Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (An “educated voter”)

I hear people say that the most important  thing in elections is to simply “get out and vote.” While I agree that this is extremely important, I think it is even more important to “know what you are voting for.” Many people go into a voting booth unaware of the platforms of the candidates listed, so they end up picking the ones whose names “sound the best.” If we are going to make significant changes in our society, then we need to know how certain candidates stand on certain issues. An “educated voter” wields a lot of power, because he or she knows what a candidate can do. Many candidates promise to bring about change, but how many of them really have the power to make it happen? As an educated voter, you can make your own determination based on what you already know. For instance, there was a Democratic debate on television last night. Did any of you actually watch it? Did any of you learn from what the candidates had to say? I personally do not care who you support. I do care that you know enough of the people running to make a sound decision. I want to help educate voters so that they know “what they are getting.” I am sharing this interview of Bernie Sanders, but not because I necessarily want you to vote for him. Here is the interview.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/07/30/sanders-i-wrote-the-damn-bill-on-medicare-for-all/23783008/

You can make your own decision. However, I “do” want you to get to know what he thinks and how he feels, particularly when it comes to certain major issues. I feel the same for all the pertinent candidates. Hopefully this interview will be helpful in you learning more. That is what an “educated voter” will do. If I can find helpful interviews on other candidates I will gladly share them as well. Your voice in politics is reflected by who you vote for. If you don’t know who or what you are voting for then your voice is essentially “silent and useless.” Speak loud with your choice. I repeat: This video is NOT designed to influence you to go vote for Bernie Sanders. This is simply about getting to know more about candidates. As I find more things about others I will gladly post. All elections are important, but the consequences of this one can have a lasting effect on you. Please be knowledgeable. Your well being may depend on it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer/actor Tyrese singing with Brett Jolly playing bass behind his right shoulder

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (This I simply cannot believe)

Kids are playing a game of dodgeball. One 10 year old kid hits the other with the ball (like kids are supposed to do). The child who gets hit sustained injuries and after a certain amount of time the child who threw the ball is charged with a crime. I had to read this story over again to try to make some sense out of it, because on the surface  I can’t see the logic. For those of you who have not heard this story, here it is:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/07/30/10-year-old-boy-charged-with-assault-after-dodgeball-injury-our-kids-are-racially-targeted/23782379/

Now I do see where some people are claiming that this was a “racial” target. When you add race into the matter it makes the incident appear to be more serious. I would not want to label it a racist issue until more proof is submitted to substantiate this claim. However, if a child is easily susceptible to head injuries then I don’t believe that child should be playing “any” sport. If this is not reported to the school then it should not be the fault of the institution or the child who threw the ball. When you arrest a 10 year old boy that could have a lasting impact on his life. I am sorry that the other child got hurt, but he “should NOT” have been involved in the first place. I hope to hear more about this case as it goes on. Kids will be kids. If your child has a special condition that causes him or her to get hurt often then as a parent you need to “Make Sure” that your child does not engage in any activities that could cause harm. If you allow your child to continue to play these games then as a parent YOU are the one who is negligent in watching over your child, and if it is necessary then YOU should be the one to go to jail. Maybe there are other circumstances that I don’t know of, but if this is the extent of what happened then I don’t think charges should have been brought. This story is crazy to me. 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 issue with politics)

I recognize that politics is important in our lives. We all need people to represent us in office. We are asked to vote for certain people we believe in. Hopefully through political elections we can find the right people to fix our issues. Lately I have been finding that politics has appeared to be too “political.”  If that doesn’t make sense, I am simply stating that instead of leaders representing the desires of the people who elected them they are more inclined to represent the desires of the “party” they belong to. For instance, is it me or is there a reason why Republicans and Democrats seem to disagree so much? From what I have been reading it seems that the differences between both groups is so significant that no seems to want to take the needs of the people into consideration.  These people will shut down the government to support the needs of their parties. Does it matter what party a candidate belongs to? If he or she is supposed to represent us then why do they even need to belong to a party? I have been reading a lot of negative stories of accusations and finger pointing between political adversaries. I often shake my head and wonder if all of this is really “necessary.” I also wonder how things would be if there were “no” parties to deal with. In other words, how would it be if a single candidate took in issues of “both” parties and the people who elect them? Is that even possible? Suppose a candidate was not a Republican nor Democrat? Would you want to consider electing him or her? Right now all of this fighting makes me feel like a forgotten man. These people are so involved with criticizing each other that no one seems to care about what “the people” want. I also realize that money seems to be a determining factor. Both parties have the funds necessary to promote the candidates, but is choosing the right one only about the money behind them? For me? No. I want a candidate who “isn’t afraid” to go against Republicans and Democrats alike. It seems like the days of a John McCain are long gone. If your focus is simply with Republican or Democrat then for you I’m sure things can stay the way they are. I would love to elect someone who will “think outside of the box.” Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Aretha Franklin with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The importance of promotion)

