Normally on Wednesday nights I would be performing at our open mic event, but currently here in Philadelphia we are experiencing extremely frigid cold temps. The weather people said that for last night and today we would face temperatures that we had never experienced before. I heard it was even worse in places like Chicago. Unfortunately we needed to cancel last night for the health and safety of others. When God puts in conditions like this it is always best to pay attention. Even though our event is fairly successful, I didn’t mind taking a break. I am supposed to play somewhere tonight and I sincerely hope that is canceled too. However, there are plenty of past events that have yet to be shared. This gentleman’s name is simply “Mister” and a lot of times he will come up and perform this classic by the late Bobby Womack. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
I just heard yesterday that legendary singer James Ingram died at the age of 66 from brain cancer. I worked with him years ago and he was a lot of fun. At one point he told the people around us that he, my brother bill and I were all brothers (We all looked alike so people actually bought it). He told me some stories about his dealings with Quincy Jones and other things. He mentioned that his hit song “One hundred ways” was really a demo tape and that he wasn’t officially signed to Quincy. His story is one of those that will bring out the reality of the music industry. James was a nice guy, but you could tell that if someone came up to him wrong that he had the tendency to go ballistic on them. Years ago there was an r&B group called Zingara and they had a hit tune years ago entitled “Love’s calling.” Most people don’t even know it, but James Ingram actually sang the lead on that track. Also, James had a brother, Philip Ingram, who was part of a legendary group entitled “Switch.” Switch had 3 great albums and then disappeared. I remember one day I actually got a call from Phillip because he wanted me to consider becoming a Jehovah’s witness. That never happened but we actually spent more time talking about the group Switch and discussing why they broke up. It was a conversation that I will never forget. While James had success with his career he was still not at the point he wanted to be. It seemed as though the music industry would only let him go but so far. He was a great talent that will be missed… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
James Ingram and Brett Jolly (With Sheldon Reynolds from Earth, Wind and fire and Johnny Croom, former musical director for Boy’z II Men, Alliyah and Genuwine in background)
I can honestly say that I have been very fortunate. In my musical career, I have had the honor to play behind many different celebrities. It doesn’t make me a celebrity at all , but it gives me the experience of working with them. After performing with KC and the Sunshine band this past weekend some people asked me that question, and i figured I would relate to it today. First off, most people who are considered celebrities are really no different than you or me. These people are just as ordinary as you can imagine with the only difference being that they are in the limelight. While others may rank them high they have just as many problems as the rest of us. Some of them are really nice, and some of them are “not so nice” but a lot of people are that way. I have been fortunate enough to meet up with people like Bon Jovi, Olivia Newton John, Gerald Levert, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul and Rick Springfield. I have had dinner with Jeffrey Osborne, hung out with Lionel Hampton, Socialized with Eric Benet, and I have personally witnessed the “nice tattoo that Janet Jackson has on her rear end (smile). I don’t get impressed with them singing, even though there was one person whose voice actually got to me. Russel Thompkins, the lead vocalist for the Stylistics, effected me greatly when I heard his voice in the monitors. This was mostly because his voice sounded so different. It was weird to actually hear him sing but I got adjusted to it really quick. Now I don’t think it matters to me at all who I play for. My job is to make sure my bass notes come out right and it is important that I have fun playing the music. The money is great but for me it also has to be fun. When I watched Beyonce sing I was not star struck at all. In fact, I kept wondering why there were so many taped sequences going on. I watch concerts with a different kind of eye now. I look for things that most people don’t. Hopefully for me I will have even more opportunities to perform for more celebrities. It is fun and it is great for my resume. If you are unfamiliar with my resume, just go to WWW.Brettjolly.com. Thank you so much 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
I was performing down at the Hard Rock Cafe this past weekend. I am usually there most weekends. One time when I was there we had a guest celebrity jam in with us (That was Rick Springfield who did the song “Jesse’s girl”). Well, this particular time I was singing a Barry White song… (“Can’t get enough of your love”) and next thing I knew I was hearing background noises. I looked to my right and saw KC singing with me. I had not seen any pictures of him in a long while. His hair was darker (if that was his real hair) and he was a little bit heavier than what I remembered. Still, it was cool that he decided to come up on my song. When we finished I went into the bass line for “Do you wanna go party?” which was one of the songs he sang. He joined in with us and we did the entire tune. It was fun. KC and the Sunshine band were the headliners for the Hard Rock and they decided to join us after they were finished. At one point we had a “ton” of musicians (especially horn players) onstage with us. Their whole group came up (except for their bass player, who decided he just wanted to chill and let me play… I had a nice chat with him afterwards). It was a cool time and now I can add KC and the Sunshine band to my musical repertoire/ resume. For those of you who don’t know, He also had hit songs like “Get down tonight, Get lifted, Keep it coming love, That’s the way I like it, and I’m your boogie man. It was a fun evening, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing the experience with you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
KC is the one in the center playing percussion on this song. He is wearing black and hit the percussion with a stick. His singer Maria is the one to the left of him. You can see glimpses of me on the right in the back. Other members of the Sunshine band are with us onstage.
