Yes this is an upcoming new year. Naturally, there are some changes that I would really love to see happen (with me as well as with others). First I would love to see a United States society that is a lot less dependent on the ways of Republicans and Democrats. If each party could just cater to the issues of the people who elected them and less on the ways of the party I think life could be so much better. Also I would love to see more gun control. Our government spends so much time dealing with trying to keep illegal immigrants out of the country that we hardly deal with the terrorists who already reside within our borders. There are so many people who are in need of mental health and it seems as though we are supplying them more guns instead of helping them. I would love to see women “respected more” and treated with equality rather than harassment and abuse. I would love to see a music industry that promotes more talent instead of marketability. Some of the talent that we have featured is nowhere close to that of years past. I would love to see cable television go down. This company is charging people a lot for cable television, and recently I have heard of new ways for people to get cable channels. Even though some of these ways are considered illegal, I am glad that people now have different choices. I feel that some of the prices that cable is charging people should be consider illegal as well. For the upcoming new year I would love to experience less “lies” from people in high politics. The lies have become so common that very few people even want to listen anymore. I hope the truth becomes aware to all in this upcoming year. For me, I want to live in peace without dealing with the stress of others. So many people want you for their own agenda. I want to live for my own agenda. I realize that this may seem like a lot, and chances are that very little (or maybe no action at all) will result from what I am asking for. However, I still would love to see it anyway. I hope your new years’ resolutions are good wishes. Maybe if we all can wish for the same things we can make good things happen. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Brothers Bill and Brett Jolly on the cover of a magazine
I play a a lot in Atlantic City. For me, the trip takes about an hour and 20 minutes to make. It gets really tiresome sometimes, but when it comes to traveling I always try to be careful. Last night I was heading back home and I noticed that behind me there were headlights from a car that was zooming up fast to me. I always like to let any car that is speeding go in front of me go by so that they can get caught by police. However, this particular car never went past me. Instead, the car stayed in the right lane (while I was in the left) and then went into cruise control. That immediately set a red flag for me. Why would this car pull up to me so quickly and then “not” pass by me? I opted to cruise myself just out of curiosity. As it turned out, the car did eventually pass by me, but I saw that it was a police cruiser waiting to see if I was going to break the speed limit. When they realized that I was was going to continue driving at a safe speed they then moved on to look for someone else. When I finally caught up to them a few minutes later they had someone else pulled over. I am mentioning this because it is important to look for any suspicious behavior when driving (especially at night). There are a lot of crazy people out there, and there are also many people who would love to victimize you once given the opportunity. I realize that it is against the law to go past a certain speed. Police make money off the violators. I never could quite understand why the speed limit is 75 and yet the cars we buy can go up to 120 miles per hour. Needless to say, I have no intentions of giving money to those prowling out for me. When you drive, I hope you always look around for things to make sure you don’t get caught by surprise. When I took my son to work the other day I hit a “tremendously huge” crater pot hole in the road and it damaged my tire. I will not go down that street again without slowing down and checking it out first. This is why it is so important to make sure you never take anything for granted when you drive. Always check out your surroundings and always monitor other traffic near you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Dionne Warwick in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar in the background
