Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Another neat find from Prince)

Prince was such a great artist, and he had musical gems that a lot of people never discovered. Every once in a while I like to venture through his archives and find something that I never heard before. This is one of those tunes. Prince may be gone but I don’t think he will ever be forgotten.  This shows his genius. I hope you enjoy. 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 (A take on Sisqo from Dru Hill)

I once played for Sisqo and Dru Hill. They were a great vocal group. I also caught a little bit of Sisqo’s (the lead singer) demeanor during that time.  At one point Sisqo seemed to be on everyone’s recording. He was extremely popular and then all of a sudden he disappeared from the music scene. Obviously something happened. While this video touches on his career I don’t think it tells the entire story. You can check it out and make your own determination. Whatever happened to him? Here is the story. 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 (Hacks that can help get you through the coldest of times)

When I first heard the title of this I was interested immediately. I don’t know how cold it can get in your area but I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We have been known to have some brutal temperatures at times. I have had to deal with a car that can get stuck in the snow, ice on my car, cold spots in the house, etc. Checking this out actually helps me to better plan for this winter. The real test for us usually comes from January through March, when our coldest times happen. Last winter wasn’t so bad and so far the weather has been bearable here. I don’t expect that to last at all, so these tips for staying warmer will hopefully help. I will check to see if there is anything more that I can do. If you are interested, I hope you check out these tips as well. They might make a difference in your day. Here is the article:

http://definition.org/winter-hacks/

I hope this helps. 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

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Smear campaigns)

I just recently heard about this woman, Katie Hill. I really don’t know of her and never even saw a picture of her, but her story just happened to be put out there and I thought it was worth mentioning. Ms Hill is a congresswoman who recently resigned over an affair she had and nude pictures that happened to emerge publicly. I admit that I don’t know the entire story of what happened here, so the best I can do is put bits and pieces together. It is not easy for women in politics. Men can get away with things that women will often get chastised for. From my understanding Ms Hill was in an alleged abusive relationship with her husband. I don’t know just how true that is, but if he is the one who posted the nude pictures of her and put out the story then it feels as though he engaged in some sort of smear campaign. Here is the story:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/10/28/rep-katie-hill-is-resigning-after-admitting-to-having-an-affair-with-her-campaign-staffer-and-being-targeted-by-revenge-porn/23848008/

President Donald’s Trump’s wife was at one point a porn star model. In my opinion, she has been classy as the First Lady (whether you agree with her or not). From my own standpoint I don’t care if you had a sexual history. In my world no one is perfect. Unless there are other unknown facts about her out there I don’t think she should have had to resign. I realize that she only wanted to do what she felt was right, and I respect her decision. The biggest problem with this is that if her husband was the one responsible then that was a low blow. Keep your personal business “personal.” Don’t put yourself in a position that you can’t get out of. If you are successful at anything people will start to dig up “dirt” on you. They can only find it if you allow it to get out there. This is for everyone, and not just Katie Hill. Can anyone successfully put out a smear campaign on you? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

The late singer Gerald LeVert in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Kanye West now a Christian?)

When I first saw this a lot of thoughts went through my mind. Whether you love or hate Kanye West you have to admit he at least appears to be headed in the right direction now. During his often radical career Kanye has said a “lot” of things that have been questionable in some people’s minds. He had not appeared to be very stable in my eyes. He has been diagnosed as being bipolar and he admitted to having a sex addiction while on medication. So who and what is Kanye West now? Here is the latest news on him:

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2019/10/25/kanye-west-asked-people-to-not-have-premarital-sex-while-they-were-working-on-the-album/23846512/

I do believe that when you are coming into favor with God then your life is headed in the right direction. For Kanye’s situation I want to see just “how long it will last.” Do I believe that as a Christian Gospel rap artist he will endure the same success that he had as a secular artist? No, I don’t.  I just can’t picture Gospel rap as being that popular… “yet.” Maybe Kanye can change all that, but for right now I am a non-believer.  If his career sags, will he stay where he is? I sincerely hope so, but part of the legacy of Jesus is his suffering. Naturally if Kanye’s career suffers then he would fall in line with what Christ went through. While it is great to hear him talking about the love of the Lord there are still signs that he may be on heavy medication. I can’t say it for sure, but I do wish him the utmost of success and respect. Mace was a successful rapper who found the love of God and switched gears in his career. Mace is nowhere close to where he was career-wise, and I had heard that he is now trying to get back to his secular ties. Good luck to him. Time will tell if Kanye made the right decision for himself. It feels weird to hear him talk this way, but I like his direction now compared to what it was. Maybe if he can find happiness it will inspire others to follow suit. Let’s see… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Rapper Chuck D (from Public Enemy) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( Requested song from last night.. Funky Nassau)

We had “fun” last night. We played every song requested of us, we didn’t take a break the entire night, and we played for all the singers. One song that someone requested last night was something classic and vintage. We weren’t sure of it, so we just took a few minutes to listen to it on Youtube (on our phones) and then we played it. The song is entitled “Funky Nassau” and this is the tune. I hope you enjoy it. Yes, I sang it and I really didn’t know the words, but I think I managed to fake it well enough to get through the song. 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 ( This man’s comments are so inappropriate)

I usually don’t like to judge people I don’t know or heard very little about, but I considered this man’s comments to be so toxic. Warren Hurst, a commissioner in Sevier County, Tennessee, talked about a “queer” running for President of the United States and he also stated that White men have fewer rights. Here is the article on him:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/10/22/warren-hurst-tennesee-politician-queer-president-pete-buttigieg-white-men/23845226/

