Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Fact checking Trump’s 2020 Campaign speech)

For the record, I am not doing “my own personal fact check” on what President Trump is saying. I don’t want to invoke any personal bias into this story. However, I am simply reporting what someone else is saying about what they consider to be the truth. I have no personal bias against the President. I actually “want” him to do good things and will gladly acknowledge it when he does. Here is a fact check article and you can make your own determination as to what you feel:

I am a big advocate of “the truth” when it comes to most things. I am not saying that Trump is lying (but clearly someone is lying in this case). When it comes to elections, people need to know the real facts. Those that are already committed to Trump will not change their vote. I am not trying to alter that at all. However, the real facts are important to me. I hope you get the chance to check out “what someone ELSE is saying regarding President Trump” and make your own determination. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Ledisi and Brett Jolly prior to a concert


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (How forgiving are you?)

People make mistakes. In fact, “everyone” makes mistakes. Some are far more worse than others. When someone makes a bad mistake involving you, how quick are you to forgive them? Does this person have to “work hard” to “earn” your forgiveness this time or do you grant second chances freely? Some people will never learn. You might be one of them. Would you trust yourself if given another chance? For instance, there are many people currently incarcerated in the prison systems. Many have committed crimes that are too unfathomable for most people, yet as we grow “most of us change.” Would you trust someone who has been to prison before? I always try to read people from the beginning. I don’t always go by what they say. I often go by what they “don’t say, and how they don’t say it.” Sometimes omission tells a bigger picture than admission. There are many con artists, scammers and tricksters out there. Some are on a small scale, but some are on a much larger scale. On this earth, we “all” have to trust somebody at some point in our lives. What is your limit? What makes someone unworthy of trust? I am a big believer in some people. I will give the benefit of the doubt until you do something that raises the “red flag.” Your history tells a lot about you. Your demeanor also says a lot. Your interaction also plays a role. The best way to determine how much trust you have in someone is to “pay close attention.” When people reveal who they truly are, “believe them.”  Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Frankie Beverly in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The debate over perfect pitch)

I had a lot of gigs over this past weekend. For one of those gigs, I had to play for a band that had it’s own “original music.” This means that I had to learn songs that no one else outside of them knew. Having perfect pitch helped me out significantly. I had no time to virtually sit down with my instrument and try to decipher each note. I was busy playing this whole entire weekend, so the best I could do was to listen to the CD of the songs in my car while I was driving and learn the songs as I traveled by using my perfect pitch. It “worked.” I played all the songs for the gig and everything turned out well. The guys in the band wanted to talk to me about having perfect pitch, so we addressed it. One of the guys in the band said that perfect pitch is something that most people discover at an early age (He believed it was God given at birth). Another said that he believed people could actually learn to have perfect pitch over time. I simply said that I believed both of those statements could be true. I learned about my perfect pitch when my parents brought a piano home (I was 4 years old at the time) and the very next day I was playing this song “Stand By Me” by Ben. E. King on it. Over the years I was able to do a lot of things with my perfect pitch. “EVERY Sound has some sort of note characteristic to it (some are more pronounced than others). If someone falls and hits his head I can tell you what note that is. Please keep in mind that I believe there are different versions of perfect pitch. Some people have it but in different stages and degrees. I know of several people that actually have it but still can’t play every song for some reason. My focus is to play every song that I have heard. If I have not heard the song before, I will “still” play that song. In other words, I will attempt to “play EVERYTHING.” When I was younger I believed that everyone had perfect pitch. I was surprised to find out that this wasn’t true. Yes, I now know that this is a God given gift. I also feel that people can develop perfect pitch over time (especially if they have relative pitch, which means they can hear one or several notes really well). On average I probably play about 6 to 10 new songs each week that I have never played before (and some I have never heard). At this point my musical ear is “very developed” for picking up music on the spot. This is what perfect pitch does for me. I hope to continue using it to improve my musicianship. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singers Betty Wright, Vivienne Green, and Jaguar Wright in concert with Brett Jolly on bas guitar



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Photo shoot with Brittni)

Brittni is a makeup designer. She has a very successful company. When she told me this I asked her to model her own makeup with a photo shoot. She agreed, and even though we only had a small amount of time to shoot the pictures came out great. If anyone needs a makeup artist (from around the Philadelphia- Delaware area) please check out her pictures and consider her. 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 (Song taken from last night at our Wednesday night event)

As usual, we had a LOT of fun last night. We had so many people that we couldn’t take a break and we played every request asked of us. It was super fun at the Crab Tavern last night (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, Pennsylvania, from 8 to 12 midnight. This segment is an instrumental tune featuring our saxophonist, Benny Barksdale. We hope you like the clip. 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 (What is love?)

