: (Warning: many of the images are graphic in nature. If you are offended in any way regarding nudity, please exercise your option to refrain from checking out the link and please do not hold me accountable for any of its contents).

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/07/18/women-pose-nude-to-a-send-message-to-the-republican-convention/21434003/

On the surface I’m not sure of what to make of this. Would this get my attention? Absolutely. What regular heterosexual man wouldn’t take the opportunity to watch a bunch of angry naked women holding mirrors? Would I be able to grasp the message that they are trying to convey? Now that one has me stumped a little bit. For some reason I find it difficult to see the knowledge and wisdom behind a woman just because she is standing there nude. However, I “will” recognize her “other great attributes.” If she looks good and continues to stand there nude I will continually praise her for being the “smartest person in the world.” (smile) Okay, seriously, as a musician I understand the concept of “expression through art.” I do it a lot through my music. While I applaud the concept of the women, I’m just not sure if the way they are going about it is the best way. Sexism is what plagues many in the political realm, and while there have been many reports of women not getting equal treatment there may be other ways to fight against it. In other words, if you don’t want to be viewed as sex objects then posing as a sex object might only “fuel the fire.” For the record, I don’t think any of the women nor the artist were arrested. Whatever the case, the women got away with it. I don’t think Donald Trump was anywhere near that scene, but I think I heard reports of him checking it out through a high powered telescope from his hotel window (This is only a joke, okay?) While on the surface this story might appear funny the message behind it should not be lost. Women do deserve equal pay and equal treatment in ALL phases of employment. They work hard enough to deserve it. If those in the Republican Party fail to grasp this then there is always “strength at the ballot.” 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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Kathy Sledge (the lead singer of Sister Sledge… She sang “We are family”) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Population control?”)

Is there an issue with world overcrowding? If not now, will there be at some point? There are only a limited number of resources on this planet and our improved technology has in some ways endangered the earth already (for example, global warming). Studies have stated the world’s population will double in about 50 more years. It has also been stated that 3 billion people on this planet already suffer from malnutrition. With newer technology designed to make life easier this also has the propensity to eliminate jobs. For example, the invention of email has almost made the duties of the post office obsolete. The more we produce, the more our resources are utilized. Can we survive this kind of population increase? Our leaders may not admit this (or even want to admit this) but war is a way of minimizing word overcrowding. If we kill some of your people and you kill some of ours, then the world won’t seem as full. There are also more jobs available with war and it has been known to boost the economy. When it comes to raising a child so much care is needed. When a child doesn’t get the proper care or guidance then there is a chance that child could grow up to be a menace to society, thus increasing the chances that society would have to pay to incarcerate that child should he or she commit a crime. What does this mean for our future? Do we ignore overcrowding? If not then how can we address it? We can talk about the value of life but at what price? If we somehow manage to ease overcrowding will that make life easier for us? Until someone can come up with an apple that somehow “replenishes itself” hunger will continue to be an issue. Hunger on an already overcrowded planet with limited resources will be a major obstacle. How much longer can we go? Population control may stabilize the economy and make our lives simpler and happier, but at what cost? All lives are supposed to be valued, so how do you discuss eliminating lives or controlling levels of production? I’m not sure if there is an answer, but this is a topic that at some point no one may be able to avoid. 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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Wayne Brady and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“When people talk about you”)

If you manage to live long enough you can rest assured that at some point someone is going to talk about you. No matter how innocent and righteous you may try to be, you will never be able to avoid being the subject of someone’s discussion. They could be saying something positive and true about you or something false and negative, but people love to gossip. There are also people out there who love to spread negativity, and they are some of the main ones who will talk about you. When someone spreads a lie about you, you can take it personally, or you can just focus on the character of the person who is spreading the lies and give them no credibility. Those people who know you already know your character. You should never have to defend yourself from those who already believe in you. For those who are not sure what to believe, all they need to do is come to the source (meaning “you”) to find out the truth. In my life I have heard all kinds of wrong rumors about me, and I most times I just manage to shrug it off and laugh at it. One person tried to spread a “VERY” malicious rumor about me at one point and that one I just could not ignore. This person even tried to spread this rumor to my friends who already knew me well enough to know that it wasn’t true. All of my friends told this person off for spreading lies about me. The rumor was vicious and so wrong, and I definitely addressed it to set that person straight. We need to keep in mind that we only get talked about whenever we are doing something worthy. Otherwise the haters would not waste their breath or time mentioning us. No matter whether the rumors are true or not, when people say bad things about us it can hurt. I had to realize that no matter how true to myself I may want to be, I simply “can’t please everyone.” Hey, even the Pope has enemies… If you have people who like to talk badly about you, just keep in mind that they are doing so to make you upset. If they succeed in doing so, then that means they have power over you to push your buttons whenever they want. They don’t deserve to have that much power over you. Never let bad people bring you down to their levels… You are much too good for 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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Singer Freddie Jackson and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“One of my favorite Michael Jackson songs”)

