Interestingly enough, this former porn queen comes (seemingly) from “out of nowhere” and is somehow declared to be a former mistress of Donald Trump. Stormy Daniels is someone who is keeping “conspicuously quiet” about any alleged affair with the President, but does this exonerate her? If you have not heard her story, here is the link:
When you examine her “reluctance to speak” it feels as though she is doing so out of some “contractual obligation.” It feels as though she knows (and wants to say) a LOT more but is stifled by some sort of legal agreement on this. She even denies “the denial” that has surfaced on paper with her signature (supposedly) on it. She “allegedly” said she can describe intimate parts of Trumps body. The real question here is “Does anyone really care?” Melania Trump (Trump’s wife) really appears to handle this well and I am giving her a “lot” of respect over this. However, her behavior still doesn’t tell the true story of what happened. We all know Donald Trump was a flirter, a womanizer and a playboy. If anyone ever doubted his loyalty in his marriages there are several bridges I would love to sell you. Was Daniels paid “hush money” to keep quiet about all this? I would not be surprised at all if this actually happened. Let’s please keep in mind that I don’t need to single Trump out. Other Presidents had engaged in extra marital affairs and they were equally as guilty, but because of Trump’s arrogance in a lot of things this only brings things more to light. I don’t think infidelity is an “impeachable” offense. I’m sure “lying about it under oath” is (as referenced by Bill Clinton’s adventures years ago). If Stormy Daniel’s main purpose is to “get paid off of this” then I’m sure she probably has already. If it were found to be true that she had an affair with Trump I would not raise an eyebrow over it. There are more important things to ponder. I just would like to know if it means anything to you. Would it change your views on him or substantiate them instead? Do you wonder if there is a “blue stained dress” somewhere? If she appears to be “borderline” with her desire to talk about this I sincerely hope for her safety. Sometimes things can happen in politics and get swept under the rug. Let’s hope that she doesn’t eventually become “one of those things.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Anthony Hamilton, Bill Withers and his daughter in concert with Brett Jolly on bass
Celebrities. How good are you with them? Do you get nervous whenever you see one? Do you even care about being around them? I found that a lot of people consider celebrities as people who are “above” us. Sometimes they are looked at as being “inhuman.” The problem is that a lot of us don’t even realize what these celebrities actually go through. Their problems are every bit as significant as our own. Over my career I have played for a number of people who were at some point considered celebrities. For me I never thought of them any differently. To me they were performers who needed me to play for them (so that is what I did). I am trying to figure out if I ever got nervous playing for “any” of them and right now I can’t say that I have. I have played for Jill Scott, Janet Jackson, Usher, Tyrese, Bon Jovi, Olivia Newton John, Teddy Pendergrass, Aretha Franklin, The Whispers, Bill Withers, The Stylistics, Billy Davis and Marylin McCoo and so many more that I can’t even recall. I have had close talks with Lionel Hampton, James Ingram, Jeffrey Osborne, Bonnie Raitt, Will Smith, and I even had a good talk with Beyonce’s parents. Each time I put my guitar on I don’t think about the individual. My mind only focuses on the music that I have to play. For me music is fun, and if I have to get all stressed out over who the person is that I am playing for then that takes the fun out of playing. I think the best way to truly understand the ways of a celebrity is to just “become one.” While on the outside your troubles may seem minimal on the inside they will be just as surmountable as they have always been. In fact, I have played for several of them who were actually “drunk” during the performance. That alerted me to the fact that they had some problems going on. No, I don’t get star struck. In fact, on most occasions I could probably care less. My jobs are to play and have fun, and I hardly ever feel cheated whenever I do. Some people can so get caught up in their own hype when it comes to being star struck. That won’t be me… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish the very best that life has to offer.
