Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (My Interview from Doris Hall James)

I could probably explain this interview to you, but why bother? It is very straight forward and informative. You can check it out for yourself and make your own determination. I did this interview a few days ago and I just received the link for it. Some of you may have to sign into your Facebook accounts to see it, and for that I apologize. However, if it works without you having to sign in, then that is “great.” This is just a little insight into my life and the things I am doing. 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 (hello from Atlantic City)

Currently I am in Atlantic City New Jersey. I am here for the opening of the new Hard Rock Cafe which is supposed to be pretty big. Carrie Underwood and Pitbull are supposed to be the headliners for this weekend but I have not met them yet. I did soundcheck late last night and today will be the first start of a weekend series. While this would seem like a great opportunity for most musicians I am not impressed with it that much yet. I have done a lot in my life and I expect big things musically. While I consider it a privilege to even be asked to be a part of this I still know what I like to do. For me the most important thing in performing is to Simply have fun. some people think that I have fun always when performing but there is a big difference between work fun and regular pleasure fun. Right now it all feels like work fun but hopefully before this weekend is over it will feel like pleasure fun to me. There was a lot that I would like to accomplish musically in this short life that I have. A feeling of accomplishment would be a great benefit for me. I think I already have that but I want to experience much more. I never want to feel satisfied totally in what I do  or what I have done. The minute I stop growing is the minute I stop improving. This morning I’m going to get something to eat and maybe even walk by the ocean. Then I have to play another engagement starting at 12 noon. For most musicians this is a really great thing. I only want to make it feel greater. I will let you know Monday if I accomplished 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

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Yesterday I did a radio/Facebook interview)

I love doing interviews. I always have fun telling stories and I love interacting with the hosts. Yesterday I was asked to do one. It was set up in someone’s house and I can’t even remember the coordinates of the station. However, we had a great time and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I was asked a lot of very interesting questions, but the one question that stuck out more than others was about new generation musicians coming on the scene. When I was younger I had a lot of musical inspiration. I had music from George Benson, Al Jareau, The Crusaders, etc. I had challenge in my music. From what I currently hear, today’s music doesn’t offer as much to young musicians trying to follow me. In my area most of the schools have forsaken the music programs for the kids. When you stop supplying music to the kids it is paramount to taking away their musical gifts. When I was younger I was able to borrow the bass guitar from my school (and even take it home) and learn how to play it. I don’t know if kids are even allowed to do that anymore. I mentioned in my interview that there are many talented and gifted people behind bars. Instead of educating them, money is now being used to house them in jails. The art of music is suffering (and to some extent dying out). It is up to us to keep it alive. Don’t let other people dictate what you are supposed to like. Stand up for the music that you believe in and support. A child needs activity in his or her life. If a child does not get it, then that child will create his or her “own activity” which could be positive or negative. Give a child hope, and later on you should not have to worry about spending your money to house that child in prison. I realize I am ranting on, but I am serious about this. If we are going to bring kids into this world, then we need to give them opportunity. Music is a way out for many if they are allowed to have and use it. It worked for me. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Chuck Jackson (“Any Day now”) and Brett Jolly just before a concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (I posted this on Facebook yesterday and got a lot of great responses to it)

This is only an honest thought. Not trying to be political in any way or even trying to make an argument. Just posting what I feel. I hope readers understand where I am coming from on this.

“To everyone out there who wishes to read this: Not too long ago I had my ancestry report done. My daughter asked me to do it, so I did. According to my results, I was 57% Sub Saharan African and 37 % European with a mixture of some other small things mixed in. I do realize that just because my ancestry originates from different parts of the world doesn’t necessarily mean that I only adhere to the race commonly associated with that area. I think we all should know that we are to some extent an “odd mixture” when it comes to racial identity. My biggest question now is “Where do I belong?” Should I be hated because of my Sub Saharan ancestry or should I be loved because of my European mixture, or should I be hated or loved because I am a mixture of both? Do hate groups even know their “full heritage” before they exhibit hatred towards others? I have been reading a lot about racial hatred recently and the effects that often stem from it. For me this is not about politics. I don’t feel inferior to anyone and I love myself for who and what I am, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else will… This is only one Facebook post, but hopefully this will reach any of those who are concerned. Should racial identification only be based on looks alone? What about percentage? At what point will we start to love and respect each other simply because all of us are “so different” that we are essentially “all the same?” From what I know, we are all the same color “on the inside.” The question now is “When will we start acting that way?” I would love to know what others think. This is not an argument or a political statement. I sincerely appreciate any and all “civil” responses. Thank you so much, and please have a great day…

Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jean Knight (“Mr. Big Stuff”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (This particular duet song)

I do believe that this song is listed as one of the greatest duets of all time. While the song is indeed “great” there are still some points worth mentioning. First off, Sonny and Cher had a great career together. They produced a lot of music until they both went their separate ways. When they were together, Cher had a good singing voice. She basically carried the both of them vocally because Sonny was not a great singer at all. Even if you listen on this track Sonny sounds as though he is “talking” his way through the song and not necessarily singing. The great thing about music is that you don’t need to have a great voice to make a song work. There are people who didn’t sound great vocally but had monster hits. This particular song is only one more example of that. Even though they are both lip syncing on this video you can still hear the intonations of Sonny’s voice. He fits this song well, but that doesn’t mean that he was a great singer. This is why people don’t need to put out a lot of money on singing lesson’s in order to make a great hit. James Brown practically screamed through a lot of his music, but his music “sold.” Know your voice, know your marketability and “make” your career work for you. For those who have never heard this duet before please feel free to check it out now. I think this song became big in 1965 or so. 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 (Photo shoot with Jamicka)