Promotion is a very key element to everything. Just about everything you own and everything you do has been enhanced through promotion. If you have not heard about something through either advertisement or word of mouth, then chances are you probably don’t even know about the product. How does promotion benefit you? First, “your promotion” lets people know your status. If helps you get better benefits, more opportunities and power. For instance, I am a professional musician.  If people didn’t know about me, I would not get any gigs and I would then hardly make any money. The more people can see what I do, the better my chances are of getting hired for more gigs.  If you are a fireman, there are certain people who would love to know your input as to the safety of their home. If you are a police person, people will ask you about the law. Promotion makes a difference. How can you enhance your promotion? That mostly depends on what you do. I always tell artists that a great singer performing in the middle of the woods means nothing unless the people “know” that he or she is performing in the middle of the woods. You can’t support something that you know nothing about.  You need to increase your own value through your promotion. That doesn’t mean that you have to take out television advertisements on yourself. Promotion can be done through word of mouth. It is simply “getting the word out.” You can do a whole lot more for yourself through “promotion”  but you want to utilize it appropriately. Let people know about all the things that you can do, and maximize your services. In the end it should make a difference.Promotion is used elections, sales, and everyday life. Think about what promotion has already done for you and then do more of it. You deserve it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

KC and the Sunshine band with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Song from last night)

These guys are an exceptional group of singers and they call themselves the Morrow Brothers. They do a variety of styles of songs and it was our pleasure to have them with us last night. We had a “packed house” last night and we also took a lot of requests for songs. It was truly a magical night. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday night I hope you can come check us out at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8: to 12 midnight. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Robert Mueller’s testimony today)

Today is the day that we hear from Robert Mueller, the prosecutor who will address his special report on the findings of Russian collusion in our Presidential election. How important are his findings? I think it all depends. If he adheres to his report (and all intentions so far seem to favor that he will) then he will not be the one to implicate President Donald Trump on the theory of collusion. Would that mean that there was “no” collusion as the President has said? Not necessarily.  While there is strong evidence of Russian meddling it does not confirm that the President orchestrated it or even engaged in it, but there was “no denial” that it existed either. The fact that the meddling was done to “benefit” Trump should be troubling enough for us all. If anyone would like to check out Mueller’s testimony, here is a link:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/07/24/live-coverage-robert-mueller-testifies-publicly-for-the-first-time/23776554/

While this report was originally handed to William Barr there seemed to be a strong conflict of interest. Barr is the new Attorney General “hired” by Trump, so of course his allegiance would be “tainted.” It was claimed that he originally misrepresented the findings of the investigation and misled the public on his own version of the report. At least with Mueller’s testimony today American’s can get his own “personal assessment” of what he uncovered. This is very important. At this stage of the Presidency I am not sure what should be done if any wrongdoing was inferred upon the President. Impeaching him would be an option but that might lead to a big void in our Presidential operations and it probably wouldn’t happen anyway because with the views of certain Republicans there would not be enough votes to  carry this out. For me, collusion is not the real issue. Eliminating food stamps for 3 million people is an issue. Separating migrant families from their children while incarcerating them in unhealthy environments is an issue. Stopping immigration from the countries “he chooses”  is an issue. “Igniting racism” is an issue. “Disrespecting veterans, minorities and women” is an issue. “Shutting down the government to build an ineffective wall at the Southern Border” is an issue. This year is 2019. In 2020 there will be yet “another election” to determine who and what we are.  That might be the most opportune time to “make a statement.” Hopefully this time it can be done without “Russian influence.” If you are a Trump supporter nothing I can say today will change your mind. However, if you want a truly fair election, then we all need to take the necessary steps to ensure that. Apathy is “not” an option. We should be the ones to determine our own future. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish  you the very best that life has to offer.

Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (One of my favorite songs)

I don’t know where this artist is today, but the woman who sang this tune had the sweetest voice. This song was a huge hit when it came out. I think she had a couple of really nice tunes and then faded from the public. I had heard that she went into Gospel after this, but I honestly don’t know for sure. However, this entire album was “great” and it will always be one of my all time favorites. I hope you enjoy it as well. The artist’s name is Denice Williams (Otherwise known as Neicey) and the name of this particular song is “Free.” 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 (Stressed out? Some things you might consider)