Most of the people who will mention the greatness of Michael Jackson will only talk about his fame as an adult. I honestly think he was an even better singer as a young boy. He had an awesome songwriting team behind him at Motown and his singing skills were incredible for being so young. I don’t want to take anything away from the “grown” Michael Jackson, but this is absolutely one of my favorite cuts of his as a young boy. The musical arrangement is great. The quality of the song is great, and the singing is “historic.” Say what you want, but I think that Michael Jackson was one of the greatest child singers “ever.” Here is one of my favorites, a song simply entitled “I want to be where you are.” 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 (“How to overcome some obstacles in relationships”)

I was talking to someone recently who admitted she was in a good relationship. She loved her man but she admitted that she checks up on him a lot to monitor his activity. She also said that her man told her that this was bothering him, but that has not stopped her yet. She will call him and if he doesn’t answer or return her calls in a timely matter she will continue to repeat call. She will “time” most of his events and if he is late she will ask him why. She said that she felt a man should simply want to divulge everything he is doing, otherwise he must be hiding something. I told her that in relationships that you should at least give the benefit of the doubt to your partner (unless you have already actually caught your partner doing something wrong in the relationship). Most men….no, let’s make that “most people” do not like to be controlled, stalked or monitored like that. It is one thing to want to divulge your information. It is another when you are “expected” to do so. From what this woman said she is in a good relationship, but they are having troubles getting past certain hurdles. According to her, he feels she is trying to make him “henpecked.” She, on the other hand, has trust issues each time she cannot reach him. How can they resolve this? The first thing  is to realize that “people are who and what they are.” If that sounds confusing (and it probably does) I am saying that it is always best to “recognize people for who they are” instead of trying to make them into “what you want them to be.” Some people just can’t be changed and if you know you are doing something that your partner doesn’t like, then you are only feeding negativity into your relationship every time you continue to do it. When you feel that your partner doesn’t trust you no matter what then the relationship is robbed of the closeness it needs to grow. No one is perfect. Most couples will encounter arguments (or disagreements if that is what you wish to call them). The main thing when it comes to handling disagreements is “timing.” If one (or both) of you is tired, frustrated, hungry or having a tough day, then that would “NOT” be the ideal time to engage in a long negative conversations concerning disagreements. When you try to force that issue it may never seem to get resolved. Also, there is nothing wrong with agreeing to disagree, meaning that it is okay to have differences, as long as you don’t let it have an effect on your love for each other. Finally, there is no need to keep a “short leash” on your partner. When you expect accountability for everything it can actually push you further away rather than bring you closer together. I told this woman that she needed to give her man a little leeway with more trust and faith if he hasn’t done anything wrong to her. Recognizing that people are who they are, she probably didn’t listen (and probably won’t). If I could talk to her man, I would tell him that his woman feels that way for some reason, and if he hasn’t done anything wrong then he needs to find out what that reason really is.  It could be from past experiences she has had in relationships. Couple usually know what the problems are, and even though it may be meaningless to try to “change the unchangeable” you still need to come up with a resolution for your issues. Learning each other better is a great start. As long as you know what you have to deal with, then it should be an easier task. Also, remember that “tomorrow is a new day” so you don’t have to bring the baggage from yesterday into the present. We all need “second chances.” 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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Verdine White (from Earth, Wind and Fire on the right) and Brett Jolly

 

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Singers who love to continually changes keys of songs”)

For someone with perfect pitch like I have, it can be a real irritant to have to continually change the keys of songs. That’s because I play by ear, and most times I am used to hearing a song in the regular key. I do realize that some songs are great tunes that can’t be done because certain parts of the vocals are too high. I understand that totally, but when a singer “constantly changes the keys of songs” it takes energy and and flavor out of it. For instance, a singer like Barry White would be able to sing all the high pitched songs of Earth, Wind and Fire if he adjusted the keys. However if he did so it just wouldn’t have the right feel to it. I know of several singers who change the keys of every song. While it works for them the songs feel so different when performing. Just about all vocalists lose strength in their voices at some point (especially as they get older) and many of them will need to change the keys of their songs. I can deal with that, but when there is a “drastic key change” the song no longer feels genuine to me. When Teddy Pendergrass decided to sing again 19 years after his accident there was no way he was going to have the strength to perform his songs in the original keys, so therefore they had to be adjusted. For me that meant that I had to concentrate more on playing the song correctly and I had to make sure I relied less on trusting my ear. If I play the song long enough then my ear will eventually get adjusted to the new key. Some singers feel it is very simple to “change keys at a whim.” I always say that if you can’t do the song the way it is intended then just pick another song. Even when I sing I may have difficulty singing a song in the original key, but I never like to change it. I would rather sing certain parts differently (even though I have a fairly good range in my voice). Finally, if you are going to change the key of a song, make sure you “get comfortable with the new key” before attempting to perform it. While the song may be easier to sing in a lower key, your mind needs to be able to adjust to “hearing it in that new key.” I have seen many singers struggle with that. As a musician, I do what I am hired to do. A song’s identity is important to the listener, and while most people won’t be able to tell what key the song is supposed to be in, they will be able to tell if you are singing the song with less emphasis and less energy. Be mindful of the key of the song you want to perform “before” attempting to perform 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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The Elgins (“Heaven must have sent you”) and Brett Jolly

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