Cody Wise, Berry Gordy,Kris Tuker, Kool and the Gang and Brett Jolly
I can only say that I apologize. I slept through the Grammy’s yesterday. I had a very long week from playing and I was truly exhausted. However, when I heard about it I wasn’t that fascinated with seeing it anyway. I get tired of seeing people lip sync or give water downed performances. When you add in the fact that a lot of these people are new artists (who probably won’t even be here next year) it just makes this show seem even more “uninteresting” to me. This morning I managed to check out Bruno Mars performance online. If anything I figured he would have had the best segment (and I was probably right). I heard Rihanna put on weight and did some repulsive things (If she did, I can’t knock her for that… That is usually what you would expect at her show). I also heard that people decided to use the Grammy’s to make “political statements.” I don’t see anything wrong with that either. Of course, I do realize that some of those political statements are offensive to some people and not everyone wants to hear them. As long as it is the “truth” and it doesn’t detract from the music then “go ahead.” For those who missed Bruno Mars performance, here it is:
I don’t want to sound like someone getting older and feeling out of touch with today’s music, but I also want “quality in what I am hearing.” Doing calisthenics while singing just doesn’t do it for me. Lip syncing doesn’t really get it for me either. I want realness in the music I hear, and while the artists “may or may not” have done their shows 100 percent live I want to get the heart and soul of their music, NOT the heart and soul of their “tape.” You may have seen the Grammy’s and you may have loved what went on. I don’t want to take anything away from what you feel. However, until the music improves this will be a hard sell on me. I am just being honest. Next year I will try to check out the entire show. Until then, I will apologize once more for missing this years’ event. I hope I missed a “thriller.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
We claim to be superior to all other life forms on this planet, but yet in some instances people can be just as barbaric. The gift of language is supposed to set us apart from other species and help us live better lives, but is this really true? We speak, we can engage in conversation to others, but do we truly understand the power of what we say? Whenever I hear of a hate crime being committed or someone with deviant ideals I often wonder what kind of communication they experienced in their lives. Our behavior is taught and learned, so if someone has a destructive nature can it be blamed on the communication they had? If so, then how can improve on this? Years ago many of us relied on television, radio and teaching for our education. Now social media has taken a broader stage in our lives, with information that could be wrong but believable. People can use these means to warp the mental states of others and even elicit criminal behavior. I remember once listening to KKK (Ku Klux Klan) rhetoric and I actually heard them “quoting” verses of the Bible to “justify” their rants of hate. While having language is a powerful tool it can also be our greatest detriment if misused. What can we do to use our powers of communication better? A greater number of people and more diversity could be a start. When you reach out to people of other cultures, races, sexes and genres you can learn more from different perspectives. Men could learn how to treat women better. Whites, Blacks, Indians, Asians and other races can have a better understanding of each other. When a child is raised behind 4 wall it learns the ways of those walls. When a child experiences the world it learns the ways of the world. The art of language truly is powerful, but only when used correctly. If we are to teach each other, then it is important to teach what is beyond “those 4 walls.” Great communication starts with you, but it also needs great learning, understanding and education with it to make it powerful. I will always listen to what is being said, but I won’t give credibility to everything that is being said. I hope this makes me a better person, and I hope it makes you one as well. Thanks for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly with Verdine White (Of Earth Wind and Fire)
If you have been reading the stories and accusations against Larry Nassar it should sicken you. This man was put in a prominent position to coach young female gymnasts and yet he abused that power to molest them. Some of the most famous names in Olympic history were under his tutelage. Those of you who are not familiar with his story can check out this one link:
While this story has a proper ending, it doesn’t address “other” circumstances of abuse against young females in “other areas.” One of the biggest questions is “How can we stop something like this from happening again?” Over the past year or two I have heard “many more” accusations from women against men who had inappropriate conduct or behavior. It is great to realize that more women are now coming out to speak. If by some chance they can manage to make positive changes to the system then that would be great. Men of power are just as susceptible to temptations and weaknesses, so should our system take this into account? Ideas are needed to make sure things like this never happen again. If you have a daughter or wife or mother who is close in your life you would want to make sure they are secure and well protected. In order to make things safer for us we need to acknowledge the system they are placed under. These girls were supposed to be trained to represent our country. How can something like this happen? If it can happen in this field, it can definitely happen in other areas as well. I have a feeling that the accusations are “just beginning.” Let’s see what happens from here. Congrats to the women who came forward to help bring down those men who harass and molest. Now we need to tackle the faltered systems of the world so that our women can feel more secure. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Ashford and Simpson in concert with Brett Jolly on bass
Someone requested this song, and to be honest we didn’t know it, but that never stops us from trying it. I actually like this song, and while there are some bugs in this I think we managed to pull off enough where people can at least determine what song it is. At the Crab Tavern (201 North MacDade blvd in Darby, PA) on Wednesday nights we take on song requests whether we know them or not. It is fun and the audience loves it, so why not? I hope you enjoy this clip. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and the very best to you and your family.
I just heard that Vermont is the 9th state to actually legalize marijuana. Here is the article.
