Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red bass guitar photo shoot with Tiffany”)

Tiffany admitted to me that she had not done many photo shoots before. In fact, she said that she did one a long time ago and has not done one since. She is into fitness and she has ties to the music industry. We picked a day that was cloudy but somewhat warm (this is an ideal environment for shooting pictures because of the even distribution of light).  She did an excellent job and I think you will be pleased with the results. Hope you enjoy Tiffany’s pictures. 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 (“Trying to understand the travel ban”)

I think everyone should be interested in national security. Feeling safe should be a priority for us all. However, every time I hear about this travel ban that President Trump is trying to impose I can’t help but wonder what it would actually accomplish. My understanding was that in it’s original form it was supposed to impede or hamper travel from other “selected countries” to the United States. When Trump wanted to purposely target specific countries known for Islamic cultures it had the feel of a racist propaganda. The question I think we all would like to know is, “Would it actually make us all safer?” According to Jerrold Nadler (from Politico) “The various people who have, in fact,  committed terrorist attacks in this country, from 911 on, none of them came from any of the seven countries that are the subject of the President’s executive order.” Assuming this is true, then what would the executive order really accomplish? Is it truly a racist plan? I would probably understand it better if the order had targeted those on the “terrorist watch list.” Under those circumstances this bill would probably  be favorited by everyone, but when you target the countries instead of the group, then that means you are also excluding good people with good intentions simply because of their nationality and religion. That is where I have a problem supporting this order. There may be more to this order than I realize, but to make our country totally safe I think we may need to target the terrorists who abide here in our own country. We have people who support the Isis agenda here, and several of those people have already carried out random acts of violence. I believe that in order to fight terrorism we need to first understand terrorism. These people have their own reasons for harboring so much hatred and maybe understanding their cause may help to ease tensions. Since Trump has been in office travel to the US has slowed down, but is that a sign of improvement? Time will tell on this one. Until then I will still have questions about this executive order. Hopefully you will want to know more about 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.

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Blue Magic and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Paying attention to small things”)

I am someone who loves to take periodic walks. When I was younger I often played basketball a lot, sometimes waking up at 5:00 am to go to the courts to practice. I would stay there all day until my mother came at dark to get me and  bring me home. I loved being athletic. It was a great outlet for me. Now my basketball days are behind me (Well, sort of, but I still have some skills left). To compensate for my basketball game I decided I needed to walk more. I never wanted to be one of those adults who refused to stay in shape. I had not noticed this before but it seemed as though towards the end of each winter I would experience knee pain. Keep in mind that during my younger years of basketball I “did” have surgeries on “both” knees for torn ACL’s (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). Recently the pain had felt really bad and I was trying to figure out what I could do to feel better. I didn’t want to go to a doctor. I just don’t like having to deal with them unless it is absolutely necessary. I tried exercising the knee more. I did stretching, more walking (to help ease the circulation) and just about everything else that I thought could work. A few days ago I decided to just sit down for a moment and just “think” about it. When I did this I came to the realization that each winter I switched to wearing Timberland boots (Hey, we often have snow here in Philadelphia). Then it dawned on me that during the spring and summer the pain always seemed to go away. That is when I figured out that there might be something else. I switched from wearing my Timberlands back to my sneakers. For the past few days I have been “pain free.” For those of you who are unfamiliar, Timberlands are known for being rugged footwear made for the elements. For the most part they are like winter boots, but they are also “heavy.” As much as I tried to take walks in them, my knees obviously couldn’t handle the weight of them, and that may have been why my knees were aching so much. They are still great boots, though. If I had not sat down and paid attention, I might still be in severe pain today. I am mentioning this because we all go through things in life that can cause us discomfort. In most cases people are “too close to the screen” to see the overall picture. Sometimes making “little changes” in your life can make the biggest of differences in your own comfort zone. Pay attention to what you go through. You might be surprised at how much better your life could be from making a small subtle change that you probably felt was insignificant. 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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Rock and Roll Hall of fame Chubby Checker (“The Twist”) and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“How can you tell if someone loves you?”)