Jamicka should be considered part of the “next generation.” She “actually PLAYS” bass guitar and she is really good at it. She consented to doing a photo shoot and I wanted to feature her. We picked a very good day for it and she was excellent. She has a friend who also plays bass guitar and she will be featured next. I hope you enjoy her pictures (She is with her OWN bass guitar). 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 (A musical song selection taken from last night at my Wednesday Night Event)

As usual, we had “so” much fun at my Wednesday Night Event (at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania). We play just about anything we want to play and we also play for the area’s local talent. Last night someone asked if we could play a song from a rock artist by the name of David Bowie. We hardly ever back down from anything and considered it a challenge to do, so we did it. Other than a few mistakes here and there, the crowd loved it and I am featuring it for today. We thank those that came out and supported live music last night and of course I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (My father, Elton Jolly, delivering a speech with Benjamin Hooks and Coretta Scott King back in the 1980’s)

My father is currently 86 years old and is bed ridden. He cannot stand and he cannot walk. While his spirits are well he is far from the man he used to be. Pop used to preach self help and was instrumental in the lives of many. Recently on Facebook someone shared this vintage footage of my father, Elton Jolly, giving a speech along with Ben Hooks and Coretta Scott King (Wife of Martin Luther King). It was beautiful to see and hear and I wanted to share it with you. I have always been proud of my father, but seeing things like this made me realize even more just how much of a great man he is. This is about 10 minutes long, but if you have the time I hope you can check it out. Pop believed in helping minorities secure a living for themselves, and he was one of the heavy hitters advocating for it. I was very happy to receive this video of my father, Elton Jolly. Please just click on the link below. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4553405/elton-jolly-oic

 

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (My experience with Chubby Checker who sang “The Twist)

Chubby Checker has a lot to say to most people. He believes he is entitled to much more than he is getting. Chubby re-released a song entitled “the Twist,” which was also a very popular dance craze back in the day. Dick Clark helped promote his version to make it huge. Now Chubby gigs nearly 365 days a year based off of this song and he has to hear this song EVERY day. Even though he makes money it is well known that he feels he should have more. He would love to actually get the royalties from this song. The biggest obstacle here is that Chubby never wrote the song. Hank Ballard was the original writer and performer. The only reason Chubby got the nod to do the song was because Hank Ballard had already died and somebody needed to do it. Now the best that Chubby can do is continue to sing the song and get paid from performing it (which isn’t really all that bad an option). Of course, when Chubby re-introduced the song he made it even more famous than Hank Ballard did. When I played for him years ago it was kind of funny (I didn’t laugh out loud but rather had a little smirk on my face). Chubby, who is a very outspoken person, was waiting for us at rehearsal to go over the Twist. This song is really “very simple” for anyone to play. The chords and bass lines and backgrounds are not difficult at all when you listen to the actual song. Chubby sat us all down and actually “TOLD US INDIVIDUALLY” how to play our parts to the song. The interesting part was that “none” of what he said were the actual “musical parts of the song.” He made it seem as though he “knew” the parts and that we needed his guidance to actually play the song. I kept thinking that if he didn’t even write the song, how can he possibly know how the parts are to be played? We didn’t retain any of the information he gave us, but we let him go through his educational ordeal anyway. When we actually performed the song in the show, no one played the parts he requested and the song came off great. The one thing that stood out to me about him was how “perfect” his hair was. They didn’t make afros that neat anymore. For the show he twisted a lot (He has so many different versions of the Twist out there). At one point he looked like he was doing more “twerking” than twisting. Despite all this, it was a great experience performing with him and I just thought  I would share my opportunity with you today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Chubby Checker and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Some small advice on keeping your love life intact)

Yesterday was father’s day here in the United States. Each year on this date it is usually customary to honor those who are father figures. This “normally” means honoring males (but sometimes it also involves women who fill that role).  However, I heard some very disheartening news about a couple who actually “broke up” on Father’s day. I heard details of the break up (I’m pretty sure I have not heard all sides of the story though). I do believe I know enough to make a firm statement on what went wrong. Please keep in mind that “whatever it took to land your mate” you need to “continue doing it in order to keep your mate.” If you think in any way that you can let yourself go simply because you believe “I got this person now” then that is dangerous thinking that can eventually work against you. Once you learn your mate and find out “all the things that set him or her off” then try to avert doing those things. Everyone has a limit. If you know that engaging in a certain activity will set your partner off then you need to try to eliminate that option. Time can also be a very big factor in your happiness if you feel you should try to argue your point when your mate is tired of frustrated. There is nothing wrong with waiting for cooler heads to prevail. In fact, it might be “very beneficial” to making sure you don’t argue. In any relationship don’t act from “what you THINK you know…” Instead, act from what you “ACTUALLY DO know…” When you put pieces together “in your mind” and make up your own story without any confirmation of anything then you are already setting yourself up for a BIG argument. Always think about what you are going to say BEFORE you say it. If you already know that your lover is not going to like the way you are handling this then try to find a more subtle way to mention it. While what you say is important, HOW you say it is equally as important. If it feels like you are starting off with an attitude then it sets the precedent for a long fight (that may not even be necessary). Most attitudes can be determined by “the tone” of what is being said. If you don’t begin with an attitude, then your chances of having  a mild discussion instead of an argument should increase significantly. Finally, don’t let “other people” govern your relationship. Everyone has an opinion about what “YOU” should do (even if they can’t handle their own situations). The more you try to incorporate other people into your private love life the worse your situation can become trying to please everyone else. Please understand that no one is perfect, and that includes you and your lover. I’m sure there is more that can be mentioned here but I will stop it right here for now. Remember that what you should get out of your love life should depend heavily on what you invest into it. To make it work involves time, passion, respect and thought. Good luck to you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Ashanti in concert with Brett Jolly

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