Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Positive energy versus negative energy”)

Sometimes there is great validity in the term “waking up on the wrong side of the bed.” Often when we wake up “expecting the negative” we will actually “make” that negative happen. Most times we don’t realize  that we have a hand in our own destinies just from the way we think. For instance, if we think we can’t do  something then in most circumstances we won’t succeed. That is because we are already eliminating our possibilities simply by saying or thinking the word “can’t.” When you set your mind to making change or conquering obstacles is usually when you have the greatest chances of doing so. Years ago when I was performing at a casino in Atlantic City I actually watched people losing great amounts of money at a roulette wheel. No one seemed to be happy and that was because no one was winning. Then I watched this elderly man “dressed immaculately” walk up to the wheel with two (2) women, one on each arm. This guy was “reeking with confidence” and you could tell that he was rich already. This man walks up for the very first time and bets a whole LOT of chips on the long shot to play (in other words, this would have had the longest odds of winning and the maximum payout). Lo and behold, this man hit it on his very “first” spin. Everyone was amazed, and right after that man won all that money he simply walked away with his two woman on his arms. On the other hand, there are people who believe that nothing good will ever happen for them (and most times they are right). When you search for the negative you will often “create it” whether it really existed or not. People who “continually look for bad things” will often believe that bad things are about to happen. For them it doesn’t matter whether they are right or wrong. It’s their perceptions  and judgments that will validate the way they feel. I say that it is always best to “know” the truth before making up your own… Find out the real details before you come up with any one sided conclusions. If you take the positive road and have faith before rushing to judgment your outlook could end up being much better. No one is telling you to be naive but there is nothing wrong with at least “giving the benefit of the doubt.” Stop looking for negativity. Once you cleanse your mind of suspicions then you can actually live a healthier life. Don’t we all deserve the best? Think with confidence and faith, and believe in the good things before you go off on a negative tangent. You may find the positive energy you need to make your life “feel much better.” 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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Brother Bill Jolly, Jon Bon Jovi and Brett Jolly

 

Bon Jovi, Bill and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“49’ers quarterback refuses to stand for national anthem… Right or wrong?”)

Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback for the San Francisco 49’ers. He has been the subject of much speculation because in a recent game he “refused” to stand for the playing of the National Anthem. According to reports he purposely refused to stand in protest of police brutality against Blacks. Here is the article:

https://mic.com/articles/152826/49ers-quarterback-colin-kaepernick-sat-during-national-anthem-to-protest-american-racism?utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=readMore&utm_campaign=partner&utm_source=AOL&utm_medium=readMore&utm_campaign=partner#.a7B5Isl6m

Most of the public has split on whether to support his stand or not. While many applaud his right to free speech others are condemning him for not supporting his country (and still cashing in his paycheck that he earns here). It is true that he is a well paid athlete and he is making a great living under the system of this great country. He was also raised by White parents (even though he is an African American). However, that fact had never stopped him from experiencing racism in his life. I believe that in order to fully understand the tones of racism you have to at some point have been on the receiving end of it. When you are discriminated against because of the color of your skin that is bound to “taint your views” of fairness. If you have never experienced racism before then you are truly lucky. I, personally, have experienced it in my life, but I never allowed it to taint my faith in others. Colin Kaepernick should be “entitled to free speech.” We all should be. The Constitution is supposed to guarantee it. Of course, I also try to be neutral in my assessment of just about everything. If someone from the Ku Klux Klan took a stand in favor of racial discrimination would I support it? I do know that I wouldn’t agree with it, but I don’t think I would stifle his or her “right to be heard.” If no one takes a stand against injustice then we all become victims of our own hatred. Maybe Colin Kaepernick could have taken a stand in a different way. He chose this particular method for making a statement. Amazingly he got the attention he sought (and wasn’t that his purpose in the first place?). Muhammed Ali did the same thing years ago when he refused the military draft due to his religious beliefs. The real truth here is that Kaepernick’s stand against brutality has actually gained more fame than the actual issue itself, and that is the real travesty. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of him (just like he is entitled to his own opinion of police brutality). There are many others who have refused to stand for the playing of our national anthem (for whatever reasons). If people are going to judge him on his stand, then at least have the courage to speak out on his issue as well. Is he right in what he feels (or do most people believe that police brutality against Blacks has never existed?). I guess the real answer here depends on whether or not you have been on the receiving end of racism. There are 2 sides to every coin and every story. Let’s examine all aspects when making judgements. 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 (The original Wonder Woman) and Brett Jolly

Linda Carter and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The movie Suicide Squad… Can something like this really happen?”