Everyone has a need for this, but some people can’t recognize what this is. Some people actually  “think” they have this. Some people are extremely mislead by what they believe this is. What is this? This is “love.” Many people have their own definitions for what they believe love is but they might only be experiencing infatuation. For example, if you ask some young people what they would like when they get older, a lot of them will say they want to “get married.” While that is admirable, you would think that the real answer should be “to get married to the right person.” There is a difference. Anyone can find a person to build a relationship with, but how many can find the right person for them? “No one” is perfect. Everyone has flaws, including you and me. Does that mean that you might have to “settle” somewhat when it comes to relationships? “Absolutely.” If you are in a relationship, you should always remember that (if it lasts long enough) the person you “start out with” will not be the person you “end up with.” For example, if you like a guy with a lot of muscles chances all those muscles will most likely be gone after a certain age. If you like a woman because of her cute figure that could change as well. People get wrinkled, people lose hair, people get sick, people get fat and all kinds of other things as we all go through life. Would you still want to be with that person after all of this happens? If the answer is “yes” then you just might very well “be in love.” They say that true love is “internal” which means that you love the “inner” person. If the outside structure changes then you are left with the inner personality. Love shouldn’t be based on just money, status or power. Those things might only be temporary. They say that when you start a relationship with someone imagine them being broke or ugly (because one day that could very well happen). Would you still want to stay with him or her? Love can be majorly confusing. You might find yourself wondering why you even chose to love a person (this happens a lot more than you think). I don’t think there is a simple answer for that. “True love is what you feel.” Is it possible to be with the right person and yet still love someone else? Yes, but that doesn’t mean that you should abandon the one you are with. For the sake of love, treat others the way you would want them to treat you. That might make the biggest difference in your relationship. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Vintage picture of Brett Jolly with actress Holly Robinson-Peete


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The day when we “turn into” our parents)

Remember when you were a little child? Do you remember your parents telling you “not” to do something that you really wanted to do? You couldn’t wander off. You couldn’t question your parents. You couldn’t disobey them. NOW “you” are an adult, and now you have kids. Guess what? You are telling your own children how to behave and embracing the very same values that your parents had. My memories of my childhood are fairly vivid. I remember testing my father on certain things. I remember smart mouthing my mother from time to time. I didn’t see what they saw back then, but NOW I do. Our values are time related to our lives. As a young boy I remembered saying to myself that when I get to be an adult I would handle things “this way” instead of that way. So far I can honestly say that I have done exactly that. I learned a lot from my parents and I think that helped me out a great deal growing up. One of the most important lessons I learned is that when young kids grow older they have to be allowed to make some of the “same mistakes you made” when growing up. You can’t continue to act like a controlling parent for the full duration of your kid’s lives. My kids are all grown now, and I have never had any significant problems with them breaking the law or being in any kind of trouble. I also realized that at a certain point of their lives I had to stop being a controlling father and act more like an adviser should they feel they need it. I don’t dictate and I don’t try to control. I think it has made a tremendous difference in my relationships with my children. I feel they all love me and most important is that they “respect me as well.” I don’t know how you are with your kids, but if they are staying out of trouble while still loving and respecting you then chances are you are doing excellent as a parent.  I know I am blessed because I had both my mother and my father in my life. Not all kids have “both” of their parents through childhood. Even if you are a single parent, you can “still” make a world of stability in your child’s life. Your child needs you, and at some point you need to let your child go (even though you make sure that they can always come back to you whenever they need to). Respect their lives, and at some point I truly believe they will respect yours. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer

Vintage picture of Brett Jolly with Verdine White, of Earth Wind and Fire