What does it mean to “take a load off?” Essentially, it means to make your life more calm and stress-free. Some people stress themselves out without even knowing what they are doing. Maybe you are one of them. For example, how do you drive when you believe you are late for something? Do you find yourself constantly looking at your watch to see if you will arrive on time? If so, why? Looking at your watch won’t get you there any quicker. It will only succeed in stressing you out more each moment you check the time. What about “potential problems?” Do you always consider all the wrong things that could “possibly” go wrong? If you do, then you are constantly stressing yourself out, and probably over “something that hasn’t even happened.” If nothing bad happens at all, then you will have stressed yourself out for “nothing.” When other people call you or come up to you to talk about their problems, do you give them a lot of time? Listening to someone else’s problems will only add more stress to your own life. You can’t help them and they probably won’t listen to you trying to solve their problems anyway. You can take stress away by  giving them a very “small” limited amount of time and then once you are done talking you need to “forget everything” you just talked about. That way you won’t stress yourself out over what other people feel. Has someone ever taken advantage of you? Have they done bad things to you? If they have and you are now separated away from that person, then the more you keep “thinking” about the bad things that happened the more you are “stressing yourself out.” Think about it. If that person is no longer around then what benefits do you get from thinking about all the bad times? If you are feeling bad now then you can no longer blame them (because they are no longer here). The problem with a lot of people is that they can’t even identify what they are doing to stress themselves out. Yes, things happen, but stress only effects you when you allow it to. Your car is damaged and now you are wondering how much money it is going to cost. Until you know for sure what is wrong with the car, then all you are doing is stressing yourself out over it. You might want to check out your own lifestyle to see what you are doing that is causing so much pressure. Once you isolate it, then you can take the necessary means to “correct it,” You might be surprised at how much you can enhance the quality of your own life by taking away the stress. By the way, stress left “unchecked” will only build up inside of you, and will probably release at a bad moment. Alleviate it all, and enjoy your life. You deserve the peace…. 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 singer Ledisi

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (The legend of the Philadelphia Parking Authority)

Try to imagine a place where the people employed there have no empathy at all for your situation. Imagine a place where you are determined guilty “until you can prove you are innocent.” Imagine a place where hatred is rampant. If you can ever imagine a place like this, then your description should resemble the Philadelphia Parking Authority. This place is truly God forsaken. They only care about extorting money from you and  you will never receive a “fair trial” there.  Let me tell you my story. One day in January I had to drop my son off at a bus stop in Philadelphia. My son is autistic so I needed to pull up to the bus stop to let him out. While I pulled up there, an unmarked car pulled up behind me. I had no idea why an unmarked car pulled up behind me but as soon as my son got out I left. Days later I received a ticket in the mail for “prohibited stopping.” I went to the parking authority to discuss my court case. Amazingly, the people there sided automatically with the person who issued the ticket. They don’t even require any proof of anything. I wasn’t having any of that. It was “gutless” for the unmarked car to pull up to me and write a ticket without even getting out of the car to ask me anything.  I told the lady that there was a sign there that enabled “busses, bikes and cars making right turns (which I made after dropping my son off)” to go into the running lanes there. She said that I should not have stopped there. I then told her that as long as there is a red light there “EVERYONE” has to stop there (otherwise they would be running a red light). For buses to pick up people at the bus stop they have to wait there for passengers to board. People making right turns have to stop “legally” at the light. I then told her that I respect the law but my son’s safety was far more important to me, so I needed to let him off safely. I also told her that I “absolutely HATED this place.” I told her I hated the place and I hated the people who work there. I even told her that I hated her. For some reason she actually understood that. She told me to take a picture of the sign and I would receive another notice in the mail for another court date. I aim to do exactly that. If you ever get a violation notice from the Philadelphia Parking Authority, please keep in mind that this place “has absolutely NO RESPECT” for you or your circumstances (no matter what the are). They are only interested in extorting money from you. I witnessed 2 instances where people were yelling and screaming because they felt they were being treated unfairly by the authority. I truly believe they “were RIGHT!” Some may think that I am biased writing about this. That is not true. I have dealt with the authority before, and they all appear to be “demons from Hell;” That is the best compliment I can give them. When my other case comes I will let you know the outcome. If you decided to park anyplace downtown please be careful. The Philadelphia Parking Authority are not like regular police officers. They have their own agendas and they love to stalk you and prey on unknowing victims.  If there is anyone from the Parking Authority reading this and feels offended well that is just too bad. I stand by my assessment and I’m sure many other agree. Thank you for reading my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis (from the fifth Dimension) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Song from last night)

It rained hard last night, so we didn’t have our usually “fully packed house” at the Crab Tavern. However, we still had a lot of people that came out to join us. As usual, we had newcomers join us for the very first time. Judy (I think that is her name) came from Maryland to join us ( about an hour away) and this was her first time ever singing with a live band. Before she was doing Karaoke  (singing to recorded tracks) and she wanted to see how it would work out with us. As usual we had a lot of fun and she seemed to like our environment. Fun is what we are all about.  I hope you enjoy the clip of her singing. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.