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.

 

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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.

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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.