Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Another fun song at my Wednesday Night event”)

At my Wednesday night entertainment event we have “so much fun.” We never know who is going to come through and for the most part the talent has been phenomenal. We always try to play something new each week (so that our song list doesn’t get boring) and we “often” take requests. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday night we are located at 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania at a place called the Crab Tavern. I host the event and I love to have fun with the audience. We invite people to come up and perform any song they like. If we have not heard it, then we will take a quick listen to it on Youtube… and then “play it on the spot.” Our event is “very popular” and we want to build it up even more if possible. This one particular scene is only “one of many” but today I wanted to share it with you. The vocalist’s name is Sonja and she wanted to sing this one Aretha Franklin tune that we had never played before. Considering the fact that this was the first time we performed this tune I thought it turned out rather well. Of course I am the one with the red bass and red shirt (that light skinned guy in the band). I hope you enjoy this clip, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Just how far should you let someone’s suspicious activity go?”)

I have a friend of mine who within the past few months formed a relationship with someone he liked. He felt really good about this woman and in the beginning he seemed to feel very comfortable with her. However, as time moved on little things began to emerge about her that prompted some “red flags.” She seemed to suffer from bouts of suspicion and insecurity. She would often make accusations about him regarding infidelity or lack of trust that were not true (and she had no proof of, according to him). She stopped him from communicating with other women (even though it was part of his business to do so). She would put posts on his Facebook page alerting others that this man was in a relationship now so all females need to stop calling him. She constantly went into his wallet to withdraw money and the other day she went through his phone and started deleting pictures without his permission. Many people will formulate suspicions from time to time in relationships. However, how far should it be allowed it to go? If you allow your partner to go through your personal stuff for their own inspection, can that truly be labeled as a relationship of trust? Sometimes our own suspicions can lead to our own downfall. An accusation will always remain “just an accusation” until someone comes forth with the “proof” to make that accusation a “fact.” For the record, ANYONE can make an accusation, but if you can’t back it up then it may just work against you. Should you want to be in a relationship with someone who never trusts you? The other day my friend told me that he and the woman broke up over her insecurities. However, they did meet up recently to discuss things more. I hope they can iron out their differences. If you are in a relationship but you have to constantly defend yourself against accusations that are not true then you may need to reassess your situation. Faith and trust should be a strong component in your situation that helps build it even stronger instead of tearing it down. If you catch your partner in an action of infidelity then you have all the right in the world to question and be suspicious. However, if you are going through all that without anything to substantiate your claims then your relationship may be in trouble. Until faith is violated I believe that everyone should “at least” be entitled to the “benefit of the doubt.” For my friend I hope the both of them can come to a positive answer. Actually, I wish that for everyone. No one is perfect, so no relationship is perfect. However, that should not stop us from at least trying to make the necessary corrections. 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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Betty Wright, Vivian Green and Jaguar Wright with Brett Jolly playing bass in concert.


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Mortality”)

About a week ago I received grim news about an old friend of mine. He and I played basketball together back during our younger school days and I was saddened to hear that he passed on. His name was Tim. This weekend I went to pay my respects to Tim and while viewing the body I had my own epiphany. I had flashbacks of moments we had playing basketball together and then it struck me that time was indeed moving on. For Tim I wondered if he got everything he wanted out of his life, and then my focus diverted to my own existence. I began to wonder if I was getting the most I could out of my own life. What impressions would people have of me if I suddenly left this realm? Since tomorrow is not promised to anyone, what we accomplish today might make a big difference. I don’t think I needed Tim’s passing to motivate me to do more, but it did register on my mind that life is not over for me yet. What I get out of life depends largely on what I am willing to invest into it. “Great people” are only “ordinary people” who challenged themselves to do “great things.” Do I consider myself to be “great?” No… not yet,  but I would love to accomplish something great while I am still alive. The worst that could happen for anyone is “failure.” If I knew that I only had a week to live would I do anything different? Of course I would. However, the reality is that most of us don’t know when our day is destiny is due to arrive, and that means we can conduct ourselves as though we have all the time in the world or we can make great things happen now while we still have the chance. Tim was the same age as me. He will not get another opportunity to make change in his life. Since I woke up today I still have that option. I have no idea what the future holds but for now I feel the need to rise. Exactly what that may entail I’m not sure of yet, but if there is a higher plane for me then I want to visit it… Once we’re gone, we’re gone… I hope your epiphany is just as challenging and inspiring for you. If you woke up and are able to read this, then your life is not over… I hope you make it count… for something… 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 late great saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly


