Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Being on the lookout in your neighborhood)

You never know when someone wants to target your neighborhood. The best way to make sure you are protected is to do your own assessment of your property. Thieves look for easy access into your home. They will look for trees they can climb to get to open windows you may have. They will look for dark unlit areas that they can take advantage of. The best way to figure out how a burglar thinks is to “simply think like a burglar.” If you have ever listened to inmates who went to jail for robbery, a lot of them have claimed that they never worried about a burglar alarm system. Most of them are smart enough to know how to get around those systems. In a lot of interviews I have seen, the one thing they can’t get around is a dog. Most dogs will bark whenever someone gets close to the house. Burglars don’t want to contend with that at all. Also you need to make sure all your windows are secure. A window that is easy to open would probably be a prime target for a burglar when it comes to entry. Thieves will study your property first. If you notice anyone hanging around your property with no practical purpose then you need to take note of them. Write down the license plate number of any vehicle that you consider “suspicious.” The more that a thief knows about your home the better his chances are for breaking into it. Some thieves will try to get to know you in some way so that they can find out more about your property before they strike. Be aware of anyone you don’t know trying to become your friend. Walk around your property from time to time and see if there are ways that you can find to break in. If you can find a way, so can a burglar. If you can avoid it, don’t become a victim. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Emotions (“You got the best of my love” and “Boogie Wonderland”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The point of being happy or even just content)

There are a lot of things in life that can bring you down spiritually if you allow them. If you focus on these things you can become extremely negative and even depressed. Sometimes we “create” our own energy. If you wake up each day thinking about all the bad things that can happen then you can practically “create” your own dark cloud. I’m not saying that every day is going to be a great day if you think that way, but how you approach the day can make a big difference in how it turns out. I remember playing in a casino one day, and during the break I saw many unhappy patrons losing money in the slot machines. I didn’t play anything, but I went over to the roulette wheel and witnessed something remarkable. One gentleman (who was up there in age) walked up to the wheel with “two” women (one on each arm). He was “cleanly dressed” with a white outfit and a derby on his head. You could look at him and tell that he “already had tons of money.” This guy walked up to the wheel and put huge amount of chips on the “long shot.” Based on the amount he put up, he would have been rich if he won. After the wheel finished spinning, his “long shot WON.” The crowd was amazed as his gathered his winnings and “he left.” Now this is either the result of extreme positive thinking or this guy knew that the machines were “rigged.” Either way, he ended up with a very positive result from playing. Having a great day depends on how much you know as well as how you feel. You don’t have to gamble in order to feel good. You just need to have a positive outlook on life. Also, you need to remember that having a lot of money does not guarantee you a great day. There are many millionaires all over the world who are having a bad day, even though they have all the money in the world. If you can’t be happy, then at least try for being “content.” Be satisfied with what you have and appreciate the blessing you have in being alive… It beats the alternative…. I hope you feel good today, and I hope you realize the blessing you have… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Comedian Kris Tucker, brother Bill Jolly and Brett Jolly in concert

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (How to handle your kids as they grow up)

I understand that parents will always feel the way they do when it comes to protecting their children. A lot of parents still  want to remain in control and dictate to their kids how they should behave. The problem is that most parents never revert back to when they were younger and their parents tried to dictate to them. Your kids do not want to have their lives controlled by parents. They want (and some deserve) the right to be able to make the same mistakes. What most parents fail to consider is the fact that as kids get older they “need” the ability to make some decisions on their own in order to be prepared for the world. Parents need to become more of an advisor to their kids rather than a controller. I fully understand that some kids still “need” you to control their lives, but “most” kids will revolt against you at some point when you try to control them too much. You can gain the love and respect of your kids by simply stating what you feel instead of directly telling them what to do. I call it the “open gate” theory. When  child is in the back yard and the gate is locked a parent can tell that child to never go beyond that gate. At some point the child’s intuition and curiosity will peak and that child will “want” to see what is beyond that gate. However, when you leave that gate open and just tell the child that evil things can happen once you go outside that gate, the child will be more apt to stay put. Control can work for you and against you under different circumstances. I would like for my kids to be able to come talk to me about anything, and for the most part they know they can. I have a great relationship with my children and that is because I no longer try to control everything they do. For most parents the key is knowing “when” to make this transition. If you can make this change as a parent then your kids will appreciate and respect you more. My parents did it with me, and I feel as though I am a better person because of it. Hopefully you will feel that way too. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly and Robin Roberts from Good Morning America

Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (My experience with Aretha Franklin)

This will not be a long article, because my experiences with Aretha Franklin are somewhat limited. Yes, I shared the same stage with her and yes, we have talked, but there isn’t a whole lot about her that I can say today. We worked together on several occasions, but the one I will mention today is her annual Christmas party that she used to throw in Detroit. Years ago, she flew us into Detroit to play for the event. At the party we had to play for a group called the Emotions (“You got the best of my love” and “Boogie Wonderland”). I remember there was close to 30 inches of snow on the ground and the airports cancelled flights. We caught the first planes traveling and “barely” made it in time to do the show. Our luggage didn’t.  When we got there we had to go on immediately. Aretha understood and despite all that happened the show turned out “great.” Aretha was a true diva. She was used to being admired and spoiled (that is the way everyone treated her). She also is someone who went through a lot of pain and turmoil in her life. You can Google her life story and see for yourself. She had a magnificent voice and a beautiful sound. Her health issues during her later days may have contributed to her demise, but what a great life she had singing. Here is an article about her:

https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2018/08/16/aretha-franklin-queen-of-soul-net-worth/23503643/

We will sorely miss “The Queen of Soul.” There are many who will try to emulate her, but none will duplicate her. It was my extreme pleasure to work with her. I would like to thank her for being a great inspiration to me. Below is a picture of her in concert with me on bass guitar. Thank you all for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Aretha franklin in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (I was asked my feelings on Omarosa)

Omarosa Manigault Newman is making headlines for herself. The Black (African American) woman who was once a part of the Trump administration is now shaking up the team with her accusations and her secretly recorded tapes of meetings. She had been fired and now it seems she is retaliating by going public to the press. I don’t know a lot about her story, but I do know that she managed to be a part of Trump’s cabinet and that in the beginning she seemed to praise just about everything he did. All that has changed now. During that time they trusted her and took her in. From what I have heard others say, many people claimed that she was an opportunist. Here is the story of what’s happening now with her:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/14/white-house-staff-omarosa-tapes-777490

Feelings on her seem somewhat mixed. Some people cannot believe that she even wanted to be a part of that team in the first place. Many people are against her, even though they still want to hear her taped recordings. She is publishing a new book, and while I have no intentions of buying the book, I respect her right to tell her story. Will anyone support her? Probably….  I’m just not sure if she has enough to bring down the President, but she might have enough to bring down those in his administration. From what I have heard, she claims the Trump administration “deliberately” chose to abstain from full rescue effort when Puerto Rico got hit with that devastating hurricane. If that is indeed the truth (and can be proven) then there could possibly be charges imminent. There is a lot more that she claims to have. You can judge for yourself if she has anything major. When  you choose to attack the Presidency you are engaging in dangerous territory. The one thing in her favor is that she is not alone. There are several others who appear to be against the President as well. The best she can do is “get in line.” Time will tell if she has anything substantial. In the meantime, the drama circus goes on. Is this great entertainment or what? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jill Scott in concert with Brett Jolly on Bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The Recent White Supremacist rally in Washington, DC)

A few days ago, there was an attempt to hold an anniversary gathering for White Nationalists in Washington, DC. I heard that it was a small gathering where the counter protesters “outnumbered the protesters by a huge margin.” The White Nationalists were headed by Jason Kessler in an attempt to make up for a failed attempt in Charlottesville, Virginia a year ago where a woman counter protester was killed. You have to wonder what kind of significance this might hold for the Nationalists. Washington, DC is about 50 per cent Black. I knew from the start they were going to have big trouble uniting there. The authorities in Charlottesville denied them the right to gather there, so they figured they would try to unite in Washington DC. This clearly failed, so where will they head to next? By law, they have a right to peacefully protest, but can a protest by them be peaceful with so many opposed to their presence? The problem here is that these people try to blame their issues on other people they don’t even know. Somehow they figure their troubles will all go away if they can generate a one race population. I feel sorry for them and will continue to pray for them. The sad part is they all probably have some degree of mixed heritage within their own ancestry and just don’t know it. Their fight is not over, and neither is ours… Thanks to the people of Washington DC who came out and showed that there is no place for hate in their home town. I only hope that other cities can follow the same concept. Love comes in all colors… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Olivia Newton John, Brett Jolly and musical director Amy Skyy

Olivia Newton John and Brett Jolly