Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Surviving this past weekend)

As a musician I often have to pull some incredible hours. Some of the gigs I have to do can be extremely strenuous. This past weekend was a prime example. Of course, I had to do a regular gig on Friday in Penn’s Grove, PA. That was not an problem at all.  Penn’s Grove is less than an hour from me and the time slot for it wasn’t bad at all. However, on Saturday I had to play for the Mid Atlantic Emmy Awards. I have done this event for years, and normally it is held in Philadelphia, but this year they decided to have it in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh is about a 4 and a half hour drive from my house. The gig itself was great, but the main problem was that I had to play at church on Sunday morning starting at 7:30 am. This means that after the Saturday night gig was over (around 12 midnight) I needed to drive back to Philadelphia and play for 2 services at church with “no” sleep whatsoever. The good thing about this was that I had my mind set on it. I also made preparations to deal with it all. In between everything I made sure to rest up as much as I could. No walking around, no excess standing around and no listening to complaints about anything. Everyone else was worried about me driving home late Saturday night. I was actually fine with that. My biggest obstacle came when playing for church (and driving to it). However, I managed to do everything and when it was all finally over I came home, hit the bed and shut my eyes. I woke up on some occasions but I went right back to bed. Today I feel great. Whenever you feel you are about to encounter a stressful time please make sure to plan your rest between your obligations. It makes a huge difference in your outcome. 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 performing in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

KC and Brett

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( “I wrote, arranged, played all instruments and produced the video for this song”)

I love to write music for anyone. I also love to take pictures as well as do video. This lady’s name is Masha T, and I wrote this song for her to sing. I also recorded it and did the video for it. The song is entitled “Through and Through” and I hope you can check it out. 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’s Wednesday night event)

At our Wednesday night open mic event we usually have different people come through, and last night was no exception. This young lady’s name is Sinclair (I hope I got that right). She said that this was the very first time she had ever sung with a live band. Previously she had been singing at karaoke events to taped music. It took her a moment to get comfortable (and she even had a momentary lapse performing) but I think she did a good job. We always try to cater to singers who are first timers. It is not easy to get up in front of an audience  and have a perfect presentation. If you are ever in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area on a Wednesday night I hope you come by to check us out at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA between 8:00 and 12 midnight. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought and I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (When it’s no longer about them, but all about “you”)

People often get irritated and stressed out by other people. It could be over anything big or small, but often resentment builds within you and most times anger forms. While these people may have caused you much distress it is important to know when to forget all about them. How can you forget people who have purposely set out to ruin your life? Easily. When people have the power to push your buttons and control your emotions they won’t hesitate to do so. How much power they will have over you depends heavily on you. For instance, people at your job could aggravate the fool out of you. However, when you get home, those people are no longer with you. Your “thoughts” about what they did are now victimizing you. The more you think about it and dwell upon it, the more it is no longer about them, but rather “you.” You see, “you” are the one who is now abusing yourself. Every time you “think” about these people you are essentially causing your “own stress.” Continued stress can have a devastating effect on your health. You may not be able to control what others try to do to you, but you do have control over what you do to yourself.  It is extremely important to know when to “let go.” In other words, you need to ignore those people when you are in your own place of solitude. Continuing to think about them only hurts you more, and you don’t need to give them that type of power. When you get out of that environment, think of “happy things” instead. When you do, you leave all that other stress behind, and your life should benefit as a result. Try it one day, and see for yourself. You might be very glad that you did. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Jean Knight (Mr. Big Stuff” in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Being a “lifer” in prison)

I grew up with a friend of mine, but we parted ways when we both reached teen hood. For the sake of this story I am simply going to call him “Bo.” Bo was fairly intelligent, and he also had musical talent. However, he also fell in with the wrong crowd and eventually got hooked on drugs. At one point he was told that he would either end up in prison or dead. He cried because he knew he had a major problem. One day he went to see a dealer about buying some drugs and the whole transaction went wrong. An altercation erupted and Bo ended up killing his dealer. He was sentenced to time in prison. After he  was placed in jail he got into another altercation with another inmate. Bo ended up killing him as well. Bo is now a “lifer” with absolutely “no chance” of ever getting out. I have tried to reach out to  him. I tried mailing him, but never got a response back from him. I was told that unless his prison number is on the letter chances are he will never receive  it. I will try again. I would like to tell him that no matter what he did I still love him. I also would love to tell his story through song if he is interested. I heard that Bo now has cancer. His life is such a tragic one. While I can’t excuse what he did, I still care about him. His mother died, and he will not be allowed to attend the funeral. This is why it is important to know a lifer’s story. I hope that I will be able to get it. If I do I promise to post it here as well. Yes, Bo is responsible for the things he did, and he doesn’t have anyone else other than himself to blame. I don’t believe in giving up on ‘anyone.’ If you know someone who is a lifer in jail I hope that you realize that he or she needs compassion as well. We all make mistakes. Thank you for checking out my story of Bo and thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The Emotions in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Moving on despite adverse circumstances)