We had an “incredibly packed” house last night. We did our regular open mic event, and we also featured a special birthday celebration for our drummer (who we will simply refer to as “Mookie”). This song was the “very first” song that Mookie learned how to play ever on drums, so we decided to do this song in dedication to him. It is also one of my favorite tunes of all time. People really love what we do and it is inspiring just to witness all these people in the house just to see us. We had so many people that we had to go an extra 40 minutes overtime just to try to fit everyone in. We had a great time, and if you are ever in the area on a Wednesday night I hope you can make it down to the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Boulevard in Darby, PA) from 8:00 to 12 midnight. It is not just about the music….It is about “you”…. We are a live band that will play just about “everything” and we have “so much” fun doing so. I hope you enjoy the song. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Each Sunday I play in church. The tough part about that is that I actually have to start at 7:45 am Sunday morning (and then to 2 services). I usually get home from Atlantic City around 3:00 am, so naturally I am “extremely tired.” At the church I play at we do all kinds of different gospel tunes. A lot of times I have had to play tunes that I never heard before for the first time. Music has evolved heavily over the years. While jazz used to be the most complicated form of music it seems to take a back seat to gospel now. Most gospel does’t care about whether or not you can dance to it. As long as you can praise to it then the music works. The newer type jazz music seems to involve taking an old classic vocal tune and making it an instrumental. That is not the way it was during the older days with jazz. There are some really good gospel tunes to play now (even though some of them are becoming commercialized as well). Still, as a musician, I would consider gospel to be the more challenging music for me to play. I like to grow as a musician, which means I like to play songs that constitute real music to me. In most big cities the jazz stations and the gospel stations have ceased (I guess they are no longer considered profitable). If we are to continue listening to the music we want then we have to support it. Just because the big stations no longer want to promote jazz or gospel doesn’t mean that we no longer have alternatives. There are a vast number in internet stations rising up and soon all the conventional stations will probably fold. If you want to hear good gospel or jazz then you need to look into different options. There is a big difference between hearing the music you want to hear and letting the stations choose the songs they want you to hear. You don’t have to settle. I am happy that I am still playing gospel music. I don’t expect the church to close down. Hopefully you can find happiness in the music you listen to. If not, then maybe “you” need to make a change… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Baby Washington, Mabel Johns and Maxine Brown in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
Today it is a blessing just to be alive. I hope that today will be a day of peace throughout the world for everyone. Maybe my thinking is unrealistic but I can still dream it. For all of you that are able to read this I hope you have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Tomorrow, Tuesday December 25, 2019 should be Christmas Day. I don’t want (or need) to say a lot about American politics today, but this crossed my mind. Will this border wall that President Trump wants help us, or will it only make things more confusing? Right now there is a partial shutdown of the government, and about 400,000 people are without jobs for the holidays. Is the concept of having a wall at the border more of a concern than employment? Trump also said that Mexico will pay for the wall to be constructed. If Mexico is paying for it, then why does Trump need money from us? Will this wall stop all the elements from coming into the US that Trump mentioned (rapists, criminals and drugs)? This is one article/opinion on the effects of a wall:
Sometimes we all need to look beyond the surface to see what others really want. It is difficult for me to believe that even if a wall were to be constructed that criminals wouldn’t just find “some other way” to infiltrate the country with drugs and crime. These guys are getting past a guarded secure border anyway. How do we know that they can’t find other ways to get into the country? If the wall is built and drugs continue to cross into the country then all that money spent will be wasted. I don’t think that is worth shutting down the government for. I do want a safer United States of America. As much as I would like to keep foreign terrorists out I would also like to prevent the terrorists “who already reside in our country” from committing senseless acts of violence. The Parkland shootings, the Columbine shootings, The Vegas shootings (at Mandalay Bay) are prime examples of terroristic acts committed by people who were already here within our country. What is being done about the gun laws to prevent them from killing innocent people? What border wall will prevent that? If we are to truly “make America great” then we need to look at ALL aspects of doing so (including combating the NRA), not just specific topics that specific people choose. Tomorrow is Christmas. The only thing I want is a “peaceful day.” Considering the nature of some people, that may be too much to ask for. Either way, “Merry Christmas, everyone.”
