Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“I do not like gangster rap, but…”)

Yes, I am from a whole other generation and I know that. I cherish the music I was brought up on and I love music with artistry and creativity. Since I am a professional musician I often have to listen to all types of music, even from genres that I don’t particularly appreciate. Someone asked me the other day to choose my favorite gangster rap song, just to see if I could even find one. Well, I am not a big fan of thugs calling women derogatory names and promoting violence or drugs. With this in mind I thought it would be darn near impossible to find a rap tune that I would even consider. However, when it comes to the music of this tune with the vocal performance (along with really great arrangements) along with the expressionism, I actually found this song to be a delight. I cannot understand all the lyrics so I’m sure there is something in this that I will disapprove of, but until I can figure it out I will give this song the “thumbs up.” I never like to be so “closed minded” that I won’t give something a chance. When you are no longer receptive to new things you discontinue to grow. Please don’t get me wrong. I am NOT an advocate for rap music with a lot of negativity to it. It doesn’t mesh well with my peaceful existence. However, if I want to expand my horizons then I will at least say that I stretched out beyond my own comfort zone on this one. Truth be told, I think this is a very fun song. Today for my Daily Thought I would like to present to you my favorite choice for gangster rap song. 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 (“What do you see in people?”)

When you see a little boy who is a big disruption in class, do you see a bad little kid or do you see a little boy who might be in need of a more guidance? When you see a woman who sells her body on the street for a living, do you see a slut or do you see a woman who has fallen on hard times trying her best to get by? When you see a man who is behaving erratically in public, do you see someone who is crazy or do you see someone who could possibly be off his meds? When you see someone who is engaging in troubling behavior do you see someone who “wants” to be bad or do you see someone who may have had an abusive upbringing? Those people who judge others by the surface are making what they feel are “honest assessments.” They go according to what little they know and the limited knowledge that they have processed… but is that truly all there is? I often try my best not to judge people by their deeds, but rather by “the thought behind those deeds.” To me this makes a difference… When you judge a book by its cover you are “in essence ignoring the context of the book.” You might have a whole new understanding and outlook of someone if you just took the time to get to know him or her better. Racism is built from what people perceive on the surface. Those that hate racially choose to do so based on what they feel about a “group” of people. If they actually took the time to get to know each member of that group individually their whole outlook could change. Many of us form opinions on people without knowing the whole truth. We base our observations on how they look, how they act and how we “want” to perceive them. We may only observe them for a short period of time but for many of us that is more than enough to feel we know them totally. What we fail to realize is that just as easily as we can misjudge someone else we can also be “misjudged” by others. No one will know the goodness in your heart if they “generalize” you. Ghandi once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world…” If you want people to see the good in you, then you need to see the good in people… Love like “its real…” 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 (“A killing streamed live on Facebook. Should they share any responsibility?”)

A troubling story: A man in Cleveland decided to kill a “random man” and broadcast it live on Facebook. Of course, killings take place all the time around the world, but in this case several factors should be of major concern. First, he didn’t even know this man he killed and sought him at random. Most murders are usually premeditated in some way and done out of anger against someone specific.  Killers either know who they are going to kill or they kill someone by accident. Neither of these was the case in this scenario. Also this man claimed to have killed others (To date there were no previous reports or evidence of this). The most alarming thing to me is the fact that he wanted to broadcast it “live” on Facebook. This makes this situation no longer about just random violence but more about fame. If his true desire was just to kill anyone he could have easily just done so. However, the fact that he wanted to share it “live” with Facebook meant that the killing was no where near as important as the “attention he gets from killing.” That means that this man could be considered a lot more dangerous because now he is achieving that fame he sought for killing. Also at this point he has no reason to hold back on anything. He already knows that he is a walking dead man with a timer. He is probably prepared to take anyone and everyone with him when they finally do catch him. For those of you who don’t know this is the story:

Of course, this man probably does have some mental issues (or maybe even a really troubled childhood, or he could be off his medication). However, if he was able to strategically plan this whole violent presentation and organize the filming on Facebook then he does have enough rationality to be held accountable for his actions.” I’m sure police are checking his background and contacting those close to him to determine his next moves. There are a ‘”lot of sick people in the world.” They suffer from depression, delusions, stress and psychotics. The ideal thing would be if we could recognize people in this condition and then alert authorities “before” they actually commit any random acts of violence. While theoretically Facebook can’t be blamed for the killing, the usage of its “live broadcast feature” could have been viewed as the catalyst behind this man’s motivation. A LOT more people are streaming live on Facebook now, but is it too much? I can promise that this incident is only the beginning and many more will use Facebook live to post more troubling videos. This could be a Pandora’s box for more sick people in need of attention. Most sick people will actually “state” their views on their pages before they “snap.” I think that someone needs to “monitor and report” anyone who  posts any disturbing manifestos on their page. If we know about them beforehand then there is a chance we can thwart them “before they carry their aggressions out.” It would be a lot of work for someone to do. Now WHO should be responsible for monitoring these people’s pages? “How about Facebook…?” 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 Intruders (“I’ll always love my Momma”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Where are we headed?)

Just hours after President Trump carried out a missile attack on Isis territory US war ships headed towards North Korea for a possible confrontation there. Aggression seems to be at a very high pitch and this weekend could easily be one of extreme violence. When the US dropped “the mother of all bombs” on the Isis terrorists it has now been estimated that about 36 of them were killed. Isis has committed many terrorist acts in the past years and has been considered to be a threat to all peaceful existence. North Korea has been building up it’s missile capabilities and has threatened to bring about a nuclear confrontation if provoked. Here is the current story.

Any possibility for loss of life is devastating to imagine, but if diplomacy cannot win over world leaders then war may very well be eminent. If we all are to survive on this planet then ALL parties need to emphasize “peace first.” Strength doesn’t necessarily have to be shown through power. If parties are willing to talk through differences then a “different kind of strength can prevail.” There are no winners in war… I sincerely hope that thoughts of escalation subside so that this weekend can be one without incident. All human life should be precious, and if we truly do value life then we need to take that concept into account. Wherever you are in this world, I sincerely hope that your existence is not interrupted by violence this weekend. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.


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