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

Michelle has been coming to one of my open mic events on Tuesday in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is quite an accomplished vocalist and wasn’t sure if she could do modeling. Well, after this photo shoot here, we found out that she was very well adapted to doing modeling work. She knew of a nice scenic place around her way that was great for shooting pictures. We had a really good day weather-wise so we went for it, and I am glad we did. Today I would like to present Michelle for the “Red Bass Guitar Photo Shoot.” I hope you like her pictures and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Today is Thanksgiving”)

Today is an official holiday here in the United States. Today is Thanksgiving. I am not exactly sure of what this day should entail but my belief is that this is a day designated for giving thanks for our blessings in life. I can find no fault with this concept and I hope that it becomes a fulfilling and blessed day for everyone. I am thankful for a lot, but my most recent blessing has been the return of my father home. This past year has been a big challenge for him (and us) and he is still not out of the woods yet. However, having him back with us for the holidays is a beautiful thing. I hope that wherever you are you can find something that uplifts your own spirits today. Life is not always fair or forgiving, but we have to deal with it in our own way. As always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer… each and every day…. Please have a great one…


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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“This is really graphic but I couldn’t help but laugh”)

Please understand that I am NEVER one to promote profanity. Those people who know me will tell you that I usually try to respect everyone (and I wish to be respected in return). However, this particular song “had me on the floor laughing” even with it’s vulgar lyrics. If you are a musician who has ever dealt with shady people then you would probably get a big kick out of this. Someone sent it to me the other day so today I wanted to share this with you. This is extremely IMPORTANT to note: “IF YOU ARE OFFENDED IN ANY WAY WITH HEARING PROFANITY THEN PLEASE DO NOT CHECK OUT THIS SONG.” The profanity in this tune is terrible, but the humorous nature of the song helped to overlook it for me. If anyone is offended in any way I will apologize now, so if profanity bothers you then please refrain from even listening to this tune. This brought a smile to my face and enlightened my day when I heard it, and hopefully you will feel the same way after hearing it. As an artist, I love things that are unique and different. This fit the category very well:) No matter what disclaimer I put out there, I’m sure someone will have something very negative to say regardless. No need for it. There are bad words in the lyrics, and if you don’t like to hear them, then please DO NOT LISTEN (and please don’t send me any hate mail). Thank you and as always I would like with you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“One of my fun moments as a musician”)

A couple of years ago I had a gig with the legendary songstress Melba Moore. We were in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and we were playing at a big auditorium. The headliner for that evening was The Spinners (“It takes a fool, I’ll be around, It’s a shame, Rubber band man”). The guys in my band love to meet up with other musicians and  have fun before the show. Usually it is a trademark thing when most groups are doing shows with other great acts. Well, the Spinners themselves (The guys who actually sing the songs) were just as nice and they could be. We all had dinner together before the show and had a great time talking music. The guys in their band were nice too, but maybe with a little bit of an edge. Their bass player decided to talk to me while playing this great slap bass solo at the same time. If I didn’t know any better I would have sworn that he was trying to impress me with how fast he could play. It really felt rather disrespectful. I calmly talked to him while he kept slapping his bass in my face and I acted like it was no big thing. The band had never seen us perform before and we got the impression that they thought we were somehow “beneath them.” In fact, when it came time for us to open the show they said that they would be sitting in the audience to check us out so we need to do well. They also said for us to make sure that we “warm it up” for them. Those words came back to haunt them. My guys huddled with Melba and we detected a little bit of arrogance on their part. My suggestion was to do a whole lot more than just “warm the stage” for them. Melba was all for it, too. We started out onstage and I could see the band members sitting near the front. We started with a song by Melba entitled “You stepped into my life” that had a nice entry groove. It was only supposed to last for a few bars but Melba was feeling the groove, so she let us take it away (and that was “exactly” what we did). We killed it onstage, and I even took a bass solo on it. While I “played the fool out of that groove” I made sure to keep my eyes totally focused on the bass player guy who decided to make an impression on me. I never took my eyes off of him as I whipped it down, just like he did earlier. In fact, I looked at him rather intensely as if to say “Now you take THIS!” We had a  great show and the audience loved us. The Spinners themselves came on after us, and most of their show is usually slow and drawn out. After the program many of the people that we met said that we “took the show.” The guys in the Spinners band could not be found afterwards. We heard that they skipped out immediately afterwards. It was a fun moment for us and Melba, and we smiled about it all. When it comes to my music career I have had some really fun moments. I hope you don’t mind me sharing this one moment with you today. 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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Melba Moore, with Brett Jolly in concert

