Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (A really interesting interview with Oprah and David Chappelle)

David Chappelle is a very accomplished entertainer. He had a show on the Comedy Network that many people loved and had high ratings. It was rumored that he turned down 50 million dollars and just walked away from it all. However, it is always the story behind the story that shows the real truth. Whenever you are doing well, the people in charge always want to change you. Once you accept their terms and the show doesn’t go well, then they blame you (before they terminate you). It has happened in many circumstances but these stories rarely ever get out. This interview with Dave Chappelle has a story to it, but some things you may have to read under the surface to determine. People own the networks. They want control over you if you expect to be involved in their system. I applaud Dave Chappelle for the resiliency to walk away. There are times when the money just isn’t worth it. Please check out his interview with Oprah, and then you can formulate your own opinion. Thank you for checking out my Daily Though, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (feeling sick today)

Since yesterday I have been under the weather. I have had headaches, my eyes hurt, chills and certain parts of my body hurt. It is rare for me to ever get sick, but I think this thing has got me. The good news is that I don’t have to play anyplace today, so I intend to stay home and recover. I have Nyquil, oranges, and a lot of stuff to get me through this. At least I know that i shouldn’t go out today. I have been sleeping a lot and so far I have been feeling a little bit better every day. Illnesses are nothing to play with. I expect to recover fully from this, but until then the best I can do is take all the remedies. At some point in our lives we all get sick. I will be cool. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble in concert with Brett Jolly on bass

Dee Dee Sharp

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( A vintage holiday greeting from me to you)

I went back into my archives and found this, so I figured I would share it with you. The quality is not that great (and I really don’t care). The most important aspect of this is just the message. I love writing music and producing videos. This was something I put together years ago. I hope you like it. Happy holidays, everyone. 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 small holiday tribute from me to you)

This is my very first Christmas holiday ever without my father. So far I think I have held up, but I have my moments. I realize that a lot of people lose close friends and family members during this time of year. While I know that I will  eventually recover I just can’t feel the spirit for this time of year right now. However, I still have love and respect for everyone else.  I don’t want to bring anyone down with my issues. I needed to keep busy, so I decided to write this song for all those who are feeling the same as me this time of year. I know it is tough, but we all have to be able to move on. My father would want me to continue without him. I hope you enjoy my song and video. I didn’t sing this song, but I wrote it. In it I feature pictures of my photography models, myself and of course, my father. I want to take this moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. 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 (Poem: T’was the night before Christmas)

Twas the night before Christmas and as it all stands

The congress in the US is dealing with impeachment demands

For dealing with bribery regarding that White house resident

And yes, we are talking about the United States President

To find out whether or not a bad deed was done

To Ukraine, involving Biden and his son

To date a lot of time and money has surely been spent

Just to determine if Trump is guilty or innocent

So much attention is being devoted to this one man

While the procedure itself feels so partisan

There is so much detail that people want to say

but Trump will not be removed from office anyway

The legalities of this trial seem to be a formidable task

And are they fair? That depends on who you ask

The Republicans claim “foul” and for fairness they plead

But isn’t this the same thing they did when Obama had the lead?

If Obama introduced a bill proclaiming water to be wet

The Republicans would have unanimously rejected it, on that you can bet

And now Trump has engaged in activity and impeachment he has earned.

Isn’t it amazing at how the tables have been turned?

T’was the night before Christmas, and here is the call

You all have been so bad, so nothing comes to y’all

For acting like children, and for playing this role

Santa has decided that you all get nothing but coal

This situation feels terrible, and it fills me with fright

So Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night…

Brett Jolly performing with KC and the Sunshine Band

KC and Brett














Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (This is proof of how compassionate my city is)

This is a true story. This man had his car parked at a metered spot legally. He had put money into the meter and went inside to handle his business. While he was inside someone else driving at “obviously a high rate of speed” rammed his car and demolished it. When the driver of this car came back, he couldn’t even drive it anywhere. It was totaled. The compassion in this story is provided via the Philadelphia Parking Authority (I had written about them a few days ago and won my case against them recently). Instead of the meter person understanding that this man  had a terrible accident with his car, the person opted to “give him a ticket instead.” If this had been me I would have been fit to hit someone. I don’t think this man deserved to have his car wrecked “AND” be given a ticket on top of it. I love my city. I just wish my city had love in its heart for everyone else. This is Philadelphia… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (song from last Wednesday)

I forget this guy’s name. I just know that he sings well and he wears shades to an indoor event. He is a prime example of the fun we have on Wednesday nights. I don’t think I have ever heard this song before, but that wasn’t going to stop me from playing it. The Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8:00 to 12 midnight) is a fun place to be. We are all about “live” music. People come and check us out because there is still a desire to hear it. Local people come out to sing. Some sound good, some sound bad, but none if that makes a difference with us. We just love to play. I hope you like this clip. 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 (Dealing with the holidays after suffering a loss)

