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.
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
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.
If you looked in a full length mirror, what would you see? If you saw things about yourself in a full length mirror that you didn’t like, what would you change? If you wanted to change certain aspects of yourself, what would you do? Your life is yours, and the answers to these questions may not be as easy as you think. We all are a product of our upbringing, our environment and our relationships with other people. When you add in the fact that we also take in traits from our ancestry it shows we all have a great deal of diversity. That is not a bad issue at all, but diversity means that we all are different in different ways. The good news is that we can make alterations to ourselves if we choose to. Sometimes we are so engrained in our way of living that we cannot recognize anything that we need to change. Are you happy where you are in your life? If the answer is “no” then what do you think you need to do about it? Of course, no individual person is perfect, but this is not about achieving perfection. If your goal is to be happy then maybe you need to change your quality of life. Since everyone’s life is different there is no direct way to do this. What you accomplish depends on you. The main objective for many is to become aware. What do you want to accomplish in your life right now? If you know the answer, then why haven’t you accomplished it yet? Life is not guaranteed for any of us, so what you put off today could be terminated tomorrow by fate.The quality that you get out of life depends on what you invest into life. Look within yourself and find the person that you want to be. Then find the way to become him or her. You have the power to make change, but that is only if you want to. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Singer Regina Belle and Brett Jolly
For me, part of being a professional musician is in being prepared to do every type of gig. Normally on Thursdays I am home resting up, but yesterday I got called to do a gig in New York City. New York is over 2 hours away, and this city is highly congested. The band that I played for needed a bass guitar player to come in without rehearsal and play all the songs. I did exactly that. For those of you who have never been to New York city before, it is always an adventure for me. I “never” go there without any money. You have to pay tolls just to get in (in fact, it can be up to 30 dollars). Traffic is horrible. To park in New York (which is darn near impossible to do on the street) can cost you up to 50 dollars to park in a lot. The toughest part for me was to find a place where I could simply unload my car. Then it appears the entire city is under “high security.” They check your license while often bringing out dogs to sniff your car for any bombs. This place changes your mentality just as soon as you enter it. I performed with this group on the 37th floor of some building and it had a great view of the New York City skyline. By the way, the gig went great. I enjoy doing the gigs to complete satisfaction, getting paid and going home. Even though this band was well set with their own people, they asked me to sing the last 3 numbers. It was a great gig for a Thursday night. I even got back home at a reasonable hour. I play a lot. I can’t remember every gig that I have done, so chances are I will eventually forget this one as well. It was just fun to do, and I hope you don’t mind me sharing with you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Stylistics in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar
I hav no idea who this young lady is, but she came to us last night and did a really great job singing this tune. At our Wednesday night event we attempt to play anything and everything (and most times we do). If you are ever in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area on a Wednesday night I hope you take the opportunity to come see us. We are at the Crab Tavern, 201 north Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8:00 to 12 midnight. Admission is free. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
For those who lived through it, the anniversary of 911 (today, September 11) brings a feeling of vulnerability. The United States was victimized by a terroristic act that managed to destroy the heart of downtown New York and take many lives. The devastation wasn’t just felt there. People died in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon as well. We were caught with our guard down. Time has changed a lot since then. We went to fight a war in Iraq (even though Osama bin Ladin, the mastermind behind the attack, was living in Pakistan). Eventually bin Ladin was killed in a raid of his home. That still didn’t do much to erase the vulnerability of attack in our minds but it did bring about a sense of closure. I remember that morning I was working but I heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the world trade center in New York. I thought that was odd, but it wasn’t until I heard about a “second” plane crashing into it that I realized we were under attack. All of us watched on television as you could see the buildings wobbling and finally disintegrating. Small items could be seen on television falling from the buildings before they collapsed. It wasn’t until later that I found out those items were people falling to their deaths. A sad part of this for me was that I had a friend who personally died in that tragedy, and I distinctly remember talking to him about it before then. His name was Calvin Bowser, and we both attended Kutztown College together. One day before this tragedy I saw him at church, and I remember asking him how it felt to work at the number one terrorist target in the world. Calvin was commuting to the trade center from Philadelphia each day. He responded by saying that he had to make a living for his wife and kids. He couldn’t be worried about terrorism. He mentioned that this could happen anywhere. He wasn’t concerned about it. After I saw his picture in the newspaper I felt so sad. It is one thing to hear about it. It is another to experience personal tragedy from it. The event of 911 changed a lot of minds. We need to forget, but we need to remember as well. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Al Sharpton and Dick Gregory with Brett Jolly in the background