This was an interesting question I had with someone the other day. Since people are so different that I don’t think there is a clear cut answer to this one. However, I do believe I would be safe in saying that if someone really likes you then you would probably get a good deal of smiles from this person whenever you’re around. Many are afraid of rejection and will often keep their feelings hidden or submerged, but you can’t lie to yourself. If someone seems to “light up” whenever you are around them then that could also be a sign. Then the question turns to whether or not you should let someone know that you like ( or love) him or her. My answer to that would be, “It depends.” If someone is already hooked up in a relationship then it might be “very awkward” to let that person know how you feel. That could cause problems all around. However, if that person is single (and you are single as well) then it might be a good thing to let it be known. I do believe there should be some sort of time element involved. Get to know the person well enough before divulging any feelings. Make sure this person is beautiful on the outside and the inside. If you tell someone that you love them after just meeting them then your sincerity could possibly be questioned. We can’t help what we feel inside (even though most of us are capable of camouflaging it). To be able to love is a human trait that I hope we all would have. When you say what you feel rejection can hurt (and often does) but you need to be prepared for it. There is no guarantee that someone will love you back. No matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) the most important love is “love for yourself.” If you keep this concept in mind it could take the sting out of any rejection. With that being said, there is this song by a neighbor of mine that I really like. This song was never a big hit but for some reason I just love it. His name is Bunny Sigler and this song is simply entitled “Somebody loves you.” I hope you enjoy the track. 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 (“Living together vs. marriage”)

I recently had a discussion about a real life couple who fell in love and are now living together. They started living together less than a year ago. They are a young couple but they are still managing to hold everything together so far. When people talk about their situation most seem to be split on whether this couple should have gotten married first or not. While marriage is considered the “Godly” thing to do is it the most practical? Many marriages have ended up in divorce because couples got hitched when they really weren’t ready yet. Aside from the religious (and contractual) aspect of it what are the other benefits to getting married? For many women it is seems like a form of solidarity in a relationship. In essence they both “own” each other. If one decides to leave then there are legal actions that can be taken. On the other hand, if a couple stays together long enough without being married, wouldn’t the same principles apply? I believe there are a handful of states out there that acknowledge common-law marriages, but for those that don’t there still may be legal remedies for separation. What are the benefits from living together first? Well, you would get the experience of knowing whether or not you are compatible without being held contractually liable. There is less pressure to enjoy each other. Basically you get to “sample” what married life is really about. During the beginning stages of every relationship is usually when things are at their best. However, the “true side of everyone comes out in time.” For any relationship that has the intentions of going the long term distance both parties need to realize that the person you start out with will NOT be the same person you end up with. If you stay  together long enough everyone goes through changes, both physically and mentally. A lot of couples who get together to form a relationship can’t think that far ahead so when these changes actually do occur they are not prepared to deal with them. According to studies, about 40 to 50 percent of marriages end up in divorce. Is living together first a viable solution to getting married? Some studies have said that it depends less on living together first and more on the “maturity level” of the couples. When you start a relationship young the chances of staying together don’t seem as strong. When a couple waits until they are older (or more mature) then that could have a stronger impact. Either way, people are still living together more now than ever. There are even predictions that the whole institution of marriage will one day become “extinct.” The real question is whether or not this will help relationships last longer.I guess time will tell. 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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Jerry Butler in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A good day”)

There is some validity to the term “getting up on the wrong side of the bed.” We know that every day can’t be great, but sometimes it’s how we approach the day from the beginning that makes the difference. I believe that you can bring about negative energies as well as positive energies just by the attitude you have when you first wake up. Just to be able to wake up should be a blessing for anyone, because that is not always guaranteed. When most people anticipate the bad happening, they usually get it. When you have the demeanor that life is good and you are going to make the most of it, then life will seem sunnier. I would never tell people to “fake a smile” each day, because that would not seem natural. However, in order to get positive energy out of life I think it is imperative to invest positive energy into it. Accidents happen, people die and some get hurt every day. As much as we want to have control over things like that we have to realize that it’s not up to us. We do have the power to be a positive light for others though. Just to say “Good morning” might make someone else’s day. Smiles can be contagious when you dish them out. Whenever I am confronted by someone who is down on his or her luck and in need I usually give them money. It may not be a lot of money (Here in Philadelphia we have a LOT of people in need) but for those who are truly lacking they appreciate anything they can get. Life is precious, and it should be valued. If you are unhappy with your own life, I simply suggest that you “change whatever you can” so that you CAN become happy. You only get one shot at this. Why not put your best foot forward? I realize that for many this is “easier said than done.” Their circumstances may not be suitable for being happy. If you can’t change your circumstances, then change your outlook to those circumstances. You may find that it might make the “biggest difference” in your 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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The late great jazz saxophonist Grover Washington Jr, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly

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