While this man has an absolute right to his opinion, what he said was very inappropriate in my assessment. The problem isn’t in his right to say it, but rather in the people who decide to follow his twisted logic. There are people who have been taught ways that are detrimental to the unity of the world. These people can lead others who believe in them, and usually some form of chaos results. I honestly believe that if this man was not on any medication then he is an idiot. The world is changing and as long as we continue to live in it we need to accept the evolvement of it. Many years ago I remember talking to Teddy Pendergrass about something like this. He was afraid of how people were going to view him because he was parylized in a wheelchair. I told him that people were uncomfortable with Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles at first because they were blind. The best way for them to get over that discomfort was to go perform and let people see for themselves. The more people saw him, the more they loved  him. The easiest thing in the world is to misjudge something that we don’t understand. Warren Hurst is only one man with one warped perception. He has a right to freedom of speech, and I have the right to refer to him as an idiot. Hopefully one day we all can get to see the uniqueness in others, and not judge them unfairly because of what we have been taught. Be fair to others. It is the right way. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Teddy Pendergrass in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Though (The Magic of Saving)

When you truly think about it, saving money depends on 2 huge factors: sacrificing when needed and your time element for paying. First, whenever you get paid, I think it is essential to pay off the things that you absolutely need first. For instance, rent is important. You need a place to live. Your car is important (If you have one). You need to be able to get to your job.  If you don’t need a car to get places, then you could probably save a lot of money without having to pay insurance, gas, and all other car related stuff. So ditch the car and save some money if you don’t need it. When I mention the time element, you money goes as fast as you do. If you can hold off on spending, the time you get to keep your money increases. Not spending so fast might just help you save even more money as you go. Spending wisely is always a great option. Why buy something you really could do without? Also your value of money is equally important. For instance, you could say to yourself that making 10 dollars today is not even worth the effort. However, if 10 dollars is more than you would have doing nothing, then there is a value to that. 10 dollars here and 10 dollars here will add up over time, and that money is bound to make a difference at some point. When you think about all the things you spend money on for an average day, can you see anything that you can do without? If you can, then you are wasting away money that you can keep for yourself. It might be wise to make a budget for yourself and see if that saves you anything. There also might be some investments you can make that can bring you more money at a later time. Check things out and see what you can do. Above all, think differently. You have to spend for what you need, but if you don’t need everything then save some money. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Ashanti in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What’s in a name?)

This topic might sound a little bizarre to you, but I aim to show justification. Sometimes people really don’t know what they want to be called. I have heard some men refer to some women as Ma’am but I have also heard some women say that it makes them feel old.  I have heard many men refer to woman as “baby” but some will get offended at that. Blacks were called many different names, from negroes to African American. The latter name sounds kind of long to me but some will adhere to it. I asked a gay woman what is the proper definitive term to call them. I like to be respectful to all. She said that everyone is different and what is offensive to some may not be offensive to others. To me, it felt like the term “queer” was repulsive, but she said that it was not offensive to her. She also said that the term “gay” is fine. Since I don’t know what they experience, it is difficult for me to figure out how to address them respectfully. When people don’t know your real name they have to refer to you as something. Is there any label that can work for everyone? A name can say a lot about other people, but it also says a lot about you. Do you ever think about what you call others? As a musician, I refer to each job I do as a “gig.” A lot of people don’t understand what a gig is. I’m not sure of what else I can call it. Diversity is what makes each and every person unique. Maybe one day we will find a term that is reflective of everyone. Until then, your guess is as good as mine… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jolly Scott in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Suzanne Somers posts a picture at 73 years of age)

Recently I saw online a story about Suzanne Somers, former star of the television show “Three’s company.” She recently decided to celebrate her birthday by posing “nude” and posting it. People started posting things about how distasteful it was and that she should hang it up at this age (She looked great years ago on the television series). Out of curiosity, I took a look at the picture. One thing that I did take notice of was the pose she had. It may not have been the most flattering pose to take nude but I didn’t actually see “any” nudity in the picture. It was also interesting to check out the comments about her. While some of them were not flattering others were quite supportive of her. If you would like to check out the article, here is the link:

https://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2019/10/17/suzanne-somers-celebrated-turning-73-in-her-birthday-suit-good-for-you/23840254/

I always believe that one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. I am not trying to equate her picture with trash at all. From what I saw, I still think she is attractive at the age of 73. Did the picture do anything for me? Probably not, but then again most pictures of that nature don’t phase me that way. If done right, pictures are considered artwork to me, and that is how I viewed her picture. People are entitled to their opinions, but I thought it was a good picture. She still looks good at the age of 73 and considering all the other pictures of famous women nude that we all have seen I think she had every right to post her picture. People can try to condemn her if they want, but there are still many people out there who think she still has it. I am one of those who think she still has it too. She gets my full support on what she did. In this age seeing naked pictures seems to be almost commonplace. It reminds me of when I went to the southern beaches of France and Miami. Those beaches were topless, and after awhile it just seemed “normal” to me. Nudity is considered tasteless and disrespectful to some, but some of our most famous artistic works featured nudity. I guess it all depends on your state of mind. I like to keep my mind open to things that some other people may not understand. I feel like I can learn more that way. Hats off (as well as everything else) to Suzanne Somers, and thank you for checking out my Daily Thought. As always I wish you the very best that life  has to offer.

Patti Labelle and Smokey Robinson with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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