Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“We were asked to perform this song this past Thursday at Treasures”)

We often take requests at our events, and for some reason someone asked for this song. We may have played it a little fast but I think the song went well. With the exception of this Thursday (holiday time off) we are at Treasures (5549 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA) each Thursday from 7:00 to 11:00 (and we hope to see you there). Hope you enjoy the video clip. 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 (“During this time of year please watch out for scams”)

Time is approaching this time of year again, and while there are good people around there are also scam artists. Each year they figure out something new to get your money, and they usually use the concept of fear to get it. I honestly think I have heard all kinds of gimmicks, but they are very inventive. I get calls a lot from agencies that exhibit voice messages informing me that my card is in danger of expiring with a high credit balance unless I talk to them. The funny part is if that whenever I refuse to answer the phone and then call the number back I never reach anyone (Plus I have checked all of my accounts anyway and they are all in great standing). When they can’t get you by phone they try to get you by email (In this circumstance they don’t know your number either, but they swear that you are delinquent in paying them). It is imperative that you be smart. If they claim that you owe them money, ask them what account they are referring to. If they tell you that it is your Visa or MasterCard then make them give you some numbers so that you can be sure they know. If they are legit then they should know at least half of the number. Even if they do, you might want to call the number that is on the back of your card to check your balance personally. You do not have to address it right there simply because they know your phone number. These people like to use the concept of fear to make you pay them money. Also too please watch out for pick pockets. They usually gather in the mall areas and all it takes is one small bump for them to get your wallet. Make sure that all your items are secure wherever you go. This year please try to make sure that you don’t become a victim. If it doesn’t sound right, then by all means question it. 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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Comedian Chris Tucker, brother Bill  Jolly and Brett Jolly in concert.

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

Persia is a singer/model/actress and she approached me saying that she needed some pictures done. The great thing about her is that we took pictures outside but she also had a studio where we could shoot as well. I worked with her a long time ago and it was great to do one more session with her.  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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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Meek Mill’s arrest”)

To be honest, I don’t know a lot about this young rapper. From the things I do know, he was located here in Philadelphia and he has quite a bit of fans supporting him. As with a lot of young rappers, he got in trouble with the law. The judge had been fairly lenient with him, but recently the judge (a female black woman) got fed up with him and sentenced him to 2 to 4 years in jail for violating parole options.  It had been reported (but never substantiated to me) that she previously wanted some sort of business deal with him. When she was denied, she went to the place where he was supposed to do his community service (to feed the homeless), where she discovered that he was doing something else instead of what she felt he was supposed to be doing. After that she gave him the hard sentence. The young rapper had protesters gathering for him a couple of days ago who wanted his release. Since I don’t know much about this story I will come from what I do know. When you encounter stardom or fame from your career, you need to realize that there is a literal “target” on your back. Some people will love where you are in life, and some people will hate in accordance with it. You “need to be careful.” There are a lot of people who do not like young men stars (and the arrogance that they often distribute). I don’t know if Meek Mills deserved what he got or not, but I do know that he should have taken the possibility of this into account. There are a lot of demons out there for those who are unaware. There are women who would love to get pregnant by you (because they know they can get money from you). There are people that don’t like the fact that you are making money (because they want money from you). There are people who don’t like you being successful (because they are envious of you). When you are young, talented and arrogant the world can be a nice place and a terrible place at the same time. Whatever happens to Meek Mill, the most important thing is what he will learn from all of this. He did great by earning his greatness. Now he needs to be smart in maintaining his greatness. The lives of rappers don’t necessarily guarantee fame and money all through your career. Think about everything before you embark on it. It could make a big difference with you. Good luck to Meek Mill. 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 (“The awards last night”)

It was a really nice show, and it was fun. The tribute to Dionne Warwick was great and we had an awesome time. I have a lot of my plate so it was nice to get this one over with. Here are some details: The Stylistics came on first and we did 3 tunes with them (“Rock and Roll Baby, You’ll never get to heaven and You make me feel brand new”). Then Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo (from the Fifth Dimension) came on and we performed “Would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon, You don’t have to be a star, Aquarius, and I’ll never love this way again.” Then finally the evening was rounded off with Darlene Love (she sang backup for Dionne for 10 years). With her we did “Rebel, Don’t make me over and River Deep Mountain High.” It is way too early to find a decent video clip, so the only thing I could find on the ceremony this morning was this link:

https://whyy.org/articles/dionne-warwick-honored-marian-anderson-award-philly/

In the end, everyone was brought onstage to perform “Then came you” done by Ms. Warwick and the Spinners. Clive Davis was also in attendance. From the interaction I got, it seemed as though the audience really enjoyed themselves. Afterwards I got to talk to the performers (we had only met up to rehearse this one same day) and talked for a little bit. I asked Dionne if she remembered us. I told her that we performed for her in Delaware for 2 shows when her sister died and she said that she absolutely remembered it. She also said that we were terrific last night. They were kind of rushing her out. It felt as though something was wrong with her (I sincerely hope that was not the case, but I don’t think she felt well). Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo were also very pleased as were the Stylistics. I am glad it is over with, and now I can focus on other things. I still have my Wednesday night event this evening and I need to be prepared for it. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Dionne Warwick in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“I will be performing this song with the original artists tonight”)

I have to be downtown by 11:00 so I have to get myself ready now. Tonight I will be performing for an event that honors Dionne Warwick, featuring the Stylistics (Russel Thompkin’s group) along with Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo. Even though I have not met them yet (I will see everyone today for rehearsals), this is one of the tunes I will be playing tonight. I will be there with my group and we expect to have a lot of fun. 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 (“Getting ready to do a fairly big gig this Tuesday”)

Each year I perform for something called the “Marian Anderson Awards.” It is a fun event that honors “some big name people in music.” Names like Patti LaBelle, Bon Jovi, and  more have been inducted. This year they will be paying homage to Dionne Warwick, and the show will feature the Stylistics along with Darlene Love and Billy Davis and Marylyn McCoo (from the group the Fifth Dimension). This event will be held at the Kimmel Center here in Philadelphia. We have gone over the music and I am ready for it. For those of you who don’t know, doing Dionne’s music is intricate and difficult to play, because But Bacharach was no joke when it came to his arrangements and orchestration. He put in parts that were not ordinary by any means in his music (but that also made it more fun to play). I have heard that Clive Davis will be there and I am looking forward to a great event. I have played for Dionne before. In fact, we played for her when her sister Dee Dee died. I would have understood perfectly if she had decided to cancel the show but she was a brave trooper and still went on with it. She is a good woman. If you are in the Philadelphia area this Tuesday you might want to check out the show (even though I have heard that the prices of the tickets may be as high as $500 though). I would not want anyone to lose money on this event so I understand perfectly if you cannot make it. Check with the Kimmel Center to be sure of the prices first. However, if you can make it, I would love to see you there. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the absolute best that life has to offer.

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Dionne Warwick in concert with Brett Jolly playing bass in the background

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