The Whispers in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
Tis the season to be Jolly (even though I am Jolly all year around… “Ho, ho, ho”). Christmas is just days away and for some people it will bring a tremendous amount of joy. For others it will amount to seasonal depression. Expectations will be high for many and disappointment will be rampant for those whose expectations are not met. How can a holiday be so pleasing and yet so disturbing for so many? I think the biggest issue is that people have moved away from the traditional meaning of it. If we are to celebrate Christ, then this shouldn’t be about what we “get” but rather what we “give.” Granted, some people (if not most) don’t have a lot to give, but this is not about materialism. A true homeless person who is “truly destitute” will gladly accept one dollar from you (if you have it to spare). The joy of giving isn’t about how much…but rather “how much you can spare….” If you have nothing then no one should fault you for that. Be honest with yourself and think about what you can do. This is not about what you have…This is about what you can do with what you have left… If someone expects more of you than what you are equipped to give then they have removed themselves from the true meaning of Christmas. We all want to be pleasing to others, and sometimes we place way too much emphasis on on material giving. If I get nothing for the holidays, then I will “gladly accept peace in it’s place.” I don’t want to fight with anyone. I would love to smile and have others smile back at me. To me, that signifies the true meaning of Christmas. This concept may not work for everyone. I understand that clearly, but in order to get the most out of the holidays maybe you should consider what you can give instead. I am promise you that someone, somewhere… will “appreciate it….” 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 guitar…
Once again we had “tons” of fun last night. We did our usual routine, and we took requests as usual. However, since it is so close to the holiday season we decided to throw in some festive holiday songs, and the crowd “love it.” For this particular song we did have some feedback issues, but all still went well. For this particular song I took the first part and our drummer Mookie sang the high part. Then Benny Barksdale played the remainder of it on saxophone. I hope you enjoy the tune. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This song I “absolutely love.” It was done years ago by a lady who was actually a jazz legend. One of the biggest musical thrills I ever had in my career was to be able to play for this lady. One time I had played a gig in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and I got home around 4:30 am and I was really tired. Then I got a call around 6:00 am because this lady needed a bass player to play for her afternoon gig in Atlantic City. Needless to say, I did what most musicians would do and got myself up to go play for her. The deep part about this performance was that there was literally no time for any musical rehearsal so I had to go to this lady’s hotel room and listen to a tape of her show… and then go play it. Since I have perfect pitch I managed to pull this one off (but it was not easy because she had a lot of tunes). It was great to work with her and I was glad to get the opportunity. I have heard that she has lost her voice now and still performs with another vocalist to sing for her (while she does sign language during the song). Some of you may remember her. This is one of my favorite songs with her, and it was truly a pleasure to play for her. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
This may sound a little strange and I hope you hear me out on this. Naturally we all are a product of what we have learned but I truly believe we are much more than that. Have you ever noticed that sometimes we all may do something and wonder why we did it? Could it actually be because it was someone else’s intention to do it? Listen please… You already know that we inherit physical traits from our ancestry. We may get our fathers height or our mother’s weight (or even some things from our grand parents, thus skipping a generation). It is quite possible to get all kinds of traits from ancestor’s of our past. If we can inherit the physical aspects of our ancestry then why can’t we pick up the “mental and spiritual” aspects as well? Think about this for a minute… Some people hear voices in their heads. What if those voices were actually from past relatives that were part of the family line? Of course, we all need knowledge to learn how to cope in society, but that knowledge will be most helpful depending on which behavior trait within you picks up on it. No one is perfect, but why not? Maybe it is because we have so many different personalities within us. With all those different opinions within us it is probably tough to achieve consensus thinking. With learning, we can control some of those characteristics we were born with (but not all). There are studies that prove that different people will react differently to the same stimuli. Why is that? Maybe it is because our different personalities that we were born with will react differently to the knowledge we receive. A lot of the inmates in jail believe that they are there because they made a bad mistake. What if they didn’t actually intend to make that mistake, but another personality within them did? This may be the reason why learning and education are so important to us. We may not be able to control certain impulses within us without knowing more about our world. Even if we did learn more there are still no guarantees. Rich people have gone to jail too, and some of them are very knowledgeable and educated. Each time a child is born he or she inherits things from 2 different generations. The more kids that are born, the bigger the amount of personalities they inherit. They all can’t be perfect. This may sound crazy, but the whole sake of mankind may depend on how we educate our children and the personalities within them. The ones who have committed random acts of violence may not have wanted to do evil things to others, but their physical and mental makeup may be a heavy contributing factor. I’m sure some people will disagree with me on this, but does this make sense to you? People may not be able to help themselves. Some were born to lie. Some were born to fight all the time. Some were born to argue. To overcome these traits within us we need training, knowledge and education. Also, people have to “realize” the weaknesses within them. You can’t fight something you can’t see or acknowledge. Others may need your help as well, because they can’t see their own weaknesses. If we are to survive then we need each other. I firmly believe this. I hope that this makes sense to someone. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The three Degrees (“When will I see you again?”) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar