Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“What to make of Richard Spencer getting punched”)

Neo Nazi activist Richard Spencer is someone who overtly promotes hate. He is someone whose philosophies  should be rejected by all decent members of the human race (in my opinion).  Recently he showed up at the Trump Inauguration and while being interviewed someone came up to him and actually decked him with a resounding right hand. People are having a “field day” with this  clip and several have put it together in music videos (there are several of them out there, and I think more may be coming). Many people are celebrating this clip by saying “He got what he deserved.” The problem with him right now is that he may be getting too much attention and that may only make him stronger. People who did not know him before are more aware of his platforms now. Does this negative attention make him more ridiculed or more popular than ever? For those who need more information just check out the link below:

http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/23/14356306/richard-spencer-punch-internet-memes-alt-right

I have to admit that I did find this clip funny. While I do not promote violence there was something about this video that just made me smile. However, in the long run what does this really do for Richard Spencer? We need to keep in mind that Donald Trump “also received an avalanche of negative promotion prior to his election and still managed to win it all.” Can this principle cause some sort of backlash and work in favor of Richard Spencer as well?  Time will tell. The real issue is that the more attention he gets the more he can use it to his advantage. “Hate is real” and while the majority of people are beautiful in mind and spirit there will always be an element out there who is in need or prayer. For the record, I do not wish him any harm. To be that way would only bring me down to his level. I would, however, love it if the very next time he wants a public platform for him to have a grand audience of “zero.” I’m sorry, maybe he should have a few pigeons there to listen to him. Please let’s be aware of what this man really needs for him to grow. He already knows that people are against him. He already knows that more people want to punch him as well. He welcomes all that attention. In the long run, he is “only as strong as we make him.” 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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Olivia Newton John, Brett Jolly and musical director Amy Skyy

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“If Trump came to you for advice, what would you tell him?”)

I realize this is a loaded question but I wanted to ask it anyway. Everyone who has been following the recent span of politics here in the United States already knows the stormy climate surrounding…

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“If Trump came to you for advice, what would you tell him?”)

I realize this is a loaded question but I wanted to ask it anyway. Everyone who has been following the recent span of politics here in the United States already knows the stormy climate surrounding our new President. Recent Polls support the theory that Donald Trump is already riding the “lowest wave of popularity for ANY incoming President. He recently reached out to Steve Harvey for advice on handling the minority community. I would like to know what YOU would say to him if he came to you for advice (and this would be on “anything”). Would you express anger towards him or would you just tell him that he is already doing a great job and congratulate him? Many people have already voiced their concerns through protests, tweets,  and public opinion. Some have said they would refuse to even talk to him. I would definitely talk to him, and I would have no problem telling him my own opinions. The first thing I would mention is that it would be very unwise to ignore the public. The anger is real and I would let him know that from this point on it is not what he says that will win the public over but rather what he “does.” I would also advise him to stop responding back to those who say negative things about him. He is quick to single out “anyone” who says anything bad about him and gets coverage from the press. He should have more important matters to focus on, and he needs to realize that no matter what he does he will never be able to please everybody. I would also advise him to “delete” his Twitter account. That seems to be the one thing that has gotten him in more trouble than anything. If he doesn’t want to delete it then at least get a representative to handle it for him. My BIGGEST thing that I think he should do is address the public with a “cleansed soul.” In other words, I think he should go public and just “ACKNOWLEDGE” any past negative behavior by simply saying that he knows he has not been perfect, but is willing to change for the betterment of the people he now serves. To me, THAT would be HUGE…. The more ego and arrogance he shows the more people will respond to him negatively. No one is perfect and there is nothing wrong with admitting that. Sometimes even Presidents need advice.  That is why they hire cabinets and advisors. Trump may need to rely more heavily on his people if he isn’t sure of the possible consequences of his actions. Right now he is under the public “microscope.” Anything he does runs the risk of being scrutinized before he even completes it. If I had the chance to talk to Mr. Trump, I would not do so with any anger, animosity or hatred in my soul. I would be honest and genuine. I would not want to revisit the past because no matter how much we look over our shoulder at it that scene “never changes.” We can only control the present and try to make a positive impact on the future, and that is where the focus should now lay.  Would you say that same to him if you had the chance or would you say something else? Everyone has an opinion on something. That is what democracy is all about… Maybe one day, you will get the chance to tell him. 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 with Good Morning America host Robin Roberts

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Another performance at my Wednesday night events”)

We have so much fun at my Wednesday night musical events.  People from all around come through to showcase their skills and abilities. This one evening we got a visit from someone simply known as “The Bossman.” He did a popular R&B song from an artist that many people know. This is just a small sample of what happens at my weekly event at the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pa).  I hope you enjoy the clip and can visit us whenever you are in the area. 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 (“Are DJ’s overrated?”)

One of my friends raised an interesting issue on Facebook the other day. He said that it takes “no talent whatsoever” to be a DJ. According to him, all they do is “play records.” He said that live musicians are the ones who actually created the music (and recorded it) but yet DJ’s often seem to get credit for songs that they had nothing to do with. My friend is one who is very emphatic when it comes to everything he feels strongly about, however, his debate was a good one. The question stands: Does it really take no talent to become a DJ and are they overrated? DJ’s are often worshipped as though they are stars, even though what they do is play the music of stars. As usual, I thought this thing through and came up with my own assessments. While it is true that DJ’s basically play the songs that others write and record, in a lot of cases there is a little more to it than that. Most of the DJ’s I know have to blend the right tunes to play at the right times to keep people dancing. While it is not anywhere near as creative as writing and producing it is not something that can be done without some good musical knowledge. For the record, when you go to most clubs the DJ’s are the ones who will usually have most patrons dancing. Live bands rarely match the energy of a DJ. Bands normally need to take breaks, while a DJ can spin records for much longer. Also, bands need to make sure their levels are mixed correctly. A recorded song played by a DJ comes “already mixed.” So can it be said that DJ’s “steal the thunder” from artists? My answer to this would be “yes… and no.” In most cases the DJ is not responsible for the making of the hit tune, but where would the artist be without the DJ to actually “play” his or her music? When you think about it, Michael Jackson made it big because DJ’s played his music. Prince did the same. Whitney Houston, Taylor Swift and just about any other star you can imagine had their songs promoted by DJ’s. Chances are great that if you have a song you really like some DJ probably played it first (either in a club or on the radio) for you to like it. In essence, DJ’s are responsible for some artists to get paid and achieve fame. That being said, DJ’s are necessary, no matter what your opinion may be of them. Whenever I play a 4 hour gig with a live band, DJ’s are also hired to play music during our breaks. People love music. Bands are usually more expensive than DJ’s and generally take up more space. Never once did I believe that DJ’s steal work from live bands (but then again, I work all the time so naturally I would not be affected). Live music has it’s place (and it’s audience). When people want DJ music then that has its own uniqueness as well. One man’s music can be another man’s misery. So my conclusion is that artists and DJ’s are both needed, because each one would probably not exist without the other. 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 and Muziq Soulchild

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