My kids always love to take me to see the comic book movies (However, since I am the one who is always paying for it I guess I should say that I’m the one who takes THEM). There is a relatively new movie out now called “Suicide Squad,” and without  doing any spoiler alert I will just say that the concept of the movie is based on taking the hardest incarcerated criminals and have them perform deadly tasks for lighter sentences. While the basic premise of this movie is based on inmates with fictional super powers, to me the idea does seem to have some merit in the real world. While many may not want to acknowledge it, I do believe that there is a LOT we can learn from those who are already convicted and imprisoned. While they serve their time behind bars do you think there any use that we can get from them? I believe so… First, in order to protect our own lives we need to know how “most criminals think.” What better way to find out than to ask one? A lot of these inmates are not as dumb as you think because the crimes they committed involved  a certain degree of knowledge. For instance, there are criminals behind bars who “know” how to get past just about any burglar alarm system. There are those who know how to crack a safe lock. There are those who are experts at covering up crimes, and in order to learn how to better protect ourselves we “need to know how criminals think.” Also, some of the inmates might be glad to offer their services while they are looking for ways to show they can be of some use to society. In the movie, these prisoners were let out in order to fight some deadly mission. While that may be a risky idea for real life inmates I bet there are “several if not many” of them who would gladly do it. A lot of them already know how to fight and to even kill, and many are used to being in a violent environment. No, I am not saying that we should let all the dangerous prisoners out to fight our wars, but I am saying that while they are doing time there is a LOT of beneficial information that we can probably get from them should we decide to talk to them. Also, many of them would love a second chance to show that they can be a benefit to society. Should we deny them of that chance? Many of the people behind bars are felons who in their minds “made a bad mistake.” None of us are perfect, and just about everyone loves a second chance. Some of those inmates behind bars would not mind at all “earning one.” Since our tax dollars are paying for them anyway, why not learn from what they know? It could possibly benefit us all in the long run… Thanks 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 Lyfe Jennings, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly in studio

Lyfe Jennings and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass guitar photo shoot with Kay”)

Kay is an inspiring comedienne. She loves to make people laugh and she seems to be very real when it comes to her outlook on life. For this photo shoot we went down to the historical art museum here in Philadelphia. It is a very scenic place to shoot pictures whenever you can get past security. This day turned out to be very hot but it still worked out great for shooting pictures. Today I would like to present Kay. 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 (“People who experienced really tough tragedies”)

I have a friend of mine  (who at this point shall remain nameless) and what she went through in life I would never wish on anyone. She had a fully grown daughter who was extremely depressed. The daughter felt as though she was a heavy burden on her mother and then eventually committed suicide. As much as I love to counsel, advise and even help others even I had major difficulty trying to help this woman see any positive. Even though this happened a while ago she still has problems each and every day coping with it. I also know of a young woman who at a young age witnessed one of the most traumatic and horrifying things a child could ever see. At the age of 9 years old she came into the kitchen to see her mother shot to death and her mother’s boyfriend also dead beside her after he decided to take his own life. Now she is a grown woman with 3 kids of her own. I asked her how she manages to cope with what happened to her mother and she said it’s a wonder that she isn’t crazy from it. There are people in the world who have experienced really traumatic  events in their lives. That is why I think it is imperative to make sure we don’t judge others until we at least know their circumstances. A lot of times we look at people on the surface and “think” we know them, but you never fully know a person until you know what they have been through in life. Another friend of mine had a daughter who was in her 20’s and needed to take her medication to stay alive. She was in constant pain and felt depressed and tired about life. As much as her mother tried to save her daughter she eventually stopped taking the medication and passed on. To this day the mother seems distant and admits she has problems getting along with most people. Life is never guaranteed to always be “fair.” My post today is merely designed to help us see the “person beneath the surface” when we view and judge others. We may never know what others have been through. There are many people who need help but don’t know how to ask for it. Once we pay attention we might be able to make a difference in those people’s lives. You never know, for one day it just might be “us.” 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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Bowlegged Lou from Full Force, Eddie Levert from the Ojays, former Atlantic City mayor Langford, former Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson with Brett Jolly in background

Mike Tyson

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“One of my favorite classic rap songs”)

For the record, I am usually not a big fan of rap music. However, if it has any creativity or artistry to it then I would love to check it out. This artist is now deceased, but the music he left behind was performed well. I was hoping that more rappers would have incorporated his style of music, but instead the industry seemed to veer off in another direction. This song was in some ways a remake of an old Marley tune with a new twist. To me it was pleasantly done. As a musician I try to listen to just about all types of music (because I never know when one day I will be asked to play it). I like this tune and just wanted to share it with you today. Hope you enjoy it as well. 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 (“Mislabeled drugs allegedly found at Prince estate?”)

