Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Phone scams)

They keep on calling me. The phone calls are labeled “Scam likely” and they call me now about 3 or 4 times a day. I almost always hang up on them. A few times I actually answered them. On some occasions I would get a recorded voice saying that I need to lower the interest rate off of my credit card. The recording never gives the number or identifies the card ever. After the recording then the phone hangs up. ALL my cards are in great standing and I don’t have a problem with any of them. On a couple of other occasions a live man would answer the phone. He would say one sentence and then hang up the phone before I got to say anything. I do realize that I have to learn how to block this particular number so that I won’t continue to get harassed. I am not sure what these people want from me but they keep on calling. Maybe they feel they can obtain private information from me if I answer enough phone calls. In that case they should be pleasantly surprised when I figure out how to block them entirely. There are “tons” of people in the world who will try to con you out of your money. I talked to someone the other day who knew of a woman that got a ransom call about her son. They told her that they kidnapped her boy and she would have to pay a lot of money to see him alive again. Right after the phone call her son walked through the door safe and sound. The scam game is very much alive. If you don’t want to be a victim then you need to recognize the traits. If someone calls you and tells you that your card payments are late make sure to ask them what card they are talking about. Make them give you information. Then find that card and call the number “on your own” to be sure. NEVER give out your card information to anyone who accuses  you of being delinquent. There are many other signs of a scam that you need to take note of. Be suspicious of everything. That can save you from possibly being ripped off.  I will check into this number and see if I can stop it permanently. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly at sound check with Lalah Hathaway and Kim Burrell (in yellow and black)

Lalah Hathaway and Kim Burell

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A moment taken from last night at my Wednesday Night event)

As I have said before, we have so much fun performing at my Wednesday Night Event (at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA). The crowd is usually always packed, and the people ask for requests all the time. We like to play “everything” (and I mean that). Last night, someone requested this song. This is one of the funkiest songs that I know of. The song is by Graham Central Station and I hope you enjoy it. 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 (Bill Cosby gets sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison)

This situation has a lot of mixed emotions to it.  For many years, Bill Cosby was America’s dad, a father figure to many, an advisor and mentor to so many people. At one point he was probably more popular than anyone. What happened? Well, it appears on the surface that he allowed his fame to make him think that he was above the law. It is a crime to sexually abuse women. If anyone wants to to be in defense of Cosby they need to take into account that Cosby’s own deposition (on tape) showed that he liked to drug women. I believe that Cosby said it was all consensual (but if it was consensual then why would these women want to press charges against him?). Mr. Cosby loses a “lot” because of this. Here is an article detailing some of his losses:

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2018/09/25/bill-cosby-loses-another-honor-after-being-sentenced-to-prison-for-sexual-assault/23541975/

There are so many questions that still remain unanswered. Why did it take so long to bring these charges to trial? If the victim was already paid 3 million dollars for a settlement then what was that settlement for? Most people would think that any type of settlement meant that these charges would never be brought up again. On what grounds would Mr. Cosby appeal the verdict? Is it quite possible that some sort of “dementia” caused Mr. Cosby to engage in these acts? Was any kind of test administered to determine if he was indeed in his right mind? Does it matter? What is going to happen to all the “other” men accused in the “Metoo” movement? Will they now stand trial since Cosby has been found guilty? If so, what about the charges brought out for the President? Is he above the law? There is a lot we all should learn from this, but there is also a lot that we still don’t know. The one thing that is most certain is that Bill Cosby is in jail. That is a far jump from where he used to be. Time will tell the eventual outcome. In the meantime, let’s see what follows this case. I have a feeling some interesting things are about to happen. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Whispers in concert with Brett Jolly on Bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Today is the day for Bill Cosby’s sentencing: If you were the judge, what would you do?)

The long awaited sentencing for Bill Cosby is today. We will find out just how much jail time he will get (if he gets any). For those of you who didn’t know, Mr. Cosby was found “guilty” of drugging a woman and raping her.  Due to the statute of limitations, only one case was fresh enough for him to stand trial. Normally anyone found guilty of this infraction would experience jail time. For his crimes Cosby “should” be placed in jail, but if you were the judge, how would you sentence him? First off, here is the article on Cosby’s situation:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cosbys-day-reckoning-comes-3-sex-assault-case-053629600.html

The big problem here is the fact that Cosby is 81 years old. Sentencing him to jail time would probably be the same thing as sentencing him to death. I highly doubt Cosby could survive the experience behind bars at that age. Of course, he could be placed in a minimum security environment but even that might be too much for him to endure. If he is to get jail time, would it be better to sentence him to death? Please keep in mind that Cosby has done “great things” for people, and he has given lots of money to charities and has been a great role model for a lot of people. I realize that none of this excuses what he did though. When you commit a crime you should do the time. If I were the judge for this case I would be very wary of how to handle it. Jailing any 81 year old man is a sensitive issue. Either way, we will learn today what fate awaits him. Let’s see how some of the “other” men accused  of sexual impropriety are handled. With the “Metoo movement” a LOT of prominent men are awaiting their trials. This could set off a tidal wave of indictments for other prominent men accused of bad sexual behavior. Let’s see what happens…. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Patti Labelle in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

Patti Labelle and Brett

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (I know it’s the law, but…)

