Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass Guitar Photo shoot with Krista”)

Krista is one of my most “adventuresome” models. With each photo shoot I do with her there is “no telling” what may transpire. The only thing that is guaranteed with her is that “nothing will be normal.” For the record, I love models like that. I really admire imagination, creativity and uniqueness and Krista has it ALL. For this photo session she contacted me and told me she wanted to do a shoot with my guitar in downtown Philadelphia. Once I got there she informed me that it would be in the “middle of traffic.” I kept shooting pictures while continually looking behind me to make sure we were not about to get run over during the height of rush hour traffic. By the way, Krista is a really great singer too. Of course, due to the danger hazards, this photo shoot didn’t last long. However, as you can see, the pictures turned out really well. Hope you enjoy my featured model and as always I thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and I wish you the very best that life has to offer.



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“one of my favorite band songs”)

This group was very popular doing a certain time. Their style was unique and their lyrics were different and intriguing. I am not usually a lyric person but when it came to this particular song I found myself submerged into the meaning of the words. I used to think that musically these guys just closed their eyes and picked any music chord to write their songs, but the great thing about them is that it “worked.” That is what gave these guys a different style. In reading up on them I heard that they were mostly studio musicians that were asked to come in and play (of course, with Donald Fagan as the lead vocalist). To this day their music is a challenge for a lot of musicians to attempt to play. I like that about them. Today I wanted to feature them with one of their songs that I love lyrically. The story behind this tune is a great one in my mind and I hope you feel the same after hearing it. Today I would like to feature none other than Steely Dan with this hit song:

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Remembering producer/writer/performer Kashif”)

I remember years ago performing at one of those award shows where I played behind all these different big  name stars. I was enjoying the performers but I also had the chance to talk with some of those in attendance. One of the people that actually happened to find me was producer/writer/performer Kashif. During a certain time in the music industry, Kashif was producing hits for a lot of big name artists. I was honored that he came to me to talk, and of course I listened. I was really saddened to hear that he passed away yesterday at the young age of 59. If you would like to know more details about him just check out this link:

Kashif Official UPDATE: R&B Songwriter/Producer/Artist Dies at 59

Kashif had a lot to tell me in a short amount of time. He told me how the record industry worked and how you can profit off of it if you are involved in it. The one thing he mentioned is that if you are “just” a singer your chances of getting paid are not great at all. Record companies allot a certain budget for each artist and you can bet that “every bit of money they spend on an artist they expect to get back.” If they pay for your video, your clothes, your studio time, your promotion and just about anything else affiliated with your career they “will” get all of their expenses back before you get a cent. Kashif said that the one way to guarantee that you get money is to actually be a writer or producer. Writers and producers are entitled to certain “fees” and often they will get paid before the artist does (in fact, just about everyone gets paid before the artist does in this business). When it comes to setting up your concert tour, the label will get all of that money back as well. Kashif was very informative, and I wished I could have spent the day with him. He let me know that in the music business all artists are expendable and you could be here today and gone today in the same breath. I don’t know if Kashif has a book out there or not, but if he does I think all music hopefuls should take the opportunity to read it. He was a really nice guy to talk to and I share my deepest condolences to his family. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.



Music producer/writer Kenny Gamble (in center wearing glasses) and Brett Jolly in orange shirt


Kenny Gamble and Brett Jolly



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Quality of Life”)

