Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Scene from last night at my Wednesday Night Event”)

The “Wednesday Night Grand Slam” was in full force last night. We had a lot of awesome talent and yet “another” packed house. This particular song was done by a lady who traveled all the way from Delaware to perform with us. Her stage name is “Tracey A” and she was one of those who rocked the house last night. Each Wednesday we are at the Crab Tavern (201 North MacDade Blvd in Darby, PA) from 8:00 to 12 midnight. I host the event (I am the one wearing the blue shirt playing the red bass guitar). It has developed into one of Philadelphia’s best weekday events to attend and everyone loves it so much that if you don’t get there early enough you will “not” find a seat. I hope you enjoy this particular segment and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“12 bad things that can happen to your health when you stop having sex”)

No, I am by “no” means an expert of this. In fact, I just happened to see the article and was curious to read about it. I do know that lack of sex can effect you in different ways, but I did not know that it could cause this much damage. For the record, I am not trying to “imply anything to anyone.” This has nothing to do with me or anyone I know. After reading this “you can make your OWN assessment about your OWN situation.” However, if you are not feeling up to par, then this “could” be a possible remedy. Please don’t send me any hate mail on this. I am only relaying information (smile). 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 (“Ever think about what you do if you hit the big lottery?”)

Recently a woman in Boston hit the Powerball lottery for $758 million dollars (before taxes). I believe it was the richest amount ever awarded in history. The odds of anyone hitting all the numbers is “only one in 75 million.” While I’m sure that everyone who played “wishes it had been them” I hope we all can feel happy for the winner. I actually played it myself and I “really DID” hit the Powerball. Unfortunately, I did not hit “any” of the other number associated with the big jackpot, so for my efforts I actually won a “whopping” $4 dollars (before taxes) (smile). Can you imagine what “you” would have done if you had hit for that big amount of money? I have thought about it on a couple of occasions, and I do know that the very first thing I would “NOT” do is tell a lot of people about it. There are devious people out there who will “try to find a way” to get some (if not all) of your money once they hear about your good fortune. They may either try to steal or try to be your friend just so they can get  a piece of your winnings. I would only alert family and “VERY CLOSE friends” at first. I would have us all get together and formulate a plan for how to handle this money. The very “first” thing I would suggest would be to pay off “ANY and ALL” bills and debts that you may have. Once that is done then you might want to hire an accountant to explain how you can utilize the money you have to make “even more money.” Depending on how much you won, you could practically live just off the interest payments alone. That would be a great situation to be in. Also, it might be in your best interest to “give yourself and others an allowance.” If you just divide all the money up at one time and distribute it you may find all that money will be gone in “record time.” Other lottery winners have done that before. If you think “wisely” your money might last a long time. Of course, if you never hit for the big jackpot then you are still rich in life. Money does not always guarantee happiness (There are plenty or rich people out there who are so miserable). Until the day comes when you hit that big jackpot, enjoy the riches and blessings that you have. They may not amount to $751 million dollars but you woke up this morning (Just think about that for a second). Be happy with what you have, and be happy with what you “don’t” have. In the end, you may be richer than what you ever imagined… 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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Legendary music producer Kenny gamble (with glasses) and Brett Jolly to the far right

Kenny Gamble and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“People”)

Have you ever sat down in a well populated area and just “watched” people go by? If so, have you ever tried to figure out each and every individual person as he or she strolled by? People are so diverse, and sometimes it is fun just to try to guess what you think a particular person may be like. Just based on looks alone, you may be able to determine if someone is very shy or very strict. Most times shy people tend to stay away from any unnecessary attention. Strict people often seem to be unapproachable. Then there are those types who  love attention (and most times you can tell from the clothes that they wear… flashy colors, weird outfits, etc.). Some people seem to exhibit more intellect than others based on how they look, dress, and present themselves. Some people can appear to be angrier than others (while others can seem to be more carefree and happy). Some people seem more uncomfortable than others. The great thing about life is that we all are products of our ancestry and our environment. Just like we inherit physical traits of our ancestors we also inherit mannerisms. No two people are the exact same way in everything. Of course, trying to guess what people are like (based on looks alone) could also make you “very wrong.” When you judge a book by its cover you are truly ignoring the “content of the book.” The best way to understand people and their diversities is to simply take the time to get to know them. You might be surprised at what they are truly like and just how much like you they may be. There is much more to life than “what we THINK we know.” Why not take some time just to say hello to someone you would normally never say hello to. Listen to that person and determine if your assessment was wrong or right. Knowledge is power and knowledge is light. Once we all start to see the light of others then this world will be a much better place to live in… 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 at sound check with Estelle (“American Boy”) in background

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

Kayla is a young and truly gifted saxophonist. I met her a couple of months ago and her stills are fantastic. I asked her why I had never heard of her before and she said that she needed more recognition. She also told me that she needed pictures done and that was when we decided to take a day and shoot. We went to the Ben Franklin bridge between Philadelphia and New Jersey and it turned out to be a great spot. I asked her if she wanted to just do pictures with the sax or with the bass, and with a big smile on her face she said “Both…” 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 (“Promoting yourself”)