My father is 85 years old. In fact, he will be 86 this October.  He cannot walk, he cannot stand up, and he is now bed ridden. He owns an old white Cadillac car that has not been driven in quite some time. It has been parked in front of our house collecting dust. Well, last week I came home and discovered that his car was “gone.”  The car couldn’t even run. It needed a jump start just to turn on, but obviously someone felt the need to take the car.  At first we thought the car was stolen by thugs preying on the neighborhood, but I told my brother that if they wanted to steal a car, they could have chosen a much better model then my father’s car. We called the police and discovered that my father’s car had been labeled “abandoned” and the Philadelphia Parking authority had it “towed and impounded.” There were “no tickets and no warnings at all” in regards to the car. They just “took it” and brought it to their lot (where they can charge daily for it). If the police had not been called, we would have had no way for knowing where the car even was (or who took it).  I understand Philly law has to work the way it does, but shouldn’t there be “some consideration’ for special circumstances? My father can no longer drive the car. Shouldn’t we (at least) have gotten some kind of warning that they were coming to take it?  Right now I feel as though they were laying in wait to prey on my 85 year old father so that they could get some money. I might be wrong, but that is “exactly” the way I feel. My brother and I had to fork out money and go to the lot to pick up my father’s car. We also had to buy a new battery just so that the car could make it back home. I personally don’t like the Philadelphia Parking authority. These people have “absolutely no souls and no compassion at all for people.” They are vultures and inhuman at best. Now we have to park my father’s car in the driveway so that these vultures cannot get it. It is a shame to have to go through all that just so they can no longer extort money from us.  I know of other people who have gone through terrible stories with them as well. If the place ever burns down I will have no compassion for them. I realize this sounds strong but it is honestly the way I feel. If I were the Mayor of Philadelphia I would close this authority and make something with more humanity in it’s place. This is a real dark spot for Philadelphia. My brother and I are glad to have the car back, but we are sorry that we had to go through these circumstances just to get it. Please forgive if I sound a little harsh today. 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” with in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar)

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A song segment from our Wednesday night event last night)

Our Wednesday night event is doing really well. We had another packed house last night at the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania). This gentlemen had heard about our event and traveled from the Baltimore Washington area to be with us (about an hour and a half). As we usually do, we featured him and the crowd loved it. His name was Drew and he said he enjoyed himself immensely. We hope you enjoy his segment as well. 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 (The wrath of Mother Nature)

Have you ever witnessed the path of destruction caused by a severe hurricane? It is amazing what kind of damage a bad hurricane can cause. Recently here in the United stated Hurricane Florence caused a lot of flooding and damage to the Carolinas. I didn’t get to see it personally, but I heard a lot about it. Many years ago Hurricane Hugo crashed into the Carolinas and and changed a lot of it. I actually went down to Sumter, South Carolina after Hugo had landed and was amazed at how bad things were. Can you imagine all the trees were “curved and bent to the right?” This was one of the first things I saw when I went down there. Next there were traffic lights blocking the middle of the road. They had been blown off their posts. There were people staggering around (because they had lost access to water, which will sometimes happen during a hurricane). If you can imagine this, just try to go a whole day “without using any water in any way.” Most of us take water for granted, but when we lose access to it our whole world changes. The lack of water can change our mentalities. People were looting because they felt desperate.  If you have never experienced the impact of a bad hurricane then you are truly lucky. Mother Nature doesn’t necessarily have to have only hurricanes. There are tsunamis, volcano eruptions and even earthquakes. No matter how safe you may think you are, the wrath of Mother Nature can wreck your entire existence in a day. Be thankful for all you have, and whenever they tell you that a bad storm is coming your way, take the proper precautions for it. The life you save just could be “your own.” 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 Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (People say they have no talent…Is that true?)

I have talked to “many people” about performing. Most of them will say that they only sing in the car or sing in the shower…any place where no one else can hear them. You might also be one of those people who believes that you can’t sing. Would you be right? True, not everyone can sing well. Some can sound really good while others sound really bad. The true concept of good singing is not in your willingness, but rather in your training. Everyone is not born with great vocals. Some people have stronger throats than others. Some people hear better as well. Training can bring out the best in your abilities. The problem here is that most people either can’t or won’t take the time to harness their singing capabilities. When that happens then your voice will only be able to do so much. Of course, there are also the “other” types of singers. These are the people who really believe that they are the only ones who can sing well and everyone else is beneath them. I refer to them as “legends in their own minds.” These people will only want to hear themselves. They don’t want anyone else singing lead but them, because they honestly believe that no one else can sing as well as they can. In most circumstances these people would be wrong. Lastly, there is the “fragile vocalist.” This is the person who will sing “everything” as long as you “change the key” of the song. These types of singers get on my nerves. As a musician you hate to play behind someone who changes the key constantly. After hearing all of this do you now think you might be able to sing? The best way to find out is to simply “try it.” Don’t hold back. If you either feel that you are off key or feel yourself straining then you may want to ease up. Pay attention to yourself if you are singing, and hopefully “after some training” you can be a much better vocalist. 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 Musiq Soulchild

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( A video representation for an event I was the musical director for)

There is a place in Philadelphia called the Uptown theatre. They used to sponsor many big name acts to perform there. Sadly this venue is now closed, but recently I just played for an event paying tribute this facility. Since we could not get any of the original performers, we had people pay tribute to them in song. It turned out to be a really nice event and we had a lot of fun. Here is a small segment of what we did, and hopefully you will like it. I was the musical director for this event. I guess you can see me in here somewhere (smile). Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.