It is tough getting older. Things happen that you wish would never happen. You encounter tragedy,  you encounter pain and you encounter change. Recently I talked to several people who had to deal with changes in their lives. The change was not pleasant for any of them. One of them had just lost his mother, and it is tough to keep him from unraveling. Another had just lost a job after working at a particular place for 18 years. She lost her job after having some small health issues. It didn’t seem fair. Another one had a stroke and he is learning how to do just about everything all over again. As you go through life “change is inevitable.” How you deal with change will determine how well you can survive. Stress can effect us all (If we allow it to). When things in your life seem to fall apart it is equivalent to being inside a burning house. It is difficult to make a sound decision while chaos is happening all around you. If are young enough, you need to prepare yourself for when tragedy strikes. You already should know that some things you will not be able to do forever. Every person who I have talked to seems to be a little dismayed at all the things that are happening to them right now. If you live long enough no one is immune. Things should get better with these people in time, but right now it is difficult to accept the facts. Your trust in God is extremely important. Your trust in yourself is next. You can make it but you need to believe. Life is not always fair. The way you deal with life’s unfair moments will give you a better realization when it comes to your own quality of life. Pick up the pieces of your life that you have left and prepare to move on. Life is short. Make the most of it while you still can…. 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



Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( I love this tune)

I actually had not heard this song in a long while. The only reason I became fascinated with it again is because someone came up to my Wednesday night event and sang it. On the way home I listened to it in my car and thought this was a really great tune. You may not be familiar  with this song or the artist, but I invite you to Gooogle him and his music. 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)

Special nights often happen at our Wednesday night events, and last night was truly one of them. We had another packed house, and the ambience was a magical one. We had great talent, great people and a lovable atmosphere. I could probably say a lot more but in order to get the full grasp of it you needed to be there. Keni Jackson, a phenomenal performer and musician came in an blessed us with this vintage Stevie Wonder classic. If you are ever in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area on a Wednesday night I hope you come by to see us at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8:00 pm to 12 midnight. It is a fun night for all. 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 (Suicidal Thoughts)

Have you ever encountered people whose life is so stressed that they actually contemplated killing themselves? I have on several occasions. With each time I tell them the main objective should just be to make it through this day and go to bed early. There is a reason for this. Sometimes after a really bad day cooler heads can prevail.  Yes, things might seem bad today, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will feel this bad tomorrow. Also, by tomorrow your perspective on your problems could change, thus enabling you to view them differently. Lots of people deal with stress so bad that they ‘consider’ suicide. You may have thought about it once or twice  yourself. Normally when things go bad every negative thing seems to pile up on you at once. It is very difficult to make sense of anything when you are right in the middle of it all. I just recently saw a video of an ex-serviceman whose life was so bad that he claimed he was going to kill himself. He said this to Bernie Sanders. Here is the article/clip.

The first thing is that most people who suffer from a bad existence don’t realize that there are others out there who would gladly trade places with them. Some people cannot walk. Some people don’t have a home. Some people cannot even speak. If you are able to move, talk, or express yourself in any form then there is ‘hope.’ You may not be able to see it now. There are many success stories of people who once considered taking their lives. We all can learn from them. Everyone experiences the good along with the bad. While we all prefer the good times we need to feel secure enough to survive the bad as well. Keep your composure. It won’t always be like this. If possible, seek out someone who can help you. Political people want to show that you can trust in them, and it will make them look favorable in the eyes of the public if they accomplish this. There is nothing wrong in seeking help. Sometimes we all need it. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Olive Newton John, Brett Jolly and musical director Amy Skyy

Olivia Newton John and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Eddie Money).

Edward Joseph Mahoney (March 21, 1949 to September 13, 2020), known professionally as Eddie Money, was an American rock singer  and songwriter who had his greatest successes starting in the 1970’s. Some of his hit songs were “Shakin’, Take me home tonight,  I wanna go back, Baby Hold on, and Two tickets to Paradise.” He recently passed on. Years ago I actually performed for him onstage. The experience was unique in it’s own way.  It was great to perform onstage with him, and he was the nicest guy and very humble. He even said hello to my daughter on the phone. However, when it came time for the show he was ‘drunk.’ He managed to do the show, but it was my first time ever dealing with a big time performer who was inebriated (However, it wasn’t my last). When artists are drunk you try to appease them and play the show right. I know I did my part, but I have to admit I was a little disappointed in him. “Baby, hold on to me” was an easy song for me to play. For most of the song I had a 2 note bass guitar pattern, so there was very little chance of me messing that up. The people in the audience didn’t know that he was drunk, and I am glad of that. For the record, I don’t drink or get high. I never have. When it comes to doing gigs, I want to be in full control of my actions and I want my parts to make sense. It is never any fun playing for drunk lead artists. They never seem to know what they want, and their head is never truly into the music. The good thing about this situation is that the gig came off as being great to those in attendance, and I got to add Eddie Money as part of my resume. My condolences go out to  him and his family. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.