My father should turn 85 years of age in October. He has had a great life and he has been associated with many big name historians such as Jesse Jackson, Martin Luther King, and I even have a picture of him with a “much younger looking” Hillary Clinton. Pop would give speeches that would motivate large numbers of people. He was also very good at singing Gospel music. His mind was sharp, and for me he always had answers to the questions I asked growing up. Time changes all, and currently my father came “very close” to losing his leg due to diabetes. He is currently in a rehabilitation facility where they are trying to get him to walk again. While the leg has gone through improvement, the spirit seems to have traveled in the opposite direction. When you are a diabetic in his stage you have to go through a lot of needles and pricking. Pop also has to be mindful to eat only certain types of food. For a man who was used to being someone that everyone else depended on for most of his life, this transition has not been an easy one. He cannot get up to go the the bathroom by himself. He has lost about 50 pounds from refusing to eat. He cannot continue this pace for too much longer. When I visited him yesterday his spirits seemed to be a little better. He had a plate in front of him but he only ate the soup portion of his dinner and claimed that it hurts his stomach to eat any of the regular food. Don’t get me wrong. 84 years of life should be a blessing, but there is a big difference between just “living” and the “quality of life.” If you have to depend on others for the simple things that you once used to do yourself then obviously your quality of life has greatly diminished. As much as we want to keep my father with us, we often ask ourselves the question “At what cost?” Most of my father’s friends are gone. He is not in the greatest of health and doesn’t like staying in the hospital. However, if he were home he would not even be able to stand or walk without our help. For his needs he is in the best care facility. I want to keep my father forever, but if we can’t guarantee a decent quality of life then would that be fair? People have been known to actually “will themselves” to death. It just feels as though Pop is tired and as difficult as it is to accept that I have to understand it. I struggle with the concept that it would be selfish to keep him here just so he can suffer. I often think to myself how I would feel if I were in the same situation. As difficult as this is to say, I want what’s best for my father. I don’t want him to be in continuous pain. Living life in pain is not the same as living life, and yet I don’t want him to leave. No one lives forever. We are all on borrowed time… The quality of life is important and should not be ignored. For once, I feel as though I don’t have an answer for something that I already know the answer to. Can you love someone enough to let them go? I’m afraid I am about to find out the answer to that question if things don’t change soon. I want whatever is best… I want whatever is best… 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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My father, Elton Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Qualities I would want in a Presidential leader”)

Very soon here in the states we will go to the polls to elect a new President. For the Republicans, Donald Trump will represent them. Hillary Clinton is running and representing the Democrats. I have heard a lot of talk about survey polls (I usually don’t pay much attention to them, because when it came to the Presidential race between President and Mitt Romney 4 years ago they were at one point predicting that Romney was dead even with Obama, and we all know what “didn’t” happen there). I understand the platforms of both Republicans and Democrats. Usually most Republican voters go with Republican values and the same can be said for most Democrats. Today I would like to “cast away” the entire concepts of these perspective parties and just state some of the qualities that I would like to see in a President (in other words, “without ANY party influence”). I would love to have a leader who will protect the country but not rush into war at the “slightest” hint of trouble. Some wars can be won with the brain instead of the fist and I think it would be great to have a President who is not afraid to explore those options first. Also, I would like to have a President who knows how to confront the economy with a game plan that will work. Everyone wants to be employed and make money. The best way for that to happen is to have jobs. The President needs to have a plan that sounds successful. Also, the President has to be a great speaker and motivator. I would hate to elect someone who doesn’t know what he or she is talking about. The office of President is usually a thankless one. It would be great to have a President who can shake off insults and not let a sensitive skin make him or her angry. No matter who becomes President someone will always criticize his or her job. Trust is an important issue as well (even though I don’t necessarily believe that any President will tell us the whole and entire truth. Some things they have to keep private). Some experience in the field would make a difference to me as well. The thing that I hate about voting according to the values of the parties is that there are always things with both parties that I don’t necessarily agree with. It would be great to have candidates who don’t have to give in to the desires of their parties (but usually they do). I would like a President who wouldn’t be afraid to “go against” his own party for the good of the people. To me, that is Presidential material. Needless to say, the parties carry much weight and it is difficult to choose a candidate without taking on his or her party values as well. I want a leader who is an individual first. I want someone who will be President for everyone and not just a select few. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing who they want. The best asset we can have is a knowledgable and educated voter. Those who do their homework and vote according to what makes sense for the good of the country. We also need to keep in mind that a leader is only as great as his or her ability to listen to the people who are being led. That being said, I hope that we vote according to what makes sense. Today’s Daily Thought is not about choosing any particular candidate, but rather an attempt to raise awareness of the monumental task of voting. To a great degree our lives depend on it. Let’s treat it as though it does… 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


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Voter registration video featuring my family”)

Yesterday I shared a video of my brother Bill’s group called the Hard Drive Band. Today I would like to feature a special video produced by my brother. This video is designed to get all to come out and vote. It features a beautiful elderly lady by the name of Grandmomma Ijoy. It also features a beautiful young lady who just happens to be my daughter Jazzmin Jolly. The message is important, but hopefully you can enjoy the video as well. This is my brother’s special voter registration video simply entitled “Two Step.” 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 (“Video of my brother Bill Jolly’s Hard Drive Band”)

It is great to come from a musical family. Often family members can relate to each other. My brother Bill Jolly is extremely talented. In fact, I invite you to check out his website at Today I would like to share a piece that was done a couple of years ago, but it showcases my brother’s band (or course, with me in it). This is a fun group and you will see why when you check this out. Here is a video showcase of Bill Jolly’s Hard Drive band. 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 (“Should you always harbor hatred towards your ex?”)

Love can be so complicated at times. People are “supposed to love from the heart.” However, if you break up with someone can you actually “make” that love stop? If it comes from your heart then how is that even possible? Relationships are often complicated as well. The same reasons you love someone can eventually be the same reasons you end up hating him or her. The question then becomes “Should you hate your ex just because the both of you broke up?” From what I have heard of most people (not all) there tends to be quite a bit of hatred from those who “used” to be in a relationship. Why? Was it necessary? Every situation is different, but I found that most breakups occur when “love is betrayed.” Things like cheating, infidelity and lying seem to be the most common factors. “Money and trust” have also broken up quite a few relationships as well. However, once you have broken up with someone can you still keep a civil and friendly relationship with that person, or should you forevermore harbor animosity? With my past relationships I harbor “no” hatred. Anyone can talk to me and I will always remain friendly and cordial. It doesn’t mean that I forgot what happened between us. It only means that I have “forgiven” what transpired between us. Once I start spewing hatred then that means that I have allowed someone to push my buttons and alter my heart (and subsequently have some form of control). No one deserves the right to have that much power over me. No one is perfect and everyone is flawed, and that includes me. I prefer to see the flaws in you and move on. From time to time I still receive contact from my ex’s, and I gladly talk to them about anything (even when it comes to their new relationships). I feel good about that and I have no reservations concerning it. When it comes to dealing with a romantic interest in your past could you do the same? Is it possible to still be friends with someone you were once in love with?  While the love you had once made you happy, does that love now have to make you bitter? Whatever the reasons were for your breakup, “it’s still over.” Rehashing anything in your mind won’t make you feel any better about it. Part of the healing process is to find a way to “let go.” Once you stop looking over your shoulder at the past you might be able to see the great things ahead of you. There’s nothing wrong with “moving on with dignity.” Try it, and you may improve your own aspect on life… 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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Billy Paul and Brett Jolly live in concert in Tunisia


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Raising hope for others in need”)

I am now recovering from a marathon weekend. I had to play 2 hours away from me in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania on Friday night, got home around 4:00 am only to have to play for a special event at 8:00 am. Then I had another gig after that, and Sunday morning I had to play for my church services at 7:45 am. Needless to say, I am “so” glad to be on this side of the equation right now. I was severely exhausted this past weekend. While the gigs were good ones, the one I treasured most was the one on Saturday morning that had thousands in attendance.  It was done outside  by the river here in Philadelphia and it was for a very special occasion. The event was entitled “Recovery Idol” and yes, it was named after the former talent search program “American Idol.” This operated under the same concept except that this event was targeted for “recovering drug addicts.” This program may not have been any near the level of the talent that would normally be featured on American Idol, but that didn’t matter. What this accomplished most was it gave recovering addicts an outlet to celebrate their victories over their demons. If you have ever known a seriously addicted drug addict, you already know about the struggles they go through. Each addiction is different, but some will steal, commit crimes or even kill just to satisfy their cravings. Even though I have never personally taken drugs I had friends who were in dire need of help. One of them just recently passed away, and that was my good friend “Billy Paul.” He sang the hit song “Me and Mrs. Jones” and “Your song.” I played for him (and toured with him) for years and he often talked about his conquest over being addicted. He also talked about how he used to do drugs with his friends Sly Stone, comedian Richard Pryor and Marvin Gaye. The good news was that Billy managed to “win over” his demons and remained drug free until the day he died. Some of my other friends are still struggling with it, but at least most of them are still here. Recovery Idol many not have the same fame that programs like “The Voice and American Idol” have, but for the thousands of people who overcame their struggles this was bigger than life. There are “many” people around the world who are addicted to drugs and in need of an outlet. I perform for this event each year and it is my honor to do so. For the Philadelphia faction, Rick Ford put this program together, and my good friend Doug Lyons was the musical director for it. I was just glad to be there and wanted to share my experience with you today. If you get the chance I invite you to read up on it by 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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