For those of you who don’t know, my father, Elton Jolly, passed away November 23 of this year. Death is an integral part of life, and no matter when it happens the time is “never right.” I think I have accepted that my father needed to go back home to the good Lord, but it still leaves a large impact on us. The holidays just don’t seem to have the proper spirit for us right now. Admittedly, we haven’t even thought about what to do to celebrate in any fashion. This was Pop’s favorite time of year, and to try to do this without him would just seem fake for us. Please don’t get me wrong. We “will” recover, but I don’t think we have the energy right now to make it happen this year. I talked with my kids and we think we might spend a night in a hotel someplace on the holiday, just so that we don’t have to be reminded of our emptiness here at home. Please understand, my family is a close one and that is the reason why it will seem so difficult to celebrate this year without Pop. With each new day it seems to heal a little more, but it never seems to cure. In the long run we will be fine (I honestly believe this). Now is much too soon to feel the spirit for us. A lot of people lose loved ones close to the holidays and I’m sure it has a major impact on them as well. I don’t know if there is a certain formula or technique that is guaranteed to help. People are different. Certain circumstances are different too. I still wish the happiest of holidays to everyone. That will not change one iota for me. I strongly believe in the spirit. No one is supposed to live forever and I have accepted that as well. It still doesn’t make the loss any easier. Today’s Daily Thought is not about sympathy. If you live long enough then you will suffer some form of traumatic loss in your life, so my situation is no different than anyone else’s. Yes, the holidays will be different for us, but we will get back to our regularly scheduled program. Sometimes we all have to pick up the pieces of life that we have left and “move on.” I’m sure some people will understand. 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 Verdine White, Bass player for Earth, Wind and Fire


Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (My follow up on the Philadelphia Parking Authority)

Yesterday morning I went to contest a ticket that someone from the Philadelphia parking authority gave me when I dropped my son off at a bus stop near downtown Philadelphia. I mentioned yesterday that an unmarked car with tinted windows pulled up behind me. The driver never got out of the car and evidently decided to write me a ticket which he never gave me. In fact, he wrote on the ticket that I drove off and it got delivered to me in the mail. When I arrived to court of course there were a lot of people already waiting there. When they called my name I went in and I was ready. The officer there asked me what made me think that that the ticket was invalid and I simply told him that that buses, bicycles and right turns were allowed in the running lanes and I made a right turn, so I was there “legally.” Then I told him that every car that is in the running lane (or any lane on that street) “HAS” to stop because there is a traffic light at the corner. He then asked me why did the officer write me up a ticket and I just said, “I honestly don’t know.” The officer looked at something on his computer screen and then said, “I am going to dismiss this charge against you.” Feeling vindicated, I simply said to him, “Thank you for your fairness in this decision.” I then got my belongings and left the place promptly. The Parking Authority is not a very happy place to be in. The one thing I can say about them is that they only go by the “facts” that you can present to them. Previously I scoured the street to make sure I knew all the things that I could present at trial. I even took video of it. It helped me, and I honestly think it can help you as well. If you drive (especially in Philadelphia) chances are good you may get a violation of some sort from authorities. They will prey on you here. You don’t have to give up money just because you don’t feeling like fighting back. Stand up for your innocence. If not these people will continue to take advantage of you so that they can collect their money. If you don’t feel you did anything wrong, then be prepared to go to court (and make sure to have your facts “ready”). It wasn’t about the money for me. The last thing I wanted was to feel “victimized.” 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 Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( I have to go to Philadelphia Traffic court today. It is such an evil place)

Today I have to go into the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Lots of people have to go there for tickets and fines. While I realize that law enforcement is necessary I honestly believe that the people there take advantage of you. They have this mentality that once you get there you are “guilty until proven innocent.” Not only will they have no evidence against you, but they will have no witnesses either. Even the person who gave you the ticket won’t be there. Most people hate the place. I honestly admit that I do as well. The people there seem to be less than  human and have no souls there. I don’t like them, and I will have no problem saying that to them. My situation was one in which I  had to drop my son off at the bus stop near downtown Philadelphia. It is at the corner and I pulled into the running lane, stopped and let my son out. “Everybody” who goes into that lane is legally entitled to be there (if they are either on bikes, buses or turning right). After I dropped my son off I turned right. Some unmarked car with tinted windows pulled up behind me for a second and didn’t introduce himself to me or get out of his car.  When I pulled off he sent me the ticket in the mail. There is a sign there that says “no stopping” on that street. However, there is also a traffic light at the corner of that street. “Every time the light turns red ALL the cars on that street “HAVE to stop.” It is against the law to run a red light. I took video of the street and I will present it. It will be interesting to see what they try to “make up” against me. Philadelphia traffic court is one the worst places in the world. They extort money from you and make up charges. I heard the other day that someone came to the court and shot one of the employees. I don’t like to see anyone get hurt, but I am not surprised at what happened. When you are continually unfair to people something like that is bound to happen. I might lose, but they are going to get a fight out of me. I could easily pay the money but it is the principal of the whole thing. There was no way I could avoid breaking the law. I either stop, or run through the red light. I don’t appreciate then trying to take advantage of me. I am geared for battle today. Whatever the outcome, I intend to get my money’s worth. Pray for me, and pray for them. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Jean Knight (She sang “Mr. Big Stuff) with Brett Jolly in concert