I just recently read an article that said that there were mislabeled drugs found at Prince’s estate. The report also states that there were no prescriptions for any of those drugs and one of them even had someone else’s name on it. The late megastar singer passed away months ago and there was a lot of speculation over his death. From what I do know, Prince was an extreme health nut. He was always looking to take care of his body and eat right. Because of this I find it ” highly suspicious” that he would take such disregard when it came to drugs and the effects of them. Here is the article:

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/08/22/pills-found-at-prince-s-paisley-park-contained-fentanyl-report/21456273/

Now consider this: Both Prince and Michael Jackson died from alleged unintended drug usage. In other words, neither of them meant to overdose on the drugs they were taking. Also consider this: Both of them were just about to get huge monetary rewards from their perspective record labels. Jackson had won money from Sony while Prince had just won back the rights to his own music from Warner Brothers.  Both of these entertainers were considered health conscious during their careers. Of course, since the body of Prince has now been cremated there is nothing left to “re-examine.” You may want to keep this in mind as well: Whenever a popular singer dies the sale of their music “skyrockets.” People go out and buy their music as a form of memorabilia. The money can’t go to the deceased, so it goes to those who still own the rights to the songs. My good friend, actor Clifton Davis, actually wrote one of Michael Jackson’s hit songs “Never can say goodbye.” When Michael died, I asked him if he was happy becoming rich. He just smiled at me and said “The checks just keep on coming.” This can explain why popular artists who have drug issues are never helped out by their perspective labels. Everybody knows it when an entertainer has drug problems, but no one seems to want to intercede and help out. That’s because they can make more money once the artist dies. “Someone” has to get paid from the surge in sales. “Drug overdose” appears to be the new conventional method for making someone disappear. I cannot say this for sure (because I don’t have any proof) but it is amazing how Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Rick James, Phyllis Hyman,Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Micheal Jackson and Prince all succumbed to the perils of drug abuse when they all knew what they were doing could kill them. It is also amazing the record companies didn’t even try to get them any help for their addictions. As suspicious as it feels, there isn’t much more that can be proven (or unproven) at this point. None of the drugs were prescription and yet they were found at the estates and allegedly used by the victims. Conveniently we can’t get any explanations from the deceased. All we can do now is  just close the chapters whether we believe these stories or not. 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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Actor/singer Clifton Davis singing “Never can say goodbye” with Brett Jolly in concert

Clifton Davis

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“My own turning point in life”)

I remember when I was really young. I wanted so badly to be a star basketball player. I was so dedicated to this dream that each morning that I didn’t have school I would wake up at 5 am just to go out to the playground to practice. I used to collect the basketball cards that featured some of the players in the NBA (National Basketball Association). I worked hard, trained, and I got to be really good at it. My very fist league basketball game that I played in the score was tied with just a few seconds left in the game and I took (and made) the winning basket. Some of the guys in my class  joked that I would take a basketball with me to the prom. Well, when I got into my high school years things took a different turn. I remember playing in a pre season game. I was running downcourt, jumped high in the air to catch the ball, and as my momentum was going one way I decided to push off my leg in the other direction and I experienced a sharp pain in my knee that was unbearable. In one play I managed to tear so many things in my knee, most notably my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). I honestly thought someone had shot me. The bad part was that I got up and tried to continue to play. I tried to take a shot and found that I couldn’t jump at all. I eventually had to go to the sports medicine clinic where the surgeon informed me that my career was over. Even though I was able to eventually play basketball again (and play it well) I never fully recovered to the point of where I wanted to be. When I received the news I was devastated. I took a long 2 hour walk in the park (in the rain). It was during that time that someone had brought a bass guitar over my house and I asked the guy if I could hold it. Miraculously the instrument felt so comfortable in my hands and I was able to figure out on my own the bass line to a song by Kool and the Gang entitled “Hollywood’s swinging.” It seemed so easy to me, but I was still feeling bad about my basketball career. Then it got to the point where I was able to get hold of the school’s bass guitar and bring it home. I practiced on it and started to improve dramatically. Then my uncle saw the progress I was making and actually gave me a new guitar. It was red. As time went on I began to realize something. God didn’t give me what I wanted, but he sure enough gave me what I needed. Playing pro basketball was not in the cards for me, but playing music was. I haven’t looked back since. Sometimes life can lead you in another direction, and sometimes you may not be able to understand why that happened. Your destiny is where your heart is. Just because you can’t do the things you want doesn’t mean that you can’t thrive doing something else. Looking back on that day when I found out about my injury I wish I could go back in time to have a talk with myself and ease my own fears. I am good now, and I am blessed. I hope you feel the same way when it comes to your own life’s direction. It may not be perfect and you may have bumps along the road, but that is all a part of life. Embrace your potential and your destiny. You may be glad you did…

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Berry Gordy, comedian Chris Tucker, Cody Wise, Kool and the gang with Brett Jolly in concert

Berry Gorday, Kool and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (” Tired…what can I say?”)

I love putting my Daily Thought out each morning from Monday to Friday. However, I have had a long week where I have been playing a lot. I usually try to have my post out by at least 9:00 am my time (EST) but it is now 9:27 and I “just” woke up. I was really tired from after my gig last night. I have things to do and for once I am just going to say that I don’t have anything to write about. Instead I am going to wish everyone a great day. If you woke up, then it is a beautiful day. Try your best to bring positive energies into your life and do your best to ignore the possibilities for negativity. It might make the biggest difference in your day’s final outcome. 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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Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly

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