Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (How I dealt with a “crazy weekend” of playing)

I realize that I am older now. I have already had a stroke (2 years ago) and I never want to go through that experience again. I am still playing music, a “lot” of it in fact, but now I need to be more careful with my health. Saturday and Sunday were crazy days for me, but the main thing is I survived it all. Saturday night I had to play down in Atlantic City with a group. It started at 10 pm and went to 2 am. ¬†Atlantic City is about an hour and 15 minutes from my home. After I finished I had to come home and be ready to play for church at 7:30 am Sunday. I play 2 services for church each Sunday, so I took my red eyed self in early in the morning and played for services there. Right “after church” I had to go “back” to Atlantic City to play for another group at another location. Needless to say I was “wiped out.” I probably shouldn’t have taken on this responsibility but the main thing is that I managed to make it work. I did discover a new way of handling this situation, and I think it may have benefitted me. There was no way I was going to get any real rest between the hours of my gigs, so most of the day on Saturday I tried to sleep as much as I could “before” traveling off to AC. I was still “extremely tired” through everything but I think the extra rest made it a little easier to deal with. Normally I would fall asleep in church but I managed to stay awake through most of it. As for the gigs, I had to play “many” songs that I have never played before (and several I never even heard before) but now I am at a stage where I am used to doing that. Having perfect pitch helps me tremendously, and it is fairly simple for me to hear a song and figure out how to play it “on the fly.” With the exception of church, none of the groups I played with were regulars for me. They loved how I filled in, and that is what matters most. Now that I am older I must take care of my body more, so rest is “essential.” I probably drove back home at a very slow pace, but at least I made it and I am alive now. Yes, life is different now, so I need to do extra things to get through. I hope you don’t mind, but I just wanted to share my experience with you today. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Dionne Warwick and the O’Jays in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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