I have heard many cases for legalization and many against it. What do you think should happen? Well, of course, marijuana is a drug, and this drug has been known to alter the mental states of people. A lot of people have done bad things and blamed their activity on being “high” at the time. Based on that should any drug truly be legalized? However, if we are going to ban marijuana, then we may as well ban the use of alcohol as well. Many people have done bad things and blamed them on being drunk. If alcohol can have such a negative impact on our lives, then maybe we should allow marijuana the opportunity to do so as well. Let’s consider the legalities of this. Trying to ban marijuana has not worked very well. The more you try to make it illegal the less it stops people from obtaining it. It’s everywhere. I think jail time should be utilized for those offenders of more “serious” crimes. While marijuana may not be considered a good drug, it is like “Cinderella” when comparing it to other drugs such as cocaine, etc. I have known of many people who utilized marijuana and while some of them have acted rather silly after taking the drug I don’t recall any harm that came from it. My experience with others shouldn’t count because I’m sure there are many cases out there with opposite results. What do you think? I don’t do any drugs at all, so I’m not sure if my views should matter, but what about those people who use it for medicinal purposes? Should they be rejected simply because the drug is considered illegal? As time goes on, I’m sure more passage will happen. Let’s see the impact this will have on our lives. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Billy Paul (“Me and Mrs. Jones”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass
Please excuse my city if the residents seem a little raucous right now. Our Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings yesterday to advance to the Super Bowl (The title game in football). It was a game that the Eagles were considered underdogs to win (They were also considered underdogs with their previous playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons). However, our Eagles won both games and in 2 weeks will go to Minnesota to play the game against the New England Patriots (Last year’s winner and reigning champions). While this is a new experience for us, we have not lost focus throughout the year. Our coach, Doug Peterson, is only in his second year, and he has had to deal with some “major” injuries while still managing to keep the team on top. I honestly cannot see how they could ignore him for the “Coach of the Year.” Our MVP quarterback, Carson Wence, had a major injury and is out for the rest of the season, but the backup Nick Foles played a hell of a game yesterday. Tom Brady (The quarterback for New England) has won several Super Bowl trophies during his career, so experience is on his side. Their coach is a football genius, and no one can knock the atmosphere he sets for his team to win. Even though my Eagles are “once again” listed as underdogs for this contest, I still think my team has a great chance to pull off this upset. This promises to be one great game, and I don’t think you will want to miss this one. The people in my city don’t really know how to act when something like this happens. They are avid sports fans, but when we have a winner we sometimes act like we don’t have any sense. I have not checked the news yet but I do hope that no one got arrested last night. This is supposed to be a joyous time, not a time for foolishness. Nevertheless, it is a great feeling for our city, and I would once again like to congratulate the Philadelphia Eagles, for making it to the Super Bowl.
It is amazing how we often take some things for granted, but hardly ever ponder how bad off we would if those things suddenly became unavailable. This morning I was looking forward to posting my Daily Thought but I found my internet was off. I tried turning the computer off and on and even doing the same for the Wi-fi. However, the Wi-fi was off for my computer (yet everyone else’s computer in my house was working). Feeling the frustration, I turned to my brother, and he managed to try some things to get this thing working. When you take for granted that the internet will always work you often feel a sense of security, which sometimes can be misleading. When contemplating this, I also thought about other things like water. I remember years ago going to South Carolina right after (I think it was hurricane Hugo or Andrew) struck. Seeing how people became after having no access to clean water was staggering. It changed many people significantly. If you could imagine going one day without any water at all you might understand what I am talking about. We take many things for granted, and never realize how bad things can get until we lose them. I am glad that my internet is working now, but I am worried that something new may come up to impede my internet access again. Technology is great, but what happens if we depend so much on it that we can’t function without it? For instance, people may depend heavily on calculators for mathematical equations, but if those calculators stopped working would we remember how to solve those problems manually? When technology starts to think for us, then what do we have left to think for? Improvement is great, but I sincerely hope we don’t lose it when it comes to the “basics.” My internet is working now (and if it didn’t, then you wouldn’t be able to read this). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brett Jolly with singer Stephanie Mills before concert
I was “very” surprised to find this duet. I highly respect both singers and while I thought this was an odd pairing I still like this. You can tell from watching the video that both of these singers forgot the words at some point (well, at “several” points) but that doesn’t detract from the song. I would love to know whose idea this was and what really happened when they managed to pair these 2 together. I also like the song that was chosen for them to sing. Hopefully you will like it too. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.