Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“People”)

My daughter will sometimes come to me and say something off, like “I hate people.” While I tend to laugh whenever she says that, I also realize that there can be a sliver of truth to that statement for many. There are many different personalities, customs,  and attitudes that people have, and our biggest problems are in trying to find those traits that we can live with. I know a lot of people with different diversities on life, and while I may struggle to maintain friendships with their personalities I also accept them for who and what they are. I readily admit that as “hard headed” as they are I just might be the most hard headed of them all. Don’t get me wrong, though. If you can absolutely “prove” to me that I am wrong then I will gladly own up to my mistakes. However, if you can’t prove it to me then I will continue with my own assessment of the situation. Does this make me correct? Not necessarily, but it doesn’t make me wrong either. Sometimes in order to get along with people you have to “agree to disagree.” If you expect any type of perfection out of someone you are prone to live a lie, for no one is perfect. Usually if someone brings an argument to me I can forget all about it the very next day (unless, of course, someone wants to bring that same argument up again the very day after). I don’t like to argue at all, and most times if you come at me with no attitude or prejudgment then our conversations will be very civil. However, when you start off with an attitude (and I will usually let someone know in the beginning when I sense they are coming to me with one) then you can rest assured you will get the very same thing back from me. I don’t back down. Since I had my stroke 3 months ago I also try not to deal with people’s anger issues. Negativity only brings me down when I allow it to, and I will be quick to tell someone that they have a small amount of time to get their attitude in check, or else I am ending the conversation. I love my positivity, and while it sometimes may not seem real it still helps to keep me happy. Everyone is different, and your happiness may depend on how you approach people. If you are quick to judge people without knowing the circumstances first, you may find yourself promoting negativity unnecessarily. Only you can determine if that is the type of person you want to be. The benefit of the doubt is very useful but only when you feel the urge to employ it. If you think before you act, you just might find yourself happier as a result. Above all, just know that respect is earned just as easily as respect is given. If you want to be respected, then you need to respect as well. My name is Brett Jolly, and I endorse this message 🙂 Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Kathy Sledge (lead singer for Sister Sledge… “We are Family”) and Brett Jolly

Kathy Sledge and Brett

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Song taken from last Wednesday at my open mic event”)

This song was requested so we tried to do it on the fly. I am playing my bass synthesizer instead of my bass guitar (and trying to sing lead while remembering the lyrics). It is a fun tune and I just wanted to share it with you today. Thank you so much 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 (“The Cycle of Life”)

I recently talked to a female friend of mine who was diagnosed with Lupus. It is a crippling disease with merciless consequences. She is suffering tremendously, and there isn’t much that anyone can do. She needs operations badly, but doctors have said that she is way too sick for them to operate on her. To hear her story is tough. To try to relate to her story is even tougher. Another friend of mine called me yesterday. He had a stroke. He was in the hospital being treated and “over-treated” for just about any possible cause. He is one really tough guy when it comes to just about everything in his life. He called me because he was getting frustrated with everything that is happening to him. He said that he planned to check himself out of the hospital regardless of what the doctors say. For him, I could feel his pain and also relate, because 3 months ago I was also in that same type of situation. The difference between us both is that after 3 days I was able to walk out of the hospital very close to one hundred percent. This is like his 6th straight day there. His situation is not life threatening but it is having a strong affect on his livelihood and money. This morning I talked to my barber and his mother died yesterday. He was feeling in a certain mood and it wasn’t great. I told him that I could relate because I lost my mother in 2004 close to the holidays as well. I am beginning to realize that there are a lot of people hurting one way or another during this time of year. Some people are going through worse experiences than others. I realize that I can’t save any of them, but I can be there for them to talk to. When we are younger we take a lot of things for granted. We can’t do that when we get older. No one lives forever… I am not posting this to make anyone despondent or depressed. I am posting this because life is not guaranteed to any of us, and we all need to start making the most of it while we still can. People die every day, and if you are able to read this then you ought to be glad that you are not one of them. Find the positive in your life. It could make the biggest difference in the quality of it, and you might just be glad that you did. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish  you the very best that life has to offer.

The Miracles with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (“Another classic song taken from last Wednesday at our event”)

Someone requested this song, and I don’t think it turned out too bad, so I decided to feature it for today. Tonight we will be performing down at Kelsey’s restaurant in Atlantic City, New Jersey (1545 Pacific Avenue) around 7:30. If you are in the area I hope you come through.  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 ( “A fun video for those who spend a lot of money during this time of year”)

Yes, it is tough for a lot of people during this time of year. This video I am posting is one that I have done years back. I wrote, produced, directed and did all parts of this song (In other words… everything). This is not intended to make fun of anyone, but rather make an effort to find levity dealing with our situations. I hope no one is offended. It is close to the holidays, so here is my video simply entitled “Broke.” 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 (“Performing another classic at our Wednesday Night events”)

Tonight we do what we really love to do… and that’s “play music.” At the Crab Tavern in Darby, PA every Wednesday night we take music to the extreme. We take requests (and actually play them), we feature artists, and we joke and have a great time. We are professional musicians who have played for some of the biggest celebrity names onstage, and we do this because we love to give back to the community. The Crab Tavern is located at 201 North MacDade Blvd in Darby, PA and we play from 8:00 to 12 midnight. We experience huge crowds each week and it lets us know that we are appreciated and supported. Live music is not dead by “any means” and we prove it each week. Thank you so much for supporting us and we are “not finished by any means.” In this segment we are doing a popular classic song. I am sure you should recognize it. I am singing the lead but we also have Chris Odom, Stan Brisbon, Mookie, Benny Barksdale, Pamela Renee, and Mickie Lynn. Hope to see you come out. Thanks again and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.