Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“What actually makes someone a great musician?”)

The other day I watched a music group perform at a showcase. The bass player for the group was some young guy who seemed to have an attitude of his own perceived greatness. The group gave him a bass solo and he was awesome with it. As soon as he got the opportunity to solo his confidence seemed to explode. You could tell that soloing was “his element.” However, for the rest of the set he seemed to fumble around with finding the correct notes to play in the song. He would often attempt to “slide” into the right notes so that it wouldn’t seem as though he didn’t know what he was playing. With my ear I could tell easily. When I talked to him he had a “snub-like attitude” as though he was on a level much higher than me. I didn’t even bother telling him who I was or any of the things I have done. My question today is for all the “music cats” out there. “What defines a great musician?” Is a great musician someone who takes awesome solos or is he one that simply knows (and can play) the tunes? Is it the sound of his equipment or is it his professionalism when it comes to being prepared and showing up on time? Here in Philadelphia I know of “many great bass players” who will take fantastic bass solos. I personally do not take many solos (for most of the songs I play there is hardly any call for them) but because I know “a lot of songs” I work a whole lot. Most groups can hire me and I will play their entire set “without any rehearsal” but yet there are still groups out there who would prefer someone who takes awesome solos but has to work harder just to learn the songs. It feels as though some people actually believe that a musician who can solo greatly must be better than those who do not. If you were to hire a band, would you want the band to be composed of great players who are getting together for the very first time or regular guys with less talent but who have chemistry together and discipline? I’m sure someone will probably say that a great musician is one who will have “all the attributes previously mentioned.” I am fine with that, but if that is the case then how would you rank those attributes in accordance to importance? Would you take someone who can solo well over someone who actually knows the song? Would you take someone with conceit over someone who just loves to play with other musicians? Would you want someone who is loud? Musicians are  different lot. There are some really weird ones out there with different morals about the music. There is probably no real correct answer to this question, but the question still stands. “What makes someone a great musician?” 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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Singer Life Jennings in the studio with brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly

Lyfe Jennings and Brett


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass Guitar Photo Shoot with Pat”)

Pat is a very talented singer who does a lot more than just sing. She kick boxes in her spare time and has an awesome zest for life. When I approached her about doing this photo shoot she was very receptive to it and we found a great day for shooting. She has a smile that is perfectly made for photographs. I hope you enjoy her pictures. 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 (“Letting fame change you into something evil”)

Please keep in mind that I am not accusing anyone of anything. Until any and all accusations are proven then “what’s being said is only speculation.” However, I have been hearing that R&B superstars R Kelly and Usher have “allegedly engaged in evil behavior” that should tarnish their careers. It had been reported the R Kelly has some kind of cult involving women who are being kept by him from their families. He takes away their cell phones so they cannot contact their families and uses them for sex purposes. It had also been alleged that he brain washed the women. R Kelly’s age is listed as 50 years old.  Usher allegedly gave genital herpes to some woman who is either suing him (or has sued him) in court. First off, I realize that everything you hear is not necessarily true. People will spread rumors without any verification to back them up. I don’t know if these stories are legit or not but I do know that this paints a very bad picture of the music industry. Fame can sometimes make people think that they are above everyone else. The problem is that they can often make other people feel that way as well. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once said that he actually envisioned having a mansion with a different woman in each room. I have heard other stories of celebrities who abused their fame to commit “perverted acts.” R Kelly has had issues before. He almost got in trouble before  and should have learned from his past experiences. I actually played for Usher years ago in Washington DC and I could honestly say that he was one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. However time and fame can change a lot of people. The problem doesn’t just lay with them. Some people don’t realize that just because someone is famous it doesn’t necessarily make them good people. Those who have heard of Usher should have already known that he is currently married and was married before. If you knew he had a wife but still chose to sleep with him, then that says a lot about your character. R Kelly’s reputation has been well documented. If you want to be with someone who allegedly engages in that type of behavior then that says a lot about you as well. Most celebrities can only get away with what you allow them to do. Take the stars out of your eyes and take note that these people are only as human (and fallible) as you. Don’t let a person’s celebrity status blind you. Be secure with who you are and rise to your own level of superstardom. 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 Emotions (“You got the best of my love and Boogie Wonderland”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“A video of a woman performing Teena Marie songs”)

Someone just informed me of an event listed online that I not only played for but was the musical director. The concept of the event was simple: This was a showcase for talented artists to feature themselves doing tribute to professional artists. They would do their best to look, act and sing like the artists they tried to emulate. This was a very fun event and it was put together by Richard Blackwell, from Delaware. This particular feature was performing the songs of Teena Marie, and her name is Masha (For the life of me I can’t remember her last name right now). You can see me in the video in the background (with my infamous red bass guitar) directing the show. The video is 3 songs (Total of 19 minutes long) and I hope you enjoy it. 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 (“Recognizing scams”)

Lately I have been getting emails from some sort of casting company that evidently is looking to promote models and entertainers. They sent me something that thanked me for my application (that I don’t recall ever sending) and wanted to schedule a time for me to come in for my audition. Years ago someone sent this same kind of thing to me and while I believed then that it was a scam I still went (just out of curiosity) to check out for myself. I was there with a lot of other people who looked like they were expecting to “get their big break” from these people.  I sat down and listened to a speaker talk about what it takes to get started in the industry. I then wondered how this company was going to give a break to “all these people” who were in attendance. When it came time to talk to me they asked me what I wanted to do in the industry. I responded by saying “I thought you already knew since you claimed to have my application.” As the talk went on I realized that these people wanted the same thing from ALL their “perspective clients” and that was “money.” They said in the beginning that they didn’t need any money but yet the subject “miraculously came up later about me paying $400 for them to shoot professional pictures of me.”  I told them that I was my own photographer and could easily take my own pictures if needed. There was no way I was going to give them any money whatsoever. They told me then that they were “very interested” in me, but once I refused to pay anything I never heard back from them again until now. I won’t mention the name of the company because it really shouldn’t matter. If someone wants you to come in for an audition over an application that you never submitted then a “big red flag” should come up. Rarely does “anyone” want something for nothing. The amazing part about this casting call was that “everyone was approved and no one was turned down.” When it comes to the possibility of getting money from these people I would approve everyone too. When it comes to agencies you need to keep this in mind: If a company really wants you then they should pay for YOUR services, not the other way around. The industry already has “tons” of models and actors already established. Why do they need you? You need to ask yourself this question before considering going to any agency looking for talent. Also you need to Google “reviews” on the company itself. There you will find some good reviews ( probably submitted by the company itself to make themselves look great) but they won’t outnumber the negative reviews if this is truly a scam agency. Make sure to check out as many postings as you can before you get suckered in. Your time is valuable and so if your money. Save yourself a lot of aggravation by checking them out first. 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 Musiq Soulchild


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

Lucy sings, and Lucy loves life. She has an awesomely beautiful spirit and she has overcome a lot. She told me that she didn’t want anyone else taking her pictures but me and I was sincerely honored by that. This was her first model shoot in a very long time and the conditions for the day worked out great. I hope you enjoy her pictures. Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.