You are your own brand. As with any brand, in order for people to support and patronize you they first need to “know about  you.” A great singer, architect, mayor, model, or any other occupation that sets up business in the woods is no good if no one knows you are in there. The question then becomes “How do you get people to know about you?” The answer is “Through any legal means possible.” Everyone is born with different traits. Some people have great communication skills, some people just “look naturally great” and others have specific talents that set them apart from others. The key to promotion is to “use whatever you have” to help make your promotion work. If everyone in the world doesn’t know about you then “your promotional efforts have not gone far enough.” You need to make your own personal assessment of yourself and determine if you think you are worthy of your own business. In other words, you need to think “outside of your own box.” Just about everything you use had to be promoted first. “Everything….” Advertising has made giants out of industries that would not have sold anything without it. All advertising does not have to cost you. Word of mouth is free advertising. Social media is also free advertising. Use it whenever you can. Also you need to make sure you have the right type of “effective” promotion. Have you ever driven on a  highway and saw a billboard that had so many words in it that you could not read or understand the full message of it before you passed it? That was a wasted advertisement, because if you can’t read the full message in the time it takes to drive by it, then the viewer may never know what the promotion was all about. Have you ever viewed a confusing ad on television? If you don’t understand what the advertiser is trying to say then the commercial was a waste. The details about your service or product must be expressed informatively through your message, so you shouldn’t say too much but you shouldn’t say too little either. Get others to check out your promotion and see what they think. It shouldn’t hurt to have another opinion. Remember, you are only as good as the promotion behind you. Make it work by careful planning and thought. Your brand deserves that best attention that you can give it. Make it work… 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, Wynton Marsalis and Stan Brisbon

Wynton Marsalis

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“The loss of Dick Gregory”)

Comedian Dick Gregory was a man who never ran from the truth. His comedy was daring, edgy, but so real. He could talk about the worst of circumstances and find a way to raise a joke out of it. Of course, there were times when he would be very serious about things as well. Recently, Dick Gregory passed away. If you would like to know more about his legacy, then check out the link below:

He was a champion for the rights of people and never held his tongue. If you get the chance, you should check out Youtube and hear his interviews on “what he says REALLY happened with the deaths of Michael Jackson and Prince.” This world needs more “Dick Gregory’s.” Even though the man has now gone hopefully someone can carry his legacy into the next generation. 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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Al Sharpton and Dick Gregory (with Brett Jolly on bass to the far right… Picture taken from Sister II Sister magazine)

Al Sharpton and Dick Gregory

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Do our historic values impede us from evolving?)

This is taken from the Bible (King James Version, 1 Timothy 1 KJV)
“12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence”
The reason why I posted this is because I recently heard that there are some churches out there who do not  believe in women being in leadership mode or even preaching from the pulpit (simply because they are women). I even heard that the above passage has been used to justify their reasons (after all, this is written in the Bible). Many people “live” by the Bible and govern their lives by it. However, the book wasn’t written by God (but rather by man’s interpretation of God’s word) and the thought process of these eras was “much different” than the way things are now. During these times, women had to often sit and be subservient with very little rights (if any). Women were not allowed to be educated, hold jobs or lead. Most women during that time were confined within the family role. In some cases women were not even allowed to be permitted in public prayer. Considering the fact that the roles of women have changed drastically since then, why would any of today’s churches still operate under that same old philosophy? Should this be considered discriminatory? Should the women of today still be held to this old standard simple because they are women and it is stated in the Bible? Recently there has been a big issue with history and whether or not to disrupt it due to the change in philosophies from past eras. For instance, Robert E Lee’s statue (along with other Confederate leaders) were removed because they had slaves and engaged in racist activities. Back during their times, slavery was actually legal in their regions. However, now that the times have changed (and the eras are new) the question that many are contemplating is “Should we attempt to re-write history and no longer honor those leaders due to their prejudicial stances?” When people cling to those symbols of hate and discrimination then are they destined to continue spreading those values further? Does our history impede us from making great progress to alter our way of thinking? The Constitution wasn’t written for all men. Black people were still maligned until leaders like Martin Luther King rose to lead blacks to a better prosperity. If we are to eliminate hatred, animosity and discrimination, should we eliminate honoring those who helped build this country on those ideals? George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. Jefferson even started new generations with his slave Sally Hemmings (2 of my kids are actually descendants). To disavow them now could leave a huge whole in the fabric of our history, but clinging to their legacies could stifle us from making positive change towards loving and accepting each other. As an African American man I could really care less about those things I cannot change. As long as what was acceptable back then is no longer acceptable now then I can live with that. The difference between those Confederate leaders and the Confederate flag was the ideology. The Flag represented racism. The leaders then were not breaking any laws “under the symbol of that flag.” It doesn’t make them right, but it doesn’t make them legally wrong either. Hatred, however, is wrong. All the groups that suffered through hatred years ago should not have to endure it now. That includes women, blacks, gays, the poor and just about anyone else. Those people who hate want to keep around the flags and the statues of those who practiced racism. How can we eliminate racism if people are allowed to hold on to those old values? As former President Obama has said, if we can learn to hate, then we can also learn to love. It is common for people to hate things they don’t know or don’t understand. We can learn from our past, but can we ever change and move on from it while still honoring it’s value? Women should be allowed to lead in anything they are qualified to do. People of all races should have love and respect for each other without fear of discrimination. History teaches us honor, but there is also hate in our history. If we are to eliminate hate, does our history have to go with it? What do you say? Inquiring minds would love to know. 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 her musical director Amy Skyy
Olivia Newton John and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Red Bass Guitar photo shoot with Chanel”)

Chanel (whose nickname is Dark Chocolate) is a young rapper who obviously has great skills at modeling. This photo shoot actually involved 2 young women but the other will be featured later. This was an extremely hot day for shooting but the environment was perfect for pictures. Chanel didn’t disappoint at all and was very comfortable posing and bringing the right mood. 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.

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