I really do love my car. It is a grey Nissan Cube (2014) and it has done well for me in my travels. Just recently my car went over the 100,000 mile mark. I should have suspected something was about to happen with it. Lo and behold, my transmission went out. I wasn’t sure of what was going wrong, so I immediately took it to a place nearby. They examined my car and got some oil for it and then charged me $40. As soon as I drove it off the lot the car was worse. It finally broke down for good about a block from my house. That day I had to do a “LOT” of walking. It felt like I had played 5 games of basketball (something I had not done in a very long time). I called AAA (it was a very good thing that I was a member) and I had the car towed into the service area. They called and informed me that it will cost me $4,300.00 to fix the transmission. At first I wasn’t sure of how I felt. 4 grand is a lot of money, but I need my car. People told me that I should have just bought a new car, but I like not having any car payment. Regardless, currently my car is still in the shop and I have a loaner from them that I am driving. I had gigs Wednesday night and Thursday and I have to play tonight, tomorrow and Sunday as well. I thought I took very good care of my car. I changed the oil regularly, so I was very surprised when this happened. Needless to say, I am glad that at least I had the money to pay for this car. However, it is quite an ugly feeling to have to deal with this. I am blessed that I didn’t have an accident on the highway while this happened. I will keep my spirits positive and keep looking forward. If you have ever had any transmission problems with your care I’m sure you can relate to how I feel right now. God is good, life is great, and I will continue on…. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Jill Scott in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
We had a really nice time last night, and of course, the talent that came through was fantastic. This gentleman’s name is Damon Keith Williams. He is very popular among the ladies and they love to hear him sing. He decided to do a Teddy Pendergrass song. I hope you enjoy the clip. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Chris Brown, R Kelly, Richard Dreyfus, Dustin Hoffman, Steven Seagal, Russel Simmons, Kevin Spacey, R. Kelly, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. This is only a “small” list of celebrities who at some point have been “accused” of sexual assault. These are men of power, and while everyone should be innocent until proven guilty, these men are also looked at as being powerful within their industry. How do you fight assault from men with power? From a woman’s standpoint it may be difficult. Women want to be viewed with equality, but some men view women as being weak and often submissive. If the men feel that they can take advantage, then most times they will. The “Metoo” movement has been instrumental in bringing out harassment and abuse, but the main issue is how far it can go. Bill Cosby is currently in jail, but what about everyone else? Most times it is not easy to prove sexual assault, and evidence should be important in every criminal case. Some say that we should just go on the word of the accusers, but would that be fair to the men? I do believe that “some” women out there might fabricate a story for her own personal reasons. If we relied on just testimony then a LOT of men would probably be in jail right now. So what needs to happen? First, I say that the scales should be equal. Women need to rise up to be more in power also. We need more women producers, more women in politics, and more music and move directors. Right now everything feels like a male dominated field and unfortunately that gives a lot of men the feeling of power. Oprah got there. Beyonce too. There is room for more, but first women have to reach for higher goals of attainment. Once the scales are balanced then women can work with other women. Women also have to begin realizing the power they have as well. The human race cannot survive without you. Women need to combine, unify and work together to change the structure of our environment. It can happen. Hopefully it will. 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 Kathy Sledge (Lead singer of Sister Sledge.. “We are family”)