Melba Moore

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“When it comes to race, do we really know who and what we truly are?”)

On the surface it feels like it should be easy to “guesstimate” the ethnicity of someone. If a person “looks to be White” then that is normally how we assess him or her. However, can we “correctly judge ethnic content based on just looks alone?” Most of us learn our racial identity from our parents, but how far back in the generation line can they truly go? Recently, the introduction of DNA tests have given people hope to determine their true family line, but just “how accurate” are these tests? Since each person is a product of two adults with two distinct family lines then that means that “EVERYONE’S” DNA should be “different.” That being said, it only makes sense that a child should have “half” of each parent’s DNA (50 % from the mother and 50% from the father). Then any grandchild would have a “quarter” of that DNA, and any great grandchildren would have 12.5 % (and so on). After about 10 to 15 generations the DNA should be spread out “so thin that it might seem impossible to make any real determination of anything.” Depending on what you believe to be the true origin of the creation of man, most people had no choice but to mate with those in close proximity. That makes sense, because there were no cars, boats or planes back then, so it wasn’t as though you could travel far to have sexual relations with someone. If you take into consideration the theory that the origin of the human race started with “just two people” then through DNA we ALL should be related racially. Even if you take into consideration that we originated through a “couple” of people that still links us all through the geography of our ancestors being in the “same geographic location.” Without knowing the entire family line of the person you had children with your family claim of being “purely White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian or other” would be in jeopardy because you really wouldn’t know. When migrating to different environments it may have altered our looks, cultures and language but that doesn’t mean that all of our family lines can’t still be “tied together somehow.” You may have had great grandparents who “thought” that they were of pure ethnic background, but without any DNA test they were probably not sure either. So does this mean that we should give no credibility to the results of DNA testing? I honestly don’t know the answer to that one, but I do think the world would be a better place if we all at least “acted” like we don’t know our true ethnic background. Maybe then we wouldn’t be so “quick” to malign or discriminate against those we feel are different from us. If we acted like “part of them could easily be part of you” then maybe this world would turn out to be a better place after all. While everyone is different, it is the vast degrees  of difference that essentially make us all “the same.” No matter what I write, people will still exhibit racial discrimination and prejudice against others. That is “learned behavior” that also originated from our ancestors. We are all the same color on the inside… Until we can see that then this world will continue to perpetuate  the myths that color makes a difference. All that tells me is that even with 20/20 vision, you can still be “blind as a bat.” I hope you are one of those people who can still see clearly  “with your eyes closed.” 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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Lynda Carter (The “original Wonder Woman”) with Brett Jolly

Linda Carter and Brett Jolly

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

Toni Trower is a professional recording artist and songwriter. She is quite gifted and I invite you to Google her name and check out her material. She had heard about me and wanted to do a photo shoot, so we found a good autumn day and came up with the results below. Hope you enjoy it and thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A small promo about the Marian Anderson awards with snippets from our show”)

This is just a small presentation featuring footage from the show this past Tuesday. We had a great time and it was an awesome event and star studded night. Hope you enjoy the clip.  In some of the clips you will see me to the left playing my big red bass guitar. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.